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Diamond Rugs – Cosmetics (ALBUM REVIEW)

Diamond Rugs – Cosmetics (ALBUM REVIEW)

[rating=9.00 Labeling Diamond Rugs a “supergroup” is almost too small a concept to hold the explosiveness of what they create together. Though each part of the whole came from an established outfit, as a band they are so cohesive you can easily separate them from anything that came before or  ...[more]

Colin Hay – Next Year People (ALBUM REVIEW)

Colin Hay – Next Year People (ALBUM REVIEW)

Colin Hay, best known for his role as the singer for the immensely popular Australian pop rock band Men At Work (“Down Under”, “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Overkill”) is back with a new solo album - Next Year People. It is crafty, well constructed and seemingly quite introspective.  ...[more]

Bombadil – Hold On (ALBUM REVIEW)

Bombadil – Hold On (ALBUM REVIEW)

“Quirky” is a word that has often been used to describe the North Carolina-based chamber/pop band, Bombadil. But their fifth studio release, Hold On (Ramseur Records), doesn’t include the kind of characters who have inhabited their previous releases. There are no circus animals like “Oto the Bear” from Tarpits and  ...[more]

DRKWAV – Regattabar, Cambridge, MA 2/27/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

DRKWAV – Regattabar, Cambridge, MA 2/27/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Futuristic impressionists DRKWAV channeled the performance space of the Cambridge Regattabar into a canvas of deep, intricately textured jazz fusion. Two lengthy sets provided the trio of John Medeski, Adam Deitch, and Skerik to ability to explore some of the more menacing aspects of psychedelic jazz, all the while keeping  ...[more]

Sturgill Simpson – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA 2/20/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Sturgill Simpson – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA ...

On the coldest night of the year in the winter wasteland that was once Boston (minus 5 degrees), Sturgill Simpson, arguably one of the music industry’s hottest acts, rolled into town. The 800 person capacity club was  sold out for months and by show time the room was full and  ...[more]

Francisco The Man – Great Scott, Allston, MA 2/22/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Francisco The Man – Great Scott, Allston, MA ...

Los Angeles band Francisco The Man brought some heat to Allston Rock City’s Great Scott this past Sunday evening. On tour in support of their first full-length LP Loose Ends, the West Coast group’s fiery power pop lit up lit up the audience with emotive songwriting and sharp, fuzz-driven musicianship.  ...[more]

Jeff Beck: Live In Tokyo (DVD REVIEW)

Jeff Beck: Live In Tokyo (DVD REVIEW)

There is a moment in the recently released DVD, Jeff Beck: Live In Tokyo, when it really hits home that Beck is indeed a genius. It’s not when he’s driving through a rocker like “Big Block” or rockabilly jazzing in “Rollin’ & Tumblin’” or even when he’s giving homage to  ...[more]

Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders (DVD REVIEW)

Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders ...

1952, Queens, New York. Young Johnny Genzale is born and raised by his mother and older sister after his father decided to keep on with his wanton ways. Johnny is a cool kid, playing baseball, hanging out with friends. And then he discovers rock & roll and his new aura  ...[more]

Rolling Stones From The Vault – ‘Live in 1975, LA Forum’ & ‘Live in 1981, Hampton Coliseum’ (DVD REVIEWS)

Rolling Stones From The Vault – ‘Live in ...

It’s December 05, 1981, and the Rolling Stones are playing at the Superdome in New Orleans. But I am sitting at home, in my teenaged bedroom, pouting. The ticket I once held in my hand now belonged to someone else and I was missing one of the greatest bands on  ...[more]

‘Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys’ by Viv Albertine (BOOK REVIEW)

‘Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys ...

Punk rock has been getting a lot of love recently. Johnny Rotten and Kim Gordon both have books coming out in 2015; Marky Ramone just released his autobiography; a DVD about Johnny Thunders hit shelves a few months ago and some old Clash footage has popped up on social media.  ...[more]

Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits With The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces By Glyn Johns (Book REVIEW)

Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits With The ...

Did you know that Jeff Beck used to crawl through Ian Stewart’s back window to spend time with a girl who was staying at his house while he was away? Or that Jimmy Page, in his early teens, once played at a talent night held at Glyn Johns’ church? Or  ...[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]

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