Trigger Hippy – Trigger Hippy (ALBUM REVIEW)

Trigger Hippy – Trigger Hippy (ALBUM REVIEW)

Touted as something of a ‘super-group’ based on the presence of Jackie Greene, Joan Osborne  and Steve Gorman, the bonding of those relatively high-profile individuals with guitarist Tom Bukovac and bassist Nick Govrik leverages a fair amount of collective talent. Trigger Hippy doesn’t rest on its laurels, but this first  ...[more]

Shakey Graves- And The War Came (ALBUM REVIEW)

Shakey Graves- And The War Came (ALBUM REVIEW)

Thanks to the visceral folk sound of his debut Roll the Bones, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, better known as Shakey Graves, landed himself a handful of prestigious live shows this past year, including the Newport Folk Festival and Celebrate Brooklyn. His onstage charisma is vibrant and magnetic, no doubt resulting in a  ...[more]

Stars- No One Is Lost (ALBUM REVIEW)

Stars- No One Is Lost (ALBUM REVIEW)

Known for a catalogue of passionate, emotional and cathartic albums and tracks, Stars latest No One Is Lost, (out October 14th) kicks off on a surprisingly, and enjoyably, buoyant note on “From The Night” that carries listeners with a sense of momentum that is both fresh and celebratory. It becomes clear  ...[more]

Thurston Moore/Sebadoh/Mark Gardener – SOhO, Santa Barbara, CA 10/9/14

Thurston Moore/Sebadoh/Mark Gardener – SOhO, Santa Barbara, CA ...

Back to back shows at the SOhO in Santa Barbara, Thursday night October 9th, merged into one long evening of indie music, featuring three distinctly different performances. The evening started with a dinner show by former “Ride’ member, Mark Gardener, playing an acoustic loop show. For those not old enough  ...[more]

The Jayhawks – Stubbs BBQ, Austin, TX 10/13/14 (SHOW REVIEW//PHOTOS)

The Jayhawks – Stubbs BBQ, Austin, TX 10/13/14 ...

Supporting the reissue of three of their most important albums, Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music, The Jayhawks started their fall tour in Chicago on October 11th before making their way to Austin on Monday night. For longtime fans of the Minneapolis band, those three albums are especially  ...[more]

Rival Sons – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA 10/7/14 (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Rival Sons – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA ...

Even before the Rival Sons took the stage the sold out and then some crowd was buzzing like a lit fuse.  When the Son’s jumped off into the 60’s tinged guitar riff of “Electric Man” the audience exploded.   The Sons are Scott Holiday on guitars, Jay Buchanan on vocals, David  ...[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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