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Sonny and the Sunsets Blend Pop With Psych On ‘Moods Baby Moods’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Sonny and the Sunsets Blend Pop With Psych ...

We hold artists like Sonny Smith near and dear because they never cease to surprise us, entertain us, intrigue us and leave us wanting more. Smith continues to make sweet, strange music with Sonny and the Sunsets on the newly released Moods Baby Moods, a cheeky and fantastic follow-up to  ...[more]

Megafauna Balance Prog And Pop For Hard-Hitting ‘Welcome Home’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Megafauna Balance Prog And Pop For Hard-Hitting ‘Welcome ...

In 2008 Dani Neff formed the Austin-based hard rock trio Megafauna. Having released a new album every two years since 2010, their fourth album, Welcome Home, is the newest addition to their catalogue. Instead of following in the wake of their third album Maximalist, with its remorseless riffs and unrepentant  ...[more]

Big Thief Inspires Raucous and Energetic Folk Rock On ‘Masterpiece’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Big Thief Inspires Raucous and Energetic Folk Rock ...

Masterpiece, Big Thief’s debut album on Saddle Creek Records, comes across as a study in the power of vulnerability. This is Adrianne Lenker’s first record with her full band, and yet some of its best moments are when the songs are stripped, with lyrics standing naked against quiet guitar strumming.  ...[more]

Hardcore/Punk Arrives Strong at Black N Blue Bowl 2016 (SHOW REVIEW)

Hardcore/Punk Arrives Strong at Black N Blue Bowl ...

Unlike previous years, 2016’s version of the Black N Blue Bowl was scaled down to one day instead of two as the hardcore/punk/metal scene focused once again on Webster Hall with a full card of bands and almost as many bro hugs as tattoos. Early groups were the New Jersey  ...[more]

Eagles of Death Metal Bring Intense Rock And Big Ego To Austin (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Eagles of Death Metal Bring Intense Rock And ...

It was only last November when terrorist gunmen opened fire at the Bataclan rock club in Paris where the Eagles of Death Metal were playing. Nearly one hundred people lost their lives in the club that night, and members of the band, like many other survivors, were deeply traumatized by  ...[more]

Robin Zander, Glenn Hughes, Matt Sorum, Joe Perry, Corey Taylor & More Rock Out For Adopt the Arts (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Robin Zander, Glenn Hughes, Matt Sorum, Joe Perry, ...

An army of bonafide rock stars descended on the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, Thursday, May 12th, for a benefit concert and auction to raise money for the Adopt The Arts organization. The group co-founded by ex Guns N Roses drummer and philanthropist Matt Sorum and Abby Berman, is a Los  ...[more]

Elvis Costello Documents Solo Tour on ‘Detour Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’ (DVD REVIEW)

Elvis Costello Documents Solo Tour on ‘Detour Live ...

Based on the sheer power and largess of Elvis Costello’s catalog alone, any DVD that documents his 40 year career and more than 25 of his superb songs is in itself well worth the price of admission. Consequently, Detour Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, taken from last year’s Detour tour,  ...[more]

‘Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty’ Shines Intimate Spotlight on Late Great Blues Guitarist (DVD REVIEW)

‘Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty’ Shines Intimate Spotlight ...

There are three things that you will notice when watching the newly released DVD Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty. One is that the music is so incredibly passionate, feisty and unfettered with special tricks, that chills run up your spine. Two, that Winter’s Firebird guitar is so damn cool. And  ...[more]

The Jam’s Defiant Sense of Integrity Captured on ‘About the Young Idea’ (DVD REVIEW)

The Jam’s Defiant Sense of Integrity Captured on ...

As if The Jam’s fiercely independent, willfully defiant sense of integrity needed any affirmation in these days of songs by the Clash on TV commercials, About the Young Idea ultimately stands as a clear delineation of their will to succeed on their own terms. Unafraid to be themselves now as  ...[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]

Jerry on Jerry, The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews (BOOK REVIEW)

Jerry on Jerry, The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews ...

As intimated by its detailed cover graphics, with both flat and glossy finish on the dust-cover and a large embossing of the famous image of the man’s hand on the hardcover, Jerry on Jerry, The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews is really much more than what it’s subtitle indicates. The Unpublished  ...[more]

Voices of The Grateful Dead & Community Integrate on ‘This Is All A Dream, We Dreamed’ (BOOK REVIEW)

Voices of The Grateful Dead & Community Integrate ...

Even the most erudite Deadheads will be equally surprised and delighted with This Is All A Dream We Dreamed. Surprised by insight offered here, not quite so vividly reflected in other books on the iconic band, such as a portrait of scurrilous Lenny Hart as graphic in its own way  ...[more]

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