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Sept 22 , 2011
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By Michael Swanger
scenescribe@mchsi.com

Hymn For Her

"Lucy & Wayne and The Amairican Stream"

Independent release

Sample tracks

As if it were not enough that Hymn For Her, the Philadelphia-based duo of Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing, lives and tours in their 16-foot, 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer, they decided to record their latest album, "Lucy & Wayne and The Amairican Stream," inside their tenement on wheels, too. But before anyone dismisses this hillbilly tandem as a gimmick, they should consider the sonic and artistic results of Hymn For Her's latest recording, which are surprisingly good given their ability to create a pleasing sound with only a cigar box slide guitar, bass drum, hi-hat, dobro, harmonica and two bullet mics. The country rockers are a stylistic mix of Seasick Steve, Mojo Nixon and Led Zeppelin on tunes as musically diverse as "Slips," "Montana," "Cave" and "Thursday," but they all sound like fun.

(Hymn For Her performs Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. at the Gas Lamp. Admission TBA.) CV

Wolfgang

"To the Moon, Kid"

Independent release

Sample tracks

Of all the quality albums produced by local rock bands this year, Wolfgang's captivating debut release, "To the Moon, Kid," is easily one of the best and deserving of national recognition. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Jacob Tyler Wolfgang of Des Moines is no stranger to the local music scene, but he's found his groove on "To the Moon, Kid" with the help of several talented players like Scott Yoshimura, Dustin Smith, Nick Leo, Jordan Mayland, Eric Moffit, Danny Heggen, Becca Smith, Scott Gratton, Ryan Connor Germain and his wife, Sarah Wolfgang. This "Midwest Rock" affair has most of everything you want from a smart rock band, including energy ("Mercury Lights"), thoughtful balladry ("Miss Misunderstood," "Reasons"), roots rock ("Wandering Heart," "A Grief Observed"), subtle melodies, solid arrangements, instrumental texture, clever production and sincere artistry.
(Wolfgang hosts a CD release show on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Vaudeville Mews. $5.) CV



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