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The Cribs – For All My Sisters (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Cribs – For All My Sisters (ALBUM ...

Across six albums, twin brothers Gary and Ryan Jarman, with younger brother Ross on drums, have channeled fuzz and melody from the Weezer and Flaming Lips records they worshipped as teens. That’s nothing new. But what’s remarkable about the Cribs, an English trio now living in Portland, is that they’ve  ...[more]

Van Morrison – Duets: Re-working the Catalogue (ALBUM REVIEW)

Van Morrison – Duets: Re-working the Catalogue (ALBUM ...

Notwithstanding a theory that the standard album would be more potent with a third of its sixteen tracks subtracted, Van Morrison’s new album Duets: Re-working the Catalogue isn’t quite as cynical a ploy to widen his audience as the subtitle suggests. Nevertheless, in collaborating on a selection of songs suggested  ...[more]

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015 (ALBUM REVIEW)

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Freedom Tower – ...

From the electric guitar licks that give you your first taste to the chaotic percussion that kicks in shortly after, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s new record will have you in a vice grip so funky, you’ll submit willingly to its force. Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015 is  ...[more]

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones- Bell House, Brooklyn, NY 3/15/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty ...

When Dave and Phil Alvin reunited for the Grammy nominated Common Ground last year, it gave longtime fans of the duo the warm and fuzzies. A collection of Big Bill Broonzy covers was what brought them back together to record their first studio collaboration since the 1980s. At a recent  ...[more]

Dead Daisies Become First American Band to rock Cuba in the Post-Embargo Era

Dead Daisies Become First American Band to rock ...

Cuba is ninety miles from Florida. Over eleven million people live on the island but for most Americans, it has always been a place off-limits since the first embargo was imposed back in the early 1960’s. But all that is about to change as the political environment starts to shift  ...[more]

BOWLIVE – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY 3/21/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

BOWLIVE – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY 3/21/15 (SHOW ...

On March 21st at Brooklyn Bowl jazz-rock trio Soulive ceremoniously concluded its 6th annual Bowlive residency in stellar fashion with a little help from their friends. The brainchild of Bowl owner Peter Shapiro, Bowlive has evolved into a must-see event at the iconic flourishing venue. Soulive invites different special guests  ...[more]

J Geils Band: House Party Live In Germany (DVD REVIEW)

J Geils Band: House Party Live In Germany ...

1979 was such a great year for music, as bands were bursting out with landmark albums to end one decade and welcome a new one. AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Tom Petty, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and even Michael Jackson, were burning up the charts with recordings that would  ...[more]

Jeff Beck: Live In Tokyo (DVD REVIEW)

Jeff Beck: Live In Tokyo (DVD REVIEW)

There is a moment in the recently released DVD, Jeff Beck: Live In Tokyo, when it really hits home that Beck is indeed a genius. It’s not when he’s driving through a rocker like “Big Block” or rockabilly jazzing in “Rollin’ & Tumblin’” or even when he’s giving homage to  ...[more]

Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders (DVD REVIEW)

Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders ...

1952, Queens, New York. Young Johnny Genzale is born and raised by his mother and older sister after his father decided to keep on with his wanton ways. Johnny is a cool kid, playing baseball, hanging out with friends. And then he discovers rock & roll and his new aura  ...[more]

‘Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys’ by Viv Albertine (BOOK REVIEW)

‘Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys ...

Punk rock has been getting a lot of love recently. Johnny Rotten and Kim Gordon both have books coming out in 2015; Marky Ramone just released his autobiography; a DVD about Johnny Thunders hit shelves a few months ago and some old Clash footage has popped up on social media.  ...[more]

Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits With The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces By Glyn Johns (Book REVIEW)

Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits With The ...

Did you know that Jeff Beck used to crawl through Ian Stewart’s back window to spend time with a girl who was staying at his house while he was away? Or that Jimmy Page, in his early teens, once played at a talent night held at Glyn Johns’ church? Or  ...[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]

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