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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]

String Cheese Incident Cut Loose, Bust Out Big Covers in Eugene, OR (RECAP/PHOTOS)

String Cheese Incident Cut Loose, Bust Out Big ...

Christening Oregon as their home away from home, String Cheese Incident cut loose with a strong show in Eugene, Oregon to open their two-night run at the Cuthbert Amphitheater. The first set alone featured covers of the Allman Brothers (“Jessica”), Stevie Wonder (“Boogie On Reggae Woman”), Peter Rowan (“Sweet Melinda”),  ...[more]

Patti Smith, Graham Nash, Margo Price and More Heat Things Up On Day 2 Of Newport Folk Festival 2016 (REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Patti Smith, Graham Nash, Margo Price and More ...

Continuing the tradition of politicism and positivity, the second day of Newport Folk brought more loud, passionate voices of change to all three stages. Leading the charge was the day’s headliner, Patti Smith. Doing a set filled with covers, she brought the house down on the Fort stage as the  ...[more]

Case/Lang/Veirs, Freakwater, The Arcs Among Top Highlights On Day 1 of Newport Folk Festival 2016 (REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Case/Lang/Veirs, Freakwater, The Arcs Among Top Highlights On ...

There could not be a more poignant, significant time of year for the Newport Folk Festival to take place than this week, as the Republican National Convention blows through Cleveland. Though the two events are many miles apart, they coincide in a particularly special way. As the convention pushes extreme  ...[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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