October 26, 2014

GETTING HIS GROOVE ON

Devon Allman keeps busy with RSB and solo career

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One time is too little, and five times is way too much. Two times seems just about right.

That, in a nutshell, is what Devon Allman prefers when it comes to how many consecutive albums he’ll make with the same producer, whether it’s a band project or one of his solo releases.

“If you bounce every time, then it’s very erratic,” adds Allman. “I think you get into a little rhythm for a couple records. … If there was anything you maybe really didn’t get to do on the first, then you have that second one.”

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October 17, 2014

A GOOD JUDGE OF MATERIAL

Matt Turk again taps movie pal David Dobkin as producer

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While attending New York University more than 20 years ago, Matt Turk remembers seeing eventual Hollywood A-listers Brett Ratner and Philip Seymour Hoffman around campus.

He didn’t know those guys back then, but Turk was close with another NYU student at that time who has since done pretty well for himself in Hollywood: David Dobkin, the director of the recently released film The Judge, as well as The Change-Up, Fred Claus and Wedding Crashers.

“We were roommates,” Turk recalls. “I was in a band called The Hour, and David was a fan of the band. When we did a national tour, he came on the road as a roadie and a soundman.”

Lately, Dobkin has served in a different role for Turk: as his producer. Their latest studio collaboration is the recently released Cold Revival, New York singer-songwriter Turk’s follow-up to the 2010 covers project American Preservation.

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October 13, 2014

FEELING MORE LIKE HERSELF

Amanda Kravat resumes music career with new EP

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For someone who's had her share of personal and professional setbacks over the past 15-plus years, Amanda Kravat is quick to laugh when talking about some of those experiences.

She’s totally serious, though, about the circumstances that ultimately contributed to the end of her extended hiatus from a music career.

“I was having debilitating panic attacks, and none of the medication or therapy I was offered did any good until I started writing songs again,” Kravat says. “I literally felt like I was suffocating. I had no idea that without songwriting, I’m not really myself. I guess painters paint and dancers have to dance, and I kind of didn’t realize I actually had to be saying something.”

What she has to say musically can be found on the new four-song EP, AK, her first release of any kind since the 2002 solo album Wrong All Day, which followed her stint as the frontwoman for Marry Me Jane.

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October 07, 2014

BEAUTY AND BALANCE

Ellis Paul on new album, side career making children’s music

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Whenever he’s writing one of his main-catalog albums, Ellis Paul tries his best to prevent any compositional crossover with his sideline career making children’s music, and he succeeded with his latest, Chasing Beauty.

Paul says he spent about a year and a half composing Beauty, which was released in early September — at the same time, as it turns out, that a re-release of his 2012 children’s album, The Hero in You, arrived in stores, paired with a hardcover illustration book.

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