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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

‘Lucy and Wayne's Smokin' Flames'

Hymn for Her (self-released)

★★★★

Just when you think you've got a handle on Hymn for Her, the talented duo comprised of Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing (the stage names used by Maggi Jane and Pierce Ternay) take an other unexpected turn. They debuted in 2008 as an understated folk act and their first full-length “Year of the Golden Pig” was quite promising. By the time 2010 rolled around, however, Hymn for Her had morphed into a “white trash country” outfit and sophomore set “Lucy & Wayne and the Amairican Stream” was even better than its predecessor. They've reinvented themselves for the third time in as many records on “Lucy and Wayne's Smokin' Flames,” emerging as a White Stripes-ish blues-rock duo.

The latest transformation works (though I prefer the raunchy country of “Amairican Stream”) and Hymn for Her stomp their way through a dozen songs filled with fuzzy guitars, plenty of distortion and a heaping helping of blues wail. Opener “Mojave” is jolting for those not knowing what to expect from the band's latest sound, and Hymn for Her also score with “Trash the Sun,” “Landescape,” “Burn This” and “For the Dead.” Wonder what Lucy & Wayne will come up with next.

Jeffrey Sisk is an editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-664-9161 ext. 1952, or jsisk@tribweb.com.

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