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Lori McKenna Crafts Choruses That Pierce Your Heart on ‘The Bird & The Rifle’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Lori McKenna Crafts Choruses That Pierce Your Heart ...

There isn’t a Lori McKenna-penned song in existence that won’t find some way to get to you, whether it’s making you crack up, cry your eyes out, or fall madly in love. And though the songstress has written for seemingly every country artist under the sun, it’s McKenna’s own raw emotion-packed  ...[more]

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Offer Free Flowing Gems On  ‘Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Offer Free Flowing Gems ...

It does no disservice to The Chris Robinson Brotherhood to describe their latest album as a transitional work. Recorded in the process of shifting personnel, the eight tracks that comprise Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel sound like sonic outlines (similar to the sketches on the album artwork)  ...[more]

Cody Dickinson Ranges Wide in Style on ‘Leeway For The Freeway’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Cody Dickinson Ranges Wide in Style on ‘Leeway ...

Cody Dickinson’s Leeway for the Freeway is not his first solo effort outside the group he founded, The North Mississippi Allstars: while his sibling Luther was a participating member of The Black Crowes seven years ago,  the drummer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist headed a Dixie rock-influenced outfit called the Hill Country Revue. While this  ...[more]

Father John Misty, Raury & M83 Keep Detroit’s Mo Pop Festival Interesting (SHOW REVIEW)

Father John Misty, Raury & M83 Keep Detroit’s ...

Now in its second year in Detroit and in similar fashion, Mo Pop faced a chance of heavy delays on the last day of the festival. The tumultuous forecasted thunderstorms on Sunday only mildly stopped the start of the festivities for a half an hour, luckily hitting earlier than anticipated.  ...[more]

The String Cheese Incident Bring Extended Jams And Special Guests To Eugene, OR (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

The String Cheese Incident Bring Extended Jams And ...

When String Cheese Incident took the stage at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene Oregon on Saturday, Michael Kang said that it felt like home to be back in this part of the country, and that since it was the end of this part of their summer tour, that we should  ...[more]

Willie Nelson & Family Bring Smiles And Country Hits To Oregon’s Edgefield (SHOW REVIEW)

Willie Nelson & Family Bring Smiles And Country ...

Few things in life feel as uplifting as a smile from Willie Nelson, and at Edgefield just outside Portland on Sunday night the Red Headed Stranger was all smiles as he waved to ‘hello’ audience. It’s a remarkable feat that at the age of 83 Willie is still on the  ...[more]

Miles Ahead & Audio Companion Pieces Reaffirm Jazz ...

Because he so artfully interweaves literal storytelling with provocative movie-making, Don Cheadle deserves an Academy Award for Miles Ahead. Both the conception and execution of this homage to the late Miles Davis are also reflected in the companion musical pieces released to coincide with the icon of jazz. The original  ...[more]

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reaffirm 1978 Brilliance on ‘Rust Never Sleeps’ Reissue (DVD REVIEW)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reaffirm 1978 Brilliance ...

The almost simultaneous release of two Neil Young DVD’s is a sage move on the part of the Canadian rock icon. Not only does his current touring heighten the visibility of their respective releases, but each  film illuminates his work from a different perspective. The arcane quasi-comedy Human Highway has  ...[more]

Feats First: The Life and Music of Lowell George (DVD REVIEW)

Feats First: The Life and Music of Lowell ...

Lowell George was one of contemporary rock’s greatest iconoclasts and, like most such characters, his idiosyncratic tendencies were as close to the source of his talent as the cockeyed lust for life that ultimately led to his downfall. The introduction to the DVD trades in hyperbole, the likes of which  ...[more]

Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements Wins As Exceptional Rock Bio (BOOK REVIEW)

Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements ...

In the very first chapter of Trouble Boys, Bob Mehr decoys his readers, rolling out the formative stages of guitarist Bob Stinson’s life in such granular detail that The True Story of The Replacements seems bound for territory as dry as a Wikipedia entry. As it turns out, though, Mehr  ...[more]

Jerry on Jerry, The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews (BOOK REVIEW)

Jerry on Jerry, The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews ...

As intimated by its detailed cover graphics, with both flat and glossy finish on the dust-cover and a large embossing of the famous image of the man’s hand on the hardcover, Jerry on Jerry, The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews is really much more than what it’s subtitle indicates. The Unpublished  ...[more]

Voices of The Grateful Dead & Community Integrate on ‘This Is All A Dream, We Dreamed’ (BOOK REVIEW)

Voices of The Grateful Dead & Community Integrate ...

Even the most erudite Deadheads will be equally surprised and delighted with This Is All A Dream We Dreamed. Surprised by insight offered here, not quite so vividly reflected in other books on the iconic band, such as a portrait of scurrilous Lenny Hart as graphic in its own way  ...[more]

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