Nine Circles ov… “Special” EOY Awards (2017 Edition)

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2017 turned out to be a strange year for me musically.  In my first full year writing for Nine Circles I had the opportunity to explore different genres and bands I never would have discovered on my own, and taking in so much music (even when I didn’t want to, in all honesty) not only broadened my horizons and (hopefully) improved my critical thinking on music, but also helped me to understand better what it was I needed from music.

Next week I’ll be unveiling my personal Top 25 albums for 2017, along with a second post of 15 honorable mentions.  But there was so much that impacted me, and so for this final 2017 edition of Nine Circles ov… I wanted to give out a few of my own personal awards to some bands and albums that left their marks on me.  So without further ado, let’s dive in…   Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Concert Review – The Tallest Man On Earth (July 6, 2016)

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The Tallest Man On Earth. Photo credit: Corey Butterworth.

One of the best things about Portsmouth is the Prescott Park Arts Festival. More specifically, the River House Restaurant Concert Series. While my musical interests generally don’t align with some of the performers pulled in for these shows, there are always a couple events I feel the need to attend. One of these “can’t miss” shows was The Tallest On Earth. I have discussed this particular Swedish folk rock musician at least a couple of times as part of our “Rainbows In The Dark” series, so this was clearly a date that I had marked on my calendar as my most anticipate non-metal concert of 2016. Continue reading