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Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s

No ZZ, Still Tops

    A “solo debut” by Rev. Billy F. Gibbons, at age 65, is a bit like Satchel Paige being a 42-year-old “rookie” in major league baseball after two decades as the Negro Leagues’ greatest pitcher. Because ZZ Top’s longtime manager, Bill Ham, had some (more…)

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Rock Candy Funk Party

Groove Is King

Funk means many things to many people, and while religious funkaholics place Sly and the Family Stone, the Ohio Players, and Parliament Funkadelic high on the alter, heretics differ. Rock Candy Funk Party’s second studio album asks that you lighten up (more…)

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin Deluxe Editions
Zep Deluxe

Jimmy Page has been actively promoting these fresh reissues of the Led Zeppelin catalog and, in fact, they are rather impressive. There are CD and vinyl versions, each with a remastered original album and a companion disc of rarer material. We suspect you already (more…)

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Penelope Spheeris

The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization Collection

Was the Germs’ incoherent Darby Crash, writhing on stage while fans write on his forehead with indelible marker, really so different from W.A.S.P.’s incoherent Chris Holmes, floating in his pool and chugging three bottles of Smirnoff as his Mom looked on? Tough to say, (more…)

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John Pizzarelli

Midnight McCartney

His 1998 mash-up album John Pizzarelli Meets The Beatles staked his claim as a hardcore fan, and he was subsequently invited to play on Paul McCartney’s 2012 pop standards album Kisses On The Bottom. Sir Paul himself suggested Pizzarelli tackle an album of (more…)

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Marty Stuart, Doyle Lawson, Vince Gill, and more

Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited
Back to the Beginning

The sessions produced by Ralph S. Peer over 12 days in July and August of 1927 in a makeshift Bristol, Tennessee, studio featuring Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and others are often termed the Big Bang of Country Music. That label sounds good – but like most such labels, it’s an oversimplification that hides the […]

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The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson

Meet Me In Bluesland

It’s hard to believe these recordings have been around since 2003 and are only now seeing the light of day. What started as Johnnie Johnson showing up to play on some Kentucky Headhunter (more…)

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Steve Vai

Stillness In Motion: Vai Live In L.A.

Steve Vai is the greatest rock guitarist of his generation. He’s the teenager who transcribed ridiculously complicated Frank Zappa tunes, and later toured as “The Little Italian Virtuoso.” Getting the Papal Blessing from Zappa is right up there with God choosing Moses. In a (more…)

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The Stray Cats

Live At Rockpalast
Unearthed Stray Cats

Formed in ’79, the Tomcats – singer/guitarist Brian Setzer, drummer Slim Jim Phantom, and bassist Lee Rocker – had only marginal success playing rockabilly at punk clubs like Manhattan’s CBGB. Reasoning that they’d find a bigger audience in England, they sold their instruments to get enough cash for one-way tickets to London. The gamble paid […]

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If you remember the ’90s, you probably weren’t there. But if you were there and had your thumb on the pulse of contemporary music, you remember 311. Songs like “All Mixed Up” and “Down” might ring a bell. They mixed reggae, hard rock, hip-hop, (more…)

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