Album Reviews

Magpie Salute Brings Travelling Revue of Honorable Rock To Irving Plaza (SHOW REVIEW)

It’s hard to believe that this was the Magpie Salute’s third trip to New York this year. After all, they just started playing as a bad at the Gramercy Theatre in January.  By their summer ...

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Mavis Staples Teams With Jeff Tweedy For Soulful ‘If All I Was Was Black’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

With her recent series of albums, Mavis Staples has successfully completed the transition from her earlier status as a soul and gospel icon to an artist who remains as contemplative, contemporary and vital today as ...

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Queen ‘News of the World’ Box Set Is A Stunner (ALBUM REVIEW)

1977 was a milestone year for the iconic and legendary British rock and roll band, Queen. The band had recorded another exciting, eclectic album that featured rock, blues, punk and even Latin-influenced tracks. It also ...

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Grateful Dead Dave’s Picks Volume. 24: Berkeley Community Theatre 8/25/72 (ALBUM REVIEW)

Perhaps it’s because (sole) drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s kit is so prominent throughout the audio mix of Dave’s Picks Volume 24, spanning the stereo spectrum in Owsley Stanley’s recording from the Berkeley Community Theatre. Or maybe ...

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Eilen Jewell Emulates Archival Blues on ‘Down Hearted Blues’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

With each of her recent albums, Eilen Jewell has meandered ever closer to a style that emulates archival blues, providing a sturdy and assured delivery that also taps her rich Americana authenticity. With Down Hearted ...

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Teen Daze Gives A Name To His Ambitions On ‘Themes for a New Earth’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It’s a common instinct among people, to link music to the phenomena of the world around us. From the inextricable connection to the land of early indigenous music to Bach’s invocations of color to the array of ...

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Wannabe Reviews Eric Bolander’s ‘The Wind’

In the newest installment of Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle reviews The Wind, the new album from Kentucky roots rockers Eric Bolander, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):

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Rainbow Girls’ ‘American Dream’ Brings Stripped Back Harmonies & Nimble Finger Picking (ALBUM REVIEW)

American Dream is the third album by California folk band Rainbow Girls, but it is the first with the band’s new scaled-back lineup. Now a trio consisting of Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, and Vanessa May, ...

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Whitney Rose Enlists Big Players For Classic Country/Girl Group Winner ‘Rule 62’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The first question some of you may have as I know I did – what is Rule 62? It takes its name from Alcoholics Anonymous excerpt that can be summed up quickly as “Don’t Take ...

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R.E.M. Revisits ‘Automatic for the People’ With 25th Anniversary Package (ALBUM REVIEW)

You can’t improve a great record by remastering it, but the folks at Dolby claim they’ve gotten close. R.E.M.’s 1992 masterpiece, Automatic for the People, is the first album ever remixed with the technology, best ...

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