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Most recent release, Apocalypse Blues (2009)
Beth Kinderman has a guitar-based altpop/altfolk sound. Her music is widely described as geeky and clever, but her music is far more engaging than that sounds. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
2008—Beloved Porcupine Music
Beth Kinderman—vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, mandolin, percussion, handclaps
Justin Hartley—drums, percussion, accordion, handclaps
Songs about Hannibal Lector, a princess, Stars Wars, the SF show Firefly and a "Hidden Track" about zombies—this album has quite the range of subjects. My favourite tracks here are the urgent "Princess," "Redeemer," and "Underneath the Mask." While this album has a few flaws—these songs would benefit from crisper production and there are moments where the vocals stray off-key—the overall effect is that this sounds like a live show, warts and all, and so it showcases Kinderman's energy and her band's chops. There's a lot to be said for the power of Kinderman's performance, her bravura songwriting (the lyrics are especially intriguing), and the obvious fun everyone had performing. This is a first full-length recording that has verve and tons of promise. (email@example.com)
2009—Beloved Porcupine Music
Beth Kinderman—vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, shaker, classical guitar, pots & pans, tambourine, toolbox, resonator guitar, doumbek, mandolin
Justin Hartley—drums, RIP SIlver Fox, doumbek, accordion, washboard
Beth Kinderman's new album has a great deal of energy and joie de vivre. She also writes a song about Buffy (The devil you know) and a suite about Battlestar Galactica (the title song). Both are moving and so well-executed that they won't jar even if you are unfamiliar with the TV shows. But it's quite a bonus for us geeks. You also get the up-tempo "Good Intentions" where she recalls Ani DiFranco. The bonus song about zombies is silly and fun. She appears to be enjoying to be recording these songs and it shows. Her album's very easy to like and it gets under your skin quickly. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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