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Richard Thompson – Still (ALBUM REVIEW)

Richard Thompson – Still (ALBUM REVIEW)

Richard Thompson has a unique standing in contemporary music circles. Although the origins of his career can be traced to his tenure in Fairport Convention — a band considered one of the leading lights among the English folk rock vanguard — his ties to any traditional trappings remain tenuous at  ...[more]

Failure-The Heart is a Monster (Album Review)

Failure-The Heart is a Monster (Album Review)

It’s been nearly two decades since the world was blessed with new Failure. Fantastic Planet was a monumental achievement in the world of post-grunge alt rock, with its spaced out vibe and trippy soundscape propelling it out of this world. Despite the band’s initial success with the record, tensions from  ...[more]

Neil Young and Promise of the Real Fall Short On ‘The Monsanto Years’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Neil Young and Promise of the Real Fall ...

The topical concerns that permeate the songs on The Monsanto Years shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s listened to Neil Young over the course of his career and particularly in recent years. And if nothing else, the collection of material maintains the viability of the album as a collection of recorded material,  ...[more]

GRATEFUL DEAD FARE THEE WELL – SOLDIER FIELD, CHICAGO, IL 7/4/15 – “One More Saturday Night” HIGHLIGHTS (SHOW RECAP)

GRATEFUL DEAD FARE THEE WELL – SOLDIER FIELD, ...

They were dancing in Chicago again last night at Solider Field. The second of three Fare Thee Well showcased some big jams, quintessential Dead, and one heck of an ode to the Fourth of July. Musically, the energy wasn’t quite as high as it was on night one, but there  ...[more]

Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well – Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 7/3/15 – Highlights (SHOW RECAP)

Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well – Soldier Field, ...

Shakedown started at the airport. Strangers became friends, tickets were exchanged, plans to meet in the lot were made.  The guy sitting next to me on the Friday morning flight to Chicago was in Germany on Thursday. His first show? 1971. He chose his college because of that first Dead  ...[more]

12 Great Twitter Reactions To Night One of Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well

12 Great Twitter Reactions To Night One of ...

You can read all the reviews written by those trying to analyze every detail of the final 5 shows the surviving members of the Grateful Dead will ever play together, and all of that has its place. But sometimes the best barometer of what really went down is to listen  ...[more]

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators: Live At The Roxy 9.25.14 (DVD REVIEW)

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators: Live ...

If you’ve ever seen Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators live, then you know exactly what you’re going to get on the new DVD, Live At The Roxy 9.25.14. If you’ve ever seen Slash with Kennedy and this incarnation of his band live, then that’s exactly why you will  ...[more]

J Geils Band: House Party Live In Germany (DVD REVIEW)

J Geils Band: House Party Live In Germany ...

1979 was such a great year for music, as bands were bursting out with landmark albums to end one decade and welcome a new one. AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Tom Petty, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and even Michael Jackson, were burning up the charts with recordings that would  ...[more]

Jeff Beck: Live In Tokyo (DVD REVIEW)

Jeff Beck: Live In Tokyo (DVD REVIEW)

There is a moment in the recently released DVD, Jeff Beck: Live In Tokyo, when it really hits home that Beck is indeed a genius. It’s not when he’s driving through a rocker like “Big Block” or rockabilly jazzing in “Rollin’ & Tumblin’” or even when he’s giving homage to  ...[more]

That’s The Way It Is: A History of Television News in America – By Charles L. Ponce (BOOK REVIEW)

That’s The Way It Is: A History of ...

Even its most ardent admirers are forced to admit that television news has changed significantly over the past decades. Those revered no-nonsense newsmen who helped pioneer the form — Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley — would barely recognize what passes today for real journalism and in depth  ...[more]

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with the Grateful Dead Bill Kreutzmann with Benjy Eisen (BOOK REVIEW)

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and ...

During the course of the first person narrative of Deal, founding member/drummer of the Grateful Dead Bill Kreutzmann shows he’s (almost) as skilled a storyteller as he is a drummer. Particularly in the early going of My Three Decades,  his informal style lends itself well to the increasingly fast pace  ...[more]

Live Dead: The Grateful Dead Photographed by By Bob Minkin (BOOK REVIEW)

Live Dead: The Grateful Dead Photographed by By ...

Because his work speaks volumes for itself, vaunted photographer Bob Minkin doesn’t really need the endorsements offered by Tom Constanten, Steve Parish and Blair Jackson for  Live Dead.  But their observations and insights included here in the form of preface, forward and introduction (especially the latter’s,which serves a s mini  ...[more]

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