Ruthie Foster Develops Distinctive Musical Persona On ‘Joy Comes Back’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Ruthie Foster Develops Distinctive Musical Persona On ‘Joy ...

After developing a credible reputation accompanying redoubtable musicians such as Warren Haynes, Ruthie Foster aims to make a name for herself with Joy Comes Back. And based on the innate humility of such collaborators as Derek Trucks, in combination with her own vocal, instrumental and compositional talents; she is well  ...[more]

Craig Finn Keeps The Colorful Lyrics Comin’ On ‘We All Want The Same Things’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Craig Finn Keeps The Colorful Lyrics Comin’ On ...

We All Want The Same Things is the third solo album from Craig Finn and the man who is best known as the frontman of The Hold Steady has been putting lots of effort into his solo career with a few hits and misses mixed in. His first, Clear Heart  ...[more]

Spoon Get Pulse Pounding With ‘Hot Thoughts’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Spoon Get Pulse Pounding With ‘Hot Thoughts’ (ALBUM ...

If the way to get through 2017 without going completely nuts is to dance our asses off, Spoon has us covered. On their ninth studio album Hot Thoughts, Spoon doesn’t lose what makes them Spoon, but they’re definitely taking some risks and having plenty of fun doing it. Weird, trippy  ...[more]

Magnetic Fields, Deerhoof Highlight Big Ears Festival Saturday & Sunday (FESTIVAL RECAP)

Magnetic Fields, Deerhoof Highlight Big Ears Festival Saturday ...

Big Ears Day Three once again featured artists sharing a passion for innovation. Few wind up creating a new form, but each demonstrated the wide variety that musical innovation can take. Joan Shelley, a Louisville-based singer and songwriter, works in the traditional genre of acoustic, Appalachian-style folk, expressed simply but  ...[more]

Norma Jean Modernizes Metalcore at Austin’s Grizzly Hall (SHOW REVIEW)

Norma Jean Modernizes Metalcore at Austin’s Grizzly Hall ...

Touring in support of their newest record, Polar Similar, metalcore veterans Norma Jean rocked Grizzly Hall Friday night with a set that embraced the power of change and the transition into modernity. Norma Jean have been a band now for 20 years, but front man Cory Brandan Putman is the longest  ...[more]

Wilco & Tortoise Lead Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival Early On (Day 1 & 2 FESTIVAL RECAP)

Wilco & Tortoise Lead Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival ...

Jazz composer and pianist Carla Bley acknowledged a standing ovation following a stirring performance of her composition Anthem, as one of the opening shows at this year’s Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. Bley’s piece, supported by the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, provided multiple metaphors for America past and present as  ...[more]

‘Havana Moon’ Captures The Rolling Stones’ Historic Cuba Performance (DVD REVIEW)

‘Havana Moon’ Captures The Rolling Stones’ Historic Cuba ...

For The Rolling Stones, playing Cuba last year may have just been another notch on their fifty-plus year old touring belt, but its historical nature was significant and it was all caught on film for Havana Moon, the latest addition to the ever-growing DVD releases by one of the greatest  ...[more]

Heart: Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (DVD REVIEW)

Heart: Live At The Royal Albert Hall With ...

While most music fans breathed a sigh of relief when the year finally ended, Heart decided to jubilate with a live DVD celebrating a career highlight. For the female-fronted band from Seattle who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013, it was their first-ever show  ...[more]

Mötley Crüe Wraps Up an Era With ‘The End: Live In Los Angeles’ (DVD REVIEW)

Mötley Crüe Wraps Up an Era With ‘The ...

It’s been almost a year since Mötley Crüe ended their farewell tour. Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx have moved on to other projects while the dust settled over the grave of the band that began thirty-five years ago in a seedy section of Hollywood. As a thank  ...[more]

Stephen Stills- Change Partners : The Definitive Biography (BOOK REVIEW)

Stephen Stills- Change Partners : The Definitive Biography ...

Tracing Stephen Stills’ life from his childhood right through the most recent fracture of CSNY (of which, notably, he is not a part!), David Roberts does a great service to the man himself and his fans with Change Partners. Unfortunately, because the author could not gain access to, and authorization  ...[more]

‘T Bone Burnett A Life in Pursuit’ By Lloyd Sachs Reveals (BOOK REVIEW)

‘T Bone Burnett A Life in Pursuit’ By ...

Lloyd Sachs adopts just the right tone in his book on the life and times of eccentric genius T Bone Burnett. Writing A Life in Pursuit, the author remains ever cognizant of his subject’s idiosyncratic tendencies in both his personal life and his work. And, also knowing full well Burnett’s  ...[more]

‘Seeing the Real You At Last’ by Britta Lee Shain Gives Readers Insight Into The Real Bob Dylan (BOOK REVIEW)

‘Seeing the Real You At Last’ by Britta ...

What on the surface would seem to be a somewhat sordid tell-all book turns out to be a fast-paced, witty and altogether self-deprecating story of a Bob Dylan fan. Britta Lee Shain is devoted way past the point of familiarity most of his followers ever attain, but anyone devoted to  ...[more]

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