King Tuff- Black Moon Spell (ALBUM REVIEW)

King Tuff- Black Moon Spell (ALBUM REVIEW)

King Tuff is now entering its plugged in phase. Never one to sit still, the Vermont act is in good company on opening eponymous track “Black Moon Spell”. Fellow inexhaustible rocker Ty Segall lends a percussive hand as King Tuff kicks it into high gear. Given Segall’s insane output and  ...[more]

Kyle Cox – The Plan, The Mess (ALBUM REVIEW)

Kyle Cox – The Plan, The Mess (ALBUM ...

Kyle Cox is cute as a button, and his new record The Plan, The Mess reflects that. Best described as alt-pop, Cox also incorporates elements of country and indie rock into his songs, mixing steel guitar with his smooth and sweet voice. You can hear influences from all of these  ...[more]

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (ALBUM REVIEW)

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets ...

Let’s be honest, prolific singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams does not need to prove anything to anyone. And her new record, a lengthy double album titled Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone is proof of that. No doubt a few eyebrows were raised questioning why at this point in her career,  ...[more]

Hiss Golden Messenger- Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY 9/18/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Hiss Golden Messenger- Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY 9/18/14 ...

The crowd was abruptly hushed when Alex Sauser-Monnig took the stage at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on September 18th opening for Hiss Golden Messenger. Monnig’s more traditional Appalachian folk sound is sparse and hauntingly beautiful, and her crystal clear voice cut through the room stifling even the faintest whispers. One  ...[more]

3rd Annual Index Fest – Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX Sept 26-28, 2014 (FESTIVAL REVIEW)

3rd Annual Index Fest – Deep Ellum, Dallas, ...

Each year more music festivals are popping up in cities, both large and small, across the country. For every Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lollapalooza, there is a two or three day affair that takes over a couple neighborhood blocks and offers its’ citizens the opportunity to support local business enterprises, sample  ...[more]

War on Drugs/Califone- Stubbs BBQ, Austin, TX 9/28/14 (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

War on Drugs/Califone- Stubbs BBQ, Austin, TX 9/28/14 ...

Philly band War On Drugs are basically on top of the scene right now. The band’s third full-length album, Lost in the Dream, came out in March and has since emerged as one of the few albums released this year that has found nearly unanimous praise from music snobs and  ...[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]

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie And The Advent Of Punk (BOOK REVIEW)

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie And The Advent Of ...

 “I had no idea that Chris was a voyeur when I met him,” Debbie Harry writes in the forward to her bandmate’s new book. “How could I know? His mother told me when we met that his personality was fully intact as a tiny baby.” She’s joking. Maybe. With another  ...[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]

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