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Category Archives: Music

Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers

Love Whip Blues
 
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Some retro acts are more concerned with image and outfits than music. This record is a bit theatrical but with enough substance to give it staying power. A charming, versatile singer, Erin Harpe’s guitar playing is an on-time reminder of how effective and essential the guitar (more…)

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Eric Gales

Good For Sumthin'
 
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Eric Gales is a disciple of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Marino, Robin Trower, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Johnson. Yet this new CD is a soul album, filled with hot licks. Finally breaking away from Mike Varney’s meat-and-potatoes production style, Gales joins Grammy winning producer and recording (more…)

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Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear
Upping The Ante
 
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In 2012, Josh Tillman, former drummer of the much-lauded Fleet Foxes, released his first album as Father John Misty. Presenting tales of Laurel Canyon excess, narcissism, and self-loathing, Fear Fun was itself a highly pleasing indulgence, in part because it was often difficult to discern (more…)

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Jerry Lee Lewis and Rick Bragg

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story and Rock & Roll Time
The Killer and His Axemen
 
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Todd Rundgren

At the BBC 1972-1982
 
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Todd Rundgren gets the BBC archival treatment, and the results are fantastic. This three-disc, single-DVD set of radio and TV performances is a perfect showcase for the dichotomy that is Todd – pop star and prog-guitar god. It’s a must-have for any fan. Rundgren’s pop history is (more…)

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Wilco

Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014
Roger That
 
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Tough to believe it’s been two decades since Jeff Tweedy reluctantly took the remains of the critically adored but ultimately doomed alt-country standard-bearers Uncle Tupelo and laid down roots for a Chicago-based band he would dub Wilco. Tough to believe, that is, until one takes in the (more…)

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James Carothers

Honky Tonk Land
 
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It’s no surprise that Tennessee native James Carothers kicks off his debut album with an original titled “New Country Singers,” a witty jab at today’s current crop of drink/party/pickup truck chart-topping lightweights. Suffice it to say he approaches drinking songs with a more authentic perspective. Younger (more…)

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Pink Floyd and Australian Pink Floyd Show

The Endless River and Live at Hammersmith
 
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It’s not easy being a Floyd fan in 2015. The band’s best work lies 40 years in the past, yet there are still choices to be made. First up is their latest – and likely final – studio album, The Endless River, a mostly instrumental affair (more…)

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Sean Costello

In the Magic Shop
Gold Standard
 
Sean-Costello

Before he died from an accidental overdose in 2008, Sean Costello and his trademark Gibson Les Paul goldtop made some fine records that showed a young bluesman growing in leaps and bounds. This new release, recorded in 2005 and never released, displays a young musician looking (more…)

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Eric Clapton

Planes, Trains, and Eric
Not Done Yet
 
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  This new DVD featuring the highlights of Clapton’s tour through the Mid and Far East in ’14 offers some great music. But more importantly, it gives a glimpse into facets of the legendary guitarist’s life. His talk of retirement is the headliner, with his love of Japan (more…)

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