Reviews

Wannabe Reviews Culture Abuse’s ‘Bay Dream’

In the latest Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle offers his illustrated commentary on Bay Dream, the new album from heavy rockers Culture Abuse, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):

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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, David Grisman Trio, and Jerry Douglas Band Treat Portland to a Night of Bluegrass at the Zoo (SHOW REVIEW)

The scene was set for a perfect night. Crowds soaked up the sun and the fragrant air that comes with a hot summer night in Oregon, while nearby elephants and cheetahs lounged in the shade. ...

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James Hunter Six Waltzes, Swings & Rocks The Damrosch Park Stage at Lincoln Center (SHOW REVIEW)

New York City has many hidden gems during the summer for those of us who stick around the sweltering sidewalks instead of fleeing to the coasts. Friday Night, July 13th on the outdoor Damrosch Park ...

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Translate Studio Sounds to the Stage With Energetic Performance in Austin (SHOW REVIEW)

After the very successful release of 2015’s Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has garnered quite a following. The subsequent Sex & Food was released this year to favorable reviews. Most tracks on a UMO album are ...

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Jimmy LaFave’s Posthumous LP ‘Peace Town’ Proves Essential Introduction & Farewell (ALBUM REVIEW)

Last year’s premature passing of Austin singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave was a tragedy for the music world as a whole, but Americana music in particular. LaFave’s songs were both poignant and purposeful, not only his insightful ...

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James McMurtry Shares Truth Through Fiction and Rock and Roll in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

What does it mean to be a truth teller in a time when lies are pervasive? For damn near three decades, Austin-based Americana songwriter James McMurtry has been a master of fact through fiction. His ...

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‘Skyscraper’ or, “Die Hard: Between The Rock and a Tall Place’ (FILM REVIEW)

It's not Die Hard, but it's not NOT Die Hard either.

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‘Leave No Trace’ A Work of Sheer Mastery (FILM REVIEW)

The fantasy of off-grid living may be better than the reality.

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AHI Strikes With Gravel On Silk Vocals On Second LP ‘In Our Time’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

There’s nothing immediately striking about AHI (an acronym of Ahkinoah Habah Izarh’s name and pronounced ‘eye’), and that seems to suit him well. Humble is an oft overused word, but it feels right here. From ...

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Cowboy Junkies Continue Their Unique Hushed & Harmonious Sound With ‘All That Reckoning’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Anyone who’s ever heard even a few notes culled from any Cowboy Junkies album released in the past 30 years will attest to the fact that they’re hardly the most upbeat bunch. With a sound ...

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