Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World (ALBUM REVIEW)

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World ...

Ten years have passed since the Toronto bass and drums duo Death from Above 1979 released its debut LP, the high-octane You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. For a good while, it seemed that record would be the only full-length release the duo would put out, following an extended hiatus  ...[more]

The Growlers- Chinese Fountain (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Growlers- Chinese Fountain (ALBUM REVIEW)

Goth beach is the type of bizarro moniker that can at one turn feel like a salty acid trip or a meandering moonlit stroll along the water. It’s a descriptive phrase that supposedly comes the closest to defining SoCal outfit the Growlers. They’ve latched onto it to a certain extent  ...[more]

Sean Rowe- Madman (ALBUM REVIEW)

Sean Rowe- Madman (ALBUM REVIEW)

“You can call me a madman/But I’m spoken for”, sings Sean Rowe on the title track of his latest record Madman, and immediately we are pulled in by that deep, stirring voice that’s unlike anything else. Folk mastermind Rowe is an artist that continues to surprise and intrigue listeners with  ...[more]

Conor Oberst – Stubb’s BBQ, Austin, TX 9/20/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Conor Oberst – Stubb’s BBQ, Austin, TX 9/20/14 ...

As Conor Oberst has grown up from the emotionally vulnerable and hugely talented singer-songwriter once lauded by fans and the music press as the next Bob Dylan, he has found himself in a comfortable place. This place is one of creative freedom and getting to handpick musicians to make the  ...[more]

Justin Townes Earle – Stage 48, New York, NY 9/9/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Justin Townes Earle – Stage 48, New York, ...

Justin Townes Earle has gone through some changes over the last couple of years, and when he played to a packed room at Stage 48 in NYC on September 9th, he didn’t seem totally in his element. He mentioned right off the bat that he was playing with a new  ...[more]

The Baseball Project – Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara, CA 9/7/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

The Baseball Project – Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara, ...

The Baseball Project, one of the best kept secrets in Indie music, came to Santa Barbara to play on a sleepy Sunday night at Velvet Jones nightclub. The band is the brainchild of former R.E.M. guitarist Scott McCaughey, and Steve Wynn, who is most well known as the leader of  ...[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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