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Booker T. & the MG’s – The Complete Stax Singles Volume 1 (1962-1967) (Real Gone Music)

12 November 2019

Sublime soul instrumentals, from “Green Onions” to “Hip Hug-Her.”

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker - Little Common Twist

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker - Little Common Twist (Thrill Jockey)

12 November 2019

Whereas most collaborative efforts result in uninhibited vibe sessions, Little Common Twist offers informal exploration with intent.

Peter Murphy of Bauhaus - photo by Cecilia Fonseca

Bauhaus with Automatic - Hollywood Palladium (L.A.) November 4, 2019

10 November 2019

Bauhaus returned from a 13-year hiatus to perform two sold-out shows at the Hollywood Palladium last week, with support from L.A. trio Automatic.

ChameleonsVox with Theatre of Hate and Jay Aston - Saint Vitus (Brooklyn) - November 9, 2019

10 November 2019

By choosing to focus exclusively on Chameleons material, though, he made me and the rest of the crowd very happy!

Sparks - Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks (BMG) 

8 November 2019

Writer Kevin Burke looks at the importance of Sparks as they release a comprehensive collection, Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks.

Blaine Campbell - Happy Faces B/W Movin' On (Big Stir Records)

7 November 2019

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.

The Kinks, Arthur

The Kinks – Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (BMG/ABKCO)

6 November 2019

Ray Davies’ greatest concept album gets supersized.

Yates And Delany - Lost And Found (Self-Released) 

6 November 2019

Peter Yates and Andy Delany release a sublime set on the Lost And Found Ep

Luna - Bowery Ballroom (New York) - October 20, 2019

5 November 2019

For the encore, we got another full set of covers (including an additional encore) and material from other Luna albums.

Best Coast - For The First Time (Concord Records)

5 November 2019

Best Coast are back with a new single and the promise of a new album in 2020

The Doors - The Soft Parade 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Elektra Catalog)

5 November 2019

The Doors release a much expanded celebration of The Soft Parade, by no means a lazy collection put together without forethought.

The Kut - X-Ray Eyes (Criminal Records)

4 November 2019

The Kut present a new single “X-Ray Eyes”, a brash banger, energetic and magnetic which draws audiences into their aura.

Chrissie Hynde - Valve Bone Woe (BMG) 

1 November 2019

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.

Chris Knight - Almost Daylight (Drifters Church/Thirty Tigers)

1 November 2019

The long awaited return of one of Kentucky’s finest singer/songwriters picks up right where he left off.

R.E.M - Monster 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe (Craft Recordings)

31 October 2019

R.E.M. are set to release an expanded edition of Monster, marking twenty-five years of the modern classic

Gozer Goodspeed - Running with the Outliers (Self-Released)

30 October 2019

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. 

Horror Stories (Random House)

29 October 2019

Nothing she’s done before can prepare you for Liz Phair’s Horror Stories.

Vivian Girls - Warsaw (Brooklyn) - October 17, 2019

29 October 2019

If a welcome home reunion show could be more triumphant, I don’t really know how. I was blown away.

Reese Wynans and Friends – Sweet Release (J&R Adventures)

27 October 2019

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 Injured Parties – Product Placement (Zenith Beast)

27 October 2019

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.”

Morrissey – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (San Francisco) – October 3, 2019

27 October 2019

The controversial ex-Smiths singer’s stellar showmanship won the day again.

Eva Schubert - Hot Damn Romance EP (Self-Released)

26 October 2019

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.

The Venus Fly Trap - Europa (Glass Miniature)

25 October 2019

On October 31st, The Venus Fly Trap re-release “Europa”, a slice of bleak, goth-drenched brilliance

Daystar - The Complete Recordings (self-released)

25 October 2019

Ah, the virtues of two guitars, bass, drums and melody.

Khruangbin at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival - Moreno Beach (Lake Perris, CA) October 13, 2019

24 October 2019

The final day of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Ride, Khruangbin, Moses Sumney and Lightning Bolt.

Theatre Royal - Incidental Friend EP (Medlar Records/Vacilando '68)

24 October 2019

Theatre Royal announce an upcoming Ep, a teaser for their next long-player due in 2020.

Ween at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival - Moreno Beach (Lake Perris, CA) October 12, 2019

22 October 2019

Day two of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by Devo, Ween, Parquet Courts, and Altin Gun.

Sonny Winnebago - Take Me For A Ride (Trackd)

22 October 2019

The debut single by Sonny Winnebago offers up a promise of what’s to come

PJ Harvey - All Bout Eve {Bonus Track Ep} (Invada Records)

22 October 2019

PJ Harvey celebrates the release of the All About Eve soundtrack on vinyl with an Ep of bonus material.


Various Artists – The Bakersfield Sound 1940-1974 (Bear Family)

21 October 2019

California’s honky-tonk hotbed gets a fascinating, sprawling survey.

Tim Kinsella - Sunshine on an Open Tomb

Tim Kinsella - Sunshine on an Open Tomb (Featherproof Books)

21 October 2019

For those who find Howard Zinn to be somewhat tame, Sunshine on an Open Tomb is Tim Kinsella’s History of the United States.

The Flaming Lips at Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze Festival (Moreno Beach, CA) October 11, 2019

20 October 2019

Day one of Desert Daze 2019 featured performances by The Flaming Lips, Stereolab, Animal Collective, and Metz.

Scott Chasolen - Living in Limbo (Self-Released)

20 October 2019

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 - The Collection (Rave On)

18 October 2019

Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue is one of those strange cases where the bandleader becomes the least well-known member of his own gig.

Debbie Harry - Face It (HarperCollins)

18 October 2019

Debbie Harry’s memoir Face It is a series of interviews and stories from the mind of Harry, which they are in plentiful supply, surrounding the late sixties’ scene in New York and beyond.

Clutch – Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden (Boise) – October 14, 2019

17 October 2019

Maryland’s finest rock band has played Idaho many times before, but its latest performance in the Gem State found them reveling in the cool air as the sun set behind them at Outlaw Field.

Tanika Charles - The Gumption (Record Kicks)

17 October 2019

The second album from Canadian soul singer Tanika Charles, The Gumption recalls R&B classics of a bygone age.

The Armoires ‎– Zibaldone (Big Stir Records) 

17 October 2019

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.

Jeff Kelly - Beneath the Stars, Above the River (Green Monkey)

16 October 2019

Inspired by his travels in Spain and Portugal, the album mixes fado and flamenco into his usual folk and psych pop.

Vampire Weekend - ‪Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (San Francisco, CA) - October 1, 2019

15 October 2019

Anticipation for Vampire Weekend’s sold-out San Francisco concert was sky-high after the band’s six-year absence.

The Egg Eaters - Gimme Gimme Gimme Ep (Self-Released) 

15 October 2019

The Egg Eaters have released the Ep Gimme Gimme Gimme, a harmonious blending of genres and eras.

Judy Collins

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019 - Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA) - October 6, 2019

15 October 2019

Closing day at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 19 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Where else could you see Judy Collins, The Meat Puppets and Michael Nesmith in one afternoon?

Jon Langford and The Skull Orchard Welsh Male Voice Choir

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019 - Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA) - October 5, 2019

15 October 2019

Day 2 of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 19 in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, and the crowds are treated to country rock courtesy of Margo Price, folk mastery from Joan Shelley and psychedelicized Led Zeppelin tunes from Robert Plant.

The Waterboys

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019 - Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA) - October 4, 2019

15 October 2019

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019 kicks off in style with rousing sets from The Waterboys, Bettye Lavette and St. Paul & The Broken Bones at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Joseph Arthur - Come Back World

Joseph Arthur - Come Back World (Moonage Rebel)

14 October 2019

On his 14th studio album, Joseph Arthur sounds stronger and more “downtown NYC cool” than ever.

Kim Gordon - No Home Record (Matador) 

14 October 2019

Kim Gordon has just released her debut album No Home Record, a work of divine and dynamic confidence

Jordan Jones - s/t (Beluga/Spaghetty Town)

14 October 2019

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.

Mick Ronson: Only After Dark – The Complete Mainman Recording (Cherry Red Records)

12 October 2019

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 - Sonic Citadel

Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel (Thrill Jockey)

11 October 2019

Lightning Bolt’s seventh full-length is a mammoth epic that leaves in its wake the pulsating of ear drums and tremoring of pupils.