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Gov’t Mule- Dark Side of the Mule (ALBUM REVIEW)

Gov’t Mule- Dark Side of the Mule (ALBUM ...

Gov’t Mule has never performed material without as much emotional resonance as musical validity and that goes for the covers they choose as well as their originals. And because every song the group plays carries some meaning, this single album of a set devoted entirely to the music of Pink  ...[more]

10 Essential Reissues of 2014: Queen, Bob Dylan, Songs: Ohia & More

10 Essential Reissues of 2014: Queen, Bob Dylan, ...

Any music critic worth his salt fears the year-end list where it’s time to go back and sift through that bottomless collection of promos to produce a list of the year’s “best” albums. For one that obsesses over music and listens to just about everything, this is no easy task.  ...[more]

Ronnie Fauss – Built to Break (ALBUM REVIEW)

Ronnie Fauss – Built to Break (ALBUM REVIEW)

For Ronnie Fauss, a musical career came after he’d already racked up some life experience. And it shows in the best way on his new record Built to Break, a follow up from last year’s I Am the Man You Know I’m Not. His songs aren’t overly produced or fanciful.  ...[more]

The Barr Brothers – The Satellite, Los Angeles, CA 12/12/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

The Barr Brothers – The Satellite, Los Angeles, ...

The best part about playing in Los Angeles, Brad Barr told the packed room at the Satellite on Friday night, is putting Samuel Jackson on the guest list and hoping he shows up. From what I could tell, Mr. Jackson did not take advantage of this honor, but the band  ...[more]

26th Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam- Asheville, NC 12/13/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

26th Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam- Asheville, NC ...

Over 26 years of existence, Warren Haynes Presents The Christmas Jam has come to mean many things to many people. The event is most importantly a charitable home run for Habitat For Humanity. But it’s also an annual musical rite, a celebration of a longstanding southern musical community, and a  ...[more]

Dave Stewart and Friends- The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood, CA 12/8/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Dave Stewart and Friends- The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood, ...

Dave Stewart, the mercurial English rock guitarist best known as half of one of the most successful pop duo’s of the 1980’s, the Eurythmics, brought another magical night of music to Hollywood on December 8th at The Roxy. Stewart has been a regular fixture in the Hollywood music scene over  ...[more]

The Doors – Feast of Friends (DVD Review)

The Doors – Feast of Friends (DVD Review)

“The Doors message is uncompromisingly loud,” says the announcer at the beginning of the British documentary, The Doors Are Open. “Do not adjust your set.” On November 11, Eagle Rock Entertainment finally released Feast Of Friends. This long ago film created by The Doors themselves back in 1968, has never  ...[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]

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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