Reviews and Features For July 2016
Root 66: Urban Pioneers- Ivas John- Travis Green- Clint Morgan
In this installment of Root 66 Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Urban Pioneers Feast or Famine, Ivas Johns Good Days a Comin, Travis Greens A Little Too Late, Clint Morgans Scofflaw
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Vernon Neilly - Outta Time
Guitarist Neilly wrote all of the songs on Outta Time with the exception of two versions of a cover of Jimi Hendrixs Fire that bookend the album, with the second version being an extended version.
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Denner Shermann - Masters of Evil
Round two of the Denner/Shermann project helmed by the eponymous Mercyful Fate guitar duo takes the agonizing tease of a Mercyful Fate reunion to a whole new level.
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Road Trip: Nepal Open for Business!
You may not be the sort of person who wants to climb Mt. Everest, but you might want to see it. Go ahead and make plans to do so. The magnificent peak and all the other delights of Nepal are awaiting.
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Rock Reads: Counting Down Southern Rock: The 100 Best Songs
With Banisters list of the 100 best Southern rock songs beginning with #100, its a little tempting to flip to books end to see whats listed at #1. But its really not necessary
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Sting and Peter Gabriel: Rock Paper Scissors Concert Review
Sting and Peter Gabriel are standing shoulder-to-shoulder ten minutes into the Rock Paper Scissors concert. No, this is not standard opener/headliner show and it is not a concert where the headliners both play shortened sets.
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Foghat - Under the Influence
Foghat perform a set of mostly original material where the songs are played in the style of a group or performer that has influenced the bands overall sound over the years, along with a few covers.
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Michael Franti & Spearhead Live 2016: Miracle Makers
Watching Michael Franti and Spearhead in concert is akin to an attending a reunion, a wedding and a funeral in the same two-hour period. Franti has a capacity to express ecstasy and agony in the same two-hour window
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If you think the country called Swaziland sounds intriguing, wait until you get there! The small nation in southern Africa, bordered only by Mozambique and South Africa, offers visitors countless adventures in both rural and urban settings.
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Guns N' Roses: Not In This Lifetime Concert Review
Guns N Roses is reminding everyone what rock n roll is truly capable of. You can call it nostalgia but the truth is the catalog of Guns N Roses has never had more observant ears than they do right at this moment.
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5 Stars: Heart - Beautiful Broken
By now all the accomplishments of Ann and her sister Nancy are well-documented and Heart has achieved a firm place in the history of rock, still Beautiful Broken is a look to the past, in a couple of ways.
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Reviews and Features For June 2016
Vampire - Cimmerian Shade
Vampire lurks among Swedens shadowy edifice of death/thrash metal bands. Cimmerian Shade, a four-song platter, sinks in its teeth and drains what it needs without wasting a second.
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Road Trip: Swaziland's Bushfire Music Festival Part 2
The Bushfire Music Festival, one of Africa's most-revered music events, took place at House on Fire in Swaziland May 27-29. Having turned 10-years-old this year, the festival was bigger and better than ever
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Road Trip: Swaziland's Bushfire Music Festival Part 1
Already renowned as one of the best music festivals in Africa, Swaziland's Bushfire Music Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with three days of art, food and drink, camaraderie and of course music.
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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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