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N-town reviews
  • Music review: Starlings, TN create music reflective of the South

    Musician: Starlings, TN Album name: All the Good Times (2013, Chicken Ranch Records) Why you should listen: Hipster hayseed quartet Starlings, TN are unmistakably sons of the South. Based in Austin, their band’s name is pronounced ...

    November 7, 2013

  • Book review: Orange is the New Black is a true, compelling and entertaining read

    Book: Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2011, Spiegel & Grau) Author: Piper Kerman Why you should read: Freelance producer Piper Kerman didn’t have the look of a criminal, living in New York City with her boyfriend, ...

    November 7, 2013

  • Music review: Kim Lenz brings mesmerizing vocals to CD

    by Doug Hill Musician: Kim Lenz and The Jaguars Album name: Follow Me (2013, Riley Records) Why you should listen: Kim Lenz has an adorable quality in her voice that’s mesmerizing. This entire review could be about the magnetic attraction ...

    November 7, 2013

  • Music review: Chris James and Patrick Rynn release rollicking CD

    Musician: Chris James and Patrick Rynn Album name: Barrelhouse Stomp (2013, Earwig Music Co.) Why you should listen: This is rollicking music that lives up to the album title. The San Diego duo consisting of vocalist Chris James and ...

    October 11, 2013

  • Book review: City of Bones is fast-paced thrill

    Book: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1) (2007, Margaret K. McElderry Books) Author: Cassandra Clare Why you should read: “City of Bones” has been on the market for several years, and has just recently been adapted for the ...

    October 11, 2013

  • Music review: Hadden Sayers sings inspired blues

    Musician: Hadden Sayers Album name: Rolling Soul (2013, Blue Corn Music) Why you should listen: Blues guitarist Hadden Sayers’ latest disc makes for outstanding road trip music. Slip it in the CD player, watch America roll by and listen to ...

    October 11, 2013

  • Book review: The Book Thief brings engaging surprises

    Book: The Book Thief (2005, Alfred A. Knopf) Author: Markus Zusak Why you should read: With 41 weeks gracing the NY Times Best Seller Young Adult list, Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief,” currently at No. 4, encompasses a unique and ...

    October 11, 2013

  • Book review: J.K. Rowling finds success with “The Cuckoos Calling”

    Book: The Cuckoos Calling (2013, Mulholland Books) Author: Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling Why you should read: One might think the amount of success garnered by Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, would have been cause enough to lay low ...

    September 13, 2013

  • Book review: O is for Oklahoma cute tribute to the state

    Book: O is for Oklahoma (2013, WestWinds Press) Authors: Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County Why you should read: As if an alphabet book about the Sooner State wasn’t endearing enough, “O is for Oklahoma” kicks it up a notch with ...

    September 13, 2013

  • Music review: Too Slim and the Taildraggers is down and dirty blues

    by Doug Hill Musician: Too Slim and the Taildraggers Album name: Blue Heart (2013, Underworld Records) Why you should listen: Tim Langford aka Too Slim is closing in on three decades as a professional slide guitar slinger and blues ...

    September 13, 2013