The Pixies – Indie Cindy (Album Review)

The Pixies – Indie Cindy (Album Review)

Is the LP finally dead? The most intriguing element of the Pixies’ newest album Indie Cindy may prove to be its release style. The album was offered originally as three separate EPs, released four songs at a time across a six-month span. This method allowed the band to stay relevant  ...[more]

Simone Felice- Strangers        (Album Review)

Simone Felice- Strangers (Album Review)

Since leaving The Felice Brothers, Simone Felice has created truly cinematic contemporary folk music, in his collaborations such as The Duke & The King as well as on his own. Strangers expands on the scope of production from the previous eponymous album, but Felice maintains a rigorous restraint that stands  ...[more]

Jack Bruce – Silver Rails (Album Review)

Jack Bruce – Silver Rails (Album Review)

Since the dissolution of Cream in 1968, Jack Bruce has released a stylistic array of albums delving into the rock, jazz and classical genres he touched upon as a member of that seminal power trio. The personnel he has enlisted for his latest release, Silver Rails, is representative of that  ...[more]

Bobby Bare Jr. – Album Release Show, Mercury Lounge, New York, NY 4/19/14

Bobby Bare Jr. – Album Release Show, Mercury ...

Bobby Bare Jr. owned the house at his Undefeated album release party at Mercury Lounge in NYC on April. Celebrating his new record Undefeated, Bobby and his band—a drummer in a spandex skeleton suit and a keyboardist—did a straightforward set of tunes, old and new. Opening the show with “The  ...[more]

The Hold Steady – The Hollow, Albany, NY 4/11/14 (Show Review)

The Hold Steady – The Hollow, Albany, NY ...

For a band that has played large festivals, arenas and theaters it was nice to catch them in their old natural surroundings: a small bar on a Friday night. The Hollow in Albany might have been an undersized venue but The Hold Steady put on a show that was huge,  ...[more]

Umphrey’s McGee – Stubb’s Austin, TX  4/19/14 (Show Review)

Umphrey’s McGee – Stubb’s Austin, TX 4/19/14 (Show ...

A fellow music writer once described Eric Clapton as all technique and no soul. Where I differed from this writer was in my view that being highly talented but lacking soul is not necessarily a bad thing. The same can be said for Umphrey’s McGee. Not that Umphrey’s and Clapton  ...[more]

Move Me Brightly DVD A Documentary Concert Film Celebrating Jerry Garcia’s 70th Birthday

Move Me Brightly DVD A Documentary Concert Film ...

There have been numerous tributes to the late Jerry Garcia since his death in 1995, but none such as an accurate reflection of the man’s own uniquely Zen approach to life and art. If the tongue-in-cheek opening interval is slightly disconcerting-showing actor Luke Wilson asking directions to the site of  ...[more]

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Near the beginning of the documentary film Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me rock critic Lester Bangs equates Memphis rock band Big Star with The Beatles. At the time of his comment, a 1970s interview, few people had heard of Big Star. Turns out Bangs was on to something. Big  ...[more]

The Rolling Stones- Charlie Is My Darling

The Rolling Stones- Charlie Is My Darling

As The Rolling Stones evolved from blues purists and made a concerted attempt to commercialize themselves for the pop market, their manager Andrew Loog Oldham posited them as bad boy alternatives to the cuddly mop-tops that were The Beatles. It only makes sense then, that instead of the semi-fictionalized presentation  ...[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]

Willin’: The Story of Little Feat

Willin’: The Story of Little Feat

If ever a beloved band (besides the seminal country-rockers Poco) deserved its story told, it’s Little feat. One of the most distinctive rock and roll units of its time, Lowell George and co. went unjustly under recognized during his lifetime despite an affectionate fanbase whose passion and loyalty far surpassed  ...[more]

Keith Richards on Keith Richards

It’s been a very, very big year for the Rolling Stones. After all, not many bands can say they are legitimately 50 years old. So if you’re looking for a little rock history reading let us recommend Keith Richards On Keith Richards, edited by Sean Egan, which is basically a  ...[more]

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