Wow, so it’s my first actual post here and I’m already late by a day. Not good… but here they are: Connor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, “Outer South” – Hmmm… if you’re a fan of Oberst’s Bright Eyes, then this album… Well, I was disappointed by it, actually. Really a mixed bag; Bright Eyes tends to musically mesh with Oberst’s indie-weird vocals, and the musicians here play brightly, kind of demanding someone with more power (not “Steve Perry” power, but a step in that direction). Leaves the opener a bit – off – especially the first couple times around, though Taylor Hollingsworth doesn’tRead More →

Welcome to the first of many diverse and diffuse posts! Here is your host, Matt Keefer, small-time music critic and generally unimportant person. Those of you who’ve checked out the MySpace site know that I do brief (very brief) reviews of two albums that hit my fancy. I’m taking out 4-28’s review to introduce you to myself (and to save a few bucks; I just bought a new bike): I’m currently freelancing for the Mercury. Hopefully I’ll land some PT or even FT gig elsewhere, hopefully in the wide field of music critique.I’ve been called a music snob on several occasions. 50s-60s jazz and plentyRead More →