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Judd and Maggie CD Release Show feat. Kernel Garner & The Medders 

When: Sat., July 17, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $5
After weathering a brief tenure on RCA/Victor, this Baltimore-bred brother-sister duo transplanted themselves to an East Nashville cottage in 2007 and have since yielded two full-lengths. The second, Choose — slated for self-release this month — sees the light of day thanks to a successful campaign on Kickstarter — an increasingly popular Internet crowd-sourcing platform for artists, filmmakers, musicians, researchers et al. to solicit donations to finance their endeavors. Depending on the dollar amount donated, the duo offered fans a tiered list of incentives, ranging from a sandwich for $5, a personalized jingle for $250 or a total package including a videotaped living room performance and lifetime supply of guest-list spots for $500. Donors who love their pop hooks nestled in the overlap territory found in Americana icons Wilco and meticulous unisex pop of Fleetwood Mac’s Venn diagram will see their dividends pay off in spades. Whether frolicking in light, breezy pop melodies and bouncy synth lines or taking emotional refuge in weightier singer-songwriter territory, the duo never let their knack for a hook out of the driver’s seat, resulting in a record that — despite its lengthy running time — is sure to engage any listener whose cockles yearn for warmth as much as their palate does for sugar, start to finish.
— Adam Gold

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