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Genesis: When In Rome

Genesis: When In Rome

Ah, the grand spectacle that is the modern day reunion tour. I almost always grimace when I hear of legendary bands deciding to pick it back up again to take it on the road. I think the reason I do so is because the most obvious reason why they do it is also the most […]

Hercules & Love Affair

Hercules & Love Affair

Mmm, what a difference a dance floor makes. Sounding more buoyant than ever, Antony Hegarty (of mournful “& The Johnsons” fronting) lets the world know at the outset of Hercules and Love Affair’s eponymous debut that this Brooklyn-based disco bunch means serious business. Or biznass, as it were. They work in lithe, nimble beats – […]

Death Vessel

Death Vessel

Death Vessel sounds like the name of a Norwegian Black Metal band, the kind that dresses up like demons at live shows and sprays blood on the crowd. A creation of Joel Thibodeau, Death Vessel sound nothing like Black Metal, but underneath their back porch guitar and banjo pickin’ vibe the band has an engrossing […]

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a good film. While not great by any stretch, it adequately tells an intriguing tale about a particularly stressful point in Elizabeth’s career as the Queen of England. The story takes place in 1587. Spain, ruled by a very Catholic Philip II, is a flourishing empire with its eyes set […]

Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe

It’s easy to have a laugh at Mötley Crüe’s expense. After all, it’s one of the original hair metal bands from Los Angeles, and not a very good one at that. So why is Saints Of Los Angeles so good? After all, this was the group that gave also us “Girls, Girls, Girls”, which was/is […]

Ten Out of Tenn

Ten Out of Tenn

Story has it that makeshift Music City mayor Trent Dabbs and his industry-maven wife Kristen decided once and for all that Nashville should be known for something other mainstream country. This led them to conceive “Ten out of Tenn” (that’s Tennessee, for the geo-challenged), a folk-rock bill featuring 10 alternately earnest and mischievous singer-songwriters. The […]

U2 – Boy (Remastered)

U2 – Boy (Remastered)

Oh, how we are unkind to artists with lengthy careers. Any band with the tenacity to span longer than 25 years is treated with such critical flippancy, such scrutiny, it’s a wonder they still offer us meddlesome fans new albums. The Cure have become the whipping boys for critics since 1992; Neil Young has released […]

Flobots

Flobots

If ever there has been an album released which deserved to come prepackaged with its own lesson plan, Fight With Tools is that album. A righteous mix of political rhetoric and jazzy alt-hip-hop flows, this debut album from a seven-piece artist collective based in Denver really knows how to get the message across and remain […]

Radiohead: Take 2

Radiohead: Take 2

For those of us attending the show that night, we felt like it was a once in a lifetime opportunity yet also hoped that we were incorrect. Hopefully, my path will cross with Radiohead many more times before it is all said and done. But if this night was my one and only, I did […]

Grace is Gone

Grace is Gone

Anti-war films come in all shapes and sizes. There are those that focus on the graphic nature of warfare in an attempt to shock people into realizing the realities of violence, or those that focus on the individuals involved in the conflict to bring to the surface the humanity and innocence lost in war. With […]