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The Album Leaf Conjure Eno, Tangerine Dream on ‘Between Waves’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Album Leaf Conjure Eno, Tangerine Dream on ...

The Album Leaf don’t make music of the Saturday night variety. Their’s is not the type of music that can get a crowd on its feet or keep them buzzing until the very wee hours. On the other hand, when it’s time chill down in morning after repose, it’s ideal,  ...[more]

JEFF the Brotherhood Crank Out Anthems On ‘Zone’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

JEFF the Brotherhood Crank Out Anthems On ‘Zone’ ...

JEFF the Brotherhood turned heads in 2011 when the Nashville natives were surprisingly signed to a major label at Warner Bros. After a few psychedelic and commercially unfocused releases, Jake and Jamin Orrall are back to self-releasing on their own label, Infinity Cat. Zone is the 10th release overall and the  ...[more]

Magic Trick Whip Up Psych-Pop Confections On ‘Other Man’s Blues’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Magic Trick Whip Up Psych-Pop Confections On ‘Other ...

The Fresh & Onlys’ frontman Tim Cohen has been pretty prolific over the past five years. Splitting his time between creating music with The Fresh & Onlys, solo songs, and Magic Trick, Cohen’s most recent work Other Man’s Blues is the follow up to Magic Trick’s 2013 release River of  ...[more]

Marcus Strickland Quartet Dazzles at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (SHOW REVIEW)

Marcus Strickland Quartet Dazzles at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola ...

What’s more striking than watching the saxophonist Marcus Strickland work? Watching him rest. It’s his frequent breaks, for stretches of several minutes—time spent not playing—that imply as much gratitude for his band as suspense for the song. In this way Strickland dictates rhythm in respite, allowing his eight-year-old quartet the  ...[more]

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa & More Blaze Through Austin on #THEHIGHROADTOUR (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa & More Blaze Through ...

There is no doubt that when you label your tour #THEHIGHROADTOUR and you are Snoop Dogg, you are directly speaking to the cannabis-smoking culture of our society. In this latest joint tour of Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, at least three marijuana-related companies were sponsors; but then again it seemed  ...[more]

Prophets of Rage Keep It Legit in Mansfield – Morello, Chuck D & B Real Hit The Ground Running (SHOW REVIEW)

Prophets of Rage Keep It Legit in Mansfield ...

Prophets of Rage bulldozed through Mansfield, Mass with the power of a triumphant guerilla army, serving up songs from multiple iconic discographies and showcasing members of three different acts of historic stature. It’s not a secret that while the guitarist, drummer and bassist from Rage Against The Machine wanted to  ...[more]

Miles Ahead & Audio Companion Pieces Reaffirm Jazz ...

Because he so artfully interweaves literal storytelling with provocative movie-making, Don Cheadle deserves an Academy Award for Miles Ahead. Both the conception and execution of this homage to the late Miles Davis are also reflected in the companion musical pieces released to coincide with the icon of jazz. The original  ...[more]

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reaffirm 1978 Brilliance on ‘Rust Never Sleeps’ Reissue (DVD REVIEW)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reaffirm 1978 Brilliance ...

The almost simultaneous release of two Neil Young DVD’s is a sage move on the part of the Canadian rock icon. Not only does his current touring heighten the visibility of their respective releases, but each  film illuminates his work from a different perspective. The arcane quasi-comedy Human Highway has  ...[more]

Feats First: The Life and Music of Lowell George (DVD REVIEW)

Feats First: The Life and Music of Lowell ...

Lowell George was one of contemporary rock’s greatest iconoclasts and, like most such characters, his idiosyncratic tendencies were as close to the source of his talent as the cockeyed lust for life that ultimately led to his downfall. The introduction to the DVD trades in hyperbole, the likes of which  ...[more]

‘Seeing the Real You At Last’ by Britta Lee Shain Gives Readers Insight Into The Real Bob Dylan (BOOK REVIEW)

‘Seeing the Real You At Last’ by Britta ...

What on the surface would seem to be a somewhat sordid tell-all book turns out to be a fast-paced, witty and altogether self-deprecating story of a Bob Dylan fan. Britta Lee Shain is devoted way past the point of familiarity most of his followers ever attain, but anyone devoted to  ...[more]

Jeff Beck Autobiography ‘Beck 01′ Mixes Electric Guitars, Hot Rods & Photos (BOOK REVIEW)

Jeff Beck Autobiography ‘Beck 01′ Mixes Electric Guitars, ...

Jeff Beck’s autobiography Beck 01, is as idiosyncratic as the legendary British guitarist himself. A combination of (some) text and (lots!) of photos, its expensively-customized design, at least in its initial run, makes it the archetypal collector’s item and/or ‘perfect gift’ for the devoted admirer of El Becko. But its attractions  ...[more]

Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements Wins As Exceptional Rock Bio (BOOK REVIEW)

Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements ...

In the very first chapter of Trouble Boys, Bob Mehr decoys his readers, rolling out the formative stages of guitarist Bob Stinson’s life in such granular detail that The True Story of The Replacements seems bound for territory as dry as a Wikipedia entry. As it turns out, though, Mehr  ...[more]

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