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Local CD Review

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Local CD Review

My greatest fear upon hearing that the Daredevils released a new album was that they’d smoothed out the dents, abandoned strangeness for coherency. Well, as it turns out, Twilight Children is a much better album—hands down. It’s smart and confident and razor-sharp and enjoyable, with lots of little extras here and there. The perfectly balanced harmonies of Brett Cassidy, Jeff Caudill and Gray Comer are flawlessly executed. The harp in “Through the Nevermores” is really nice. The dobro in “Think Tank” is a neat touch. It’s clear they’ve been honing this thing for a really, really long time.

But there’s something missing. Something subtle, like a five o’clock shadow. Like a toilet seat someone ever so thoughtfully remembered to put down.

 

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Friday: Apparently unafraid to bear their turkey-bulging bellies, Gypsy Hands Bellydancers are performing tonight at Pilot Light. Come see these undulating, fire-tossing beauties and be mystified.

Saturday: There’s so many fantastic shows to choose from tonight, you may have to resort to coin flipping. Whatever venue you choose, remember: There’s no New Year’s Eve law that says you can only smooch one person. Spread the love. And take a cab home, drunkypants.

Sunday: Ditch your gym card, and vow to grow spiritually this year. Instead, become a member of Knoxville’s food co-op, Three Rivers Market, and buy a book of Tennessee trails. Mark your calendar with outdoor weekend excursions. Then make brunch, for goodness sake.

Monday: Find somewhere quiet and write letters to friends who’ve moved away this year.

Tuesday: Have a few pints after work at Downtown Grill and Brewery and chase away post-holiday depression with a set of rugged bluesy rock from Smoky Mountain resident Kirk Fleta .

Wednesday : Go to Disc Exchange and buy some local CD’s from the past year. We might suggest Todd Steed and the Sons of Phere ’s Heartbreak and Duct Tape , Dixie Dirt ’s Pieces of the World , 1220 ’s 1220 , and The Everybodyfield ’s Plague of Dreams (Johnson City, close enough).

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