Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (ALBUM REVIEW)

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets ...

Let’s be honest, prolific singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams does not need to prove anything to anyone. And her new record, a lengthy double album titled Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone is proof of that. No doubt a few eyebrows were raised questioning why at this point in her career,  ...[more]

Marc Ford- Holy Ghost (ALBUM REVIEW)

Marc Ford- Holy Ghost (ALBUM REVIEW)

With the one-minute bare bones’ acoustic guitar and vocal opener, “If I’d Waited” which sounds nothing like any other track, Holy Ghost, is a successful work of misdirection.    Based on both his history and his abilities you would expect former Black Crowes’ guitarist Marc Ford’s latest solo effort to be  ...[more]

Gary Clark Jr. – Gary Clark Jr. Live (ALBUM REVIEW)

Gary Clark Jr. – Gary Clark Jr. Live ...

Who exactly does Gary Clark Jr. think he is, releasing a double-disc live album after only three full-length studio albums? Isn’t a double live album supposed to be reserved for musical legends and those with extensive catalogs from which to pull? Clark’s live album, simply called Live, doesn’t fit into  ...[more]

Santana – ACL Moody Theatre, Austin, TX 9/27/14 (SHOW REVIEW & PHOTOS)

Santana – ACL Moody Theatre, Austin, TX 9/27/14 ...

Carlos Santana first exploded into the public consciousness with his searing performance at the original Woodstock in 1969. Adding touches of Latin and African styles into psychedelic rock and roll, Santana played with a fiery, passionate intensity not unlike that of Jimi Hendrix, and if you watch his set in  ...[more]

Karen O – The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA 9/18/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Karen O – The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood ...

On a hot, muggy night inside a solemn Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a sophisticated, eloquently-dressed Karen O walked slowly from the back of the room to take the stage amid near silence. While many may know O more for her flashy outfits and outgoing persona as lead vocalist  ...[more]

Easy All Stars/Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad – Soho, Santa Barbara, CA 9/22/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Easy All Stars/Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad – ...

A near sell-out crowd packed Soho restaurant and nightclub in downtown Santa Barbara, on a sleepy Monday night. The reggae genre has long been celebrated in the local community here, with a tradition of special nights dedicated to the dance trance rhythms inspired by the Caribbean beat. In the last  ...[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]

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie And The Advent Of Punk (BOOK REVIEW)

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie And The Advent Of ...

 “I had no idea that Chris was a voyeur when I met him,” Debbie Harry writes in the forward to her bandmate’s new book. “How could I know? His mother told me when we met that his personality was fully intact as a tiny baby.” She’s joking. Maybe. With another  ...[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]

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