Monthly Archives: February 2014

John The Conqueror – The Good Life

Philly-based power trio John The Conqueror sounded way better than they deserved to on their 2012 self-titled debut. The biggest risk of coming out of the hole that strong was a classic one: how the hell do you follow that up? One of the best things that drummer Michael Gardner, bassist Ryan Lynn and guitarist/vocalist […]

The Facebook Thing

Speaking of Facebook … some folks have asked about why all the new boat photos, links to stories, posts, etc. etc. don’t show up in their feeds, even though they’ve liked my Facebook page. Here’s the scoop: My Brian Robbins Facebook page is an “author’s page” – considered a business page by Facebook, with […]

Bill Janovitz – Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell The Story Of The Rolling Stones

Now, get your heads around this, boys and girls: author Bill Janovitz hasn’t compiled a list of the “50 greatest Stones songs of all time” or any such thing. Don’t get all caught up in debating why “Dead Flowers” doesn’t have a chapter in Janovitz’ book; or why “Fool To Cry” does – if you […]

Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition – Dark Night Of The Soul

A little over a year ago Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition laid White Buffalo upon us – a multi-faceted album that captured the soul of the :::HANK:::KEITH:::JIMI::: holy trinity. A time capsule-worthy collection of interplanetary honky-tonk at its best, White Buffalo was bursting with the vibe and essence of some classic American music, slathered […]

The Allman Brothers Band – Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992

If it hadn’t already been used for a 1994 studio album, the phrase “Back Where It All Begins” would have been an apropos subtitle for The Allman Brothers’ new archival release Play All Night. The band’s annual multi-night runs at NYC’s Beacon Theatre over the last 20-plus years have seen some of the modern-day ABB […]

Blackie And The Rodeo Kings – South

For Chrissakes – Canada ain’t that far away, people. How did Blackie And The Rodeo Kings stay under the Americana/roots music/alt-country/whatever-you-want-to-call-it radar for the last 18 years? No matter: that’s all about to change with the release of South. What started out as a collection of stripped-down tunes birthed from backstage picking sessions and sittin’-around-the-kitchen […]

Michael Bloomfield – From His Head To His Heart To His Hands

The late guitarist Michael Bloomfield’s name routinely appears on “best of” lists; the fact is, his musical legacy has never been served up in a proper collection – until now. And it took another musical legend to it. Al Kooper first crossed paths with Michael Bloomfield during Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 sessions: Kooper was on […]

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