Clarence Bucaro Soulfully Channels Art and Politics on “Passionate Kind’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Clarence Bucaro Soulfully Channels Art and Politics on ...

The first thing that strikes you when listening to Clarence Bucaro is his clear, soulful voice, one that could keep your attention for hours on end. Then, as you move more deeply into Bucaro’s Passionate Kind his songwriting and storytelling become compelling too. Bucaro is a literary writer, one who  ...[more]

Gretchen Peters Paints Vivid Vignettes on “Dancing with the Beast” (ALBUM REVIEW)

Gretchen Peters Paints Vivid Vignettes on “Dancing with ...

Gretchen Peters consistently raises the bar and somehow manages to surpass it with each album.  Her previous outing, 2015’s Blackbirds won the International Roots Album of the Year. This time she retains many of the same backing musicians and co-writers but focuses on female characters from teenage girls to old  ...[more]

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks Nail The Hooks & Melodies On ‘Sparkle Hard’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks Nail The Hooks ...

Opening with just a piano, “Cast Off” starts Sparkle Hard dramatically. Over its short run time, the track manages to soar with buzzing guitars, gorgeous choruses and arousing feeling that anything is possible; an emotional kickstart to the indie rock legends newest satisfying full length. Stephen Malkmus has always had  ...[more]

Editors Finish Short & Powerful U.S. Tour at Philadelphia’s Theatre of Living Arts (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Editors Finish Short & Powerful U.S. Tour at ...

It has been a long time since the English rock band Editors toured the United States. Near the end of 2015, the band released their fifth album, In Dream. A tour of the U.S., slated for early 2016, was unfortunately canceled due to an illness that sidelined frontman Tom Smith.  ...[more]

Pokey LaFarge and Al Scorch Delight Portland With Loose and Lively Performances (SHOW REVIEW)

Pokey LaFarge and Al Scorch Delight Portland With ...

Dabbling in old timey music can be a slippery slope. Striving for authenticity can lead to sounding hokey and cliché, while trying to innovate can feel too contrived. Some artists can strike a perfect balance, and Pokey LaFarge is definitely one of them. St. Louis-based LaFarge throws together numerous old  ...[more]

As The Crow Flies Makes For Wondrous Jams & Songs at Montbleu Resort and Casino in Stateline, NV (SHOW REVIEW)

As The Crow Flies Makes For Wondrous Jams ...

Raised in the slower paced South and now calling Northern California home suits the laid-back 51-year-old version of Chris Robinson.  But don’t mistake the chill NorCal vibe relieving him of his ever-present restlessness.  Last summer, with some open space on the calendar of his psychedelic jam band outfit, The Chris  ...[more]

‘Dead Man’ and the Surreal Landscape of Jim Jarmusch

‘Dead Man’ and the Surreal Landscape of Jim ...

Jim Jarmusch's visionary western gets a bold new release from Criterion....[more]

The Moody Blues ‘Days of Future Passed Live’ Celebrates Rock & Roll Hall of Famers’ Greatest Opus (DVD REVIEW)

The Moody Blues ‘Days of Future Passed Live’ ...

With the band’s declared intention not to release any new albums for the foreseeable future, as well as their temporary moratorium on another Moody Blues Cruise in 2019, it seems safe to assume that all group activity has been placed on hold, at least for now. The Moodys’ upcoming induction  ...[more]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Gets New Life from Kenneth Branagh

Blu-ray Review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Gets ...

Hercule Poirot is well deserving of space in your home movie library....[more]

The Desire For Attention Online Becomes The Driving Force Of Madness In ‘Like Me’

The Desire For Attention Online Becomes The Driving ...

Social media horror is well-trod these days, but Like Me takes it a new direction....[more]

‘The Alienist’ Makes A Worthy Bid To Become Your Latest TV Obsession (TV REVIEW)

‘The Alienist’ Makes A Worthy Bid To Become ...

Caleb Carr's groundbreaking novel is brought to life by TNT....[more]

‘The Commuter’ Is A Claustrophobic Thrill Ride (FILM REVIEW)

‘The Commuter’ Is A Claustrophobic Thrill Ride (FILM ...

Simple concepts can sometimes turn out fantastic results....[more]

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