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The Jayhawks Regain Their Stride With ‘Paging Mr. Proust’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Jayhawks Regain Their Stride With ‘Paging Mr. ...

Apparently not long on the idea of reviving the band’s early 90s heyday, Mark Olson, one-half of the songwriting presence behind Americana darling The Jayhawks, decided to split shortly after the release of 2011’s Mockingbird Time, and its’ subsequent tour. That album, heralded by many as a sign that roots  ...[more]

M83 Returns With Moroder/Hammer Synth Hooks on ‘Junk’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

M83 Returns With Moroder/Hammer Synth Hooks on ‘Junk’ ...

“I wanted to do something that would unsettle the listener in a good way.” Anthony Gonzalez doesn’t care to kowtow to the legions of expectant M83 fans who still have “Midnight City” preserved on their party playlists. Instead, a half-decade after his seminal and intensely popular album, Hurry Up We’re  ...[more]

Wannabe Reviews Aesop Rock’s ‘The Impossible Kid’

Wannabe Reviews Aesop Rock’s ‘The Impossible Kid’

In the newest installment of Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle reviews the new album from hip-hop artist Aesop Rock, The Impossible Kid, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution:   ...[more]

Murder by Death Cover Entire 15 Years Career at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade (SHOW REVIEW)

Murder by Death Cover Entire 15 Years Career ...

Monday night rock and roll shows are always unpredictable when it comes to turnout, but Murder By Death can pack a room. And that they did at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on April 18th, selling the place out and filling it with their diverse and dedicated fans. Punk rockers, granola  ...[more]

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Conclude U.S. ‘The River’ Tour With Two Big Barclays/Brooklyn Revelries (SHOW REVIEW)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Conclude ...

The last time this reviewer covered Bruce Springsteen was when he finished his seven fall stops in the Metropolitan area in 2009 with a complete performance of The River. You easily sense from the review at the time that a big part of what made the night so special was  ...[more]

Banditos and Mail The Horse Bring Country Grit To NYC’s Concrete Jungle (SHOW REVIEW)

Banditos and Mail The Horse Bring Country Grit ...

In a fast-paced urban setting like New York  City, where the landscape is hard and grey and a patch of green grass is a luxury, seeing a band like Banditos from deep down South in Birmingham, Alabama with a sound entirely reflective of the environment from which they come is  ...[more]

‘Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty’ Shines Intimate Spotlight on Late Great Blues Guitarist (DVD REVIEW)

‘Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty’ Shines Intimate Spotlight ...

There are three things that you will notice when watching the newly released DVD Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty. One is that the music is so incredibly passionate, feisty and unfettered with special tricks, that chills run up your spine. Two, that Winter’s Firebird guitar is so damn cool. And  ...[more]

The Jam’s Defiant Sense of Integrity Captured on ‘About the Young Idea’ (DVD REVIEW)

The Jam’s Defiant Sense of Integrity Captured on ...

As if The Jam’s fiercely independent, willfully defiant sense of integrity needed any affirmation in these days of songs by the Clash on TV commercials, About the Young Idea ultimately stands as a clear delineation of their will to succeed on their own terms. Unafraid to be themselves now as  ...[more]

The Ritchie Blackmore Story Is Definitive Visual Retrospective of a Guitar Legend (DVD REVIEW)

The Ritchie Blackmore Story Is Definitive Visual Retrospective ...

It’s always been solely about the music. That is the most poignant statement that comes through the recent documentary, The Ritchie Blackmore Story. Through intimate interview clips with Blackmore and some of his guitar brothers-in-arms, personal photographs and video footage from Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night concerts, it’s always  ...[more]

Jerry on Jerry, The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews (BOOK REVIEW)

Jerry on Jerry, The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews ...

As intimated by its detailed cover graphics, with both flat and glossy finish on the dust-cover and a large embossing of the famous image of the man’s hand on the hardcover, Jerry on Jerry, The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews is really much more than what it’s subtitle indicates. The Unpublished  ...[more]

Voices of The Grateful Dead & Community Integrate on ‘This Is All A Dream, We Dreamed’ (BOOK REVIEW)

Voices of The Grateful Dead & Community Integrate ...

Even the most erudite Deadheads will be equally surprised and delighted with This Is All A Dream We Dreamed. Surprised by insight offered here, not quite so vividly reflected in other books on the iconic band, such as a portrait of scurrilous Lenny Hart as graphic in its own way  ...[more]

John Fogerty Reflects On Creedence And Life In ‘Fortunate Son: My Life My Music’ (BOOK REVIEW)

John Fogerty Reflects On Creedence And Life In ...

There’s a deceptive clarity in the way John Fogerty tells his story in Fortunate Son: My Life My Music. At the very start he adopts an ‘aw shucks’ tone that suits the earliest portions of  his autobiography, devoted to his small-town childhood, and even as it becomes slightly more formal,  ...[more]

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