CD Review: Toto, “Toto XIV”

It was the story that threatened to overshadow the album. As early as six years ago, famed guitarist Steve “Luke” Lukather said during promotions for his solo album that the prospects for new Toto music was slim, and probably non-existent. He was ...

CD Review: No More Pain, “The Post-Human Condition”

This is a great time for music types other than pop, so far as the album format is concerned. As pop music continues its trudge toward becoming a totally separate entity, single-contained and no longer conjoined within the album’s puzzle work, the ...

2014 Music Wrap-Up, Lest We Forget

It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean Christmas. I mean it is the time of year when reviewers look back on all the materials they received in the year, and have to come up with their Top Ten Lists, ...

CD Review: Enchant, “The Great Divide”

It has been a long time waiting for Enchant to either admit they had broken up or get back to making music. The last studio effort, Tug Of War, came out in 2003. The band members went their separate ways, with some ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Heavy Blinkers, “Health”

Following the releases of new albums by David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine and Justin Timberlake, 2013 might go down as the year of the unexpected comeback (your move, Dr. Dre). For lovers of lush, harmony-laden orchestral pop, the most pleasant return ...

Album Review: Orval Carlos Sibelius, “Super Forma”

At a time when albums are teased, hyped, leaked, dissected, discarded and re-evaluated before they are even officially released, it has become increasingly rare to be able to approach one with fresh ears, no preconceptions and little baggage. Perhaps that’s why I ...

CD Review: Kenny Vance and the Planotones, “Acapella”

There will probably come a day in my lifetime when doo-wop is no longer performed or recorded as a viable art form. It will then be relegated largely to blaring out of the speakers at classic car shows and the transmitters of ...

CD Review: Herb Alpert, Fandango (Reissue)

A&M has reissued and remastered Alpbert’s Tijuana Brass-free, out-of-print, 1982 solo album Fandango. It’s heavily-Latin and Mexican-influenced, and for real, unlike the vaguely tropical and relatively exotic feel of his most famous work in the ’60s and ’70s, it really shows ...

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: The Year’s Best Metal

When you care enough to send the very best… I mean, when you care enough…no wait. When you don’t care what the hell people think, send ‘em some metal this Christmas! That’s better.

If you’ve been reading my metal reviews ...

Looking for America: The Best Recent Americana Releases

“Americana” is all the rage right now, and Dennis takes a look at a few of the best releases (including the latest album from Drive By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood) to come from the genre these last few months.

Spin Cycle: Ne-Yo, R.E.D.

Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo’s fifth album, “R.E.D.” is another chapter in the career of one of modern pop music’s finest talents.

Spin Cycle, Christina Aguilera Lotus

Damn, Christina. Why are you so damn defensive? She’s a Grammy winning bombshell with a shelf full of Grammy Awards and platinum albums. Rolling Stone named her one of the 100 greatest vocalists of all time before she turned 30. She has ...

Metal Monday Volume 96 (11.12.12)

It’s almost impossible for the deftones to make a bad album at this stage of their almost 20-year recorded career. However, it’s not impossible for them to continually raise the bar in heaviness with each album. On the bands seventh album, they ...

November In Metal, Part II: Jimi Jamison and Issa

Album: Jimi Jamison, Never Too Late
Label: Frontiers
Release: November 6, 2012
Genre: AOR/Melodic Rock
Rating: 10/10

Stand up! Believe It! “The Voice” is back with a new record and holy 80’s hell, ...

Metal Monday Volume 95 (11.5.12)

Five songs is all it takes for one to completely fall under the spell of North Carolina’s Irata. On their latest EP, produced by Kylesa’s Phillip Cope, the duo masterfully create a sonic maelstrom of tribal beats and intricate riffs that lay ...

November In Metal, Part I: Tiamat, Doro and Void Moon

Album: Tiamat, The Scarred People
Label: Napalm
Release: November 2, 2012
Genre: Goth Metal/Rock
Rating: 10/10

Tiamat has always been one of the more interesting metal bands around thanks to the fact that ...