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|Photo by Marco Torres|
|Nick Greer at this months HPMAs|
The Corkscrew, August 21
"Everybody should be able to relate to these songs and not feel like there's some hidden message," Nick Greer told the audience at the listing party for new album Heart on Fire back in April. "And I hope the album speaks to people, because I can't be the only one who's this angry." Pain and anger notwithstanding, Greer was not lacking in gratitude. Both to his company on on his record, he expressed graciousness and even humility, consistently eschewing any self-flattery and instead acknowledging everyone else's hard work on the album.
Greer described his group's last album as a powerhouse blend of funk, blues, soul and hip-hop. Heart on Fire possesses similar characteristics, but it's bigger; it sounds more grandiose, and combines the disparate elements into a triumphant, unique sound. "We put out a record last March, and it was good," Greer said, "but this one...this is better." MATTHEW KEEVER
An eclectic, undeniably sexy performer and singer-songwriter, Suzanna Choffel first turned heads outside her hometown of Austin with a stunning performance of Florence + the Machine's "Dog Days are Over" on Season 3 of NBC's The Voice in fall 2012. Now based in New York, Choffel had already become one of Austin's most popular young talents behind her albums Shudders & Rings (2006) and Steady Eye, Shaky Bow (2011); last November she released the soulful and confident album Archer. Thursday's performance is part of Main Street Crossing's "Songtelling," a series that precedes a concert with artists discussing the songs they're about to play with an interviewer. CHRIS GRAY
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