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.
Read the full Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Live - Volume 1 review
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.
Read the full New Blues Revolution,Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revue, Peter Karp review
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!
Read the full Uther Pendragon's San Francisco Earthquake review
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.
Read the full The Infamous Stringdusters - Ladies & Gentlemen review
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.
Read the full Tony K's Best Films of 2015 review