Film Review: Bone Tomahawk

There are B-movies and there are B-films. B-movies are defined by their campiness and that’s why they’re labeled with said defining prefix. However, the art form of the B-movie has been lost. Joe Bob Briggs would agree with me were he still hosting Joe Bob’s Drive-In. Too often, movies are labeled “B-movies” for their lack of production value, bad acting, […]

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Playlist from Hell: Seven songs from the American Horror Story soundtrack

American Horror Story didn’t invent stylized horror, but damned if showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk don’t know how to create atmosphere better than anyone. Since AHS: Murder House (season 1) first aired in 2011, the horror anthology has produced some of the most twisted and bizarre moments to ever hit the small screen with a smashing, all-star cast. The […]

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To sell out or not to sell out: Good, bad and really ugly (country/folk edition)

This may be the worst article I’ve ever written. Not “worst” as in of poor quality – there are dozens of contenders there – but “worst” as in least amount of regard for people’s feelings. I don’t enjoy being cruel or mean-spirited (the time when I reviewed a heaping pile of garbage that I shall not name here notwithstanding) but […]

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The five most underappreciated TV shows of the last 10 years

Whether or not a television show can even be considered underrated anymore is debatable. There are as many critical sites as there are t.v. viewers, it seems, and unless a show is a universal stinker, the chances are good that someone will argue any given show’s virtues. Yet, a show can still be underappreciated by the at-large viewing public despite […]

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Music Review: The Arcs “Yours, Dreamily”

As far as side projects go The Arcs’ debut, Yours, Dreamily, safely lands on its feet and checks the right boxes. Really, what we want from a side project isn’t necessarily same-but-different. There is a balance, I think, that most fans want when an artist gives us something “other than,” and that is similar threaded elements which don’t make the new material wholly […]

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Event Review: The Jon Stickley Trio live at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC

Were my return to TuffGnarl.com a Rambo movie, it’d go something like this: You need some background. My last assignment was a bloodbath. I wrote a “Best Live Albums” piece and it turned into some sort of black ops mission in which I was the sole survivor, walking away with only the scars left after the massacre. I walked away, vowing […]

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TV Review: True Detective Season 2 [mild spoilers]

In fairness, anything following season one of True Detective [you might remember three TG staffers picked S1 as the best in television in 2014] was bound to be somewhat of a letdown. Harrelson’s portrayal of Marty Hart, a philandering but ultimately-on-the-side-of-good detective, might have been enough to halfway carry the show regardless of who was cast as his partner. But Matthew […]

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Event Review: Gary Clark Jr. live at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC

Reaching deep into our coffers, Tuff Gnarl ponied up the dough and sent me to the quaint hippie mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina in order to attend Gary Clark Jr.’s show at The Orange Peel, Asheville’s landmark music venue. While they didn’t technically pay to send me here (I live in Asheville) and we don’t actually have coffers deep enough […]

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Building A Supergroup: Drummers

We have all had the discussion, which invariably becomes an argument, with our friends. Maybe the subject matter itself differs – the best starting five in NBA history, a bracket-style fight tournament of your favorite movie heroes, etc. – but the concept behind it remains: we love to mix and match, playing what-if and cultivating the “ultimate.” It’s frequently done […]

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