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Category Archives: Music

Chicago

The Studio Albums
 
Chicago-band

It’s simplistic to say, but as these two box-sets of 10 discs apiece show, Chicago’s history really consists of two bands: one with Terry Kath as lead guitarist, one of the vocalists, a major songwriter, and all-round supplier of soul; the other a somewhat (more…)

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David Gilmour

Rattle That Lock
Interlude
 
David-Gilmour

This is David Gilmour’s fourth solo album – although some argue that the last three Pink Floyd albums (recorded without Roger Waters) were ostensibly Gilmour solo sets. Floyd or not, this record captures Gilmour’s brand of serene rock and ballads, and works on (more…)

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Corb Lund

Things That Can't Be Undone
 
Corb-Lund

Lund’s debut, 2014’s Counterfeit Blues, showcased him and his three-piece Hurtin’ Albertans (guitarist Grant Siemens, upright bassist Kurt Ciesla, and drummer Brady Valgardson) revisiting previously recorded material at Sun Studios in Memphis, a fine fit with Lund’s unadorned, austere sound. This time, he and (more…)

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Andy Poxon

Must Be Crazy
 
Andy-Poxen

A former teen phenom, Andy Poxon is just now hovering around the legal drinking age with enough footage on the internet to chronicle his musical growth and development over the last half dozen years or so. The switch from solidbody Teles, Strats, and Les (more…)

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Faces

1970-1973: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing, Or Anything
Sloppy Rock, The Way God Intended
 
faces-band

When singer/guitarist Steve Marriott left England’s Small Faces at the end of ’68, to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton, the band replaced him with two émigrés from the Jeff Beck Group – singer Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, switching from bass back to (more…)

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Tony Bacon – Willie G. Moseley

The SG Guitar Book - Peavey Guitars
Into The Spotlight
 
Tony-Bacon

Whatever were they thinking? In hindsight, it’s tough to fathom how Gibson could scrap the Les Paul Standard at the end of 1960 and replace it in ’61 with a new design, the SG, or Solid Guitar. But, as prolific guitar scribe Tony (more…)

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Mahavishnu Orchestra – John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension

Birds of Fire and Black Light
 
John-McLaughlin

At 73, Mahvishnu John McLaughlin remains fierce. He’s a time-traveling icon that has shared his talents with jazz legends, while he himself is worthy of the same title. His illustrious past meets the present with these two releases – one old, one new. Birds (more…)

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The Bottle Rockets

South Broadway Athletic Club
 
Bottle-Rockets

The Bottle Rockets return with their first studio LP since 2009, and it’s yet another terrific gumbo of power-pop, burly rock, and alt-country – a collection of mostly sub-three-minute gems featuring lyrics liable to leave listeners grinning like mules. The closer “Shape Of A (more…)

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The Martian Denny Orchestra

en el espacio
 
Martian-Denny-Orchestra

Bob Irwin, founder-owner of New York-based Sundazed Music and a rock and jazz guitarist for decades, has a guitar-centric mind. Part of the instrumental band the Pluto Walkers, Irwin, who now lives near Nashville, continues running Sundazed as well as playing rock, (more…)

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Dave Rawlings Machine

Nashville Obsolete
 
Dave-Rawlings

Americana fans are no strangers to guitarist Dave Rawlings. Largely building his rep on several releases by his musical partner Gillian Welch, Rawlings and his flatpicked Epiphone Olympic first stepped out as the Dave Rawlings Machine in 2009. This new disc is the (more…)

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