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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats –  Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (ALBUM REVIEW)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Nathaniel ...

Debut albums can be a tricky proposition. On the one hand, it’s essential to make an immediate impression. On the other, you don’t want to raise the bar too high so that succeeding efforts dwell in the shadows of that effort that came before. Especially since that initial attempt is  ...[more]

Destroyer – Poison Season (ALBUM REVIEW)

Destroyer – Poison Season (ALBUM REVIEW)

Shortly into Poison Season, the latest release from Dan Bejar’s Destroyer, he mutters the lines: “I’ll take my chances on the road/On the inside I’m an ocean/Like a wheel set into motion into the storm”. Words like these in the hands of a lesser assured artist would likely ring hollow  ...[more]

Beach House- Depression Cherry (ALBUM REVIEW)

Beach House- Depression Cherry (ALBUM REVIEW)

If you find yourself bewitched by the dream pop sounds of Beach House, than their latest record Depression Cherry will continue to enchant you in new ways. A follow up to 2012’s critically beloved Bloom, Cherry has more of those lush, soaring sounds for which Beach House is known, but  ...[more]

Birdcloud – The Mohawk, Austin, TX 8/28/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Birdcloud – The Mohawk, Austin, TX 8/28/15 (SHOW ...

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and the inevitable legions of other airbrushed manufactured pop stars continually pump the music industry full of sanitized hot air that leaves a rift between the listener’s reality and their superficial image. The only veritable counterbalance to these unattainable expectations and departure from reality comes in  ...[more]

MusicFestNW – Portland, OR 8/21/15-8/23/15 (FESTIVAL REVIEW/PHOTOS)

MusicFestNW – Portland, OR 8/21/15-8/23/15 (FESTIVAL REVIEW/PHOTOS)

The annual MusicFestNW in downtown Portland has transformed over the years from a multi-venue festival reminiscent of South by Southwest into a weekend affair in the park with 20 bands.  The setting at Tom McCall Waterfront Park makes the festival easy to attend and enjoy, but this year there were  ...[more]

Baby In Vain – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA 8/11/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Baby In Vain – The Echo, Los Angeles, ...

The all-female rock trio known as Baby In Vain wrapped up a very successful U.S. tour at The Echo in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles, Tuesday night August 11th. The tour included opening dates for The Kills as well as a slot at the prestigious Outside Lands festival in  ...[more]

The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982 (DVD REVIEW)

The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982 (DVD ...

“This captures a unique bonfire in the eternal blaze of The Who,” former Melody Maker journalist Chris Roberts writes in the booklet accompanying the new DVD, The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982. A definite must-have for Who fans, it contains the full concert the band performed on the second  ...[more]

The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live in 1971 (DVD REVIEW)

The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee ...

The Rolling Stones needed to get out of England – the quicker the better, before the new tax season started. They had gone on a short nine city “Farewell Tour” of the UK, a month ahead of the release of their Sticky Fingers album, before they found refuge in France  ...[more]

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators: Live At The Roxy 9.25.14 (DVD REVIEW)

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators: Live ...

If you’ve ever seen Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators live, then you know exactly what you’re going to get on the new DVD, Live At The Roxy 9.25.14. If you’ve ever seen Slash with Kennedy and this incarnation of his band live, then that’s exactly why you will  ...[more]

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! by Dennis Dunaway (BOOK REVIEW)

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! by Dennis Dunaway (BOOK ...

“I haven’t told you everything from the book,” former Alice Cooper bass player Dennis Dunaway teasingly told me during an interview in 2013 about the book that now sits on book store shelves. After years of tweaking it to perfection, Dunaway has unveiled the world of the original Alice Cooper  ...[more]

That’s The Way It Is: A History of Television News in America – By Charles L. Ponce (BOOK REVIEW)

That’s The Way It Is: A History of ...

Even its most ardent admirers are forced to admit that television news has changed significantly over the past decades. Those revered no-nonsense newsmen who helped pioneer the form — Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley — would barely recognize what passes today for real journalism and in depth  ...[more]

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with the Grateful Dead Bill Kreutzmann with Benjy Eisen (BOOK REVIEW)

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and ...

During the course of the first person narrative of Deal, founding member/drummer of the Grateful Dead Bill Kreutzmann shows he’s (almost) as skilled a storyteller as he is a drummer. Particularly in the early going of My Three Decades,  his informal style lends itself well to the increasingly fast pace  ...[more]

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