Yearly Archives: 2014

Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans Deluxe/Black Ice Verite DVD

The hardest part of writing this review is knowing what category to put it in, as there’s a lot – a hell of a lot – going on here. First, you have the complete English Oceans album that was released earlier this year and reviewed right here. If you already own English Oceans, that’s okay: […]

A Chat With Bobby Keys – And “Bobby’s Big Three”

UPDATED 12/2/14: A sad day for rock ‘n’ roll: “Bobby Keys, longtime saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, has died at the age of 70. Michael Webb, keyboardist for Keys’ band The Suffering Bastards, told the Nashville Scene that the saxophonist ‘had been battling cirrhosis and passed away at his home early this morning.’” Posted on […]

Jim Weider’s Project Percolator – Live at Mystic Blues Festival 2013 (Featuring Hook Herrera)

Guitarist Jim Weider and his various Project Percolator ensembles cover a lot of musical ground in the course of any given night. A typical Project Percolator set might incorporate elements of out-there-and-back jazz, nasty-assed funk, rock as rock gets, slap-yerself-silly rockabilly and deep-groove reggae – just for starters. And usually Weider himself is leading the […]

Medeski Scofield Martin Wood – Juice

The thing about magic is, it just frigging happens. For instance, consider what takes place when keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood open the arms of their three-headed funky out-thereness and embrace the guitar wizardry of John Scofield. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since the quartet last played together […]

The Road to Glory with moe.‘s Chuck Garvey

Making it to the 25-year mark is an accomplishment for any band – but how many bands halfway into their third decade together are still challenging themselves? Let’s face it: most artists who have had any degree of success (at least enough to make a living out of what they’re doing) oftentimes hit a plateau […]

The Bottle Rockets’ Brian Henneman: Rickenbacker Romance and Amplifier Angst

Maybe you go way back with Brian Henneman: back to Illinois in the Eighties and the yeeeeeeeee-haaaaaaaa thrash-twang cowpunk-and-scorched-brimstone of Chicken Truck, perhaps? Or maybe you remember when Brian worked for Uncle Tupelo in the early Nineties: the roadie who would humbly come out for the encore, strap on a guitar and take the top […]

The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East: The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings

The thing is, not long after the original Allman Brothers Band’s At Fillmore East was released in 1971, the mold was truly broken. Pulled from two all-nighters’ worth of music recorded that March, At Fillmore East hit the streets in June, unleashing the ABB’s wildass mix of rock, blues, jazz and marrow on the world. […]

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – CSNY 1974

Over the years, the legend of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young’s 1974 tour managed to surpass the memories of the music itself. It seemed what was best remembered were the wretched excesses of the 31 concerts that CSNY played in 24 cities between July 9 and September 14 of that year. […]

Iron Orchard – For Amusement Only

Hallahooping out of western Illinois comes Iron Orchard, pulling off the cool feat of sounding like the hometown band of Just About Anywhere, USA. Zip codes and accents have nothing to do with what’s going on here: there’s a “Hey … don’t I know these guys?” familiarity to the dozen tunes on Iron Orchard’s new […]

Rich Robinson – The Ceaseless Sight

Rich Robinson’s new solo album The Ceaseless Sight is a unique piece of work – an uplifting collection of tunes that comes with an inescapable contact high. The concept of an album crafted from positive vibes usually conjures up visions of smiley face emoticons and saccharine-laced, empty-cored melodies – but The Ceaseless Sight proves you […]

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