Reviews and Features For December 2016
Butch Walker - Stay Gold Album of the Year
Butch Walker is standing on the tip of the stage at Chicagos House of Blues as he lays his guitar onto the hands of his faithful audience who hold it up as their arms stretch to the air.
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The Blues: The James Montgomery Blues Band
Legendary in his own right, blues harpist Montgomery has been a member of the Johnny Winter Band, recorded with Kid Rock, toured with superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and Gregg Allman
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In Tribute: George Michael's Faith Deluxe Edition
Tony K wanted to pay tribute to music icon George Michael, who died on Christmas day, by revisiting this review from 2011 for the remastered release of the Michaels blockbuster Faith album.
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RockPile: Spotlight on Steamhammer/SPV Records
The folks at German label Steamhammer/SPV specialize in hard. Here we listen to the new releases from Rock Wolves, Freedom Call and long-running favorites Fair Warning, all of which are bands from Germany.
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TBT: David Bowie - Space Oddity 40th Anniversary Special Edition
We continue our special TBT look back at past reviews for rock legend David Bowie with Tony Ks review of the Space Oddity 40th Anniversary Special Edition.
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Color You - The Grand Trine
Although Color You bills itself as a kind of modern day psychedelic rock act, one also hears a lot of beautifully melodic power-pop in its sound too, particularly during the hard driving Empty.
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Santa's Jukebox: Jazz Dispensary- Latin Christmas- Bon Qui Qui- more
O come all ye faithful music lovers to Santas Jukebox for a selection of holiday tunes that are guaranteed to jingle your bells! Theres even a little Christmastime comedy in the stocking. So lets get the show-ho-ho on the road!
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Santa's Jukebox: Legacy Vinyl Edition
Santas in a retro mood this time out as his sleigh is overflowing with good holiday music from the folks at Legacy Records. Not only that, the jolly old elf is delivering all these titles in vinyl form, including one very special colored vinyl release.
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Rock Reads: Behind the Paranormal: Everything You Know is Wrong
Father and son Paul and Ben Eno have produced more than 600 shows about the paranormal for broadcast on CBS Radio and the material found here is derived from select scripts of those shows
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TBT: David Bowie's A Reality Tour
For this weeks TBT we kick off our reflection on the music legend David Bowie with a look back at Kevin Wierzbicki and Tony Ks reviews of his A Reality Tour live release from 2010.
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Fallen Asunder - Self-Titled
Whether or not one enjoys the vocals of a bands lead singer can be the sole determining factor in how much one loves or hates an act. Case in point: Rush. Fallen Asunders lead singer might also be the same sort of lightning rod figure.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Music DVD or Blu-ray Edition
The holidays are a time when many have a little more time to kick back and relax and spend some time in front of the television, perhaps watching a music DVD or Blu-ray.
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Bassett - Ghost Hwy
The duo Bassetts Ghost Hwy release is truly a beautifully haunted work. These auditory journey signposts will leave an indelible mark on your memory, all for the better.
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TBT: The Cult, Stabbing Westward, Monster Magnet and Bird3 Live
For this weeks TBT we travel back to the summer of 2001 to revisit antiGuys review of The Cults Beyond Good And Evil tour that also featured Stabbing Westward, Monster Magnet and Bird3.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Pop Culture Edition
Here are some very hip gift ideas for the pop culture fans on your list. And since this is a time when lots of toasts will be made, we suggest some special glasses to hold that holiday cheer!
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Rahm - Between the Lines
Rahm sings these five songs with great sweetness and vulnerability. The music is heartfelt throughout. Many of these songs are much like some of Bruce Springsteens more memorable 70s moments
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Fall Out Boy: The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago
The Fall Out Boy: The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago DVD/BluRay contains the entire concert with staggering and astonishing visuals and a DTS 5.1 Surround mix that puts you in the thick of the action.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Vinyl Edition
An amazing Freddie Mercury box set, new music from jazz man Errol Garner and two releases featuring performances by big stars that were recorded during induction ceremonies at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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Korn's Live & Rare TBT Review
When was the last time you listened to a LIVE album that emulated a bands ferocious energy and decibel level from a simple digital recording? This album ends the wait!
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Reviews and Features For November 2016
Road Trip: Sea Life Arizona Aquarium
Why do you suppose a really big ray would look at you with an equally large grin on its face? Because he's happy to see you, of course! When strolling from tank to tank at the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium in Tempe
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Panic In Eden - In the Company of Vultures
With the rise of EDM and dippy diva pop stars, many may believe rock is dead or at least dying. A band like Panic In Eden is here to tell the world to stop all its panicking.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Rock Reads Edition
If youre looking for a holiday gift for a music fan whos a reader, we have some great new titles to tell you about. And if youre a fan of John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, collecting music on vinyl, guitar greats, youll want to get one of these for yourself
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Thirsty - Albatross
Led by Guy Bailey, formerly of The Quireboys, Thirsty is a beautifully sloppy rock & roll band. Albatross features smart songs that can be interpreted in multiple ways.
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The Slang - Night and Day
John Bobo and John Newsome have created some enjoyable chamber pop with Night and Day under the moniker The Slang, which is an odd name for such a literate act.
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Queen On Air: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions
One of the real treats of this 2-CD collection is a version of We Will Rock You that most fans probably have never heard; a fast and punchy punk rock-tinged rocker that sounds nothing like the rhythmically-thumping original.
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TBT Interview: Nickelback's Chad Kroeger
Long before Nickelback became known for sugary pop-rock anthems like Photograph they were a heavy rock group that fought to make a name for themselves in their native Canada.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Kris Kristofferson- Van Morrison- Human League Box Sets
The holiday gift giving season is a great time for fans of box sets and other multidisc sets as this is when artists and labels like to come forward with some of the most tempting releases of the year
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John Mellencamp Live In Chicago
Whether it is comfort from a mad world, entertainment or an evening where we can look at ourselves in the mirror, John Mellencamp is an artist who serves many purposes and is only getting better with age.
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MorleyView: Dee Snider
Twisted Sister put their 40-year career to bed this past weekend but if anybody thought frontman Dee Snider was going to quietly drift into the retirement zone, they will be pleasantly surprised
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In Tribute: Leonard Cohen Live
With the sad news that Leonard Cohen has died, Tony Kuzminski wanted to pay tribute by revisiting his review of Cohens concert at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont, IL on Nov 23rd, 2012 as a fitting way to reflect on his legacy.
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TBT: Anthrax - Among the Living
For this weeks TBT we revisit DeadSuns Classics review of Anthraxs Among The Living album which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year.
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Tilted Axes - Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
In one famous Saturday Night Live sketch, Christopher Walken famous demanded a band in the studio give him more cowbell. Now, had he demanded more guitar - specifically more guitarists
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5 Star: Pink Floyd - The Early Years
Legacy Records is about to release a massive 27-disc Pink Floyd box set called The Early Years 1965-1972 as well as a 2-CD collection that will feature highlights from the box set.
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Travel News, Trips and Tips: Holiday Gift Guide Edition
Whether youre looking for something for yourself, an avid globetrotter or an armchair traveler, our selection of new travel-related books includes a title thatll be to your liking.
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TBT: Don Felder Interview Flashback
For this weeks TBT we revisit Morley Seavers 2012 interview with legendary Eagles guitarist Don Felder where they discussed his Road to Forever album and other topics.
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Scattered Hamlet - Swamp Rebel Machine
Swamp Rebel Machine is one of those albums that makes you want to go and rock out with the band live. The band plays hard rock with a southern bent and a party hard, we dont give a (hoot) about what anybody thinks attitude.
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The Blue Poets - The Blue Poets
The Blue Poets is the group that gives guitar virtuoso Marcus Deml a forum to express his extensive musical talents. They've opened for the likes of Foreigner in the past
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Road Trip: Las Vegas' Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay
Sometimes what happens in Vegas is just too good not to crow about, and that's the case with the dining experience at Libertine Social, the latest restaurant to open at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
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Reviews and Features For October 2016
TBT: Metallica's Some Kind of Monster
For this weeks TBT flashback, we revisit antiGuys 2005 review of the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster which he found strikingly similar to the Beatles Let It Be film.
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Savage Henry and the Infamous One Pounders - Get Off Easy
While this groups lyrics may not win political correctness awards, its music is nevertheless impressive. Savage Henry sings with a gruff, authoritative voice. The band supports him with lively rocking guitar grooves.
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The Survival Code - Broken Strings
The Survival Code is a rock trio from London that knows the great value of musical brevity. The acts EP, Broken Strings, will remind you of Foo Fighters - and for all the right reasons
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Grandpa Death Experience - The Unforgiving Shoe of the Future
The underground has yielded up an authentic gem here. If you think this bands name and choice of album titles is weird, wait till you get a whiff of their background story.
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Rocktober Reads: Lou Gramm's Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock'n'Roll
We conclude our Roctober Reads week with a look back at Kevin Wierzbickis review of Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in RocknRoll by Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm
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Rocktober Reads: Duff McKagan's It's So Easy (And Other Lies)
We continue our Roctober Reads week with a look back at Tony Kuzminskis review of Its So Easy (And Other Lies) by Guns N Roses star Duff McKagan
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Sites and Sounds: Jazz Fest Edition
Feeling jazzy? Feel like doing some traveling to enjoy some live music? Then have we got some ideas for you! Check out our picks of some sweet music festivals that take place in exciting destinations!
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Rocktober Reads: Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles
We continue our Roctober Reads week with a look back at Keavin Wiggins 5 star review of Geoff Emericks Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles
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Rocktober Reads: 'To Live Is To Die: The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton
We continue our Roctober Reads week with a look back at Tony Kuzminskis review of To Live Is To Die: The Life and Death of Metallicas Cliff Burton
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Rocktober Reads: Ozzy Osbourne's I Am Ozzy
As we celebrate Rocktober we wanted to take a special look back at some of our best Rock Reads reviews. Today we revisit Kevin Wierzbickis review of Ozzy Osbournes I Am Ozzy
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TBT: The Replacements - Don't You Know Who I Think I Was
For this weeks TBT we travel back to 2006 for Patrick Muldowneys 5 star review of The Replacements Dont You Know Who I Think I Was? best of collection.
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The Begowatts - Photoelectric
The Begowatts are lovably strange birds, indeed. Lead singer Benjamin Tofflemire sounds like Ian Astbury of The Cult, while being backed by a less bluesy ZZ Top at times.
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Thy Catafalque - Sgurr
Thy Catafalque is the work of just one man. The world of Sgurr feels much more involved than simply a solitary mind at work, though the depth and imagination of some are far greater than others.
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Road Trip: Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival that takes place in Columbia, Missouri every autumn celebrated a 10th anniversary this year, but as far as birthday gifts go, all the loot went to festival-goers
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TBT Interview: Whitesnake's David Coverdale
With the news that Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has changed his mind about retiring in 2017 we decided that for this weeks TBT article we would revisit Morleys 2011 interview with the famed singer.
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Almanac Mountain - Cryptoseismology
Almanac Mountain creates creepy, beautiful music. There is a cinematic quality to many of these tracks. Its as though simplistic pop songs just do not suffice when it comes to what this act intends to say through its music.
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Six Feet Under - Graveyard IV The Number of the Priest
Six Feet Under's knack for p*ssing on timeless classics is almost admirable at this point. "Graveyard Classics" is a tradition of the American death metal squad in which they spice up a variety of notable tunes to fit the Six Feet Under mold
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