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The Avalanches Break 16 Year Hiatus With ‘Wildflower’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Avalanches Break 16 Year Hiatus With ‘Wildflower’ ...

Australian electronic group, The Avalanches, have succeeded in simultaneously being reclusive, mysterious, and aggravating to longtime fans.  A 16-year hiatus from music raises many questions, the paramount one being “Haven’t they gone broke yet?”  Apparently it was predominately health issues, serious ones, that kept the Avalanches from following up sooner  ...[more]

Wannabe Reviews Kalyn Fay’s ‘Bible Belt’

Wannabe Reviews Kalyn Fay’s ‘Bible Belt’

In the newest installment of Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle reviews the new album from Oklahoma folk artist Kalyn Fay, Bible Belt, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):...[more]

National Park Radio Gives Credibility to Folk Revival on ‘The Great Divide’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

National Park Radio Gives Credibility to Folk Revival ...

Americana and Folk has seen a large revival over the last ten years with acts like The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and The Lumineers headlining festivals. There is an excess of new Americana bands and singer/songwriters trying to replicate the sounds of these popular acts with no originality  that  ...[more]

Willie Nelson & Family Bring Smiles And Country Hits To Oregon’s Edgefield (SHOW REVIEW)

Willie Nelson & Family Bring Smiles And Country ...

Few things in life feel as uplifting as a smile from Willie Nelson, and at Edgefield just outside Portland on Sunday night the Red Headed Stranger was all smiles as he waved to ‘hello’ audience. It’s a remarkable feat that at the age of 83 Willie is still on the  ...[more]

Modest Mouse And Brand New Balance Hits, Fan Favorites And Rarities in Austin (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Modest Mouse And Brand New Balance Hits, Fan ...

Modest Mouse is the type of band that generates both fair weather fans and obsessive fans. If you are one of the former than attending one of their shows can either be a great experience or an incredible disappointment. If you are one of the later, most shows are going  ...[more]

The String Cheese Incident Cap Off Two-Night Oregon Run at Cuthbert Amphitheater (RECAP/PHOTOS)

The String Cheese Incident Cap Off Two-Night Oregon ...

After an opening night that featured a slew of cover songs, String Cheese Incident’s second night at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, Oregon saw the band pull mostly from their own material. The first set did feature a cover of Peter Rowan’s “Midnight Moonlight” and ended strong with “Stop Drop  ...[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]

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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