The Avett Brothers don't just appeal to hippies anymore. Their recent Orlando show showcased a genre-defying band with talent beyond their numbers. Jen Cray is a newly born fan.
Jen Cray is delighted to report that Green Day has morphed into an unstoppable rock 'n' roll band, capable of holding entire arenas of fans in the palm of its collective sweaty hand. Whether you believe it or not is up to you.
The reigning queen of MySpace wowed his faithful Orlando flock with a short but sweet performance, yet Chris Long can't help but wonder if Jeffree Star is more style than substance.
Jenny Lewis drenches Orlando with her sweet and soulful country tinged folk music. Jen Cray is amongst the adoring, sold-out crowd.
The Rise Against/Rancid tour has been a hot ticket all summer, but only in Orlando was it scorching enough to not only require that a second date get added, but to result in a double night sell-out. Jen Cray squeezed into the pit for the opening evening.
Rock the Bells kicked off its 2009 hip-hop festival tour in Chicago -- just two days after Michael Jackson's sudden death. Chris Catania took in this year's finest while ruminating on the psychology of a crowd in mourning.
Norman, OK natives Starlight Mints hit Orlando as part of their brief Southeast tour, and Bryan Tilford was there to goggle at the lights.
Tori Amos has been setting fire to fans' hearts and minds for 17 years, Jen Cray among them. Her recent Orlando show was, as usual, a rousing success.
Downsizing to fit a twisted economy, the Van's Warped Tour still brought in massive crowds for their 15th annual summertime circus. Jen Cray slathered on sunblock for the St. Petersburg, Florida show.
James Mann finds it hard to say goodbye to an American Genius, and recounts all the wonderful ways he said hello.
Bill Bruford, former drummer for Yes and King Crimson, chats with Carl F Gauze about the differences between rock and jazz, the recent RIAA case ruling, and his supposed retirement.
Gavin Hayes sure likes to keep busy. His band Dredg is co-headlining a U.S. tour, then touring Europe and Australia and performing with author Salman Rushdie -- all by the end of the year. Tim Wardyn discussed the new album The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion as well as religion and families in this revealing yet intimate interview.
S D Green catches up with the sensational Ben Lamar from hip-hop-blues-brazilian band Juba Dance to discuss how fruit can be music, and how porpoises can be clever.
#1 Record/Radio City (Concord Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
House Music LP (Gigolo). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Original Samba Soul 1971–1979 (Strut). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Midnight of the Century (Wierd). Review by Matthew Moyer.
EE Ticket, American Matador, Toy Matinee, Meanwhile (Noble Rot Records ). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Fate to Fatal EP. Review by Shelton Hull.
Bricolage (Slumberland). Review by Carl F Gauze.
An Introduction to Bill Bruford's Winterfold Records (Winterfold). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Distacatti and Live at WMSE. Review by Carl F Gauze.
Scramble (Suicide Squeeze). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Global Underground (Global Underground). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Fascination (Sugar Hill Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
The Better Jacksonville Plan (Infintesmal). Review by Matthew Moyer.
We Will Rock You... To Sleep (Audio Dregs). Review by Matthew Moyer.
3 Balloons (What Are Records?). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Nite Club (Tape Theory). Review by Carl F Gauze
On The Sleeve (New Granada). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Backwoods Barbie Collector's Edition (Dolly). Review by Matthew Moyer.
My Suitcase is Always Packed (Sugar Hill). Review by Carl F Gauze
Monoliths and Dimensions (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Skeleton (Mute). Review by Carl F Gauze
Espoir / Live in Ouagadougou (Asthmatic Kitty). Review by Carl F Gauze
Kenny Gallo, aka "Kenji", aka "Ken Calo", aka "Kenji Kodama", aka "Ramon Gomez", aka "Ramon Gonzalez" and, of course, aka "Kenny G." Shelton Hull ponders the memoirs of a gangster and informant.
This book serves both as another great addition to your library of comics reference material and a useful mental health tool, sez Bruce Phillips! Read on...
Bruce Phillips goes all goony over this new collection of Batton Lash's pioneering creepy/funny comic series.
M*A*S*H creator Mike Farrell takes a rental Prius on a cross-country book tour and ruminates on the 2008 political climate. Carl F Gauze suspects it's a Hummer with a Prius shell.
Cross of Iron. The Dirty Dozen. The Devil's Brigade. The Guns of Navarone. Does Quentin Tarantino's ambitious new WWII flick deserve to join such esteemed company? War-movie buff and Tarantino fan Steve Stav casts his vote.