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DVD/CD Review: Jeff Beck, “Live at the Hollywood Bowl”

I’ve been a fan and was influenced very early on by The Yardbirds.  I was never keen on Eric Clapton (and still am not) or Jimmy...

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DVD/CD Review: The Who, “Isle of Wight 2004 Festival”

Only two years after the long-dormant festival was resurrected, one of the bands who left a pretty timeless mark previously at the storied...

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CD Review: Julian Velard, ‘Fancy Words for Failure’

Julian Velard's 'Fancy Words for Failure' finds the singer at a professional and personal crossroads, but coming out on the right side. ...

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CD Review: Saint Etienne, “Home Counties”

It is the sound of a band acting their age, while making fun of it at the same time. ...

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DVD/CD Review: “Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s ‘Third’ Live … and More”

Forget objectivity, because you won’t find it here – not from me.  And certainly not about these live, orchestral,...

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CD Review: Black Star Riders, “Heavy Fire”

The chewy center of the band's latest hard rock is just plain fun....

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Album Review: High Plains, “Cinderland”

Soundscape master Scott Morgan (better known by his working name, Loscil) and the cellist Mark Bridges have birthed and produced, as the...

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Album Review: Crystal Fairy, “Crystal Fairy”

Don’t get me wrong: I like Crystal Fairy’s self-titled debut, I really do. I just don’t love it as much as I think I should. The name...

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CD/DVD Reviews: Def Leppard, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Peter Murphy

Good concert films can either define an era (Woodstock, The Last Waltz) or an artist (Frampton Comes Alive, Cheap Trick at Budokan, Stop...

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REVIEW: Christian Frederickson, Jason Noble and Ryan Rumery – “The Painted Bird / Amidst”

I cannot stop listening to The Painted Bird / Amidst, a carefully self-released affair that is, without question, the most riveting and...

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REVIEW: Jacob Duncan – “The Busker”

Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden’s pristine and bright-eyed collaboration on the 1997 Verve LP Beyond The Missouri Sky (Short Stories) is a...

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REVIEW: Loscil – “Monument Builders”

A melancholy pall hangs over much of Loscil’s Monument Builders, a mysterious little nugget of an LP out since November on Kranky...

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CD Review: Rik Emmett & RESolution9, “RES9”

It didn't go as expected....

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CD Review: Childish Gambino, “Awaken, My Love!”

Bartholomew Cubbins gives up the funk....

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Album Review: Bruno Mars, “24k Magic”

Mars' homage to baby-makin' R&B from the late-'80s and '90s feels regressive and unfortunate....

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ALBUM REVIEW: LOVELAND DUREN, “Next”

When I introduced you to Loveland Duren and Bloody Cupid in 2013, I’d heard a debut album so strong, so sophisticated and yet soulful...

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ALBUM REVIEW: BIG EYES, “Stake My Claim”

This Brooklyn-born band, led by singer-guitarist Kait Eldridge has a punchy, crisp sound, full of high energy, guitar driven pop in that...

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ALBUM REVIEW: WAITING FOR HENRY, “Town Called Patience”

This sophomore effort from Waiting For Henry is the perfect elixir to a hot, uninspiring summer – breezy, melodic and guitar-laden...

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CD Review: Peter Garrett, “A Version Of Now”

The imposing Midnight Oil frontman returns to music with his solo debut....

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE MONOCHROME SET, “Cosmonaut”

The long and storied career of The Monochrome Set, which first began in 1978 has been rejuvenated/reactivated several times, most recently...

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ALBUM REVIEW: RUBY DEE & THE SNAKEHANDLERS, “Little Black Heart”

This Seattle-based band has been at it for 14 years and this new album from Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers, Little Black Heart, is a...

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ALBUM REVIEW: DON GALLARDO, “Hickory”

California native and current Nashville resident Don Gallardo bows his newest album, Hickory, in the U.S., an album that drew praise when...

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE CHORDAES, “Touch The Ground”

A bright and vibrant production; not-easy-to-pinpoint influences but hooks, structure, melodies and harmonies galore, this debut album from...

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ALBUM REVIEW: VELVET CRUSH, “Pre-Teen Symphonies”

It’s another of those beautiful moments when the very fine people at Omnivore Recordings unleash another labor of love, because...

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE VALERY TRAILS, “Chameleon Bones”

This third album was made over two continents and there’s been a lot of living from the three members that make up The Valery...

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ALBUM REVIEW: JONAS MARTIN, “The Color Scheme”

This sophomore solo effort from Dallas native Jonas Martin is an interesting melding of pop, blues-y vibes, classic rock and groove –...

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE STRAY BIRDS, “Magic Fire”

This fifth album from Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s Stray Birds is aptly titled Magic Fire – it  has that certain something...

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ALBUM REVIEW: PINK MEXICO, “Fool”

This latest offering from Brooklyn’s Pink Mexico (a ponderous name) is Fool, an album of heavy, fuzzed-out guitar rock that has some...

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Album Review: Jeremy Nail, “My Mountain”

A good album that comes frustratingly close to being a great one....