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INDIE-MUSIC.COM

Cary, NC

June 6, 2003

Fantasy and mystical themes run through their songs

CARY -- City of God, Outgrabe's new album, opens up with beautiful haunting vocals backed by acoustic guitar. When I first put this CD on, I was impressed with the lush music and vocal harmonies between Chloe Calaveras and Christopher St. John, the San Francisco duo that is Outgrabe. Their sound is mostly pleasant folk- rock with other elements, like violin and organ, bozouki and percussion, provided by studio musicians. All seven songs on City of God are very polished-sounding and well put together but the opening title track is a definite highlight- a feel good tune to lift your spirits.

Fantasy and mystical themes run through their songs, with titles like 'Witching Hour' and 'Wasteland.' While Outgrabe's music does have some darker elements, like the song 'Tequila Mockingbird' (which makes reference to Christopher St. John's alcoholic father), overall the music pulsates with positive energy from the lush, glistening instrumentation and vocal harmonies. Outgrabe's bio also talks about Christopher and Chloe's first group; "They launched an experimental rap ensemble, Shema, which combined Hebrew prayers and Eastern Orthodox song lyrics and hand drummed hip hop rhythms. They were surprised to find there was little demand for such music." I can't tell if that's meant to be a joke or not, but they have certainly found more success with the straight ahead music of Outgrabe, though it may be less interesting. (Julian Royce)

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THE SCRIPT

Georgetown, DE

March 1, 2004

NCASC Raffle Winners

GEORGETOWN -- The NCASC Raffle Winners: Kerri Harmon, Radiohead t-shirt. Carol Dean, Sevendust t-shirt. Andrew Neal, Murderdolls CD/DVD. Dani Ortega, Dashboard Confessional poster. Kriss Gogarty, Murderdolls CD/DVD. Jason Burlew, Coldplay Live 2003 CD/DVD. Becky Miles, Java Beach Coffee House gift certificate. Cindy Blackwell, Stone Sour CD/DVD. Michelle Mills, Banana Boat gift basket. Stephanie McDonough, Eastpack Backpack. Stephen Burch, Dashboard Confessional poster, free half-hour massage from Hands on Massage and Outgrabe poster.

 

THE PULSE

Chattanooga, TN

February 9, 2005

Songs in the Key of V: The Pulse mixes it up to bring you the best in musical seduction

CHATTANOOGA -- “Making a mix tape is like writing a love letter,” Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity hero Rob Fleming reminds us. “You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention, and then you’ve got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch. You can’t have two tracks by the same artist, unless you’ve done the whole thing in pairs, and, oh, there are loads of rules.” Just like in love, where there are equally vast regulations: you behave yourself on the first date, you buy roses on birthdays, and you can’t make out with her sister. Oh yes, there are rules in music and love, and these rules matter.

In these days of podcasting and prenups, the old standards are being forgotten. But we at the Pulse care about the rules. Whenit comes to sweet amour, and mix tapes, we’re old school. So we asked 10 of our favorite Chattanoogans – writers, musicians and DJs – to craft mixes perfect for your cassette deck. Full of stuff you like. Full of stuff that makes you happy. They can sort of see how that’s done.[10 Chattanoogans were featured in this article. WAWL DJ The Flying Man included this list.] The Flying Man’s Wednesday night show on WAWL 91.5 FM can feature anything from Native American techno to Mahler. He promises to play his selections on this Wednesday, February 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

1. “Tu Es La Seul” – Lorna Lee

2. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Tony Bennett

3. “Girl from the Greenbriar Shore” – Ralph Stanley

4. “For Reasons Unexplained” – Casey Stratton

5. “Black is the Color” – Kris Colt

6. “She Moves through the Fair” – B-Tribe

7. “Make You Love” – Vanessa Daou

8. “Naked in the Grass” – Thrill Kill Cult

9. “Love Cream Pie” – Outgrabe

10. “Yesterday’s Love” – Michelle Holder

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