ALBUM REVIEW: The Who, “My Generation”

With The Who’s 50th anniversary here, Universal, the owners of The Who’s catalog, have seen fit to bring out vinyl reissues of the band’s landmark first three albums.  Geffen Records in the United States have been assigned the back catalog ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Joe Pug, “Windfall”

This new album from Austin, Texas native Joe Pug has a lot going for it, considering its genesis was in a not-so-positive situation.  From imbibing too much alcohol to feeling disconnected, Pug almost walked away from music but instead, turned ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Grip Weeds, “How I Won The War”

You can make the argument that “classic/’60’s style pop” is making an upward surge in a big way from the United States and leading the charge would be New Jersey veterans, The Grip Weeds.  Jangly, quasi-psychedelic, harmony rich and masterfully ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Vagaband, “Medicine For The Soul”

A thoroughly enjoyable and tuneful collection of songs, Medicine For The Soul, the new release from the U.K.’s The Vagaband, is an exercise in melody.  For a sophomore release, this gathering of eleven songs sound like a group who’ve traveled ...

EP REVIEW: Kawehi, “Evolution”

While her last EP, Robot Heart, turned a lot of heads (along with her interestingly innovative version of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box), multi-instrumentalist/singer Kawehi is already back again with another new batch of songs, the aptly-titled Evolution.  These seven songs ...

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Wrecking Crew” (documentary)

The Wrecking Crew is the brilliant new(ish) documentary from filmmaker Denny Tedesco; it’s a labor of love and small wonder – his late father Tommy was the brilliant guitarist who played in this incredible collective.  For those who really don’t ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Lyal Strickland, “Balanced On Barbed Wire”

An interesting story here – this album, from Buffalo, Missouri native Lyal Strickland, was originally recorded in 2013, but he decided to resuscitate it, re-release it and tour behind it.  And by doing so, he’s reaching out to bigger audiences, ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Vanilla Fudge, “Spirit Of ’67”

It’s not often that a “classic” band can come back together after disbanding and put out a new album that sounds fresh – but then add to that, this new album is filled with covers from their contemporaries (as well ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Weeklings, “Monophonic”

You may as well give up any notions of resistance to The Weeklings, because this is quite simply, the good old fashioned rock and roll we ALL grew up with – built around the sound and style of The Fabs ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Liz Longley, s/t

From the moment “Outta My Head” begins, I love this album.  Liz Longley’s self-titled debut on the legendary Sugar Hill label is a thing of beauty.  Her voice, filled with warmth and sultry-ness and her songs, which are lyric-smart and ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Sofia Talvik, “Big Sky Country”

From the opening strums of Big Sky Country, the newest album – 6th, overall – from Sweden’s Sofia Talvik, you know you’re in for an aural pleasure experience.  Her sweet, rich and enveloping voice immediately draws you in and the ...

CD REVIEW: The Staple Singers, “Freedom Highway Complete”

On April 9, 1965, shortly after the events that have been depicted in the movie Selma, the Staple Singers sang at a service at their home church, the New Nazareth Church on Chicago’s South Side. The album that they recorded that ...

MOVIE REVIEW: “St. Vincent” (2014)

To say that Bill Murray is getting better with age is an understatement; that he chooses interesting, meaty roles would probably be an accurate assumption.  Going back to his masterfully world-weary Herman Blume in Rushmore, he’s been consistent and worth ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Young Buffalo, “House”

Coming from Oxford, Mississippi, Young Buffalo are about to make their mark on music with this fine debut album, House.  A five-piece, Young Buffalo are like a fresh breeze on a warm afternoon – their guitar and keyboard-based pop sound ...

EP REVIEW: Peppina, “Follow Your Gravity”

Warm, pleasant, embracing, soothing – these are the immediate impressions upon first listen to Peppina, a singer-songwriter from Finland, who has signed on with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s production company, hitRECord.org and is about to release her first EP, Follow Your Gravity.

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ALBUM REVIEW: BP Fallon, “Live In Texas”

Here’s a guy with one of the most varied and impressive resumes in music – across the boards.  Journalist, publicist (starting at Apple Records), D.J., photographer and now singer/performer.  Irish native BP Fallon has basically seen it all and done ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Duke Garwood, “Heavy Love”

Moody, atmospheric and full of texture would be a fair assessment of Duke Garwood’s fifth album, Heavy Love.  The British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist unleashes ten songs of a subdued yet near-sinister nature, by virtue of their stark arrangements and whispered vocals.  At ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Asaf Avidan, “Gold Shadow”

Another masterpiece this early in the year.  And something completely new for me – an Israeli musician with such an American feel, it’s hard to make the distinction that he’s not a native of either the South or Detroit.  Asaf ...

CD REVIEW: Decker, “Patsy”

Sedona, Arizona native Brandon Decker comes up with some interesting sounds on this, his latest release, Patsy.  Issued under the simple moniker of “Decker”, he unleashes nine songs of varying styles and sounds – a mixture of neo-folk, inflections of ...

CD REVIEW: John Statz, “Tulsa”

This Wisconsin native is no stranger to creating interesting and introspective music.  Tulsa is John Statz’ seventh release and a fine, cohesive piece of work.  Masterfully produced by Jeffrey Foucault, the performances by Statz, Morphine’s Billy Conway on drums, Mark ...

E.P. REVIEW: Peter Buck, “Opium Drivel”

I don’t know if Peter Buck, the fellow who played guitar in that band from Athens, Georgia, intended his third solo release to be “funny” but damn it, it is.  It’s also rockin’ and great on one side and eerily ...

EP REVIEW: Brandon Cunningham, “Giveout”

This is excellent – pure and simple.  Chicago singer-songwriter Brandon Cunningham delivers four absolutely stunning tracks on this latest E.P., Giveout.  From sparse and haunting to lush and textured, this young musician knows how to write a song and convey ...

EP REVIEW: Honey & The 45s, “Mad”

Very nice and impressive mini-album from Honey & The 45s, a Chicago-based outfit.  Mad is a smooth mixture of soulfulness, funky grooves and Americana (quite an achievement) with great production and skill.  This five-piece is steered by the sweet-dripping vocals ...