October 2016

Album Review

Badi Assad's "Between Love and Luck" Album Review

December 24, 2013
After disappearing for nearly a decade, the Brazilian force-of-nature that is Badi Assad is back with a magical blend of supple grooves, virtuosic nylon-string fingerpicking, and sensual vocals.
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Michael Bloomfield's "From His Head to His Heart to His Hands" CD/DVD Box Set Review

December 8, 2013
Essential for Bloomfield freaks, Head, Heart, Hands will also move anyone fascinated with the collision of rock, blues, and folk music in the turbulent 1960s.
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Neil Young's "Live at the Cellar Door" Album Review

December 5, 2013
Young's songs stripped bare reveal a songwriter at his height.
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Mogwai's "Rave Tapes" Album Review

December 1, 2013
The group’s sophomore effort for Sub Pop goes deep into sonic space.
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Rush's "Clockwork Angels Tour" CD/DVD Review

November 27, 2013
A nine-piece string ensemble joins the group on the Clockwork material, as well as on a few older Rush chestnuts (“YYZ” and “Red Sector A”).
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Eric Clapton's "Give Me Strength: The 1974 / 1975 Recordings" Album Review

November 12, 2013
Give Me Strength is aimed directly at Clapton fans that collect every note Slowhand has ever played.
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Mark Orton's "Music from the Motion Picture Nebraska" Album Review

November 10, 2013
Orton's haunting guitar-driven tunes that are sprinkled with dobro, violin, accordion, and other antique instruments have a gorgeously melancholy nature about them.
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Alvin Lee's "The Last Show" Album Review

November 9, 2013
Beyond the obvious historical significance of his last gig, the music is spectacular.
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Joe Bonamassa's "Tour de Force: Live in London" DVD Review

November 8, 2013
The expansive DVD package comes with roughly 13 hours of footage including four different shows, with four different band configurations, using four different setlists in four separate venues around London.
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Pete Anderson's "Birds Above Guitarland" Album Review

November 3, 2013
Armed with a thinline, Bigsby-equipped archtop, Anderson lays down slapback-drenched phrase that reference T-Bone Walker, Lonnie Johnson, and Wayne Bennett.
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Album Review: Red Fang's "Whales and Leeches"

October 13, 2013
Whales and Leeches is proof that the Portland quartet has successfully grown well beyond its modern-sludge-meets-ZZ-Top roots.
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Arthur Channel's "Arthur Channel" Album Review

October 12, 2013
Arthur Channel is replete with tremulous verses, soaring choruses, ambient guitars, and dashes of discord.
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Melvins' "Tres Cabrones" Album Review

October 10, 2013
On Tres Cabrones—the 19th studio album from Melvins—the band returns to their old-school punk roots.
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Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt" Album Review

October 8, 2013
With several standout tunes and cohesive songwriting, Lightning Bolt is the band’s most focused record in more than a decade.


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Album Review: Deap Valley's "Sistrionix"

September 20, 2013
Angry, dirty, blues-rock through the fuzz of a woman scorned.
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Album Review: Trivium's "Vengeance Falls"

September 18, 2013
With the help of Disturbed's Dave Draiman, the Florida quartet continues to evolve with perhaps its most diverse effort yet.
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Album Review: Pete Huttlinger's "McGuire's Landing"

September 17, 2013
Fans of virtuosic fingerpicking will be over the moon with Huttlinger's latest, plus bonus material to boot.
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Album Review: Royal Bangs - "Brass"

August 25, 2013
Knoxville's Royal Bangs teams up with producer/Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney for Brass, an album that combines gritty guitar work with some deliciously fuzzy bass lines.
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Album Review: North Mississippi Allstars - "World Boogie Is Coming"

August 19, 2013
The Dickinson brothers are back with another album full of Southern-fried jams, dirty grooves, and some talk about snakes.
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Album Review: Dream Theater - "Dream Theater"

August 13, 2013
Petrucci and company are back with a self-titled album that delivers a menagerie of soaring melodies, crushing riffs, and musical prowess.
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