The question on Matthew Moyer's mind, when checking out the trimmed-down version of Cult of Youth, was this: will they still be able to pull off the rich hues and near-psychedelic textures of this album? The answer: a resounding YES!
An unplugged evening with Eddie Vedder full of conversation, confessions, and two hours of music is a damn fine way for Jen Cray to spend the night.
When given the chance to see Madonna, on a moment's notice and four hours away, Jen Cray abandons all responsibilities, hightails it to Miami, and enjoys every sleep-deprived second of the journey!
Carl F. Gauze jumps a freight train to Austin to check out some new music by Icona Pop and Marina and the Diamonds, and returns with a bad case of bubble gum fever.
Robert Glasper and Friends find the Wonder in Jazz, and Lauressa Nelson is there to soak it all in at the Harlem Stage.
Surf music from the hills of North Carolina washes up on the Orlando shore and pelts Carl F Gauze with free fried chicken. Southern Culture on the Skids is back in town.
San Francisco's The Stone Foxes jingle-rocked NYC's Grammercy Theatre, helping May Terry shake the Christmas doldrums away with some great alternative-blues rock.
Die-hard fans, May Terry among them, mind-moshed and recalled their early days of musical aggression at Irving Plaza, thanks to legendary punk rockers, X.
45 Grave is a monthly column dedicated to a physical music medium that is way too fun to go quietly into digital limbo, no matter how long its author suffers from a turkey coma.
Steve Stav interviews director Gary Weis about one of Saturday Night Live's most poignant moments, and discusses John Belushi, Brian Wilson, George Harrison, and The Rutles along the way.
Leonard, the Lonely Astronaut (101 Distribution). Review by Al Pergande.
Dreamers (Invogue Records). Review by Al Pergande.
Heartbreak (Omnivore Recordings). Review by James Mann.
The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 (Niji Entertainment Group). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Songs about Cars, Space and The Ramones (New! Records). Review by James Mann.
Your God Is Dead to Me Now (Iron Horse Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Songs About Jane (10th Anniversary Edition) (Columbia Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
Trouble Man (Hipp-O Select/Motown). Review by Scott Adams.
The Flip Is Another Honey (Snack Bar/Megaforce Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.
The Unspeakable (Psychonavigation). Review by Carl f Gauze.
Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do. Review by Jen Cray.
Local Business (XL Recordings). Review by Jen Cray.
Tinsel and Lights (Merge Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
On their fiftieth anniversary, The Rolling Stones have opened up the vaults to share some rare gems. This hit or miss early venture into film shows the band on tour in 1965. Just stick to the live stuff, and you'll have no problems, says mega-fan James Mann.
They could go from the greatest band you ever saw to an out of control drunken mess, all in the same song. Color Me Obsessed pays tribute to last great American band, The Replacements. You can color James Mann obsessed!
Al Pergande recommends this Instagram adaptation of a little-known story by Rudyard Kipling with snappy dialog and cool, low-budget effects.