Rancid – …Honor Is All We Know (ALBUM REVIEW)

Rancid – …Honor Is All We Know (ALBUM ...

The 19 tracks come fast and furious (surprisingly ending up the shortest of all their past albums) touching on all of Rancid’s past influences. There is ska, blistering punk, political screeds, roots reggae and festival ready shout-a-longs that long time fans will instantly recognize and young newbies will devotedly latch  ...[more]

R.E.M. – Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions (ALBUM REVIEW)

R.E.M. – Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions (ALBUM ...

Recording in the studio for albums like Automatic for the People, R.E.M. pushed the boundaries of their readily identifiable style more (and arguably more successfully) than any of their peers. And the Georgia band’s only comparable contemporaries in that regard, Ireland’s U2, never stripped their instrumental lineup down to acoustic  ...[more]

J Mascis- Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY 10/19/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

J Mascis- Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY 10/19/14 ...

Maybe it was his recent appearances on Portlandia, late night TV appearances or just his excellent new release Tied to a Star on Sub Pop, but whatever the reason J Mascis sold out the Bowery Ballroom Friday night to a wide range of fans. All ages genders and races were  ...[more]

Phish – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 10/29/14 (Night Three Highlights/Lowlights)

Phish – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, ...

Wednesday marked the ninth time Phish has played a sold out show in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Much to the delight of fans, the band offered three well-played shows over the course of the past few days. Each show showcased diverse moments of brilliance that outshined any lowlights  ...[more]

Art Outside – Apache Pass, Rockdale, TX 10/24-10/27/14 (FESTIVAL RECAP)

Art Outside – Apache Pass, Rockdale, TX 10/24-10/27/14 ...

The tenth annual Art Outside music festival took place last weekend in Rockdale, TX. The visual and auditory art was more abundant than the majority of festivals across the country can provide, and not just in quantity but, also quality. Throughout the weekend spectators were entertained by DJs, live bands,  ...[more]

Erasure- Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA 10/26/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Erasure- Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA 10/26/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

The English synth pop duo known as Erasure that formed in London in 1985, brought their Electronic Dance roots music to an adulate full house at the Ventura Majestic Theater, on a warm Sunday night, October 26th.  Although the duo had only three hits on the US charts, A Little  ...[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]

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]

Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones by Paul Trynka (BOOK REVIEW)

Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones ...

Music has always been a bitches brew of spontaneous seduction and pounding vibrations that often caused the soul of the listener to go mad with fever. It’s all over the blues and Jazz and especially in the realm of rock & roll. The obvious spell that Pan has weaved over  ...[more]

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie And The Advent Of Punk (BOOK REVIEW)

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie And The Advent Of ...

 “I had no idea that Chris was a voyeur when I met him,” Debbie Harry writes in the forward to her bandmate’s new book. “How could I know? His mother told me when we met that his personality was fully intact as a tiny baby.” She’s joking. Maybe. With another  ...[more]

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