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, brian-robbins.com 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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