Jim James Delivers Eclectic Collection of Covers On ‘Tribute To 2’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Jim James Delivers Eclectic Collection of Covers On ...

Hit and miss as is Jim James’ Tribute To 2, it is at least a respite from the amorphous likes of last year’s Eternally Even (and to a lesser extent, its 2013 predecessor Regions of Light Sound of God). This solo album leaves the distinct impression James’ reach exceeds his  ...[more]

Van Morrison’s Second LP of 2017 ‘Versatile’ Proves Worthy Jazz Offering (ALBUM REVIEW)

Van Morrison’s Second LP of 2017 ‘Versatile’ Proves ...

Twenty-seven years ago, Van Morrison penned a tune, “I’m Not Feeling It Anymore.”  Yet, now more than ever he refuses to just “phone it in.” It seems that “It’s Too Late to Stop Now” is Morrison’s mantra with Versatile, as at the age of 72 he is back to his  ...[more]

Neil Young & Promise of the Real Rally On ‘The Visitor’ With Ragged Rockers (ALBUM REVIEW)

Neil Young & Promise of the Real Rally ...

On initial hearings, Neil Young’s latest album with Promise of the Real, The Visitor, doesn’t appear to have the provocative unity of his previous record, Peace Trail, released in December of 2016. But that’s because the variety of styles on display over the course of ten tracks partially camouflages what  ...[more]

Warren Haynes 29th Annual Christmas Jam Triumphs With TAB, Mule, Marcus King & Les Bros (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Warren Haynes 29th Annual Christmas Jam Triumphs With ...

With an unexpectedly strong winter storm covering much of western NC, fans and artists alike had an eventful time making their way to Asheville for the 29th iteration of Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam. Friday was tough all around;  the now-traditional Pre-Jam event was canceled due to the weather, many flights  ...[more]

Bully Deliver Fiery Grunge Rock Performance in Austin (SHOW REVIEW)

Bully Deliver Fiery Grunge Rock Performance in Austin ...

Alicia Bognanno, lead singer of Bully, is a manifestation of the spirit of 90’s grunge rock personified in a youthful and determined frontwoman. The voice of Courtney Love, the appeal of Cobain, and the studio proficiency of Steve Albini all seem to coalesce into Bognanno as a contemporary tour de  ...[more]

Wannabe Revels in Good Times and Good Tunes at the White Water Tavern’s Holiday Hangout

Wannabe Revels in Good Times and Good Tunes ...

In the newest installment of Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle recounts a damn good time he had at the Holiday Hangout in Little Rock, Arkansas, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Held at the White Water Tavern, the annual three-day event featured a slew of Americana and alt-country talent, including Tim Easton, Austin Lucas, Brent Best,  ...[more]

Black Sabbath’s Goes Out Big & Ominous With ‘The End’ (DVD REVIEW)

Black Sabbath’s Goes Out Big & Ominous With ...

I was first introduced to Black Sabbath back in my early years of high school when I learned a guy I was smitten with loved the band. Prior to that, I’d kind of avoided their scary dark image and clung tightly to my beloved Rolling Stones. But things always change  ...[more]

It’s Best to Forget ‘Rememory’

It’s Best to Forget ‘Rememory’

Not even Peter Dinklage is good enough to save this mess....[more]

Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris Captures ’57th & 9th’ Tour In Colorful Glory (DVD REVIEW)

Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris Captures ’57th ...

Sting has been on the rock music charts since 1978 when The Police released their debut album, Outlandos d’Amour featuring the hit singles “Roxanne,” “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “So Lonely.” With their breath-of-fresh-air reggae rhythms and punk undertones, the trio of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland soared high  ...[more]

‘The Walking Dead’ Brushes With Greatness In ‘The Big Scary U’

‘The Walking Dead’ Brushes With Greatness In ‘The ...

After more than a few stumbles this season, The Walking Dead nearly stands up straight....[more]

‘Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen’ Presents Rock and Roll History From Fan Perspective (BOOK REVIEW)

‘Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen’ Presents ...

To say that rock and roll is deeply imbedded in the history and culture of the Western world would be an over simplification to the extent of which music holds sway over us. Even though genres like hip-hop, many forms of electronica, and pop have dominated the airwaves the past  ...[more]

‘The Who I Was There’ by Richard Houghton Documents Band’s Live History (BOOK REVIEW)

‘The Who I Was There’ by Richard Houghton ...

Richard Houghton doesn’t entertain any notion The Who I Was There is a comprehensive chronicle of the iconic British band’s concert history. Nevertheless, the book ends up being close to complete, despite the fact its parade of first-hand accounts of the quartet’s live performances over its fifty-year history is noticeably  ...[more]

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