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Van Morrison Plays It Safe On ‘Keep Me Singing’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Van Morrison Plays It Safe On ‘Keep Me ...

It’s a mistake to hear the lush, immaculate textures of Van Morrison’s new album, Keep Me Singing, as pure easy listening, totally bereft of personality. On his first album for Caroline Records, and his thirty-sixth studio effort overall, The Belfast Cowboy may have aimed directly at the demographic that’s followed  ...[more]

Drive-By Truckers Call It Like They See It With Politically Charged ‘American Band’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Drive-By Truckers Call It Like They See It ...

With a seemingly endless whirlpool of fucked up news, social media has reached the point where the running commentary is a cacophony of misguided hate speech and uninformed opinions. Few intelligent, sensible voices are able to rise above the throng, even amongst artists and journalists. Yet, with their new album  ...[more]

Ultimate Painting Bring Varied Dynamics and Psychedelia On ‘Dusk’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Ultimate Painting Bring Varied Dynamics and Psychedelia On ...

London-based duo Ultimate Painting have only been together since 2014 but have been pretty prolific during that time, releasing an album each year. The band is made up of Jack Cooper and James Hoare, who met when on tour together with their other bands Mazes and Veronica Falls, respectively. They  ...[more]

The Cult Brings The Medicine To Baton Rouge’s Varsity Theatre (SHOW REVIEW)

The Cult Brings The Medicine To Baton Rouge’s ...

“I’m more the nuts and bolts guy,” guitar player Billy Duffy once told Glide in 2012 about The Cult. “I’m like the engine room guy. I’m down there with the engine making sure everything is running and doing the maintenance.” Which leaves singer Ian Astbury to do the emoting, the zen-vibing and  ...[more]

Americanafest Proves Most Inviting & Amazing Six Days (FESTIVAL RECAP)

Americanafest Proves Most Inviting & Amazing Six Days ...

Where to begin? The Americanafest can be described in many ways — entertaining, enlightening and — to be absolutely honest — exhausting. But mostly it’s amazing. Six days of shows, showcases, discussions, and seminars involving the brightest lights in Americana music, among them, both superstars (Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Sam  ...[more]

Alice In Chains Serve Up Grungy Classics In Austin (SHOW REVIEW)

Alice In Chains Serve Up Grungy Classics In ...

The early Nineties rock scene was dominated by the grunge movement. Ripped up jeans, thrift store clothing, long hair, Doc Martens and flannel became the style of choice. Though there were many grunge bands, most music fans knew the big five: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Stone  ...[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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