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Mikal Cronin – MCIII (ALBUM REVIEW)

Mikal Cronin – MCIII (ALBUM REVIEW)

Mikal Cronin has come a long way since 2013’s critically lauded record MCII. The praise was well-deserved for such a fantastic breakout album, and with his newest MCIII, Cronin is proving that he’s still got plenty of juice left in him. A breakup record to be sure, MCIII is moody,  ...[more]

Black Sabbath: Symptom Of The Universe by Mick Wall (BOOK REVIEW)

Black Sabbath: Symptom Of The Universe by Mick ...

Mick Wall has written about Black Sabbath before, in his own memoir Paranoid, so you would think that at least 50% of his new book about the band would be rehashed stories and scraping of the barrel bottom belly-of-the-beast legends. With both Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne having written their  ...[more]

Graham Parker & The Rumour – Mystery Glue (ALBUM REVIEW)

Graham Parker & The Rumour – Mystery Glue ...

Much superior to the initial reunion record, 2012′s Three Chords Good, Graham Parker & The Rumour’s followup Mystery Glue is the work of former band-mates fully reacquainted with each other. And if it doesn’t sound exactly like the 1979  watershed Squeezing Out Sparks, it’s because it’s not meant to. Hearing  ...[more]

The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Psychocandy’ Tour – The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 5/16/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Psychocandy’ Tour ...

The Warfield came alive with The Jesus and Mary Chain playing a solid set from their album Psychocandy, as this tour marks its 30th anniversary. Arguably one of the most prolific bands to emerge from the early 80′s, The Jesus and Mary Chain carved the mold for the emergence of  ...[more]

Violent Femmes- Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY 5/19/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Violent Femmes- Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY 5/19/15 (SHOW ...

Just one night after Violent Femmes wrapped their most extensive recording sessions since 1998, the band brought rockabilly and heavy bluegrass to a set of favorites and obscure requests in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The show on Tuesday, at the record store Rough Trade NYC, was significant for being the Femmes’s first  ...[more]

Boston Calling 2015 – City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 5/22-5/24/15 (FESTIVAL RECAP)

Boston Calling 2015 – City Hall Plaza, Boston, ...

The third year edition of the biannual Boston Calling Music Festival kicked off on a gorgeous Friday spring evening in the literal heart of the city, City Hall Plaza; a brick oasis surrounded on three sides by skyscrapers and Faneuil Hall and the Atlantic Ocean on the fourth.  A true  ...[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]

Moontower Comedy Fest Brings The Laughs To Austin, Texas (REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Moontower Comedy Fest Brings The Laughs To Austin, ...

This past week marked only the fourth year of Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival, but it’s easy to see why the annual event has quickly became such a major draw for comedians and fans alike. Moontower embodies the stereotype of Austin as being laid back and friendly, and it does so  ...[more]

One Night Only: Bill Hicks In Movie Theaters

One Night Only: Bill Hicks In Movie Theaters

Comedy legend Bill Hicks left an indelible mark on the world of stand up. Often cited by comedy aficionados in the same breath as George Carlin and Richard Pryor, Hicks rose quickly to become one of the foremost voices in comedy before he tragically died from pancreatic cancer in 1994  ...[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]

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