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Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There (ALBUM REVIEW)

Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There ...

Thirty years into their career as a band, Yo La Tengo continues to evolve, but always on their own terms. This particular phase of their evolution finds members Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew coming full circle in many ways, and returning to their roots. New album Stuff Like  ...[more]

John Mayall – Find a Way To Care (ALBUM REVIEW)

John Mayall – Find a Way To Care ...

With the release of Find A Way to Care, John Mayall has effectively shed the oft-overused moniker of “Godfather of the British Blues.” The appellation may remain accurate, but the longevity of Mayall’s career, and the continued vitality he demonstrates here, posit him as one of the most important figures  ...[more]

Frog Eyes- Pickpocket’s Locket (ALBUM REVIEW)

Frog Eyes- Pickpocket’s Locket (ALBUM REVIEW)

Carey Mercer, the mastermind behind Frog Eyes, took a fiercely independent route in crafting the material that has become Pickpocket’s Locket, his latest and perhaps most straightforward album. Armed with only the acoustic guitar bequeathed to him in his father’s will, Mercer challenged himself to write ten songs completely alone  ...[more]

Belle & Sebastian – ACL Live, Austin, TX 8/28/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Belle & Sebastian – ACL Live, Austin, TX ...

Photo via @acllive Over the nearly twenty years that Belle and Sebastian have been making music much has changed, and yet, much remains the same. Their sound has progressed through the years but the fun and excellence of their live shows continues to impress. Though in recent years a Belle  ...[more]

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers – The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA 8/27/15 (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers – The Sinclair, ...

It was pretty obvious from the turnout and the diversity of the audience, that the people of Cambridge, Massachussetts are officially Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers fans; and the feeling seemed to be mutual, as Nicki hailed the Sinclair in Harvard Square as one of her favorite venues to play  ...[more]

Birdcloud – The Mohawk, Austin, TX 8/28/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Birdcloud – The Mohawk, Austin, TX 8/28/15 (SHOW ...

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and the inevitable legions of other airbrushed manufactured pop stars continually pump the music industry full of sanitized hot air that leaves a rift between the listener’s reality and their superficial image. The only veritable counterbalance to these unattainable expectations and departure from reality comes in  ...[more]

The Rolling Stones: Hyde Park Live 1969 (DVD REVIEW)

The Rolling Stones: Hyde Park Live 1969 (DVD ...

It was 1969. Early July, to be exact. A warm day with scattered white clouds moving across the sky as an array of mostly young bohemians made their way into London’s Hyde Park for a free concert headlined by the Rolling Stones. Slits guitarist Viv Albertine, barefoot and wearing a  ...[more]

The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982 (DVD REVIEW)

The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982 (DVD ...

“This captures a unique bonfire in the eternal blaze of The Who,” former Melody Maker journalist Chris Roberts writes in the booklet accompanying the new DVD, The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982. A definite must-have for Who fans, it contains the full concert the band performed on the second  ...[more]

The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live in 1971 (DVD REVIEW)

The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee ...

The Rolling Stones needed to get out of England – the quicker the better, before the new tax season started. They had gone on a short nine city “Farewell Tour” of the UK, a month ahead of the release of their Sticky Fingers album, before they found refuge in France  ...[more]

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! by Dennis Dunaway (BOOK REVIEW)

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! by Dennis Dunaway (BOOK ...

“I haven’t told you everything from the book,” former Alice Cooper bass player Dennis Dunaway teasingly told me during an interview in 2013 about the book that now sits on book store shelves. After years of tweaking it to perfection, Dunaway has unveiled the world of the original Alice Cooper  ...[more]

That’s The Way It Is: A History of Television News in America – By Charles L. Ponce (BOOK REVIEW)

That’s The Way It Is: A History of ...

Even its most ardent admirers are forced to admit that television news has changed significantly over the past decades. Those revered no-nonsense newsmen who helped pioneer the form — Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley — would barely recognize what passes today for real journalism and in depth  ...[more]

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with the Grateful Dead Bill Kreutzmann with Benjy Eisen (BOOK REVIEW)

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and ...

During the course of the first person narrative of Deal, founding member/drummer of the Grateful Dead Bill Kreutzmann shows he’s (almost) as skilled a storyteller as he is a drummer. Particularly in the early going of My Three Decades,  his informal style lends itself well to the increasingly fast pace  ...[more]

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