Reviews and Features For June 2016
The Blues: Walter Trout - Alive in Amsterdam
There is a subtle but meaningful message contained in this 2-CD sets title as Trout almost died while waiting for a liver transplant, so this effort, recorded on his comeback tour, is knowingly called Alive in Amsterdam.
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#TBT: Collective Soul - Home
Collective Soul has thrown their hat in the ring by teaming up with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra to make one of the most natural and pleasing rock/orchestra collaborations yet to be recorded.
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Quick Flicks: Johnny Winter With Dr. John - Live in Sweden 1987
Taped in a Swedish television studio before a small audience, Live in Sweden 1987 finds the late Johnny Winter in fine form and working in a trio format with bass and harmonica man John Paris and drummer Tom Compton.
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Get To Know... Madysin Hatter
Madysin Hatter will invite you to a rock n roll party and you wont have to fall down a rabbit hole to attend. her debut full-length Lose Your Mind is filled with songs that will be familiar to fans of Pat Benatar
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RockPile: Bun E. Carlos- Crown Jwlz- The Last Ditches
In this edition of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos solo album Greetings from Bunezuela!, Crown Jwlzs California King, and The Last Ditches Spilt Milk
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Motorhead - Clean Your Clock
Recorded live in Munich a mere five weeks before Kilmisters death (and at the last Motorhead shows to ever be recorded) Clean Your Clock is about as close to a farewell gift from the band as you can get.
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Turning Virtue - A Temporary Human Experience
Although Turning Virtue is a self-described progressive rock band, there are moments on its A Temporary Human Experience album where other unexpected genres come more immediately to mind
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TBT: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Live 2006
For this weeks Throwback Thursday review, we revisit Tony Ks look at Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Bands concert at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL on November 30, 2006
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Post Death Soundtrack - The Unlearning Curve
Canadians are stereotypically the polite people on the planet. Always friendly, never raising their voices. However, Post Death Soundtrack sound as angry - if not angrier - than Nine Inch Nails
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RockPile: Prog Edition (Asia, Security Project, The Raptor Trail)
We present a progressive music round-up in this edition of Rock Pile as we listen to vintage Asia and new releases from Security Project and The Raptor Trail. Plug in your headphones and lets go!
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Rock Reads: Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
Bob Mehrs exhaustive Replacements biography Trouble Boys : The True Story of the Replacements biography is guaranteed to fill in most all the blanks for diehard band fans.
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MorleyView: Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane)
Morley speaks with Jefferson Airplane icon Marty Balin about his two brand new albums "The Greatest Love" and the double disc "Good Memories" which puts a new spin on some Jefferson Airplane/Starship classics.
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Kiefer Sutherland Live
With forthcoming Country CD Down In A Hole to be released sometime 2016, Sutherland has stepped away from the cameras, and opted for a tour bus and the open road
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The Allman Brothers Band - Live From A&R Studios, New York, August 26, 1971
Recorded for a radio broadcast, this live set features the original Allman Brothers Band line-up of Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts and Jai Johanny Johanson.
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Reviews and Features For May 2016
Steve Porcaro - Someday/Somehow
Putting out a solo record has never really been in the cards for Toto keyboards man and session player Steve Porcaro, he only recently decided to release this debut solo collection
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Rock Reads: Aliens Among Us: Exploring Past and Present
Readers may think it is all hogwash or they may glean some new ideas to mull over. Regardless, all will finish the book having been thoroughly entertained.
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Red Tide Rising - Voices
Voices is just a six-song EP, but it rocks hard all the way through with the (sort of) title track The Sound of Voices Screaming being a surefire pick for hard rock radio.
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Anvil is Anvil
The members of Canadian hard rock/metal band Anvil will be the first to admit that their sound hasnt changed a great deal over the course of the bands lengthy career.
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Album of the Week: Generation X
Time for The Album Of The Week. Lets get into some old British Punk today. Generation X were one of the first punk bands to appear on the BBC Television music program Top of the Pops.
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Quick Flicks: The Dollyrots - Family Vacation: Live in Los Angeles
This Dollyrots live concert film has been a long time coming but now after a successful crowd-funding campaign for Family Vacation the band can finally give their fans the DVD theyve been clamoring for.
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Root 66: Darryl Purpose - Still the Birds
A guitarist and singer with a voice that sometimes recalls James Taylor, Purpose presents here a set of mellow and bucolic tunes, sometimes with a dash of whimsy
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Howardian - A Smurf at Land's End
Art rockers Howardian have been around for more than 20-years- still front man Ian Vanek is probably better-known for his role as one-half of the duo that comprises Japanther.
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Jean Michel Jarre - Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise
One of the pioneers of the electronic music scene, it has now been 40-years since Jarre first captivated worldwide audiences with his Oxygene album. This release finds collaborating with a cornucopia of well-known guests
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Beninghove's Hangmen - Pineapples and Ashtrays
With all the quirkiness here it would have been easy for Beninghove to slip into the cutesy zone but Pineapples and Ashtrays is about as cool as you can get all the way through.
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Jack Hues and the Quartet - Collaborations Vol. 3: A Thesis on the Ballad
Few who sang along countless times to Wang Chungs 1986 smash hit Everybody Have Fun Tonight actually knew who they were singing along with, but it was Jack Hues.
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5 Star Friday: Searching for Sugar Man
Filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul found a way to reinvent the wheel of the music documentary by turning the film into a jigsaw puzzle about the relatively unknown artist Sixto Rodriguez.
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The Blues: Blind Lemon Peel Blues All-Stars - Don't Tear My Clothes
If youre not out on the dance floor moving to the groove of Shake Your Love Thang its pretty much guaranteed that youll be raising your beer glass in salute to those who are while you sing along
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Denner Shermann - Satan's Tomb
The inevitable Mercyful Fate reunion is the biggest tease Ive ever experienced. Mercyful Fate is one of my favorite bands, and thats what makes this so painful.
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Abominable Putridity - The Anomalies of Artificial Origin
If Abominable Putridity were to find themselves fleshed out and pumped up, then perhaps the notion of elevating the record to a higher status might make sense. Truth be told, the alleged best of its kind is just a skip above the baseline.
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Big World Abide: The Best of Eric Anders
To help give it its cohesive sound, Anders turned to Jeff Peters (whose credits include prior work with the Beach Boys and Brian Setzer). The result is somewhat lethargic, yet also aurally rewarding.
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The Magic Lightnin' Boys - Stealin' Thunder
Unlike, say, the Black Keys, a band that oftentimes skirts around the edges of the blues, The Magic Lightnin Boys many times dig right it and let it roll.
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Armonite - The Sun is New Each Day
How much you dig this album largely depends upon how you feel about progressive rock and its musical relatives. If its your cup of tea, by all means drink up and refill to your hearts content.
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Rock Reads: Show Posters: The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters
Concert posters have evolved to the point where music fans attending shows in dive bars can enjoy a miniature art gallery of sorts in these places through the viewing of the posters that adorn the bars walls, halls and urinal stalls.
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Vehemence - Forward Without Motion
Vehemence, before splitting up, made the valiant yet futile effort to steer melodic death metal in its intended direction. Forward Without Motion picks up where the band left off.
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Ben Craven - Last Chance to Hear
Craven is a multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for big, cinematic prog rock sounds and the ability to sound like a full band even though he handles everything himself
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The Rides - Pierced Arrow
A true super group, the Rides are Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg, a founding member of the Electric Flag. Pierced Arrow will be pleasing to fans of all three individual players
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Reviews and Features For April 2016
Psychedelic Shack: Black Rainbows- Deadsmoke- Duel- Holy Grove
This time out we spotlight a stack of new releases from Heavy Psych Sounds Records. The label specializes not only in heavy psych but also in garage psych, retro rock, stoner rock, space rock, fuzz blues and lots of other cool stuff.
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Roots of Creation - Livin Free
This New Hampshire-based reggae jam band opens Livin Free with Get Ready, a leisurely reggae groove that totally embodies what a soundtrack for living free and easy might encompass. And thats the idea here
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On The Record: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Live - Volume 1
This album presents 10 cuts performed by superstar acts that were recorded at various Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies over the past 25-or-so years.
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Classics: Prince's Purple Rain
We revisit this classics review of Princes landmark album. Purple Rain was a culmination of disparate musical ideals that coalesced into a coherent vision that brought together hard rock, funk, jazz, pop and more to create his own identity.
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The Blues: New Blues Revolution, Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revue, Peter Karp
Kevin Wierzbicki returns with his latest round-up of new blues releases including New Blues Revolutions' To Hellendale and Back, Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revues self-titled and Peter Karps The Arsons Match.
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Lita Ford - Time Capsule
Fans and Ford herself consider the 80s to be the era when her music was the most exciting, and fans can rejoice because thats when the 10 previously unreleased, previously unheard cuts on Time Capsule were recorded.
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The Blues: Jeff Healey - Heal My Soul
Heal My Soul is essentially a recording of brand new material even though Healey died eight years ago. Heal My Soul is a real treat for Healey fans, especially since they had no idea that these songs even existed.
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Rock Reads: Little Gray Bastards- The Incessant Alien Presence
Hofer and Barker present a case here that the alien lifeforms known as Grays are more than occasional visitors to our planet; they are thoroughly involved in our everyday lives
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Guns N' Roses Month: Chinese Democracy
When Guns N Roses hit the Troubadour stage, no one imagined that the setlist could contain anything less than material from the bands classic era from 1987-1991. But fans were in for a surprise.
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Iron Maiden Live In Chicago
The album and tour follow a loose narrative which the band captured onstage with the same essence of their early career. It would be easier for the band to launch nostalgia tours year-after-year, but this has never been how Iron Maiden ticks.
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Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom
Grey Heaven Fall is a three-piece black metal/death metal band from Russia and here vocalist Arsagor sings in a death growl that would scare the devil back to hell, or at least panic the grizzly bears wandering around Siberia.
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The Blues: Keb' Mo' - Keb' Mo' Live: That Hot Pink Blues Album
Rather than being recorded at one show, That Hot Pink Blues Album was recorded at 10 stops on the blues mans 2015 tour at venues of all types ranging from intimate clubs to festival appearances.
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Guns N' Roses Month: Use Your Illusion I and II
To celebrate the reunion of original Guns N Roses members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, we are flashing back to past coverage of the group. We kick things off with Tony Ks look at the Use Your Illusion albums.
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Passport: Lakou Mizik - Wa Di Yo
This time out our spotlight on international music listens to the debut release from Haitian band Lakou Mizik. This nine-person band was born during the aftermath of Haitis horrific 2010 earthquake and the cholera epidemic that immediately followed.
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Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers - The Dirty Gospel
Not to be confused with the Black Flag/Circle Jerks punk kingpin of the same name. Most of The Dirty Gospel is rocked-up southern soul. This is a very solid effort that should up the bands standing considerably.
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Road Trip: Treefort Music Fest 2016
An amazing 450-or-so acts performed at various venues around the downtown Boise area, at places ranging from clubs like the Knitting Factory and Neurolux to a large outdoor Main Stage to places that do not normally host live music.
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Shooter Jennings - Countach (for Giorgio)
Jennings throws a delightful curve to fans here, turning in a set inspired by the work of synth/pop kingpin Giorgio Moroder. Jennings wont be pigeonholed into any one genre- here he continues to prove it in spades.
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Reviews and Features For March 2016
Psychedelic Shack: Uther Pendragon's San Francisco Earthquake
Drop out and tune in, man! Well, at least for a few minutes while we tell you about a treasure of vintage psych music thats been lost for 40-years! Light the incense and turn on the lava lamp!
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Tumbler - You Said
This is folk music of quite the British variety. Whenever Richard sings, his accent comes through in the same way, say, Ray Davies does with The Kinks and Morrissey.
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The Infamous Stringdusters - Ladies & Gentlemen
Theyve consistently wowed fans and critics alike over the past eight-years or so, releasing five well-received albums that have made them one of the most respected and in-demand bluegrass/Americana bands on the scene today.
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Fall Out Boy: The Kids Are Alright (Live In Chicago)
In a day and age where pop music steers towards the safe rather than the adventurous, Fall Out Boy aims for the target building a pop-punk cathedral catalog that is unlike anyone else on the musical landscape.
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Peter Frampton - Acoustic Classics
Some long-time Frampton fans who are still babying-along the vinyl copy of Frampton Comes Alive! that they bought 40-years ago may not realize that the golden boy never stopped putting out new records.
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5 Star: Judas Priest - Battle Cry
If you have any notion that Judas Priest, now more than 40-years into their career, are losing a step, it will be dispelled very early on in this live concert film which was filmed at the 2015 Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.
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A Taste O' the Green: Northern Ireland's Unique Food and Drinks
2016 is the Year of Food & Drink in Northern Ireland, and while theres never a bad time to visit, special food and drink celebrations will be taking place throughout the year.
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Rock Reads: Forty Years Of The Allman Brothers Band
The brothers in question here are the Allman Brothers, whom West spent twenty years handling the tour management duties for. Here in this coffee table-style book he shares about 900 of his photos, most never been published before.
Read the full Les Brers: Kirk West's Photographic Journey with the Brothers review
The Keith Emerson Trio
The recent sad news of the passing of keyboards wizard Keith Emerson will no doubt have every label hes ever been affiliated with scouring their archives for long-lost recordings to rush-release. Thats not the case here though
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Road Trip: The True/False Film Fest
The final credits have rolled on the 2016 edition of the True/False Film Fest that took place in Columbia, Missouri March 3-6. For lovers of documentary films, True/False has earned a reputation for being one of the best festivals in the country.
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Sir Ivan - I Am Peaceman
Some will watch this film and then idolize Wilzig as a king of the partiers and hed be completely cool with that. But if viewers recognize the caring, giving, inspirational soul underneath it all, that would put the biggest smile on his face.
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Pete Scobell Band - Walkin a Wire
Pete Scobell is revealed on Walkin a Wire as a man of the people who loves his country, isnt afraid to show some emotion, respects country music tradition and yes, he can surely sing.
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The Blues: Bob Margolin- Supersonic Blues Machine- Sam Butler
Kevin Wierzbicki checks in with the latest installment of Get The Blues where he tells us about Bob Margolins My Road, Supersonic Blues Machines West of Flushing, South of Frisco and Sam Butlers Raise Your Hands!
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Celtic Thunder - Legacy Volume One
The show opens with the rousing Heartland, a composition that features the entire 16-person ensemble (six singers and 10 musicians) but it doesnt take the show long to hit an emotional note.
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Tony K's Best Films of 2015
The world of cinema in 2015 was thriving and turbocharged. I cant remember a year with this many strong films. My top forty films all could have been a top ten films in different years.
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