Reviews

J Mascis Locks Into His Softer Acoustic Style On Third Sub Pop Solo LP ‘Elastic Days’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Since his early 2000’s underrated Fog releases, J Mascis has used his solo albums to focus on his softer acoustic side. His recent run on Sub Pop, 2011’s Several Shades of Why and 2014’s Tied to ...

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Donna the Buffalo Returns With Rhythmic ‘Dance In The Street’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Thirty years on, the enduring upstate NY band Donna the Buffalo, returns with their first album in five years, intent to get us all dancing. Yes, this seems to be a set of material geared ...

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The Rolling Stones Curate 42 Essential Blues Tracks and 26 Artists on ‘Confessin’ the Blues’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It’s as if The Rolling Stones’ career has come full circle. They began with early albums in ‘60s covering a number of blues tunes from originators.  Two years ago they released Blue and Lonesome, an ...

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Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System Lively Up Holyoke’s Gateway City Arts On Halloween (SHOW REVIEW)

While starters “Soul Tree” are playing their brand of Zappa-esque dub reggae, 82-year-old, Lee “Scratch” Perry with his three-piece band walk across the floor at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA on 10/31. Unassuming, wading ...

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Jason Reitman On His Political Biopic ‘The Front Runner’ (Interview)

The director of 'The Front Runner' on truth, relevance, and whether our system favors the shameless

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The Election Day Importance of ‘Superman: The Movie’ (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...the hero we need right now!

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Griffin Anthony Balances Ambition With Humility on ‘Refuge’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It’s not that Griffin Anthony is intimidated or disgusted by the relationship between art and commerce; he’d just rather accept its imperfection and keep on writing. After all, Anthony’s creative process is enough of a ...

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Bob Dylan Visits Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium- Shows Versatility, Grace & Keen Song Interpretations (SHOW REVIEW)

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone born in the past 70 years or so who doesn’t recognize Bob Dylan’s influence as an artist. Plenty of folks find his unmistakable voice to be grating; others may ...

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As Broadway Run Inches To a Close, Bruce Springsteen Stills Owns The Walter Kerr Theatre (SHOW REVIEW)

On December 15, 2018, Bruce Springsteen will end his run of 236 Broadway performances that began in October of 2017.  Netflix will release the official film of the run that day, with “soundtrack” coming out ...

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Granville Automatic Explore Darker Side of Nashville On Stunning ‘Radio Hymns’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

One need venture no further into the depth and breadth of Granville Automatic’s new album Radio Hymns than its first tracks, the soothingly harmonious “Summer Street,” to feel totally enticed. It’s a song of such ...

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