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JPNSGRLS Build Upon Promise With ‘Divorce’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

JPNSGRLS Build Upon Promise With ‘Divorce’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Divorce, the second full-length album from JPNSGRLS, continues to build upon the promise of their 2014 debut, Circulation. The sophomore album by the Canadian quartet of non-Japanese men is a frantic 32-minute blitz of unbridled rock intensity. The album’s opening salvo, titled “Oh My God,” gives no time to catch  ...[more]

Pink Talking Fish Cover Three Iconic Bands at Boston Harbor (CRUISE REVIEW)

Pink Talking Fish Cover Three Iconic Bands at ...

Pink Talking Fish’s boat cruise around the Boston Harbor was the perfect opportunity to rage on the dance floor while enjoying a gorgeous Sunday evening on the sunny seas. The Pink Floyd/Talking Heads/Phish Tribute Act dished out a set that offered something for everyone, and if you didn’t enjoy yourself  ...[more]

Trent Dabbs’ ‘The Optimist’ Boasts Eight Songs But Each A Treasure (ALBUM REVIEW)

Trent Dabbs’ ‘The Optimist’ Boasts Eight Songs But ...

Given his prodigious output and continuing contributions to other artists’s songbooks, the title of Trent Dabbs’s latest effort seems wholly appropriate. Ten albums on, he continues to maintain his upward gaze, crafting songs that sail at a propulsive pace even when they’re at odds within his noir folkish sentiments. The Optimist  ...[more]

Phish Bust Out Rarities & Offer Complete Shows Mixed w/ Genres & Tempos at Bill Graham Tuesday & Wednesday (SHOW RECAPS)

Phish Bust Out Rarities & Offer Complete Shows ...

Last night Phish wrapped up their fourth three-night stand in downtown San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. After arguably the best show of summer tour on Monday, the band stepped up and took it deeper on Tuesday. Last night expectations were high and what went down, at least  ...[more]

10 Reasons Why Float Fest 2016 Was Worth the Heat (FESTIVAL REVIEW/PHOTOS)

10 Reasons Why Float Fest 2016 Was Worth ...

Despite scorching summer heat, Float Fest, the annual music festival in San Marcos, TX featuring live music, camping and river floats went off without a hitch on July 16th and 17th. Lee Ackerley picked out his ten favorite things about the festival. 1. Small Crowds Don’t get me wrong, the festival  ...[more]

Phish Light Up Bill Graham Aud Night One With Type II Jamming & Full On “Sneakin’ Sally” (SHOW RECAP)

Phish Light Up Bill Graham Aud Night One ...

From the most incredible outdoor venue in the U.S., to the high intensity of indoor Phish, Monday night (7/18/18) was a smoker in San Francisco. There’s a million ways to look at each and every show, but without a doubt every single head in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium was  ...[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]

‘The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped’ Shows Icons in 1995 Live Glory (DVD REVIEW)

‘The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped’ Shows Icons in ...

For those who love their music documentaries with more talk and behind-the-scenes footage than actual musical clips, then Eagle Rock has a goodie for you. Whereas most of the Rolling Stones DVD treasures of late have been full concerts, Totally Stripped has readjusted the weight on the scales and is  ...[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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