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We’re Still Missing This One

by Ali Hibbs August 27, 2015


  Legendary producer Bob Johnston died earlier this month. This is an excerpt from my online book bobjohnstonbook.com. Now that Johnny Cash and Bob are no longer with is, maybe Columbia will finally release this extraordinary ...


Hope Drone

by David King August 20, 2015


  Australia’s Hope Drone fancy themselves an artistic black-metal band, and while they do employ some of the musical staples of the genre and convey the appropriate amounts of sorrow and dread, it's hard to fit ...


Ecstatic Vision

by David King August 20, 2015


  Fair warning: Sonic Praise ideally is listened to on drives on late summer nights, when it’s too hot to think and too late to care. When all there is to do is drive and forget ...



by David King August 20, 2015


  What's more frightening? An entire generation too strung out from last night’s foam party to care that the world is turning to shit, or one that is totally aware of all the world’s horrors but ...


One Clear Moment

by David Greenberger August 13, 2015

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  In 1971, at 17, I’d buy LPs from a disc jockey on the local Top 40 station who’d bring them home to sell for a dollar each. This was my portal into a world beyond ...


The Spaces in Between

by David Greenberger August 6, 2015

  There are times when one is swimming in warm water and encounters a cold current. Its source in the river or lake is indiscernible, and just as quickly as it appeared it is gone, actually ...

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Straight On For You

by Tim Mack July 30, 2015


  An opening set of hits from some Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. A closing set from the world's greatest Led Zeppelin cover band. That’s a heck of a double bill for a Monday night ...

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Country Lights

by Glenn Weiser July 23, 2015


  Many country music fans have been lamenting the decline of the genre with its new “bro” sound and pining for the golden era of three chords and the truth. If any of those disaffected folks ...

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Up Close and Personal

by Tim Mack July 16, 2015


Last Thursday night, the Lone Bellow opened for country-music bad boy Eric Church in front of 16,000 people at a waterfront pavilion in Bangor, Maine. On Friday night, the Brooklyn-based folk-rockers were the headliners in ...

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by David King July 9, 2015


  Lindemann, the side project featuring Till Lindemann of Rammstein and Peter Tagtgren of Hypocrisy, have released an album designed to shock, repel, infuriate and disgust, thanks to Lindemann’s sardonic lyrics on songs like “Ladyboy,” “Praise ...


Mutoid Man

by David King July 9, 2015


  The brainchild of Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky, Mutoid Man could be described as the concentrated tantrum of a man torn in multiple directions by the influences he wears proudly on his sleeve. Formed in ...


Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

by Jeff Nania July 2, 2015

  One thing that the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival consistently does well is put together a weekend of diverse performances. From the cutting-edge NYC fusion of trumpeter-congero Etienne Charles’ group at the gazebo to the down-home ...

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Solid Sound Festival

by Mike Hotter July 2, 2015


  Last weekend’s Solid Sound Festival, the Wilco-curated music, comedy and art event now in it’s fourth incarnation, was impressive first and foremost for the beauty of its surroundings, which included that transporting mix of art ...

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Marc-André Hamelin, the Takács Quartet

by B.A. Nilsson June 25, 2015


  Classical music loves specialists, or, to put it a better way, is most comfortable with performers who are easy to pigeonhole. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin has made a career of resisting such definition, and underscores this ...


Charlie Hunter Trio

by Jeff Nania June 25, 2015


  Let the Bells Ring On is the latest in guitarist Charlie Hunter’s practical oeuvre of work. He is joined by drummer Bobby Previte and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes for a unique trio sound that conjures a ...


Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion

by Paul Rapp June 18, 2015


  What I owe to Ginger Baker is immeasurable. Suffice it to say that in my early teens I, along with a generation of players, absorbed all of those Cream records, especially the live ones with ...

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The Lioness and the Lion

by Tim Mack June 11, 2015

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Walking by the man with the stuffed monkey on his shoulders and past the other man in a clown costume, rounding the corner in the rainbow vendor village by the Govt. Mule merch tent and ...

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by David King June 11, 2015


  Just about everything Danish indie prog rockers Mew write is catchy. If they had the mind to strip their songs down, stop style hopping and embrace their poppier instincts, they'd have a much easier go ...


Ran Blake

by David Greenberger June 11, 2015


  At 80 years old, Ran Blake and his musical character continue to deepen in gentle abstractions. This album’s title is apt, as Blake has always sought the elusive nature of fading notes, letting harmonics decay ...


Andrew Russo, James Ehnes and the Albany Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Alan Miller

by B.A. Nilsson June 6, 2015


  The music of Aaron Jay Kernis doesn’t immediately suggest his influences, which only supports the charming, puzzling problem of his uniqueness. You can hear some Arvo Pärt in the second of his “Three Flavors,” a ...


Bell Witch

by David King June 6, 2015


  Bell Witch undoubtedly would land a premier spot on Head and Bangers’ Top 10 Economical Bands List. The Seattle duo do more with a bass and drum kit on Four Phantoms than most metal bands ...



by David King June 6, 2015


  It makes a lot of sense that Toronto’s Metz are signed to Sub Pop: Frontman Alex Edkins insists they are punk in the same way that Kurt Cobain maintained the same despite his pop leanings ...


The Pixies, TV on the Radio, John Grant

by David King May 28, 2015

  “Wave of Mutilation," "Break my Body," "Monkey Gone to Heaven." That was the opening lineup for the Pixies on Friday night at the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. It was a powerful reminder that it was ...

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by David King May 21, 2015


  On April 17, 2010, Blur released a track called “Fool's Day,” a fuzzy reintroduction to the band who hadn't released a song since 2002. It felt like the band had recently been awakened for school ...


Spuyten Duyvil

by B.A. Nilsson May 21, 2015


  Spuyten Duyvil know the Great American Songbook. Not that Great American Songbook, but the earlier one that was given to us by Harry Smith in his Anthology of American Folk Music, giving us a glimpse ...