Charlie Mars- The Money (ALBUM REVIEW)

Charlie Mars- The Money (ALBUM REVIEW)

The final installment of Charlie Mars’ so-called Texas Trilogy, The Money finds Mars taking a small step backward while at the same time continuing along his path of artistic self-discovery. After five albums as a standard singer-songwriter, Mars’ label went out of business and he was forced to go it  ...[more]

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]

The Jayhawks w/ Trapper Schoepp & The Shades – Granada Theatre, Dallas, TX 10/14/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

The Jayhawks w/ Trapper Schoepp & The Shades ...

From 1996 to 2003, beloved Americana icons The Jayhawks cut and released three albums of material-Sound Of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music without the services of founding member Mark Olson. Despite the music’s generally warm reception and the bevy of great song selections put forth, this period has traditionally  ...[more]

Black 47 – Rocky Sullivan’s, Brooklyn, NY 10/11/14 (SHOW REVIEW)

Black 47 – Rocky Sullivan’s, Brooklyn, NY 10/11/14 ...

A successful New York institution is hanging it up in 2014 after a year-long farewell tour, and no this review has nothing to do with Derek Jeter. Black 47, who have been playing New York City’s finest drinking establishments for over 30+ years, are turning on the lights and shouting  ...[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]

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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