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Beach Slang Spit Direct Lyrics and Upbeat Pop Punk On ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Beach Slang Spit Direct Lyrics and Upbeat Pop ...

The only downside with the title of Beach Slang’s newest effort, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, is that it is so on point to the group’s sound that it should be saved for an eventual greatest hits collection from the band. Then again, James Alex will probably come up  ...[more]

Sadler Vaden Shows He’s More Than Support Player For Isbell on Self Titled Solo LP (ALBUM REVIEW)

Sadler Vaden Shows He’s More Than Support Player ...

Sadler Vaden’s new self titled solo outing is a reflection of lessons learned. The most obvious of those is, of course, his role as chief guitar slinger with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and, before that, as hired gun with Drivin N Cryin. Early on, he led his own  ...[more]

The Head and the Heart Embrace Poppier Sound On ‘Signs of Light’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Head and the Heart Embrace Poppier Sound ...

When it all comes down to it, growth is the juicy consequence of change. The journey to get there is a risk and anyone with the guts to try deserves to be applauded…some of the time. Signs of Light, the third album from indie rockers The Head and the Heart,  ...[more]

Sigur Rós Captivates Gorgeously at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre (SHOW REVIEW)

Sigur Rós Captivates Gorgeously at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre ...

To enjoy Sigur Rós one must put aside many of the expectations commonly held of and for “pop” music, at least when defining “pop” as being popular. Indeed, Sigur Rós defy nearly all the conventions of pop music while creating something ethereal, fuller, and somehow more enduring-seeming than much other so-called pop.  ...[more]

Explosions In The Sky Reward The Patient Listener In Boston (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Explosions In The Sky Reward The Patient Listener ...

Explosions In The Sky’s sold out set at Boston’s House of Blues proved that you don’t need to use words to tell a story. Over the course of an hour and a half, the group flowed through their multifaceted minimalist compositions and wove them into a singular narrative. Their dualistic  ...[more]

Wannabe Reviews John Calvin Abney’s ‘Far Cries and Close Calls’

Wannabe Reviews John Calvin Abney’s ‘Far Cries and ...

In the newest installment of Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle reviews Far Cries and Close Calls, the new LP from Tulsa, Oklahoma alt-country rocker John Calvin Abney, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):...[more]

KISS Rocks Vegas Documents Joint Residency (DVD REVIEW)

KISS Rocks Vegas Documents Joint Residency (DVD REVIEW)

In the mid-1970’s, I was a kid growing up in small town America when a band called KISS started releasing albums. Looking like demons from your worst nightmares, scaring the souls of middle-class parents who tried to shield the eyes and ears of their offspring but ultimately ended up losing  ...[more]

Miles Ahead & Audio Companion Pieces Reaffirm Jazz ...

Because he so artfully interweaves literal storytelling with provocative movie-making, Don Cheadle deserves an Academy Award for Miles Ahead. Both the conception and execution of this homage to the late Miles Davis are also reflected in the companion musical pieces released to coincide with the icon of jazz. The original  ...[more]

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reaffirm 1978 Brilliance on ‘Rust Never Sleeps’ Reissue (DVD REVIEW)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reaffirm 1978 Brilliance ...

The almost simultaneous release of two Neil Young DVD’s is a sage move on the part of the Canadian rock icon. Not only does his current touring heighten the visibility of their respective releases, but each  film illuminates his work from a different perspective. The arcane quasi-comedy Human Highway has  ...[more]

‘Seeing the Real You At Last’ by Britta Lee Shain Gives Readers Insight Into The Real Bob Dylan (BOOK REVIEW)

‘Seeing the Real You At Last’ by Britta ...

What on the surface would seem to be a somewhat sordid tell-all book turns out to be a fast-paced, witty and altogether self-deprecating story of a Bob Dylan fan. Britta Lee Shain is devoted way past the point of familiarity most of his followers ever attain, but anyone devoted to  ...[more]

Jeff Beck Autobiography ‘Beck 01′ Mixes Electric Guitars, Hot Rods & Photos (BOOK REVIEW)

Jeff Beck Autobiography ‘Beck 01′ Mixes Electric Guitars, ...

Jeff Beck’s autobiography Beck 01, is as idiosyncratic as the legendary British guitarist himself. A combination of (some) text and (lots!) of photos, its expensively-customized design, at least in its initial run, makes it the archetypal collector’s item and/or ‘perfect gift’ for the devoted admirer of El Becko. But its attractions  ...[more]

Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements Wins As Exceptional Rock Bio (BOOK REVIEW)

Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements ...

In the very first chapter of Trouble Boys, Bob Mehr decoys his readers, rolling out the formative stages of guitarist Bob Stinson’s life in such granular detail that The True Story of The Replacements seems bound for territory as dry as a Wikipedia entry. As it turns out, though, Mehr  ...[more]

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