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Royal Southern Brotherhood – Don’t Look Back (ALBUM REVIEW)

Royal Southern Brotherhood – Don’t Look Back (ALBUM ...

Three albums on, Royal Southern Brotherhood have moved to the top ranks of the jam band legions, bringing them a certain distinction that belies their relative rookie standing. In truth, they come about their royal moniker quite rightfully, being that two members of this collective are affiliated with one of  ...[more]

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Larrry Campbell & Teresa Williams (ALBUM REVIEW)

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Larrry Campbell ...

Few new releases in any contemporary genre carry the distinguished credentials of Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams. The former was Bob Dylan’s lead guitarist from 1997 to 2004 before going on to assume similar duties in the last stable lineup of Phil Lesh and Friends from 2007 to 2008. Campbell  ...[more]

Richard Thompson – Still (ALBUM REVIEW)

Richard Thompson – Still (ALBUM REVIEW)

Richard Thompson has a unique standing in contemporary music circles. Although the origins of his career can be traced to his tenure in Fairport Convention — a band considered one of the leading lights among the English folk rock vanguard — his ties to any traditional trappings remain tenuous at  ...[more]

Heartless Bastards – Trees, Dallas, TX 7/2/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Heartless Bastards – Trees, Dallas, TX 7/2/15 (SHOW ...

Erika Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards brought forth a great degree of swagger to the Trees stage last Thursday night. As the evening marked the official beginning of the July 4th Holiday weekend, the mid-sized venue’s two stories were packed a little tighter than usual, and the air was tinged  ...[more]

GRATEFUL DEAD FARE THEE WELL – SOLDIER FIELD, CHICAGO, IL 7/5/15 – Touch of Trey & All Out Bobby (SHOW RECAP)

GRATEFUL DEAD FARE THEE WELL – SOLDIER FIELD, ...

The hype was over-the-top. The ticketing situation was handled poorly, and it was hard to not see the cash-grab reality of what it meant for the “Core 4” remaining members of The Grateful Dead to unite for five summer shows with three other brilliant musicians, one of which played over  ...[more]

GRATEFUL DEAD FARE THEE WELL – SOLDIER FIELD, CHICAGO, IL 7/4/15 – “One More Saturday Night” HIGHLIGHTS (SHOW RECAP)

GRATEFUL DEAD FARE THEE WELL – SOLDIER FIELD, ...

They were dancing in Chicago again last night at Solider Field. The second of three Fare Thee Well showcased some big jams, quintessential Dead, and one heck of an ode to the Fourth of July. Musically, the energy wasn’t quite as high as it was on night one, but there  ...[more]

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators: Live At The Roxy 9.25.14 (DVD REVIEW)

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators: Live ...

If you’ve ever seen Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators live, then you know exactly what you’re going to get on the new DVD, Live At The Roxy 9.25.14. If you’ve ever seen Slash with Kennedy and this incarnation of his band live, then that’s exactly why you will  ...[more]

J Geils Band: House Party Live In Germany (DVD REVIEW)

J Geils Band: House Party Live In Germany ...

1979 was such a great year for music, as bands were bursting out with landmark albums to end one decade and welcome a new one. AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Tom Petty, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and even Michael Jackson, were burning up the charts with recordings that would  ...[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]

That’s The Way It Is: A History of Television News in America – By Charles L. Ponce (BOOK REVIEW)

That’s The Way It Is: A History of ...

Even its most ardent admirers are forced to admit that television news has changed significantly over the past decades. Those revered no-nonsense newsmen who helped pioneer the form — Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley — would barely recognize what passes today for real journalism and in depth  ...[more]

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with the Grateful Dead Bill Kreutzmann with Benjy Eisen (BOOK REVIEW)

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and ...

During the course of the first person narrative of Deal, founding member/drummer of the Grateful Dead Bill Kreutzmann shows he’s (almost) as skilled a storyteller as he is a drummer. Particularly in the early going of My Three Decades,  his informal style lends itself well to the increasingly fast pace  ...[more]

Live Dead: The Grateful Dead Photographed by By Bob Minkin (BOOK REVIEW)

Live Dead: The Grateful Dead Photographed by By ...

Because his work speaks volumes for itself, vaunted photographer Bob Minkin doesn’t really need the endorsements offered by Tom Constanten, Steve Parish and Blair Jackson for  Live Dead.  But their observations and insights included here in the form of preface, forward and introduction (especially the latter’s,which serves a s mini  ...[more]

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