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    • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
      The Killing of a Sacred Deer lacks the high-concept hook that makes The Lobster so easy to discuss. 
    • Under the Radar Announces Fall 2017 Issue with Julien Baker on the Cover
      Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Fall 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine app Zinio). The issue features Julien Baker  […]
    • Watch: Cut Copy – “Standing in the Middle of the Field” Video
      Cut Copy released a new album, Haiku From Zero, last month via Astralwerks. Now they have shared a video for album opener "Standing in the Middle of the Field." Vincenzi Vandella directed the video, which is one continuously moving shot and the image keeps zooming out from above as it charts a couple's relationship (or perhaps it's all a […]
    • Listen: Charlotte Gainsbourg - “Ring-a-Ring O’ Roses”
      French singer/actress Charlotte Gainsbourg is releasing a new album, Rest, on November 17 via Because Music. Previously she shared a self-directed video for its title track, which was co-written and produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (it was one of our Songs of the Week), as well as a self-directed video for "Deadly Valentine" […]
    • Fever Ray Shares Bizarre Video for New Song “To the Moon and Back”
      Fever Ray (aka Karin Dreijer, formerly one half of the Swedish duo The Knife) has shared a video for a brand new song, "To the Moon and Back."
    • Desert Daze 2017
      Desert Daze has restored my faith in festivals. The festival, which celebrated its sixth year this past weekend, is unique in a number of ways, not the least of which is its location in Joshua Tree at the Institute of Mentalphysics. 
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - The Problem All Around
      As the Harvey Weinstein fallout continues to unfold, it's a reminder that the crimes he stands accused of are not exactly rare, nor are they confined to the world of tarnished Hollywood glitz. Like every other part of society, the music industry is also riddled with similar stories. We look at that this week, alongside President Trump insulting various […]
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - The Problem All Around
      As the Harvey Weinstein fallout continues to unfold, it's a reminder that the crimes he stands accused of are not exactly rare, nor are they confined to the world of tarnished Hollywood glitz. Like every other part of society, the music industry is also riddled with similar stories. We look at that this week, alongside President Trump insulting various […]
    • Leatherface
      This brand of origin story is terribly ill-conceived.
    • Rolling Vengeance
      When a gang of rednecks murders his entire family, an aspiring truck driver builds himself a bulletproof, flame-belching monster and goes hillbilly-huntin’.
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    • Ducktails' Matt Mondanile Issues New Statement October 21, 2017
      Addressing recent claims of sexual misconduct...Ducktails' Matt Mondanile has issued a new statement responding to claims of sexual misconduct. Last week a number of women in the United States made claims against the indie songwriter, gathered by SPIN in a lengthy report. At the time, Matt Mondanile spoke to Pitchfork, saying: "There’s nothing I ca […]
    • Evening Standard Apologises To Solange October 21, 2017
      "Don't touch my hair..."Evening Standard have apologised to Solange after controversy surrounding their recent interview with the singer. The feature was published in the ES Magazine, and featured noted American journalist Angelica Jade in conversation with the singer. However the finished piece appeared to cause consternation, with the writer […]
    • Premiere: Rapture 4D - 'Unidentified' October 20, 2017
      Glasgow beat prodigy hooks up with Astral Black...Rapture 4D is still only 19 years old, yet already he's worked with some of the best in the game. Lauded by Red Bull Studios in London, he took part in the organisation's Beat Roots project, and won widespread notice in the process. Linking up with tastemakers Astral Black, the prodigal beat maker i […]
    • This Halloween, Budweiser Are Making Costume-Shopping Less Gruelling October 20, 2017
      The Nightmare Circus is coming to town...October 31st is fast approaching; and if you don’t have a costume sorted, have no fear (or do, it’s Halloween) — Budweiser are here to help. They’re shrugging off their ‘King of Beers’ title in favour of the more seasonal ‘King of Fears’, and launching a haunted house meets fancy dress pop-up shop in Old Street Statio […]
    • Track Of The Day 20/10 - Invisible Minds October 20, 2017
      'Yo Mae Leh'Invisible Minds is a new project from artists who - for the time being, at least - want to remain in the background. Keeping their identities secret, this approach is a way of placing emphasis on Invisible Minds as an entity in itself. And of course, the music speaks loud and clear. New track 'Yo Mae Leh' uses a myriad of orga […]
    • Listen: Roo Panes - 'A Message To Myself' October 20, 2017
      A brooding, meditative return...Roo Panes broke through with 2016's 'Paperweights', a languid, exploratory and highly personal offering. Since then, the songwriter has taken his music around the world, before breaking off from touring commitments to hit the studio. Working with Bassi Fox from Mt. Wolf, the two hit upon a number of fresh ideas, […]
    • Foo Fighters Just Sold 200,000 Tickets In Under Four Hours October 20, 2017
      UK stadium tour is completely sold out...Foo Fighters just sold 200,000 tickets in under four hours. The band announced a flurry of huge UK stadium shows for next summer, including one Manchester date and two nights in London. Tickets went on sale at 9am this morning (October 20th) and within four hours they had completely sold out. Waking up to the news Dav […]
    • Frank Ocean Collaborators Jarami Drop 'Hear This' October 20, 2017
      Funky production matched to child-like wonder...Swedish production team Jarami has dropped new track 'Hear This'. The Scandinavian electronic duo have enjoyed a stellar year, with their Frank Ocean collaborations 'Lens' and 'Chanel' dominating 2017. Focussing on their own material, Jarami will release 'Sketches II' EP […]
    • Idris Elba Has Remixed Shy FX October 20, 2017
      Not once, but twice...Actor, producer, and all-round dude Idris Elba has stepped in to remix Shy FX. When legends collide eh? Shy FX released new single 'Chocolate' a few days ago, a Breakage co-production that also features Roses Gabor and Ghetts. Idris Elba has stepped in to provide two contrasting remixes, utilising his Driis alter ego for the p […]
    • Premiere: I Am Harlequin - 'Minimal' October 20, 2017
      Themed around children's educational TV shows...I Am Harlequin never travels in a straight line. Electronic pop with an artful gaze, the songwriter's work obeys its own whims, and its own peculiar set of rules. New single 'Minimal' is yet another about-turn, a conscious decision to move away from what she has become best known for. In her […]
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      Had a great week in S FL catching up with some friends. I’m now in Tulsa where tomorrow I host another show in the concert series at the IDL Ballroom in the Brady District with Warrant and Firehouse, Rocket Science opens. Ever since I started coming to Tulsa back in 2007 I have many friends... Read more
      Rufus Stone Limited Editions has announced the publication of the first-ever official Whitesnake book, The Purple Tour-A Photographic Journey. In 2015, Whitesnake took its newest release, The Purple Album, around the world on “The Purple Tour”. Featuring epic reworkings of David Coverdale’s Deep Purple songs and a raft of Whitesnake classics, the tour was on […]
      Sons Of Apollo–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—has just released the Vicente Cordero-directed video for Lost In Oblivion from their highly anticipated debut albu […]
      As music fans begin to plan their 2018 vacations, Monsters Of Rock Cruise, the world’s premier hard rock/heavy metal experience at sea, has announced that its final public sale begins today (10/19). Limited cabins are available at, with prices beginning at $1,299 per person, double occupancy. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities ar […]
      On December 1st, Rush will release a lavish, new and expanded edition of the landmark album A Farewell to Kings — the fifth studio album originally released in 1977, which introduced the radio hit Closer To The Heart, album tracks A Farewell To Kings, Madrigal, Cinderella Man, as well as enduring fan favorites with Xanadu... Read more
      Tom Keifer has released a new video for his song The Way Life Goes, the title track of the guitarist’s 2013 solo album, which will arrive as a deluxe edition on October 20th. Watch the clip below. To read more about this release, please click here.
      Black Sabbath have released a live video of their final performance of Paranoid, watch it below. The footage was captured at the band’s last-ever show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in February and was the last track they played together before they took their final bow. It’s been lifted from the DVD and Blu-ray of Sabbath’s... Read more
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      Metallica have released a demo of their classic song, Master Of Puppets. Listen to the track, below. It was recorded in the garage of The Carlson House, El Cerrito, California, in late June 1985 and has been taken from the band’s upcoming Master Of Puppets box set, which arrives on November 10th through their Blackened... Read more
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    • Sawdust City Music Festival July 27, 2017
      The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival takes over Gravenhurst, Ontario this August long weekend. Running from August 4th – 6th the festival features performances from a plethora of talented artists from the area and all over Canada. Whether you want to check out the Muskoka music scene or experience the Jim Cuddy Family Band perform [...] Sawdust City Mus […]
    • Interview: Danko Jones July 21, 2017
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    • Interview: Mix Master Mike July 17, 2017
      Mix Master Mike put on an epic show in Quebec City on Friday and again in Toronto last night. We chatted with him about his tour with Metallica and his new Virtual Reality work. Interview: Mix Master Mike by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
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      The Dirty Nil played one of their biggest shows in Canada yesterday. We caught up with the band just before the show to talk about opening for The Who, touring and Minimum R&B. Interview: The Dirty Nil by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
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Album Review: Walker Lukens – Devoted

Posted by falconi5 on March 8, 2014

walkerIf Harry Nilsson, Paul Simon, and Warren Zevon had a love child, his name would be Walker Lukens. This Austin settled, by wayof Houston and New York City musician is that good, and with his new album Devoted he has managed to combine the raw, vulnerable musings of Nilsson, the pop sensibility of Simon, and the “on the edge” coolest guy in the room vibe of Warren at his Excitable Boy peak.

With the current Mumford-ization trend that is so popular in today’s musical landscape, it is somewhat of a refreshing change to find a record that is equally, if not more enjoyable than any of the recent releases by Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, or Dawes, that does not make use of the trendy mandolin or dobra, a refreshing change that is worth the price of admission alone.

With song titles like “Drunk Logic,”  “The Night I Was Kissed by Patti Smith,” and “Kindle to Your Fire,” titles that would Make Tom Waits blush, Devoted is an old-school soul with an Indie heart sort of listen. The lyrics were all written during a 2012walker-lukens-640-300x187 East Coast tour, a spirit that somewhat flows through the record as the moods and sequencing have a certain next day, new city feel.

The album opens with the piano chords of “Drunk Logic” a somewhat mournful effort where Walker laments that all his friends have steady lovers and have all gone away, a sentiment that seems to get even a bit sadder as the poignantly placed organ drifts in toward the last 1/3 of the song. I can’t remember a song with just a voice, a couple of piano chords, and an organ that sounded so good. I would have placed this selection towards the end of the record, but that minor nuance aside, this is an all-encompassing, moving song.

“I Was Kissed by Patti Smith,” a song that could have been on any Paul Simon album, ups the fun quotient a bit, and while it never does mention Patti Smith directly, it does leave the first time listener wondering what they are in store for next after a pair of numbers that are pretty disparate in mood, but are both artistically elegant in their own way.

My first exposure to this album was by way of the first video “Dear Someone,” a brilliantly made stop action video, where the song, an almost epic sounding slice of power pop, combined with the visuals is certainly top notch.

The song “Brunch People” could have been on a before substance abuse took its toll Harry Nilsson record, with super production value complete with orchestral string arrangements that provided a real W-T-F moment for me.  I even had to sit down, take another sip of McAllen 10 year, my go to choice for good music listening, just to make sure I had not been transported by way of some way-back machine all the way to the year 1979. This is a seriously good tune.

“Kindle to your Fire” is somewhat of a departure in that it has a more contemporary electronica sort of feel to it with a strong lead from Walker and almost Beach Boy style vocals in the background. This song is one of those tunes that definitely is more than the sum of its parts. I am still trying to wrap my ears around this one. As someone that likes to describe songs in terms of influence, this song does indeed flummox me. Changing moods from Beach Boys, to a tinge of Doo Wop, all the way to James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem, this song pleasantly and sublimely soothes me.  Let’s just say it is brilliant, I like it, and we will leave it at that.

Devoted, is as polished an album as you will hear all year, by an artist that deserves to be a years in the making overnight success. My only hope is that this album finds an audience.  When JFK in Scotland asks me where he can get the album on his side of the pond, and Larry in Chicago compares Walker favorably to Harry Nilsson, I wonder that since they are both roughly 2 ½ times the age of the concert goer that recently attended the cd release party in Austin, could one single album appeal to such a wide demographic and still be successful.

I say Hell to the Yeah!

And Walker, I will stand on Phil Ochs’ peach crate, inside of Woody Guthrie’s empty boxcar, in the middle of a Nebraska cornfield during a protest, with a satellite feed from farm aid, and loudly proclaim that Devoted is not a folk record, and Walker Lukens is not a folk singer.

– Walt Falconer, Houston Texas, USA


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