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Live at Yoshiwara is music made at a high level, but with an accessibility and humor that makes it cracking entertainment as much as high art.
Indebted to his heroes, Rob Alexander nevertheless continues to prove that he has his own distinct voice with Being Myself.
Swiss quartet Sonar takes a unique approach to its music by tuning all of its guitars and bass to tritones, also known as augmented fourths.
The rivalry between the Rolling Stones and the Beatles may have been almost entirely fictional (Paul McCartney has called it “fake news” at concerts since the 2016 presidential election), but that doesn’t mean the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band would allow the Beatles 50th anniversary celebration of Abbey Road to go unanswered.
The Godfather of Soul sets the stage on fire. Funky nirvana ensues.
Rack Bridges to Buenos Aires alongside Bridges to Bremen, No Security and concert film Bridges to Babylon Tour ’97–98 for a broad overview of a year when the Rolling Stones circled the globe and played to well over four million fans. This set’s highlights set Bridges to Buenos Aires apart.
“Silver-laden music with elven choirs may not transport you to Rivendell, but it will surely bloom into something precious and wonderful and stay present in your head.”
Sublime soul instrumentals, from “Green Onions” to “Hip Hug-Her.”
Whereas most collaborative efforts result in uninhibited vibe sessions, Little Common Twist offers informal exploration with intent.
Writer Kevin Burke looks at the importance of Sparks as they release a comprehensive collection, Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks.
This Friday November 8, Blaine Campbell releases the digital single “Happy Faces” via Big Stir Records, a taste of his upcoming Under The Tidal Wave album.
Ray Davies’ greatest concept album gets supersized.
Peter Yates and Andy Delany release a sublime set on the Lost And Found Ep
Best Coast are back with a new single and the promise of a new album in 2020
The Doors release a much expanded celebration of The Soft Parade, by no means a lazy collection put together without forethought.
The Kut present a new single “X-Ray Eyes”, a brash banger, energetic and magnetic which draws audiences into their aura.
Chrissie Hynde has released her latest solo work Valve Bone Woe, an album which is anchored in a jazz-psychedelia sound with sprinkles of electronica.
The long awaited return of one of Kentucky’s finest singer/songwriters picks up right where he left off.
R.E.M. are set to release an expanded edition of Monster, marking twenty-five years of the modern classic
On November 15, Gozer Goodspeed releases his new album Running With The Outliers, an album of gravel soaked grace with an in-your-face presentation.
The former Duane Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughan sideman celebrates his 50+ year career in rock, soul, and country music with the release of his own first album.
The torch of great Midwestern power-pop passed from bands like Shoes and Cheap Trick is carried another mile by the Injured Parties on songs including the acerbic “Murder the Truth” and idealistic call to action “Obama’s Girl.”
Hot Damn Romance is a wonderful addition for any fans of classic jazz who say they don’t make them like they used to, because Eva Schubert has clearly proven them wrong.
On October 31st, The Venus Fly Trap re-release “Europa”, a slice of bleak, goth-drenched brilliance
Ah, the virtues of two guitars, bass, drums and melody.
Theatre Royal announce an upcoming Ep, a teaser for their next long-player due in 2020.
The debut single by Sonny Winnebago offers up a promise of what’s to come
PJ Harvey celebrates the release of the All About Eve soundtrack on vinyl with an Ep of bonus material.
California’s honky-tonk hotbed gets a fascinating, sprawling survey.
Perhaps it’s insensitive to say, but the drama evident in Chasolen’s personal life has made Living in Limbo is most mature and profound work to date.
Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue is one of those strange cases where the bandleader becomes the least well-known member of his own gig.
The second album from Canadian soul singer Tanika Charles, The Gumption recalls R&B classics of a bygone age.
The Armoires latest long-player Zibaldone is a well-oiled good time machine of pop-psych thrills that is the effervescent soundtrack to a sunny day.
Inspired by his travels in Spain and Portugal, the album mixes fado and flamenco into his usual folk and psych pop.
The Egg Eaters have released the Ep Gimme Gimme Gimme, a harmonious blending of genres and eras.
On his 14th studio album, Joseph Arthur sounds stronger and more “downtown NYC cool” than ever.
Kim Gordon has just released her debut album No Home Record, a work of divine and dynamic confidence
Playing and singing everything himself in the Todd Rundgren tradition, Jones packs his ten-song debut with winsome tunes that stick to the ear like honey from a comb.
On November 29th Cherry Red Records release the complete sessions recorded by guitarist Mick Ronson’s solo work. An essential release for hard rock fans.
Lightning Bolt’s seventh full-length is a mammoth epic that leaves in its wake the pulsating of ear drums and tremoring of pupils.
Born in 1973 thanks to the patronage of Kim Fowley and done by the late 70s, the Hollywood Stars are one of those worthy bands that got lost in the shuffle, mainly due to timing.
The makeshift supergroup The GoAllTheWays release the single “Silly Girl” b/w “Tourist”, a piece of art to highlight another vehicle of art.
The Coolies announce a third pressing of their explosive Ep Uh Oh! It’s… The Coolies, with 100% profits towards ALS Charity in memory of Kim Shattuck
Laufer’s fifth full-length (and first in almost a decade), The Floating World is full of the kind of lush, bittersweet pop that makes music nerds nod in appreciation of its intricacies and more casual listeners sigh with pleasure.
Scone corrals a new cast of players for a different approach to a soulful party album that’s both rowdy and tender.
The Fab Four’s final studio work gets a fancy makeover.
For many fans aboard during U2’s development, the band’s triumph isn’t The Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby. It’s 1984’s The Unforgettable Fire, which is released on colored vinyl alongside the Grammy-hoarding How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
The Far From The Apple Tree Soundtrack is a joint venture between Rose McDowall and Shawn Pinchbeck, an electro-acoustic affair of enthralling textures with alluring lyrics
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds release Ghosteen, an emotionally fired masterpiece pulled from the soul of a man bravely putting his inner self on display.
Medicine make a welcome return to form with Scarred for Life, an album of cover versions that becomes an adventure in experimentation.