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The North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne – N.M.O. : Freedom and Dreams (ALBUM REVIEW)

The North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne – ...

The North Mississippi Allstars’ World Boogie Is Coming served at once as a recapitulation of their roots as well as a harbinger of things to come. The multiple and diverse partnerships which filled that record (including a guest appearance by Robert Plant) have now crystallized into Freedom & Dreams, the  ...[more]

The Mountain Goats- Beat the Champ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Mountain Goats- Beat the Champ (ALBUM REVIEW)

“Some things you will remember/Some things stay sweet forever,” the Mountain Goats sing on “Animal Mask” off their new record Beat the Champ. A quirky, lovable collection of oddball beauties, Champ is a record that’s a joy to listen to from beginning to end. It’s warm, but dark, and simple,  ...[more]

The Waterboys – Modern Blues (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Waterboys – Modern Blues (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Waterboys’ Modern Blues is an excellent execution of leader Mike Scott’s concept to emphasize the unity of his chosen musical ensemble for the album. This conscious decision in turn led him to  a Nashville recording studio with musicians  in tow  including tried and true sidemen like Steve Wickham as  ...[more]

MerleFest- Wilkesboro, NC April 23-26, 2015 (FESTIVAL RECAP)

MerleFest- Wilkesboro, NC April 23-26, 2015 (FESTIVAL RECAP)

MerleFest, which took place April 23-26, wrapped up its 28th year of bringing “Traditional Plus” music to Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The festival started in 1988 as a tribute to the memory of Merle Watson, the son of music legend Doc Watson. Its focus is on bluegrass and old-time music from  ...[more]

Mac DeMarco – Cozmic Pizza, Eugene, OR 4/21/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Mac DeMarco – Cozmic Pizza, Eugene, OR 4/21/15 ...

Mac DeMarco’s Tuesday night show at Cozmic Pizza in Eugene was sandwiched between sold out shows at The Independent in San Francisco and The Crystal Ballroom in Portland. The chance to see Mac in such an intimate venue did not go unnoticed, selling out by the time most had even  ...[more]

Old Settler’s Music Festival – Driftwood, TX, 4/16/15-4/19/15 (RECAP/PHOTOS)

Old Settler’s Music Festival – Driftwood, TX, 4/16/15-4/19/15 ...

Now in its 28th year, music lovers from Central Texas and beyond flocked to Driftwood just outside Austin for Old Settler’s Festival. As always, the lineup featured a range of acts big and small falling within the genres of bluegrass, folk, Americana and rock and roll. The rain that fell  ...[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]

Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders (DVD REVIEW)

Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders ...

1952, Queens, New York. Young Johnny Genzale is born and raised by his mother and older sister after his father decided to keep on with his wanton ways. Johnny is a cool kid, playing baseball, hanging out with friends. And then he discovers rock & roll and his new aura  ...[more]

One Night Only: Bill Hicks In Movie Theaters

One Night Only: Bill Hicks In Movie Theaters

Comedy legend Bill Hicks left an indelible mark on the world of stand up. Often cited by comedy aficionados in the same breath as George Carlin and Richard Pryor, Hicks rose quickly to become one of the foremost voices in comedy before he tragically died from pancreatic cancer in 1994  ...[more]

‘Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys’ by Viv Albertine (BOOK REVIEW)

‘Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys ...

Punk rock has been getting a lot of love recently. Johnny Rotten and Kim Gordon both have books coming out in 2015; Marky Ramone just released his autobiography; a DVD about Johnny Thunders hit shelves a few months ago and some old Clash footage has popped up on social media.  ...[more]

Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits With The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces By Glyn Johns (Book REVIEW)

Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits With The ...

Did you know that Jeff Beck used to crawl through Ian Stewart’s back window to spend time with a girl who was staying at his house while he was away? Or that Jimmy Page, in his early teens, once played at a talent night held at Glyn Johns’ church? Or  ...[more]

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    Sam Amidon, the string instrumentalist and songwriter whose full length Lily-O was released late last year, has partnered with filmmaker and fine art photographer Andrea Sisson for his latest video ...