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Warpaint Bumps Up The Speed on ‘Heads Up’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Warpaint Bumps Up The Speed on ‘Heads Up’ ...

Los Angeles-based Warpaint have developed a knack for moody atmospherics. Over the course of the past decade-plus, the band-guitarists/vocalists Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman, along with bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg and drummer Stella Mozgawa-have released several albums worth of carefully constructed ambient pieces delivered with a cool detachment and an  ...[more]

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]

Luke Winslow-King Treats NYC To A Night Of New Orleans Blues (SHOW REVIEW)

Luke Winslow-King Treats NYC To A Night Of ...

A New Orleans transplant by way of Michigan, Luke Winslow-King is a classically trained guitarist with a rich, bittersweet voice and a healthy admiration for the music of Woody Guthrie and Robert Johnson. This past Thursday, with the release date of his latest LP on Bloodshot Records, I’m Glad Trouble Don’t  ...[more]

Steve Gunn & the Outliners Bring Mellow Guitar Rock To Portland’s Mississippi Studios (SHOW REVIEW)

Steve Gunn & the Outliners Bring Mellow Guitar ...

Steve Gunn makes music for the road, and on Saturday, September 24th that road led him to Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon. Gunn’s latest jaunt with his band the Outliners is in support of his new album Eyes On The Lines, which was released earlier this year. True to its  ...[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]

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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