Stories 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

Meet the 2014 AMPED Finalists: Cayla Madison

At 15, Cayla Madison has discovered that making music is far more satisfying when the songs she sings are her own.
By Steven Uhles

Meet the 2014 AMPED Finalists: Coriander Blue

Together less than four months, Coriander Blue is a partnership born on a music store bulletin board. "I had just lost my job," said Donna Jo Carroll, the duo's singer. "And I decided that it was ...
By Steven Uhles

Meet the 2014 AMPED Finalists: Livingroom Legends

Although the calendar says the Livingroom Legends, a former AMPED champion, is well into its lucky 13th year, the band acknowledges that there are a lot of people who might be unfamiliar with the ...
By Steven Uhles

Meet the 2014 AMPED Finalists: The Vellotones

The band that has for years billed itself as Augusta's opening act never thought it would have much longevity. It was, after all, more of a social vehicle than a musical one.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Pop Rocks: Kiss Family Reunion is truly family event, with hot music

96.3 Kiss Family Reunion to feature Johnny Gill, Freddie Jackson, Ce Ce Peniston, Avery Sunshine, Jagged Edge, Syleena Johnson and Algerbra, among others.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Pop Rocks: Westobou offerings appeal nicely to different audiences

Like any event that books multiple acts, the Westobou Festival schedule - mark your calendars for Oct. 1-5 - is coming together with evenings of art and entertainment that will appeal to and ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Pop Rocks: Drivin N Cryin is example of success for musicians

Twenty-five years ago, Drivin N Cryin was a band enjoying, by rock and roll standards, fairly significant success. Last Thursday, a full quarter century later, that same band rolled not into an ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pop Rocks: 'Get On Up' good although Augusta isn't presented well

James Brown movie is worth seeing even though there is some bad mixed in with the good.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pop Rocks: Brown's legacy is one this community can be proud of

In a week, Hollywood will come to Augusta with at least some of its trappings. There will be actors and directors, a red carpet and a see-it-first screening.
By Steven Uhles

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Census: Augusta young adults struggling

A new report shows that young adults in the area today are better educated and on average, earn more money than 30 years ago, but are far more likely to be unemployed, unmarried and living with ...
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