Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood – Juice (ALBUM REVIEW)

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood – Juice (ALBUM ...

In an expression of their collective confidence, the opener of Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood’s Juice sets the tone for an album conceived of the foursome’s exploration of Latin-influenced music. The quartet slip so easily into the lightly syncopated groove of  Eddie Harris’ “Sham Time,” it’s as if they gave  ...[more]

Blonde Redhead- Penny Sparkle (ALBUM REVIEW)

Blonde Redhead- Penny Sparkle (ALBUM REVIEW)

Four years since Penny Sparkle, an album that seemed to shine about as much as a tarnished penny would itself, the 1990’s, Blonde Redhead has released their ninth album, Barragán. If Penny Sparkle knocked them down, then Barragán is Blonde Redhead limply tottering back to their feet. But instead of  ...[more]

Hiss Golden Messenger- Lateness of Dancers (ALBUM REVIEW)

Hiss Golden Messenger- Lateness of Dancers (ALBUM REVIEW)

M.C. Taylor, better known as Hiss Golden Messenger, is one to watch. On his follow up to last year’s incredibly sparse and haunting Bad Debt, he’s lightened his load a bit to radiant results. Lateness of Dancers finds Taylor embracing a more sun-drenched country sound than we’re used to from  ...[more]

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ Grand Point North Festival – Ten Standouts (RECAP)

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ Grand Point North ...

In the space of just four years, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals have fine-tuned the concept of their Grand Point North Festival (not to mention streamlining operations and offering all the amenities an attendee might want or need) by placing high-profile names next to rising stars, then setting them alongside  ...[more]

2014 Hopscotch Music Festival HIGHLIGHTS – Death, Da La Soul, Freeman, Mastodon & More

2014 Hopscotch Music Festival HIGHLIGHTS – Death, Da ...

For the fifth year of the Hopscotch Music Festival, the event expanded to include three big shows at Raleigh’s downtown City Plaza – up from two – along with the usual slew of club, theater, and street events. Each year the festival seems to tighten its grip on downtown Raleigh  ...[more]

Lockn’ Music Festival – Arrington, Virginia Sept 4-7, 2014 (FESTIVAL RECAP)

Lockn’ Music Festival – Arrington, Virginia Sept 4-7, ...

Lockn’ Music Festival began its journey last year with a stellar lineup and the pristine Virginia setting. Over 30,000 people gathered this past weekend to experience all that Lockn’ had to offer. This year, they offered closer camping to the venue, a more extensive shakedown street, more stages, and even  ...[more]

Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Remaster (DVD REVIEW)

Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration ...

There was no celebration recognizing the fiftieth anniversary of Bob Dylan’s recording career in 2013, perhaps because The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, released in a deluxe edition of DVD/Blu-ray & CD, simply couldn’t be surpassed. The stunning visuals and audio clarity of the recording match an redoubtable array of artists  ...[more]

All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman (DVD Review)

All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice ...

With its emotional honesty and clarity of introspection, there’s such a deep-rooted melancholy in Gregg Allman’s greatest song, “Old Before My Time” (from 2003’s ABB album Hittin’ the Note), that it’s inclusion in the setlist for All My Friends might well have unduly dampened the celebratory atmosphere that permeates the  ...[more]

Allman Brothers Band/40: 40th Anniversary Show Live At The Beacon Theatre (DVD Review)

Allman Brothers Band/40: 40th Anniversary Show Live At ...

As handsomely packaged as last year’s Brothers & Sisters, ‘Deluxe Edition,’ 40 is so impeccably recorded in audio and video (the latter of which makes an often cheesy light show look impressive), it is comparable to 2003′s Live at the Beacon Theatre DVD (though lacking its assortment of bonus features).  ...[more]

There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson (BOOK REVIEW)

There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson (BOOK REVIEW)

There is more than one description for a music journalist. Some of us are living, breathing encyclopedias of recorded music, effortlessly comparing deep cuts from thirty years ago to a newly minted master tape without blinking an eye. Then there are the ones who studiously inject their writings with BIG  ...[more]

Please Be With Me by Galadrielle Allman (Book Review)

Please Be With Me by Galadrielle Allman (Book ...

“Please Be With Me, A Song for My Father” is, quite simply, the most insightful book written to date about The Allman Brothers Band. In a quest to learn the true nature of the parent she never knew—the famed guitarist died when the author was but two years old—Galadrielle Allman  ...[more]

One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band

One Way Out: The Inside History of The ...

Alan Paul creates the chronological narrative of One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band by interweaving excerpts of interviews with band members, family and friends, business partners and acquaintances, with much the same intricacy the band itself improvises. In doing so, he, more often than not,  ...[more]

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