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Cracker – Berkeley to Bakersfield (ALBUM REVIEW)

Cracker – Berkeley to Bakersfield (ALBUM REVIEW)

Twenty-odd years into their career, Cracker is still going at it, as they return this month with an ambitious look into the dualities of their home state of California. Appropriately titled, Berkeley to Bakersfield, it’s a double album that offers forth two entirely separate takes on the Golden State sound  ...[more]

D’Angelo Brings It All Together With the Long-Awaited ‘Black Messiah’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

D’Angelo Brings It All Together With the Long-Awaited ...

'Black Messiah' broadens the range of black pop, sometimes by rendering it unrecognizable, sometimes by stretching its limits, and sometimes simply by reintroducing elements to it that we had forgotten. It's a mission statement on black pop's past, present, and possible futures....[more]

Gov’t Mule- Dark Side of the Mule (ALBUM REVIEW)

Gov’t Mule- Dark Side of the Mule (ALBUM ...

Gov’t Mule has never performed material without as much emotional resonance as musical validity and that goes for the covers they choose as well as their originals. And because every song the group plays carries some meaning, this single album of a set devoted entirely to the music of Pink  ...[more]

Centro-matic Bids Farewell To Sold Out Austin Crowd (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Centro-matic Bids Farewell To Sold Out Austin Crowd ...

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers once described Centro-matic as “his favorite band that is still vital and intact.” This quote resonates with a bittersweet feeling now; on the one hand hearing such a respected songwriter call the Denton group his “favorite” and “vital” is the upmost compliment, but on  ...[more]

Jason Webley & Friends Present ‘Margaret’ – Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA 12/12/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Jason Webley & Friends Present ‘Margaret’ – Moore ...

When’s the last time you went to an evening of music headlined by an accordion player and based on the adventures of a man named Chicken – and then laughed uproariously, loved the music, and cried over the life story of someone you’ve never met? If you’re like this author,  ...[more]

The Barr Brothers – The Satellite, Los Angeles, CA 12/12/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

The Barr Brothers – The Satellite, Los Angeles, ...

The best part about playing in Los Angeles, Brad Barr told the packed room at the Satellite on Friday night, is putting Samuel Jackson on the guest list and hoping he shows up. From what I could tell, Mr. Jackson did not take advantage of this honor, but the band  ...[more]

The Doors – Feast of Friends (DVD Review)

The Doors – Feast of Friends (DVD Review)

“The Doors message is uncompromisingly loud,” says the announcer at the beginning of the British documentary, The Doors Are Open. “Do not adjust your set.” On November 11, Eagle Rock Entertainment finally released Feast Of Friends. This long ago film created by The Doors themselves back in 1968, has never  ...[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]

I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax By Scott Ian (Book Review)

I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy ...

“Maybe we stayed around so long we outlasted all the bullshit,” Scott Ian philosophizes near the end of his new autobiography, I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax. “We outlasted everything, and now we were considered a legendary band – members of the Big 4.” No one  ...[more]

The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History (Book Review)

The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to ...

Like the other books in the series, The Grateful Dead FAQ delves into its topic with earnest enthusiasm even though the history of this iconic band has already received significant attention from a variety of perspectives. And a subtitle as glib as it is pretentious, ‘All That’s Left to Know  ...[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]

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