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Songs: Ohia – Didn’t It Rain – Deluxe Reissue (ALBUM REVIEW)

Songs: Ohia – Didn’t It Rain – Deluxe ...

There’s something so haunting and dreamlike in Jason Molina’s voice, and when you hear it, you’re left with an inherent understanding that you’ll never be the same again. More than a year since his passing, the music world is still mourning the loss of this brilliant talent through deluxe reissues  ...[more]

Zola Jesus – Taiga (ALBUM REVIEW)

Zola Jesus – Taiga (ALBUM REVIEW)

As her career progresses, Zola Jesus continues to turn pop structures topsy turvy. Her early releases, The Spoils, Stridulum, and the darkly drifting 6 track meetup, LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus EP, were certainly deeper, more progressive affairs, showcasing Nika Danilova’s affection for bottom of the trench synths and gothic overtones. These albums, often  ...[more]

Ariel Pink – pom pom (ALBUM REVIEW)

Ariel Pink – pom pom (ALBUM REVIEW)

Listening to any of Ariel Pink’s work requires serious patience. He’s an indie rock oddball, and one of the genre’s most polarizing figures, indeed. On his latest record pom pom, the candy pink colored cover glaring like a big fat warning, he’s toying with a retro, throwback sound. 60s and  ...[more]

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors/Neal Carpenter- The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS 11/21/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors/Neal Carpenter- The Bottleneck, ...

Lawrence packed The Bottleneck on Friday night for the last stop on Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors’ headlining tour. While backup vocalist Ellie Holcomb was not present on this tour, Holcomb and company put on an energetic show in typical fashion. The night began with Nashville singer/songwriter Neal Carpenter, whose  ...[more]

The 1975 – The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA 11/19/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

The 1975 – The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, ...

To say The 1975 have blown up would be, with little exaggeration, quite the understatement. From their humble beginnings in Manchester to selling out shows half-way across the world in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium, the British foursome are (and will continue to be) the indie band with huge mainstream appeal,  ...[more]

Foo Fighters Bring Good Times and Rock and Roll to Austin City Limits (SHOW REVIEW)

Foo Fighters Bring Good Times and Rock and ...

“The reason why we played the first bunch of songs without stopping is because we got a hundred fuckin’ songs to play,” announced Dave Grohl after the Foo Fighters had made it about eight songs into what would end up being close to a three hour set. In only eight  ...[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]

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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