Pale Hands – Spirit Lines (ALBUM REVIEW)

Pale Hands – Spirit Lines (ALBUM REVIEW)

Pale Hands almost have something that could work for them musically as they drift between retro trance and indie pop on their debut full-length album Spirit Lines. The name for the album came after the husband and wife duo was inspired by Navajo weavers who, for symbolic purposes, place intentional  ...[more]

Rancid – …Honor Is All We Know (ALBUM REVIEW)

Rancid – …Honor Is All We Know (ALBUM ...

The 19 tracks come fast and furious (surprisingly ending up the shortest of all their past albums) touching on all of Rancid’s past influences. There is ska, blistering punk, political screeds, roots reggae and festival ready shout-a-longs that long time fans will instantly recognize and young newbies will devotedly latch  ...[more]

R.E.M. – Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions (ALBUM REVIEW)

R.E.M. – Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions (ALBUM ...

Recording in the studio for albums like Automatic for the People, R.E.M. pushed the boundaries of their readily identifiable style more (and arguably more successfully) than any of their peers. And the Georgia band’s only comparable contemporaries in that regard, Ireland’s U2, never stripped their instrumental lineup down to acoustic  ...[more]

Wilco – Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY 10/28/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Wilco – Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY 10/28/14 ...

On their first of three sold-out evenings at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre, Wilco could have opened with virtually anything from their expansive discography. But somehow, “Wilco (The Song)”— a love letter of sorts to fans—seemed appropriate. What followed was a continuation of that nod to Wilco aficionados; a 30 song  ...[more]

J. Roddy Walston and The Business – Trees, Dallas, TX 10/29/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

J. Roddy Walston and The Business – Trees, ...

Oftentimes, and especially in the fall months, sports and music will overlap. For fans of both, this means having to sacrifice the viewing of a baseball playoff or a Monday Night Football game when a good band is in town. Or perhaps it’s the opposite: eating purchased tickets to watch  ...[more]

Phish – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 10/29/14 (Night Three Highlights/Lowlights)

Phish – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, ...

Wednesday marked the ninth time Phish has played a sold out show in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Much to the delight of fans, the band offered three well-played shows over the course of the past few days. Each show showcased diverse moments of brilliance that outshined any lowlights  ...[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]

Rocks: My Life In & Out Of Aerosmith by Joe Perry (BOOK REVIEW)

Rocks: My Life In & Out Of Aerosmith ...

The book cover of Joe Perry’s new autobiography is perfect: He looks like a true rock god but you get the impression this legend doesn’t say a lot. His music has always done all the talking and why not? With a flamboyant mouthpiece like Steven Tyler fronting his band, he  ...[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]

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