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William Elliott Whitmore  – Radium Death (ALBUM REVIEW)

William Elliott Whitmore – Radium Death (ALBUM REVIEW)

Radium Death is William Elliott Whitmore’s eigth studio album and a departure of sorts for the Iowa based roots/folk musician. On his last offering 2011’s Field Songs, Whitmore went as sparse as possible using sometimes just his distinct voice to get his rustic yearning tunes across. Now the man with  ...[more]

Death Cab for Cutie –  Kintsugi (ALBUM REVIEW)

Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi (ALBUM REVIEW)

Characterized as a break-up album, Death Cab for Cutie’s latest, Kintsugi, follows in the footsteps of 2011’s Codes and Keys, a mostly forgettable record from a band that specializes in memorabilia. Death Cab’s signature songs are like little memory time capsules that explode vividly in your ears as you listen  ...[more]

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (ALBUM REVIEW)

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (ALBUM REVIEW)

Of all the many ventures of Sufjan Stevens, it seems he’s rarely faced inward toward himself. 2003’s Michigan and 2005’s Illinois were deeply intelligent, beautiful, wacko records, but mainly historical works. And 2010’s The Age of Adz was somewhat forgettable, another thematic (and very experimental) piece of work. His latest  ...[more]

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones- Bell House, Brooklyn, NY 3/15/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty ...

When Dave and Phil Alvin reunited for the Grammy nominated Common Ground last year, it gave longtime fans of the duo the warm and fuzzies. A collection of Big Bill Broonzy covers was what brought them back together to record their first studio collaboration since the 1980s. At a recent  ...[more]

Dead Daisies Become First American Band to rock Cuba in the Post-Embargo Era

Dead Daisies Become First American Band to rock ...

Cuba is ninety miles from Florida. Over eleven million people live on the island but for most Americans, it has always been a place off-limits since the first embargo was imposed back in the early 1960’s. But all that is about to change as the political environment starts to shift  ...[more]

BOWLIVE – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY 3/21/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

BOWLIVE – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY 3/21/15 (SHOW ...

On March 21st at Brooklyn Bowl jazz-rock trio Soulive ceremoniously concluded its 6th annual Bowlive residency in stellar fashion with a little help from their friends. The brainchild of Bowl owner Peter Shapiro, Bowlive has evolved into a must-see event at the iconic flourishing venue. Soulive invites different special guests  ...[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]

‘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]

I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax By Scott Ian (Book Review)

I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy ...

“Maybe we stayed around so long we outlasted all the bullshit,” Scott Ian philosophizes near the end of his new autobiography, I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax. “We outlasted everything, and now we were considered a legendary band – members of the Big 4.” No one  ...[more]

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