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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s ‘Bright Star’ Succeeds With Invigorating Bluegrass/Antebellum Score (ALBUM REVIEW)

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s ‘Bright Star’ Succeeds ...

The outgrowth of two previous albums that paired Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the ambitious  effort spawned from this creative collaboration between Martin, Brickell, director Walter Bobbie and musical supervisor Peter Asher has made Bright Star one of the bright lights on the Great White Way. The story goes back  ...[more]

Vulture Whale Balance Gritty Rock and Roll With Focused Instrumentation on ‘Aluminium’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Vulture Whale Balance Gritty Rock and Roll With ...

From the mischievous opening guitar riffs on Aluminium, the new record from Birmingham, AL rockers Vulture Whale, there’s an implied naughtiness that will only intrigue you to keep listening. And their heady jams will continue to twist and turn in ways that will make you want to head-bang and shake your  ...[more]

My Morning Jacket Reissues ‘It Still Moves’ – Revisits Majestic Sounds & Illuminating Sketches (ALBUM REVIEW)

My Morning Jacket Reissues ‘It Still Moves’ – ...

It might be unreasonable to expect the expanded reissue of My Morning Jacket’s It Still Moves to represent the same quantum leap in archiving as the original 2003 studio production did within the band’s discography. But even though titular leader Jim James professed publicly he sought improvements by overseeing the  ...[more]

Nada Surf Plays Career-Spanning Set For Sold Out Austin Crowd (SHOW REVIEW)

Nada Surf Plays Career-Spanning Set For Sold Out ...

This year marks twenty years since New York-based Nada Surf released their debut album High/Low with its spoken-word rocker “Popular” blasting onto airwaves. However, unlike many other rock bands from the 90’s, Nada Surf is not touring with a twentieth anniversary play through of their debut album. Instead, Matthew Caws  ...[more]

Hardcore/Punk Arrives Strong at Black N Blue Bowl 2016 (SHOW REVIEW)

Hardcore/Punk Arrives Strong at Black N Blue Bowl ...

Unlike previous years, 2016’s version of the Black N Blue Bowl was scaled down to one day instead of two as the hardcore/punk/metal scene focused once again on Webster Hall with a full card of bands and almost as many bro hugs as tattoos. Early groups were the New Jersey  ...[more]

Eagles of Death Metal Bring Intense Rock And Big Ego To Austin (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Eagles of Death Metal Bring Intense Rock And ...

It was only last November when terrorist gunmen opened fire at the Bataclan rock club in Paris where the Eagles of Death Metal were playing. Nearly one hundred people lost their lives in the club that night, and members of the band, like many other survivors, were deeply traumatized by  ...[more]

Elvis Costello Documents Solo Tour on ‘Detour Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’ (DVD REVIEW)

Elvis Costello Documents Solo Tour on ‘Detour Live ...

Based on the sheer power and largess of Elvis Costello’s catalog alone, any DVD that documents his 40 year career and more than 25 of his superb songs is in itself well worth the price of admission. Consequently, Detour Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, taken from last year’s Detour tour,  ...[more]

‘Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty’ Shines Intimate Spotlight on Late Great Blues Guitarist (DVD REVIEW)

‘Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty’ Shines Intimate Spotlight ...

There are three things that you will notice when watching the newly released DVD Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty. One is that the music is so incredibly passionate, feisty and unfettered with special tricks, that chills run up your spine. Two, that Winter’s Firebird guitar is so damn cool. And  ...[more]

The Jam’s Defiant Sense of Integrity Captured on ‘About the Young Idea’ (DVD REVIEW)

The Jam’s Defiant Sense of Integrity Captured on ...

As if The Jam’s fiercely independent, willfully defiant sense of integrity needed any affirmation in these days of songs by the Clash on TV commercials, About the Young Idea ultimately stands as a clear delineation of their will to succeed on their own terms. Unafraid to be themselves now as  ...[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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