October 2020

 

Album Review

Album Review: Brad Paisley - "Wheelhouse"

Album Review: Brad Paisley - "Wheelhouse"

April 3, 2013
Country shred, double-stop licks, and G-bender pulls salvage Paisley''s most pop-sounding album to date.
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Album Review: My Bloody Valentine - "mbv"

Album Review: My Bloody Valentine - "mbv"

March 11, 2013
Like a mirror to the sprawling gestation period that gave rise to mbv, notions like hooks, tempo, mix, and melody exist in their own exploded, drifting reality.
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Album Review: Meat Puppets - "Rat Farm"

Album Review: Meat Puppets - "Rat Farm"

March 11, 2013
On this 14th effort, the Puppets’ calm complexity sprawls through folk, reggae, blues, whammy hair rock, psychedelic grunge, boom-chick twang, and more.
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Album Review: Eric Clapton - "Old Sock"

Album Review: Eric Clapton - "Old Sock"

February 25, 2013
Clapton has fully completed the transformation from elder blues statesman to professional musicologist.
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Album Review: Jimi Hendrix - "People, Hell and Angels"

Album Review: Jimi Hendrix - "People, Hell and Angels"

February 15, 2013
While "People, Hell and Angels" isn’t a great album—meaning it lacks the coherent sound, vision, and vibe of, say, "Axis: Bold as Love"—it’s packed with magnificent guitar.
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Album Review: Ivan & Alyosha - "All the Times We Had"

Album Review: Ivan & Alyosha - "All the Times We Had"

February 4, 2013
Ivan & Alyosha All the Times We Had Missing Piece/Dualtone Music Group Probably best known for hometown hero Jimi Hendrix and the birthplace of a particular music movement that got
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Album Review: Robben Ford - "Bringing It Back Home"

Album Review: Robben Ford - "Bringing It Back Home"

February 4, 2013
Robben Ford Brining It Back Home Mascot Label Group Over the course of his 40-plus year career, Robben Ford has survived within a niche that is just jazzy enough for
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Album Review: Boz Scaggs - "Memphis"

Album Review: Boz Scaggs - "Memphis"

February 4, 2013
Boz Scaggs Memphis 429 Records Boz Scaggs is musically complicated. For Memphis, he brought on producer Steve Jordan (John Mayer) who also plays drums on the album, and the rest
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1986: EVH on “5150” vs. Vai on “Eat ‘Em And Smile”

1986: EVH on “5150” vs. Vai on “Eat ‘Em And Smile”

January 10, 2013
How Van Halen''s split broadened the musical landscape of the mid-''80s.
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Album Review: Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness—Deluxe Box Set

Album Review: Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness—Deluxe Box Set

January 9, 2013
Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness—Deluxe Box Set Virgin Records With Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the Smashing Pumpkins pushed the already loose boundaries of the alt-rock
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Album Review: Arbouretum - "Coming Out of the Fog"

Album Review: Arbouretum - "Coming Out of the Fog"

January 9, 2013
Arbouretum Coming Out of the Fog Thrill Jockey Imagine an improbable collision of Fairport Convention, the Velvet Underground, and early Jefferson Airplane, and you’ll begin to grasp Arbouretum’s doomy folk-rock
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Album Review: Brokeback - "Brokeback and the Black Rock"

Album Review: Brokeback - "Brokeback and the Black Rock"

January 9, 2013
Brokeback Brokeback and the Black Rock Thrill Jockey Keeping busy with his other bands, Tortoise and Eleventh Dream Day, it’s been close to 10 years since Douglas McCombs has released
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Album Review: Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - "Get Up!"

Album Review: Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - "Get Up!"

January 9, 2013
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite Get Up! Stax Records For Ben Harper, the blues have always been within arm’s reach. His latest collaboration with bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!, finally
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Album Review: Kurt Rosenwinkel - "Star of Jupiter"

Album Review: Kurt Rosenwinkel - "Star of Jupiter"

December 10, 2012
For his first quartet recording in a decade (and 10th as a leader), Rosenwinkel opened his compositional floodgates for a double album full of originals.
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DVD Review: Mudhoney - "Live in Berlin, 1988"

DVD Review: Mudhoney - "Live in Berlin, 1988"

December 10, 2012
Indeed, Live in Berlin is one of those artifacts that should forever alter the popular creation myth around Nevermind and the year that punk broke.
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Album/DVD Review: Rage Against the Machine - "Rage Against the Machine - XX"

Album/DVD Review: Rage Against the Machine - "Rage Against the Machine - XX"

December 10, 2012
Rage Against the Machine – XX 20th Anniversary Box Set is a double-CD, double-DVD package ripe with early concert footage (where Morello uses a ‘burst LP on “Wake Up”), seven raw demos of album material, and a 2010 show in Finsbury Park, London.
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Album Review: Neil Young and Crazy Horse - "Psychedelic Pill"

Album Review: Neil Young and Crazy Horse - "Psychedelic Pill"

December 10, 2012
Young’s latest, Psychedelic Pill, is a ferociously stubborn assertion that he has no intent to waver from his commitment to feeling, art, or for that matter, artlessness if that’s what moves him.
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Album Review: Ed Gerhard - "There and Gone"

Album Review: Ed Gerhard - "There and Gone"

November 5, 2012
The solo guitarist’s tunes and beautifully articulated counterpoint unfold slowly, like flower petals opening to the sunrise.
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Film/DVD Review: Led Zeppelin - "Celebration Day"

Film/DVD Review: Led Zeppelin - "Celebration Day"

November 5, 2012
Led Zeppelin Celebration Day Atlantic A tribute concert is as close as we’ll probably ever come to experiencing the “magic in the air” epic-ness and mystery surrounding the legendary group
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Album Review: Vinyl Williams - "Lemniscate"

Album Review: Vinyl Williams - "Lemniscate"

November 5, 2012
Blending ambient shoegaze, space pop, and fierce psychedelia, Williams brings tones of chaos and desperation into a beautifully presented and mystically charged work.
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