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Zola Jesus – Taiga (ALBUM REVIEW)

Zola Jesus – Taiga (ALBUM REVIEW)

As her career progresses, Zola Jesus continues to turn pop structures topsy turvy. Her early releases, The Spoils, Stridulum, and the darkly drifting 6 track meetup, LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus EP, were certainly deeper, more progressive affairs, showcasing Nika Danilova’s affection for bottom of the trench synths and gothic overtones. These albums, often  ...[more]

Ariel Pink – pom pom (ALBUM REVIEW)

Ariel Pink – pom pom (ALBUM REVIEW)

Listening to any of Ariel Pink’s work requires serious patience. He’s an indie rock oddball, and one of the genre’s most polarizing figures, indeed. On his latest record pom pom, the candy pink colored cover glaring like a big fat warning, he’s toying with a retro, throwback sound. 60s and  ...[more]

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy (ALBUM REVIEW)

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy (ALBUM ...

Eight years after his last studio album, 9, Damien Rice returns with a short but powerful collection of emotional folk. Though much has changed in the meantime – everything from musical collaborators to location – all of the core elements that make up a Damien Rice album are present in  ...[more]

Stars – 9:30 Club, Washington DC 11/13/2014 (SHOW REVIEW)

Stars – 9:30 Club, Washington DC 11/13/2014 (SHOW ...

When it comes to turning the angst and energy of an album into performance magic, Stars is matchless. Simply put, if you have the opportunity to see them in concert, don’t pass it up. Their packed show Thursday, November 13th at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC was heavy on pomp and circumstance, feeling  ...[more]

Sturgill Simpson – Club Dada, Dallas TX 11/15/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Sturgill Simpson – Club Dada, Dallas TX 11/15/14 ...

As someone who attends concerts on a regular basis, it can become fairly easy to lose inspiration or to simply slog through the evening’s proceedings with a bit of ho-hum nonchalance. The spectacle of live music is usually enthralling and it’s a joyful highlight to be able to check out  ...[more]

The String Cheese Incident – Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT 11/15/14 (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

The String Cheese Incident – Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, ...

Here on the “west coast of New England,” Burlington, Vermont knows a thing or two about live music.  It was no surprise that The String Cheese Incident sold out Memorial Auditorium well in advance for the band’s tour-closing show Saturday night.  Making their first appearance in the Queen City since  ...[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]

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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