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Album Review: The Atom Age – ‘Hot Shame’

Album Review: The Atom Age – ‘Hot Shame’

“This ain’t the place to be” belts out frontman Peter Niven at the very start of “It’s A Mess,” the opening track of the Atom Age’s latest album Hot Shame. He’s only slightly wrong in his sentiment, as the band has crafted a solid collection of riff-heavy rock ‘n’ roll  ...[more]

Album Review: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – ‘Under the Savage Sky’

Album Review: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – ...

From the raucous and menacing first guitar notes on the opening track “Willow”, you already know you’re in for a hell of a party and it’s being thrown by none other than the force of nature that is Barrence Whitfield and the Savages. On the follow-up to the stellar Dig  ...[more]

The White Buffalo – Love and the Death of Damnation (ALBUM REVIEW)

The White Buffalo – Love and the Death ...

Despite the somewhat ubiquitous handle — does a White Buffalo roam the musical plain or simply serve as some sort of monumental figurehead worthy of high praise? — Jake Smith has used his alias to purvey some exceptional alt country offerings over the course of the past dozen years. Although  ...[more]

Baby In Vain – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA 8/11/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Baby In Vain – The Echo, Los Angeles, ...

The all-female rock trio known as Baby In Vain wrapped up a very successful U.S. tour at The Echo in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles, Tuesday night August 11th. The tour included opening dates for The Kills as well as a slot at the prestigious Outside Lands festival in  ...[more]

Old Crow Medicine Show – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA 8/21/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Old Crow Medicine Show – Blue Hills Bank ...

What looked like what was to be a dark and stormy night, weather-wise for the fans of Old Crow Medicine Show on Boston Harbor – soon became a glorious and rollicking hoedown for the ages. The weather was wonderful, as the Nashville-based quintet, led by the energetic and engaging Ketch  ...[more]

Gary Clark Jr. Debuts New Songs On Austin City Limits (SHOW REVIEW)

Gary Clark Jr. Debuts New Songs On Austin ...

When Gary Clark Jr. first played the esteemed Austin City Limits show back in 2012, he had something to prove. His major label debut, Blak and Blu, had been released not long before the appearance and he was playing in front of a hometown crowd on the same show that  ...[more]

The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982 (DVD REVIEW)

The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982 (DVD ...

“This captures a unique bonfire in the eternal blaze of The Who,” former Melody Maker journalist Chris Roberts writes in the booklet accompanying the new DVD, The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982. A definite must-have for Who fans, it contains the full concert the band performed on the second  ...[more]

The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live in 1971 (DVD REVIEW)

The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee ...

The Rolling Stones needed to get out of England – the quicker the better, before the new tax season started. They had gone on a short nine city “Farewell Tour” of the UK, a month ahead of the release of their Sticky Fingers album, before they found refuge in France  ...[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]

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! by Dennis Dunaway (BOOK REVIEW)

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! by Dennis Dunaway (BOOK ...

“I haven’t told you everything from the book,” former Alice Cooper bass player Dennis Dunaway teasingly told me during an interview in 2013 about the book that now sits on book store shelves. After years of tweaking it to perfection, Dunaway has unveiled the world of the original Alice Cooper  ...[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]

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