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Failure-The Heart is a Monster (Album Review)

Failure-The Heart is a Monster (Album Review)

It’s been nearly two decades since the world was blessed with new Failure. Fantastic Planet was a monumental achievement in the world of post-grunge alt rock, with its spaced out vibe and trippy soundscape propelling it out of this world. Despite the band’s initial success with the record, tensions from  ...[more]

Neil Young and Promise of the Real Fall Short On ‘The Monsanto Years’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Neil Young and Promise of the Real Fall ...

The topical concerns that permeate the songs on The Monsanto Years shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s listened to Neil Young over the course of his career and particularly in recent years. And if nothing else, the collection of material maintains the viability of the album as a collection of recorded material,  ...[more]

Underhill Rose – The Great Tomorrow (ALBUM REVIEW)

Underhill Rose – The Great Tomorrow (ALBUM REVIEW)

Cynics might be tempted to dismiss Underhill Rose as far too sweet and sincere to give them the necessary edge up. After all, they don’t dwell on politically charged topics or ponder societal ills or fret about disillusionment with the way things are. Instead they proffer a cheery sound that  ...[more]

Best Coast – Granada Theatre, Dallas, TX 6/24/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Best Coast – Granada Theatre, Dallas, TX 6/24/15 ...

“You’re going to the Granada?” queried my Uber driver, as I settled into the backseat of her surprisingly roomy Kia. “I just drove by and there’s a huge line of teenagers waiting outside to get in”, she proceeded to tell me. I felt my heart sag a bit, and a  ...[more]

Solid Sound 2015 Closes On A High With Wilco All-Star Jam (FESTIVAL REVIEW)

Solid Sound 2015 Closes On A High With ...

Photos by Emilie Holland. On the morning of the final day of Solid Sound, festival-goers awoke to blustery winds and cold rain, but packed their cars and soldiered on to Mass MoCA for one last dose of art and music. And luckily, the Sunday schedule allowed for a lull in the  ...[more]

GRATEFUL DEAD FARE THEE WELL – SANTA CLARA, CA 6/28/15 – HIGHLIGHTS & LOWLIGHTS “Let Trey & Bruce Sing”  (SHOW RECAP)

GRATEFUL DEAD FARE THEE WELL – SANTA CLARA, ...

The final California show of the Santa Clara/Levi’s Stadium two night run concluded with the Fare Thee Well version of the Grateful Dead picking up steam instrumentally, as the band showed more cohesion and arrived with a set-list that was rich in 80′s era Dead, while the prior night offered  ...[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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