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Sunflower Bean Reveal Potential on Debut LP ‘Human Ceremony’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Sunflower Bean Reveal Potential on Debut LP ‘Human ...

Sunflower Bean has had a quick ascent from a DIY New York buzz band, to reaching some of the highest echelons of music acknowledgement, garnering mentions in some prestigious publications without having released a record.  While their precociousness is admirable (all three members are under 21), they may have lost  ...[more]

Trixie Whitely Becomes One To Watch on ‘Porta Bohemica’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Trixie Whitely Becomes One To Watch on ‘Porta ...

Lik last album, Fourth Corner, 2016′s Porta Bohemica reflects the strength and confidence of a performer that possesses an extended resume. Indeed, on initial encounter, several striking forebears come to mind – Annie Lennox, Betty Levert, Aretha Franklin, and any number of other revered divas. Whitley’s doesn’t attempt to imitate those  ...[more]

Dr. Dog Trip Out With ‘The Psychedelic Swamp’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Dr. Dog Trip Out With ‘The Psychedelic Swamp’ ...

Dr. Dog have never been an easy band to put a ready handle on. Their aggressive posture and penchant for psychedelia finds them akin to a spontaneous jam band in some regards, and has given them a populist kind of precept as well and classified them as indie insurgents overall.  ...[more]

Yo La Tengo Prevail As Masters of ‘Loud-Quiet-Loud’ at Dallas’ Granada Theater (SHOW REVIEW)

Yo La Tengo Prevail As Masters of ‘Loud-Quiet-Loud’ ...

If The Pixies are generally considered to be the masters of the “loud-quiet-loud” format within the scope of a single song, then Yo La Tengo can likely be considered the same in terms of their approach to a single show. The longtime pride of Hoboken-guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley,  ...[more]

The London Souls’ Minimalist Approach Yields Big Results at BSP Kingston (SHOW REVIEW)

The London Souls’ Minimalist Approach Yields Big Results ...

Less can certainly be more, and that is definitely the case with two-piece rock band, The London Souls, at BSP Kingston in Kingston, NY on 1/30/16 whose minimalist approach yields big results. Tash Neal, guitar/vocals, and Chris St. Hilaire, drums/vocals, both rely on technique rather then technology. Neal’s hollow body guitar is  ...[more]

Protomartyr Sweat It Out At The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor (SHOW REVIEW)

Protomartyr Sweat It Out At The Blind Pig ...

Inside the dark confines of the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan on 1/30/16, Protomartyr managed to fight off the sweltering conditions to perform to a full audience packed wall to wall. Opening the night were two local Michigan bands Deadbeat Beat and Rebel Kind. Deadbeat Beat, a three piece  ...[more]

Frank Zappa Intermingles Rock & Cerebellum Ingenuity on ‘Roxy: The Movie’ (DVD REVIEW)

Frank Zappa Intermingles Rock & Cerebellum Ingenuity on ...

Frank Zappa was a genius. No one will dispute that whether you can grasp his music or not. The man was years ahead of anyone else when it came to cerebral experimentation on a musical instrument. How his brain functioned must have been a cross between a carnival ride, a  ...[more]

Queen Reaffirms Legacy With ‘A Night at the Odeon’ (DVD REVIEW)

Queen Reaffirms Legacy With ‘A Night at the ...

Queen was a band that was initially, and perhaps unintentionally, underrated. To some, they were a garish glam band, to others, heavy metal wannabes. Indeed, their sound and style were far more extravagant than most, a hard rock outfit with a keen sense of art and excess. Hit albums and  ...[more]

Eric Clapton: Slowhand At 70, Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD REVIEW)

Eric Clapton: Slowhand At 70, Live At The ...

“Playing it seemed an impossible task,” Eric Clapton wrote in his 2007 autobiography about learning to play the guitar. One of the greatest players in the history of rock & roll started out like any other kid picking up a guitar for the first time. It was “almost the same  ...[more]

John Fogerty Reflects On Creedence And Life In ‘Fortunate Son: My Life My Music’ (BOOK REVIEW)

John Fogerty Reflects On Creedence And Life In ...

There’s a deceptive clarity in the way John Fogerty tells his story in Fortunate Son: My Life My Music. At the very start he adopts an ‘aw shucks’ tone that suits the earliest portions of  his autobiography, devoted to his small-town childhood, and even as it becomes slightly more formal,  ...[more]

Tom Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes (BOOK REVIEW)

Tom Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes (BOOK ...

In writing the biography of Tom Petty, author Warren Zanes creates a narrative so compelling it’s difficult to stop reading. Interweaving interviews with his main subject, past and present members of his band The Heartbreakers, plus friends, family, crew members and management; the author effectively (re)creates a wide-ranging conversation that,  ...[more]

Reckless: My Life As A Pretender By Chrissie Hynde (BOOK REVIEW)

Reckless: My Life As A Pretender By Chrissie ...

Christine Ellen Hynde, the dark-haired music loving, pot smoking teen in Akron, Ohio, has a lot to say about how her life turned out. She just doesn’t use a whole lot of words to do so. And that works out to her advantage. For the leader and focal point of  ...[more]

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