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Bear’s Den Share Affinity For Vintage ‘80s Atmospheric Pop on ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Bear’s Den Share Affinity For Vintage ‘80s Atmospheric ...

Bear’s Den makes their affinity for vintage ‘80s atmospheric pop all the more obvious on this sophomore set Red Earth & Pouring Rain, an able follow-up to their 2014 debut Islands, an album that established their indie ethos and found them in demand at various high profile festivals in their  ...[more]

Wannabe Reviews Butch Walker’s ‘Stay Gold’

Wannabe Reviews Butch Walker’s ‘Stay Gold’

In the newest installment of Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle reviews Stay Gold, the new album from Americana rocker Butch Walker, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):...[more]

Hollis Brown Channel Range of Rock Inspiration on ‘Cluster Of Pearls’ EP (ALBUM REVIEW)

Hollis Brown Channel Range of Rock Inspiration on ...

New York’s Hollis Brown has had a great couple of years. Last year saw the band opening up for Counting Crows on a country-wide tour of the U.S. and they are currently on a headlining tour of their own. The group brings together rock, country and blues to create their  ...[more]

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa & More Blaze Through Austin on #THEHIGHROADTOUR (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa & More Blaze Through ...

There is no doubt that when you label your tour #THEHIGHROADTOUR and you are Snoop Dogg, you are directly speaking to the cannabis-smoking culture of our society. In this latest joint tour of Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, at least three marijuana-related companies were sponsors; but then again it seemed  ...[more]

Prophets of Rage Keep It Legit in Mansfield – Morello, Chuck D & B Real Hit The Ground Running (SHOW REVIEW)

Prophets of Rage Keep It Legit in Mansfield ...

Prophets of Rage bulldozed through Mansfield, Mass with the power of a triumphant guerilla army, serving up songs from multiple iconic discographies and showcasing members of three different acts of historic stature. It’s not a secret that while the guitarist, drummer and bassist from Rage Against The Machine wanted to  ...[more]

Jeff Beck Remains Six String Bad Ass On 50th Anniversary Tour (SHOW REVIEW)

Jeff Beck Remains Six String Bad Ass On ...

For the second time in as many weeks a truly legendary pop music icon has made an appearance at the newly upgraded Chumash casino resort in Santa Ynez. Two weeks ago it was the inimitable Stevie Wonder who made an astounding two night sold out stop at the Samala Showroom  ...[more]

Miles Ahead & Audio Companion Pieces Reaffirm Jazz ...

Because he so artfully interweaves literal storytelling with provocative movie-making, Don Cheadle deserves an Academy Award for Miles Ahead. Both the conception and execution of this homage to the late Miles Davis are also reflected in the companion musical pieces released to coincide with the icon of jazz. The original  ...[more]

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reaffirm 1978 Brilliance on ‘Rust Never Sleeps’ Reissue (DVD REVIEW)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reaffirm 1978 Brilliance ...

The almost simultaneous release of two Neil Young DVD’s is a sage move on the part of the Canadian rock icon. Not only does his current touring heighten the visibility of their respective releases, but each  film illuminates his work from a different perspective. The arcane quasi-comedy Human Highway has  ...[more]

Feats First: The Life and Music of Lowell George (DVD REVIEW)

Feats First: The Life and Music of Lowell ...

Lowell George was one of contemporary rock’s greatest iconoclasts and, like most such characters, his idiosyncratic tendencies were as close to the source of his talent as the cockeyed lust for life that ultimately led to his downfall. The introduction to the DVD trades in hyperbole, the likes of which  ...[more]

‘Seeing the Real You At Last’ by Britta Lee Shain Gives Readers Insight Into The Real Bob Dylan (BOOK REVIEW)

‘Seeing the Real You At Last’ by Britta ...

What on the surface would seem to be a somewhat sordid tell-all book turns out to be a fast-paced, witty and altogether self-deprecating story of a Bob Dylan fan. Britta Lee Shain is devoted way past the point of familiarity most of his followers ever attain, but anyone devoted to  ...[more]

Jeff Beck Autobiography ‘Beck 01′ Mixes Electric Guitars, Hot Rods & Photos (BOOK REVIEW)

Jeff Beck Autobiography ‘Beck 01′ Mixes Electric Guitars, ...

Jeff Beck’s autobiography Beck 01, is as idiosyncratic as the legendary British guitarist himself. A combination of (some) text and (lots!) of photos, its expensively-customized design, at least in its initial run, makes it the archetypal collector’s item and/or ‘perfect gift’ for the devoted admirer of El Becko. But its attractions  ...[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]

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