God of rock 'n' roll flute and leader of Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, opens his US tour in Orlando. Carl F Gauze watches from the balcony and tries not to get too distracted by the aging fans and their frail bladders.
Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull have joined forces as the gorgeously poetic pop group Bad Books, but fill their recent tour setlists with songs from their collective catalogs. Jen Cray enjoys the music, but yearns for an espresso or two.
Watermelon-squashing comedian Gallagher returns to splatter the stage of the Plaza and the first eight or nine rows of seats. Carl F Gauze hides beneath a trash bag outside of the splash zone.
Few things are as Rock 'n' Roll as 30-year punk rock veterans Social Distortion, as Jen Cray and a sold-out crowd at Orlando's House of Blues recently witnessed.
Old school skateboarding thrash punks Suicidal Tendencies stopped by Orlando with Hed PE to wax political. It was a ruckus not to be missed -- and Eric Donath did not.
As part of Chicago's Wrecking Ball Punk Festival, Voice of Addiction stood out in a sea of genre-defying punk rock. Chris Catania was wooed by their rowdy rhythms.
Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart has died of complications from MS at 69 -- now that's some Low Yo Yo stuff. James Mann recalls a genius.
Carl F Gauze reviews 19 movers and shakers we'll miss in the New Year.
How do you attract a comedian's attention? For singer/songwriter Terry Carleton, you write a song about him. In this case, the celebrity is Pee-wee Herman, who Carleton has been trying to court with the Fab Five-fueled single, "Good Morning, Mr. Breakfast." Will Herman ever hear the track, or will The Playhouse Gang give it a thumbs down? Carleton speaks to Robert Sutton about his own "Big Adventure."
After the Rain (Holy Cow Records). Review by Robert Sutton.
Four (The Major Label). Review by Sean Slone.
When the Chorus Walks (Expel Records). Review by James Mann.
Hello=Fire (Schnitzel Records). Review by Jen Cray.
Tropsicle (Pretty Ambitious Records). Review by Laura Pontillo.
Still Here (Rekids). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (Reprise Records). Review by Jen Cray.
Christmas, Thanks For Nothing EP (Moshi Moshi ). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Loud Fast Rules (ROIR). Review by Scott Adams.
The Slider (Fat Possum). Review by Scott Adams.
Prepare for Black & Blue (Ruffshod Records / Nettwerk). Review by Al Pergande.
Forget (Terrible Records). Review by Jen Cray.
Various Artists (Armoury Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Dog Ear Days. Review by Matthew Moyer.
BlackNRoll (Armoury). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Goat (Crucial Blast). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Easy Wonderful (Universal Republic). Review by Sean Slone.
Darker the Night (In Music We Trust). Review by James Mann.
The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel (Exotica For Modern Living). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Another Man's Treasure (Echo Park). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Soundtrack (Epitaph). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Seconds Late for the Brighton Line (ROIR). Review by Robert Sutton.
Songs of the Grateful Dead (Woodstock). Review by James Mann.
The Grand Theatre, Vol. 1 (New West). Review by Sean Slone.
Is Fixed (Wichita). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Slash [Deluxe Edition] (EMI). Review by Joe Frietze.
No Mercy Fool/The Suicidal Family (Suicidal). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Porch Funk (Jam Shack). Review by Robert Sutton.
Pinkerton [Deluxe Edition] (Geffen). Review by Tim Wardyn.
How does one make a book about Motorhead, hard-drugging and hard-thrashing metal godfathers, boring? Read on...
The distance between Eunice Waymon and Nina Simone is explained and explored for Jessica Whittington in this somewhat dry biography.
James Mann feels this guy knows more about Bob Dylan than Robert Zimmerman. Is that a good thing?
The history of teeny, tiny labels that launched some really big bands. Before the out-crowd became the in-crowd.
Delerium brings its spacey warmth to the 9:30 Club in this 2008 concert film. Carl F. Gauze knew he was saving those glowsticks for something...
Ever watched an E! True Hollywood Story and felt dirty for watching it? That's exactly how Tim Wardyn
Two legendary blues men swapping licks and telling tales. It's a shame it seems recorded at ten in the morning. James Mann let's the music do the talking.
Eternal youth is only a surgery away. Carl F Gauze is skeptical about the procedure, though.
Thirty-five years of Soul Train on three DVDs leaves Scott Adams with a serious '70s jones.