Stories by Steven Uhles

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pop Rocks: Make time for 'Possibilities'

Eloquent, elegant and written with the sort of honest voice few writers have the skill - or courage - to sustain, Augusta writer Turner Simkins' book "Possibilities," out now, functions as ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pop Rocks: From Rucker to Revivalists, which music fest draws you?

It is time to organize a fair weather assault on those outdoor activities - both local and regional - properly planned for that too-small window between too cold and too hot. Here are a few ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pop Rocks: Spangler's path to stardom has Aiken stop

Last season, Aiken resident Beth Spangler made significant inroads on the reality television show The Voice.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Pop Rocks: Fans finally get date with Edison Project

Now I had heard rumors, but last week, the rumored became official. The Edison Project put up a Facebook page. You can't get more official than that. They've also booked a gig.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Pop Rocks: Glands, Aguar will deliver performance art to Augusta

On Friday, Feb. 20, Augusta is being invaded. These invaders, from Athens, are bringing that community's ideas about performance and art and, well, performance art to Augusta for a matched set of ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Sharon Jones offers soul to help heal hearts in community

Hometown hero Sharon Jones returns to Augusta with her band the Dap-Kings Saturday, Feb. 7, for an evening of hearts and soul at Bell Auditorium. The concert benefits the University Health Care ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Pop Rocks: Change at 95 Rock reflects change in music of today

You can blame businessmen in the boardroom, an increasingly fractured musical community or a genre that just doesn’t wield the kind of cultural influence it once enjoyed, but the format shift that ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Pop Rocks: Tune in to see local's 'American Idol' audition

How crazy would it be if Miranda Pokrzyminski became a household name? It could. She's auditioning on an upcoming "American Idol."
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Pop Rocks: And the best albums are …

Before 2014 fades in our rearview, there's a bit of Pop Rocks housekeeping that requires attention - the annual 10 Best Albums of the Year list.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Pop Rocks: Debt of Nature's 'Departure' was totally worth the wait

It is said that rock 'n' roll is territory for the young, that the need and desire to make something large and loud and slightly unhinged lessens in the face of families and careers and all the ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Pop Rocks: Time in Augusta has been fulfilling

I spent Thanksgiving away from Augusta, retreating with my family to the mountains of North Carolina. It was a break I thought I needed.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Pop Rocks: 12 Bands holiday CD includes 9 gems

Sometimes less is more. In the interest of full disclosure, let me go on the record and admit that when I discovered Instant Christmas Classics Vol.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Pop Rocks: Don't miss two hidden gems

For me, the most frustrating treasures are those that, for many, remain undiscovered. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight a couple of my favorites.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Pop Rocks: Yonder Mountain concert exception to venue's rules

This week, Yonder Mountain String Band will, I hope with minimal difficulty, load in at Jessye Norman Amphitheater to headline an impressive lineup of bluegrass-inspired acts. It should be a ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Pop Rocks: Westobou is well worth watching

Though the Westobou Festival is an event with intentionally few traditions, there is one that, for better or worse, seems to have become something of an administrative standard. Every few years ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Westobou Festival celebrates fine, performing arts

This year's celebration of the fine and performing arts kicked off Wednesday with an evening with film master Peter Bogdanovich, but there's still a lot of world class shows and exhibitions on ...
By Steven Uhles

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Pop Rocks: As arts festival grows, so does need for better flow

Arts In the Heart is clearly an event where more is, in fact, more. I think what needs to be addressed is a question of flow.
By Steven Uhles

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

2014 AMPED Music Contest finals Saturday

This year's AMPED Music Contest finalists range in age from a young diva not yet able to apply for a driver's license to a drummer who chooses to spend his retirement rocking.
By Steven Uhles

Meet the 2014 AMPED Finalists: Hound of Goshen

Built on the idea that there's creative capital to be found in discomfort, Hound of Goshen features four veteran musicians who decided to start a band that placed them in unfamiliar territory.
By Steven Uhles

Meet the 2014 AMPED Finalists: Ca$h Bled$oe

It all started with a wig. Bill Quattlebaum never considered himself much of a songwriter or musician. But that all changed when he found an absurd pompadour wig and, on a whim, tried it on. That, ...
By Steven Uhles
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