Dr.  John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch (ALBUM REVIEW)

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch ...

One New Orleans legend salutes another here as Dr. John bounces his way into the Louis Armstrong catalog, bringing with him the funk, R&B, and soul for Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch. From the first song you notice this isn’t going to be your normal tribute album. Tackling the most  ...[more]

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood – Juice (ALBUM REVIEW)

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood – Juice (ALBUM ...

In an expression of their collective confidence, the opener of Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood’s Juice sets the tone for an album conceived of the foursome’s exploration of Latin-influenced music. The quartet slip so easily into the lightly syncopated groove of  Eddie Harris’ “Sham Time,” it’s as if they gave  ...[more]

Blonde Redhead- Barragán (ALBUM REVIEW)

Blonde Redhead- Barragán (ALBUM REVIEW)

Four years since Penny Sparkle, an album that seemed to shine about as much as a tarnished penny would itself, the 1990’s, Blonde Redhead has released their ninth album, Barragán. If Penny Sparkle knocked them down, then Barragán is Blonde Redhead limply tottering back to their feet. But instead of  ...[more]

Farm Aid 2014 Highlights – Raleigh, NC 9/13/14 (FESTIVAL RECAP)

Farm Aid 2014 Highlights – Raleigh, NC 9/13/14 ...

After 10 hours of music and food, it was tough to decide who won Farm Aid 2014. Was it Jack White or the chocolate sea salt pie? Perhaps Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, or the bratwurst with BBQ sauce glaze? More likely, it was the farmers and organizations that benefitted  ...[more]

Rubblebucket (Record Release Show)- Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY 8/27/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Rubblebucket (Record Release Show)- Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY ...

A band like Rubblebucket attracts an interesting crowd. At their record release party at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on August 27th, a massive crowd filled the room to help them celebrate. Their third full-length album Survival Sounds is a warm mix of bodacious horns, Annakalmia Traver’s emotional howl, and a  ...[more]

Retro Futura Tour Featuring Howard Jones, Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins) & More – Humphreys, San Diego, CA 9/5/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Retro Futura Tour Featuring Howard Jones, Tom Bailey ...

Humphreys, one of the most spectacularly beautiful and most relaxing outdoor concert venues in the country, was invaded by a small army of English retro rockers, Thursday night, Sept. 5th. The Retro Futura tour, featured five acts that saw their biggest hits in the 1980′s New Wave movement. The show  ...[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]

There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson (BOOK REVIEW)

There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson (BOOK REVIEW)

There is more than one description for a music journalist. Some of us are living, breathing encyclopedias of recorded music, effortlessly comparing deep cuts from thirty years ago to a newly minted master tape without blinking an eye. Then there are the ones who studiously inject their writings with BIG  ...[more]

Please Be With Me by Galadrielle Allman (Book Review)

Please Be With Me by Galadrielle Allman (Book ...

“Please Be With Me, A Song for My Father” is, quite simply, the most insightful book written to date about The Allman Brothers Band. In a quest to learn the true nature of the parent she never knew—the famed guitarist died when the author was but two years old—Galadrielle Allman  ...[more]

One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band

One Way Out: The Inside History of The ...

Alan Paul creates the chronological narrative of One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band by interweaving excerpts of interviews with band members, family and friends, business partners and acquaintances, with much the same intricacy the band itself improvises. In doing so, he, more often than not,  ...[more]

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