Primus – Primus & the Chocolate Factory (ALBUM REVIEW)

Primus – Primus & the Chocolate Factory (ALBUM ...

Primus has always been one of the weirdest bands out there. In a post-Frank Zappa world, they’re the closest thing we’re ever going to get to the granddaddy of musical freaks. This is a mantel they’ve always worn well, even if it’s never talked about or spoken aloud. Anytime Primus  ...[more]

The Flaming Lips- With a Little Help From My Fwends (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Flaming Lips- With a Little Help From ...

This is the second time that The Flaming Lips have decided to tackle an all-time classic album, the first being 2009’s interpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, and with both releases the first question that should be asked is, why? Both LP’s are ingrained in any music  ...[more]

Minus the Bear- Lost Loves (ALBUM REVIEW)

Minus the Bear- Lost Loves (ALBUM REVIEW)

Whatever you might think, don’t call Lost Loves a B-Side collection.  For far too long, Minus the Bear, the five lads from Seattle who specialize in under utilized guitar techniques and electronic washes, have unleashed album after album of insidious pop songs that can loop on repeat in your ears for  ...[more]

Lily Allen – Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA 10/10/14 (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Lily Allen – Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA 10/10/14 ...

British singer Lily Allen has never shied away from speaking her mind. But sometimes she leaves it up to the audience to determine what she’s trying to say. The sassy, outspoken artist closed out her “Sheezus” tour in grand style at The Hollywood Palladium, filled with symbolism, sarcasm and social  ...[more]

Billy Idol – Kings & Queens of the Underground (ALBUM REVIEW)

Billy Idol – Kings & Queens of the ...

Punk rock pioneer and icon, William Michael Albert Broad – who is better known to us as Billy Idol, has no doubt stamped his place in the history books of popular music and solidified his presence for just over three decades. Idol has smartly chosen to collaborate once again with  ...[more]

Widespread Panic – ACL Moody Theater, Austin, TX 10/15/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Widespread Panic – ACL Moody Theater, Austin, TX ...

Ask a Panic fan what they think of any show and you will get a range of responses ranging from “the boys are on fire!” to “ they’re playing like complete shit and you shoulda been there last night.” Ultimately, it doesn’t matter because the experience of seeing a Widespread  ...[more]

Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Remaster (DVD REVIEW)

Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration ...

There was no celebration recognizing the fiftieth anniversary of Bob Dylan’s recording career in 2013, perhaps because The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, released in a deluxe edition of DVD/Blu-ray & CD, simply couldn’t be surpassed. The stunning visuals and audio clarity of the recording match an redoubtable array of artists  ...[more]

All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman (DVD Review)

All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice ...

With its emotional honesty and clarity of introspection, there’s such a deep-rooted melancholy in Gregg Allman’s greatest song, “Old Before My Time” (from 2003’s ABB album Hittin’ the Note), that it’s inclusion in the setlist for All My Friends might well have unduly dampened the celebratory atmosphere that permeates the  ...[more]

Allman Brothers Band/40: 40th Anniversary Show Live At The Beacon Theatre (DVD Review)

Allman Brothers Band/40: 40th Anniversary Show Live At ...

As handsomely packaged as last year’s Brothers & Sisters, ‘Deluxe Edition,’ 40 is so impeccably recorded in audio and video (the latter of which makes an often cheesy light show look impressive), it is comparable to 2003′s Live at the Beacon Theatre DVD (though lacking its assortment of bonus features).  ...[more]

Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones by Paul Trynka (BOOK REVIEW)

Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones ...

Music has always been a bitches brew of spontaneous seduction and pounding vibrations that often caused the soul of the listener to go mad with fever. It’s all over the blues and Jazz and especially in the realm of rock & roll. The obvious spell that Pan has weaved over  ...[more]

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie And The Advent Of Punk (BOOK REVIEW)

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie And The Advent Of ...

 “I had no idea that Chris was a voyeur when I met him,” Debbie Harry writes in the forward to her bandmate’s new book. “How could I know? His mother told me when we met that his personality was fully intact as a tiny baby.” She’s joking. Maybe. With another  ...[more]

There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson (BOOK REVIEW)

There Goes Gravity by Lisa Robinson (BOOK REVIEW)

There is more than one description for a music journalist. Some of us are living, breathing encyclopedias of recorded music, effortlessly comparing deep cuts from thirty years ago to a newly minted master tape without blinking an eye. Then there are the ones who studiously inject their writings with BIG  ...[more]

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