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King Tuff Needs a Chimney Sweep for His Lungs

By Zach Phillips, Contributor

When I first met Kyle Thomas, he was holed up in Vegetable Street, the brightly painted studio enclave for the senior artists of the Tinderbox, Brattleboro's historic DIY venue. His band Feathers was over, Witch was intermittent, Happy Birthday was impending, Nam Buddies were flowering and his new alias "King Tuff" was in negotiations. I was a little scared of his chops, but his twinkly eye and steady ridiculousness set me at ease. Eventually, we… more »

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Classical Music For A Modern World

By Seth Colter Walls, Contributor

Sure, we play Bach, Beethoven and Mozart -- though we also dig the early music of Tallis, chance works by Cage, arias from Verdi and John Adams, as well as the composers on New Amsterdam records. Everything here was released after 2008, too, which is another way of declaring that notes written down on paper are still some of the most exciting ones to hear in all of contemporary music. more »

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