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The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World  (ALBUM REVIEW)

The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What ...

“The Singer Addresses His Audience” begins the Decemberists’ seventh album with the narrator defending his band against claims of selling out.  “We know you threw your arms around us in the hopes we wouldn’t change, but we had to change some,” sings front-man Colin Meloy. Though Meloy’s lyrics are rarely  ...[more]

Sleater-Kinney Comes Back Huge on ‘No Cities to Love’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Sleater-Kinney Comes Back Huge on ‘No Cities to ...

For some, when it comes to digging new music, especially from an established act, it tends to be quite difficult to get the pre-release rock critic slobber out of your ears in enough time to actually take in the album caked with a thick layer of the stuff. Such is  ...[more]

Viet Cong – Viet Cong (ALBUM REVIEW)

Viet Cong – Viet Cong (ALBUM REVIEW)

Alberta-based Viet Cong pairs two members of the defunct band Women with two guitarists from associated groups. The first album from this mutated collective is heavier than past projects, driven by dark-sunshine hooks and jarring mid-song maneuvering. The seven songs that make up Viet Cong feel like twice as many,  ...[more]

Jeff Daniels with The Ben Daniels Band – The Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA 1/14/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Jeff Daniels with The Ben Daniels Band – ...

Most people are familiar with the actor Jeff Daniels. Daniels first came to prominence in the 1983 film,  Terms of Endearment and has been working steadily on stage and screen ever since. He’s coming off a particularly big year  having won an Emmy for his portrayal of Will McAvoy in  ...[more]

String Cheese Incident Rules Eugene’s Intimate McDonald Theatre For Two Nights (SHOW RECAPS/PHOTOS)

String Cheese Incident Rules Eugene’s Intimate McDonald Theatre ...

It is a rare opportunity to be a firsthand witness to a major crossroad in a band’s evolution, especially when the band has been in the music game for 22 years. Fresh off the busiest year of touring that The String Cheese Incident has done in almost a decade, there  ...[more]

Clear Plastic Masks – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY 1/15/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Clear Plastic Masks – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, ...

The first time I saw Clear Plastic Masks live, I remember thinking, “It’s only a matter of a time before these guys hit it big.” They’ve got the soulful swagger of Alabama Shakes and the cool-kid attitude of the Black Lips. And their stage presence is so naturally electric. They  ...[more]

Rolling Stones From The Vault – ‘Live in 1975, LA Forum’ & ‘Live in 1981, Hampton Coliseum’ (DVD REVIEWS)

Rolling Stones From The Vault – ‘Live in ...

It’s December 05, 1981, and the Rolling Stones are playing at the Superdome in New Orleans. But I am sitting at home, in my teenaged bedroom, pouting. The ticket I once held in my hand now belonged to someone else and I was missing one of the greatest bands on  ...[more]

The Doors – Feast of Friends (DVD Review)

The Doors – Feast of Friends (DVD Review)

“The Doors message is uncompromisingly loud,” says the announcer at the beginning of the British documentary, The Doors Are Open. “Do not adjust your set.” On November 11, Eagle Rock Entertainment finally released Feast Of Friends. This long ago film created by The Doors themselves back in 1968, has never  ...[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]

‘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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