Reviews and Features For July 2020
Smoke Fairies - Darkness Brings the Wonders Home
Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire are Smoke Fairies, and this release, the duos sixth overall, is their first in four years
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The Blues: Albert Castiglia - Wild and Free
Castiglias fans are always anxious to see him perform live and now those whove never had the chance can enjoy the next best thing
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Daddy1 - 1 Bro Gad
This debut E.P. from Daddy1, a very popular Jamaican DJ and dancehall musician, has been anxiously awaited and with one listen you can hear why
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RockPile: Gang of Four- Half Past Two - Venus Furs
Get ready to rock as Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new releases from Gang of Four, Half Past Two , and Venus Furs
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Travel News, Trips and Tips: Road Trip Gear Edition, Part 2
As promised, we tell you here about more items that you might want to have on hand for your summer road tripping. And since road trips are always better with snacks, we tell you about some goodies that you might have seen on "Shark Tank."
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Travel News, Trips and Tips: Road Trip Gear Part 1
Now that summer is here, road trip season has begun in earnest. Weve got so many items thatll make your road trip adventure easier and more fun to tell you about that weve had to break the list in two! Lets get started!
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Static-X - Project Regeneration Volume 1
When Static-X vocalist Wayne Static passed away in 2014 he left lots of unfinished songs and vocal tracks behind.
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Rock Reads: 'Run-Out Groove: Inside Capitol's 1980s Hits & Stiffs' by Dave Morrell
With a lengthy career as a promotion man for various major record labels behind him, this book, the fourth in his archives series
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Psycle - Kill The Machine
In an age where pop and rap are dominating the radio, its great to hear an honest to gosh rock band bringing things back to normal.
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RockPile: Southern Rock Edition - Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Bros, Molly Hatchet, Marshall Tucker Band
We listen to recently-released live albums from Southern rock stalwarts Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band and Molly Hatchet.
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RockPile: Danielia Cotton, the Jackets And More
Rock Pile checks out Danielia Cotton, the Jackets, Tommy and the Commies and Hastings Street Opera.
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Reviews and Features For June/May 2020
Root 66: Chicago Farmer - Flyover Country
Singer and acoustic guitarist Cody Diekhoff is Chicago Farmer but Flyover Country is not the work of just one man; Diekhoff is joined here by the five-member Band of Heathens along with a couple of guest vocalists.
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We listened to some recent reggae releases from Richie Spice, Clay G, Jah Sun, Dre Island and Lila Ike, and now were feeling irie! Have fun at our reggae party!
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Sundogs - The Code
If Sundogs The Code makes you dust off old Steely Dan albums, thats probably a good thing. This Seattle rock groups fantastic album includes many sonic reminders of that stellar 70s duo.
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Root 66: Nate Lee - Wings of a Jetliner
Lee is an International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning mandolin player and singer and he gets right to it with the mandolin on opening cut Wonderbat
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Mallavora - The Paradise EP
it is the stated goal of British four-piece Mallavora to bring heavy rock music to the youth of the world, and their four-track debut The Paradise EP is a pretty good start
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Father's Day Gift Guide
Youre not planning on getting dear old dad a tie for Fathers Day, are you? While snazzy new neckwear might be appreciated, here are our suggestions for some items dad would likely much rather have
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Trad.Attack! - Make Your Move
This album is very cool in more ways than one. What the three piece Estonian band has done is take traditional Estonian folk music and rock it up pretty good.
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Root 66: The Harmed Brothers - Across the Waves
A handful of albums down the road they are backed by a band that allows for a fuller sound as they explore indie rock (the Gin Blossoms-ish Skyline Over) and Americana (the no-place-like-home sentiment of River Town.)
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The Walk-A-Bout - 20/20
20/20 offers fans a chance to take a journey to discover more about this group that has already placed records on the Alternative Rock Singles chart and the Roots Music Radio Report.
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Root 66: Patsy Thompson - Fabulous Day
Its been a while since Thompson, who has released numerous albums and held down tour opening slots with the likes of Willie Nelson and Clint Black, has put out an album.
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The Burrito Brothers - The Notorious Burrito Brothers
Longtime fans will find this album quite satisfying, and newbies will, as they go back and listen to the bands catalog, hear the connections to all the great Burrito Brothers music that came before.
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David Cross & Peter Banks - Crossover
This album by King Crimson alum Cross and Banks, the late founding member of Yes (and the man who gave that group its name) came to fruition in an unusual way.
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McStine & Minnemann
While both of these artists are well established in their own right, this is the first collaborative release from Randy McStine and Marco Minnemann
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Doug 'Cosmo' Clifford - Magic Window
Doug Cosmo Clifford was a founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and has kept active for the past 25-years with Creedence Clearwater Revisited
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Iron City Houserockers - Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive)
For those unfamiliar with this beloved band, their sound is a melodic, hard rocking sort of blue collar rock
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Dennis DeYoung - 26 East: Volume 1
DeYoung has released his sixth solo album, the title of which refers to the address of DeYoungs one-time residence on Chicagos south side
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F8TLSTK - Above and Beyond
Previously known as Joe Rainbow while he was in the Boston band the Destroyed, F8TLSTK is the latest stage name from J.D. Jackson.
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Road Trip: Fulton, Missouri - Big Fun in a Small Town
When it comes to heartland cities that punch above their weight, Fulton, Missouri is one of the most impressive.
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Jon Hassell - Vernal Equinox
This is a reissue of Hassells widely-acclaimed first commercially available release. The 1977 effort is available here on CD for the first time in 30-years.
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Mother's Day Gift Guide
While we know youve got it covered with gifts of jewelry, flowers and candy for mom, we thought you could use a few ideas on practical gifts
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The Claudettes - High Times in the Dark
Drawing from many genres, the Claudettes do indeed offer up high times here on this nice set of rootsy pop.
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Sites and Sounds: Taste of the South Edition
With travel limited right now, were telling you how to enjoy a taste of the American southland without leaving the comfort of your home. Dig in!
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Reviews and Features For April 2020
Missing Persons - Dreaming
Quirky vocalist Dale Bozzio continues to front an iteration of Missing Persons that can still bring the thrills and chills
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Rainer Landfermann - Mein Wort in Deiner Dunkelheit
Rainer Landfermann has been featured in Decibel Magazines Top 30 Greatest Extreme Vocalists of all time, and this album undeniably makes the case that he deserves to be
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David Hasselhoff - Open Your Eyes
For most American fans, knowledge of The Hoffs career is limited to the roles he played on TV shows Knight Rider and Baywatch.
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Sass Jordan - Rebel Moon Blues
Jordan delves fully into the blues with this eight-song set featuring a well-chosen set of covers along with one original cut
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MorleyView: The Jacks
Who says rock is dead? Not the four guys from Los Angeles known as The Jacks. Josh Roossin took a few minutes to answer some questions about their new record
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Travel News, Trips and Tips: Spring 2020 Travel Products Edition
Its true we cant travel right now, but in this edition of our Travel News column we look at products youll want to go ahead and get on hand for your next trip, whenever that may be
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Robertas Semeniukas - Backstage Stories
Robertas Semeniukas Backstage Stories reveals how music (and rock & roll in particular) has become an international language
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Box Sets: African Head Charge - Drumming is a Language 1990-2011
The On-U Sound record label has been reissuing the music of African Head Charge and what a boon thats been for fans of the duos impressive and extensive body of work.
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Rose Tattoo - Outlaws
This long-running Aussie outfit goes back to their roots here with Outlaws, a re-recording of their 1978 debut record Rock n Roll Outlaw.
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Apache Rose - Tiny Love
No matter what its all about, Tiny Love is a blast of roots-y rock & roll, with its artistic heart in exactly the right place.
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Reviews and Features For April/March 2020
Caught In The Act: Beasto Blanco Live
Rob Grabowski caught Beasto Blanco In The Act at RocHaus in West Dundee, IL on March 12, 2020. Check out Robs review and photos
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Great White - Stage
Out of print for a long time now, Great White fans will welcome this reissue of the bands mid-90s live effort, presented here on two CDs
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Jah9 - Note to Self
Jah9 is not an artist to be pigeonholed- her musical vision takes the listener to places where the possibilities are as limitless as the ether they live in.
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Jackson Price - I Used To Have Fun
I Used to Have Fun is either an ironic title or a misnomer because Price sure sounds like hes having a really good time making this music.
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Ptolema - Maze
It is impossible to overestimate how refreshing it is to hear a powerful female rock vocalist
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Passport: St. Patrick's Day Edition
For this special St. Patricks Day Edition of Passport Kevin takes a listen to a new Celtic music collection from Putumayo and the latest from the much-revered violist Eileen Ivers.
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Engelbert Humperdinck - Reflections
The King of Romance, one of the greatest voices in contemporary music, shows no sign of slowing down with the release of his new EP
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On The Record: Ibrahim Ferrer and Radio Tarifa
Our vinyl spotlight listens to two new reissues from the reactivated World Circuit label, from Radio Tarifa and vaunted Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer.
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Root 66: Tami Neilson- Robert Vincent- Jeremy Garrett and Sideline
We listen to new releases from Tami Neilson, Robert Vincent, Jeremy Garrett and Sideline.
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Salute to International Women's Day: Holly Near, Sweet Lizzy Project and more
In honor of March 8 being International Womens Day, today we take a listen to some of our favorite recently-released titles by women and woman-fronted groups
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RockPile: Don Dokken- Dante Fox- Thor- More
Kevin Wierzbicki gives new releases from Don Dokken, Dante Fox (aka Great White), Thor and more a spin.
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Live: Cirque du Soleil's OVO
It was a display of magic and mirth and incredible athleticism as Cirque du Soleil brought their OVO show to the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix
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Reviews and Features For Jan/Feb 2020
Sites and Sounds: True/False Film Fest
Its once again time to have fun with films at the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri! Heres our preview reel.
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Brainsqueezed - Scarred
Stylistically, Brainsqueezed categorizes itself someplace between A Perfect Circle and Guns N Roses, which is a fairly wide sonic spectrum
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Road Trip: Cayamo 2020 Wraps Up With Gospel Show and a Wedding
The last full day of this year's Cayamo cruise was topped off with a special gospel show. And a wedding!
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Road Trip: Cayamo 2020 Finds Many Performers On Maiden Voyage
The fact that this year's sailing of the Cayamo cruise was the 13th edition of the festival tells you something about how beloved the event is
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Hot In The City: Wishbone Ash And More
Heres a look at some of the great concerts coming to the Phoenix area, including a show by the legendary English rock band Wishbone Ash.
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Caught In The Act: Korn and Breaking Benjamin Live
The BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois played host to a phenomenal double bill last week (February 6) with hard rocking Breaking Benjamin and nu-metal pioneers Korn.
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Hot In The City: Shen Yun, OVO from Cirque Du Soleil- more
Our look at entertainment opportunities in Phoenix and throughout Arizona steps away from concerts this time out to tell you about some fabulous shows you wont want to miss
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Road Trip: Cayamo Ashore - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Cayamo's first port of call this time out was St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands (USVI).
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Road Trip: Cayamo Breakout Artist Madison Cunningham
The Cayamo music cruise is known for presenting a stellar line-up. This year one of the stars in-the-making that shone the brightest was Madison Cunningham.
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The Best Films of 2019
There as many great films being released now than ever before, the key is to know where to look. Tony takes a look at some of the best movies of the past year.
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Road Trip: Americana at Sea - The Cayamo Cruise Begins
The 13th annual Cayamo cruise got underway Feb. 3 as the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Pearl sailed from Miami with a boatload of music lovers aboard
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Passport: Rachid Taha- Lucibela- Porangui
This passport travels to Algerian with Rachid Taha, Cabo Verdean with Lucibela and to Arizona with Brazilian born Porangui
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On The Record: Spotlight on World Circuit Records
Heres great news for fans of global music! BMG has made a deal with World Circuit Records to begin reissuing the labels awesome catalog on vinyl
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Puddle of Mudd - Welcome to Galvania
This new Puddle of Mudd release is their first full-length since 2009s Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love and Hate, but dont think for a second that the guys have lost their punch over the past decade
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The Blues: Big Mike & the R&B Kings and more
New blues releases from Big Mike & the R&B Kings, Will Jacobs & Marcos Coll, Mary Lane and Mark Hummel.
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Road Trip: Ghosts with the Most - The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR
If you were a ghost in need of a place to live, you couldn't do much better than the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Travel News, Trips and Tips: January 2020
Its never fun to be stressed out and certainly stress can ruin a vacation or any type of travel or activity thats meant to be fun. Now theres an easy-to-use device from TouchPoint Solutions that can help.
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The Blues: Spotlight on Gulf Coast Records
Gulf Coast Records is owned by blues rock guitarist Mike Zito and hes released some great titles on the imprint lately. Here we salute the labels latest releases from Jimmy Carpenter, Diana Rein and Billy Price.
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Quick Flicks: Days of Rage: The Rolling Stones' Road to Altamont
Those who think they know all about Altamont will likely be surprised by some of the revelations here; at the very least a screening of Days of Rage will give viewers a deeper understanding of what happened.
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Live: Johnny A Rocks Phoenix
The Music Theater at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix was sold out for the Johnny A concert on Jan. 11, and Johnny did not disappoint
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Sites and Sounds: Cayamo Cruise
Its the lucky 13th sailing of the Cayamo Cruise! Well, lucky for sure for fans of Americana music as the cruise presents dozens of roots music performers during a jaunt through the Caribbean.
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Live from Celebrity Theatre: Styx
The intimate theater in-the-round, with its unique rotating stage, is one of Styxs all-time favorite venues and they chose Celebrity Theatre for a two-night stand to open their 2020 tour.
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Root 66: Ian & Sylvia - Wildwood Kin - Hackensaw Boys
Our roots music column begins this time out with a listen to a 2-CD set from 60s folk stars Ian & Sylvia thats filled with never-before released music.
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Doctor Pheabes - Army of the Sun
Whether Army of the Sun is the bands big break stateside or not, it certainly will go a long way towards establishing an American fan base.
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Sites and Sounds: The Clash: London Calling at The Museum of London
The Museum of London currently has a free exhibit that celebrates the making of the seminal album by the Clash, London Calling
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