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Wannabe Reviews Plague Vendor’s ‘Bloodsweat’

Wannabe Reviews Plague Vendor’s ‘Bloodsweat’

In the newest installment of Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle reviews the self-titled new album from Whittier, CA rockers Plague Vendor, Bloodsweat, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution:...[more]

Swans Give Musical Prowess New Meaning on ‘The Glowing Man’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Swans Give Musical Prowess New Meaning on ‘The ...

Almost two years since their stellar and critics favorite To Be Kind was released, Swans’ The Glowing Man has the band changing up the pacing a bit; this is a far less challenging 120 minutes and frankly more inviting than they’ve written in quite some time. The opening 13 minutes  ...[more]

Peter Bjorn and John Avoid Bland Clunkers on ‘Breakin’ Point’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Peter Bjorn and John Avoid Bland Clunkers on ...

 Seven albums into their career, Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John continue to fine-tune their style of infectious indie pop. Though the band’s major breakthrough – both commercially and critically – was 2006’s Writer’s Block (“Young Folks”), in some ways 2011’s Gimme Some was their peak. Though not as eccentric  ...[more]

Thrice Opt For Balanced Dynamics Vs Harder Favorites at Detroit’s Fillmore (SHOW REVIEW)

Thrice Opt For Balanced Dynamics Vs Harder Favorites ...

Originally scheduled to play at St. Andrews Hall, a venue change saw Thrice play at Detroit’s Fillmore on June 22nd with excellent opening acts to boot. Gates, who opened and frankly sounded much like latter-day Thrice parallels were able to get a good contrast of sounds with the next act  ...[more]

Natural Child Treat Brooklyn To Laid Back Rockin’ Grooves (SHOW REVIEW)

Natural Child Treat Brooklyn To Laid Back Rockin’ ...

Friday, June 24th was a warm summer night in Brooklyn, NY, a perfect evening to get out and see some live music, which is exactly what many hip young Brooklynites did as they crowded into the sold out Union Pool for an hour long set of Southern flared rock n’  ...[more]

Dead & Company Entangle Citi Field For Two Nights & Prove ‘The Music’ Needs John Mayer (SHOW REVIEW)

Dead & Company Entangle Citi Field For Two ...

With the soundboard from Saturday’s show Dead & Company show playing through the speakers, the magnificence of the first show at Citi Field is confirmed. Guitarist John Mayer has made no secret of the fact that he found the Dead’s music at a time where he hit rock bottom. He  ...[more]

‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ Brings Story of First Female Rock Star Via Unseen Footage/Interviews (DVD REVIEW)

‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ Brings Story of First ...

Port Arthur, Texas, was like most mid-sized cities in America. Nothing overly special other than some history and actual neighborhoods families could grow up in. When Seth and Dorothy Joplin had their first child in 1943, it was nothing out of the ordinary. They would have two more children there.  ...[more]

Robert Trujillo Presents JACO  – Depicting The Life of a Jazz Bass Great (DVD REVIEW)

Robert Trujillo Presents JACO – Depicting The Life ...

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s cinematic exploration of the life of bassist Jaco Pastorius is as comprehensive as the genius musician’s range of influences. In the first few minutes of the film, the Metallica bassist, along with co-directors Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, waste no time illustrating the scope of their  ...[more]

Elvis Costello Documents Solo Tour on ‘Detour Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’ (DVD REVIEW)

Elvis Costello Documents Solo Tour on ‘Detour Live ...

Based on the sheer power and largess of Elvis Costello’s catalog alone, any DVD that documents his 40 year career and more than 25 of his superb songs is in itself well worth the price of admission. Consequently, Detour Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, taken from last year’s Detour tour,  ...[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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