Photos that ROCK! Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

The Sinclair, Cambridge MA: December 2013

My friend Josh Myers started playing bass in a band that I had recently started hearing buzz about and he informed me that they were playing near by. I showed up at The Sinclair in Cambridge on a Friday night not knowing what to expect. Led by Arleigh Kincheloe, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds threw down funk, soul, and rock to a sold out audience. I found myself dancing in ways that I didn’t realize I was capable of! From new songs from their October 2013 EP release “Fight” to old favorites like Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”, this band of birds gave a mesmerizing show that I couldn’t tear my eyes away from. Not even the recent theft of some of their equipment could slow them down. I really enjoyed photographing them partly because of the variety of band members and instruments. Be sure to check them out at !

Photos by Suzanne Davis McMahon (

Battle of the Bands: Truth & Salvage Co. vs. The Dustin Bentall Outfit

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY SERIES! As a way of saying thanks for being a part of Twangville we’re reaching into our archives to offer up some free music. To do this we’re going to have an old-school “battle of the bands” promotion where you watch a video from two different bands and pick a winner. Maybe you’ll discover some new artists along the way.

To win, simply comment below with your pick and tell us why you picked that band or video. We’ll randomly pick two winners – one winner for each band- and contact our two winners by email. Contest promotion ends Thursday, May 12 at midnight EST so don’t delay and be sure to tell a friend.**

TRUTH & SALVAGE CO., “Call Back”


I’ll say it again… comment to win!

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The Constellations – Southern Gothic

The Constellations

Down in the dirty, dirty south there’s a new band hitting the scene that’s about to change everything. Atlanta is probably one of the unlikeliest places you’ll hear this particular brand of freakadelia. The South has always had a sordid tale to tell and it’s been told many times over. This time around the storyteller looks and sounds a little different. Picture a smoky, underground party of punch-drunk circus freaks and you’ll see an 8-piece band they call The Constellations. Led by Elijah Jones, the band blends a little funk, soul, rock, and hip hop into their own psychedelic flavor of storytelling. Jones describes the band as a group of stars, hence the name “Constellations”.

As for tunes, “Setback” kicks the party off by giving you the feeling like you’re dressed to kill and walking right into the red light district. You know you’ve arrived when you hear the Waitsian “Step Right Up” a cowbell-enhanced tale that is the ultimate essence of the album. The smooth harmonies of Alaina Terry and Shab Bashiri lay the foundation for “Love Is A Murder” a song that proclaims “if you really want to live / you gotta be ready to die / every single love is a murder / you gotta commit to survive”.

This is not a typical Twangville dish, but a hearty one fresh from the garden of earthly delights. I don’t expect everyone to like this record, but those that do will LOVE it. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard an album this rich in sound with a narrative so painterly, like a Toulouse-Lautrec. The Moulin Rouge has found a new hometown in Atlanta and a new house band in The Constellations. Step right up!

[Tom Osborne - ★★★★/4.273]

The Constellations – “Setback”


BONUS: Be the first to comment and win my review copy PLUS a vinyl LP featuring “Setback” and “Love Is A Murder”! (already awarded)

Confederate Fagg

While we here at Twangville mostly focus on the country/alt-country/hillbilly side of things, some of us have a soft spot for metal…gay metal. And there is no better gay metal band than South Carolina’s own Confederate Fagg. This past weekend, the boys got together to play a rally organized by City of Columbia mayoral candidate Aaron Johnson. The rally was in support of removing the Confederate battle flag from its current prominent position located in front of the State House. To see the guys rocking their new tune, “Take Down the Flag” check out the facebook link below. For those of you not on facebook, I have also included a You Tube video of their “Surrender” cover.

Readers’ Pick: Acousticueticals by Plain & Simple

Plain & Simple, Acousticueticals

Twangville readers picked fan write-in Acousticueticals by Plain & Simple as their favorite release for week of August 11, 2009. Plain & Simple is the work of B.J. Purnell a middle-America father of five who appears to live up to the “plain and simple” moniker. The album contains 11 original songs written by Purnell accompanied by his acoustic guitar. A propensity for unapologetic use of phonetic spellings with song titles like “Synacl” and the play-on-words title “Inasense” adds to the honesty prevalent in the songwriting. Among other songs, “The Pig Song” highlights a keen sense of humor with lines like: “She’s mounting my pig again / Lord something must be wrong / The way she keeps screaming Jimmy Dean / All night long”. Purnell is at his best with the reserved intensity he exhibits in “Finish Line”. RIYL Jay Farrar, Ben Nichols, Todd Snider, Chris Knight. Also check out Jeff’s review of Acousticueticals. Listen or purchase Acousticueticals on the Plain & Simple website.