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2006 Stories by Darryl Smyers

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  • Liz Durrett

    published February 2, 2006

    Niece of acclaimed songwriter Vic Chestnutt, Liz Durrett is a 20-something Southern gothic wunderkind, a Georgia native who understands the... More >>

  • Taylor Hollingsworth

    published February 2, 2006

    Out of Birmingham, Alabama, comes this Southern-fried greasy punk, all snarling lips and attitude, equal parts Axl Rose and Keith Richards with a... More >>

  • The Willis

    published January 26, 2006

    Geek rock, whether by über-nerds like Weezer or more abstract purveyors of insignificant detail like Pavement, has rarely transcended the jab... More >>

  • Peace in Rest?

    published January 19, 2006

    Lyle Steadham needed a break. He was managing a Web site consulting business, a record label and a band at the same time, so he took time off from... More >>

  • Mute Math

    published January 19, 2006

    If it were 1978, Mute Math would definitely be called a "skinny tie band." With obvious influences in the Police and, um, the Fixx, this New... More >>

  • Two Tons of Steel

    published January 12, 2006

    Uncle Tupelo made explicit how the roots of punk and hard-core honky-tonk intermingled: the rejection (often drunken) of instrumental competence,... More >>

  • Malford Milligan

    published January 12, 2006

    Decades ago, I was dragged to a concert in Austin for a funky roots outfit called Stick People. For the most part, it was a mess, but despite a... More >>

  • Stillhouse

    published January 5, 2006

    Buried halfway through this North Carolina band's fine debut is "To Be Denied," a mid-tempo ballad, a figuratively dead man's bitter summary of a... More >>

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