Betty Who- Take Me When You Go (ALBUM REVIEW)

Betty Who- Take Me When You Go (ALBUM ...

Basically, Betty Who grooved on to the scene last year with her varsity jacket and Chuck Taylors and hasn’t stopped moving. Although radio has yet to latch on to Who and her bombastic brand of 80s-infused anthems, reputable music blogs and Tumblr tweens alike have celebrated her unabashed approach to  ...[more]

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn –  Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (ALBUM REVIEW)

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – Béla Fleck ...

After a year of touring together, husband and wife team Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn decided to record their first musical collaboration. The resulting album, simply titled Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, is a stripped-down collection of the finest gifts each performer brings to the banjo. Fleck is known for  ...[more]

Charlie Mars- The Money (ALBUM REVIEW)

Charlie Mars- The Money (ALBUM REVIEW)

The final installment of Charlie Mars’ so-called Texas Trilogy, The Money finds Mars taking a small step backward while at the same time continuing along his path of artistic self-discovery. After five albums as a standard singer-songwriter, Mars’ label went out of business and he was forced to go it  ...[more]

Minus the Bear – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA 10/18/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Minus the Bear – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA ...

Minus the Bear’s tour in support of their latest release Lost Loves, a collection of unreleased material recorded during sessions for the Planet of Ice, Omni, and Infinity Overhead albums and the ten year anniversary of the They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP, made a stop at Philadelphia’s subterranean  ...[more]

The Jayhawks w/ Trapper Schoepp & The Shades – Granada Theatre, Dallas, TX 10/14/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

The Jayhawks w/ Trapper Schoepp & The Shades ...

From 1996 to 2003, beloved Americana icons The Jayhawks cut and released three albums of material-Sound Of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music without the services of founding member Mark Olson. Despite the music’s generally warm reception and the bevy of great song selections put forth, this period has traditionally  ...[more]

Black 47 – Rocky Sullivan’s, Brooklyn, NY 10/11/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Black 47 – Rocky Sullivan’s, Brooklyn, NY 10/11/14 ...

A successful New York institution is hanging it up in 2014 after a year-long farewell tour, and no this review has nothing to do with Derek Jeter. Black 47, who have been playing New York City’s finest drinking establishments for over 30+ years, are turning on the lights and shouting  ...[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]

Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones by Paul Trynka (BOOK REVIEW)

Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones ...

Music has always been a bitches brew of spontaneous seduction and pounding vibrations that often caused the soul of the listener to go mad with fever. It’s all over the blues and Jazz and especially in the realm of rock & roll. The obvious spell that Pan has weaved over  ...[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]

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