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Monthly Archives: May 2007

U2 – How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb


U2 has hit another home run. Try and think of another major rock and roll band this far into it and still making consistently good albums. Hell, at this point in their career, the Rolling Stones were putting out albums as an excuse to go on tour! You won’t be surprised by what you hear […]

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Son Volt – A Retrospective: 1995-2000


Spinning off from the roots-rock trailblazers Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar’s Son Volt is famed for its honest, no-nonsense, straight-to-the-heart songs. A Retrospective: 1995-2000 is a fine greatest hits celebration with six unreleased bonus tracks – including a live “Medicine Hat” and four-track demos of “Tear Stained Eye” and “Loose String.” This article originally appeared in […]

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Paul Westerberg – Besterberg: The Best of Paul Westerberg


As the soul of the Replacements, Paul Westerberg not only crafted glorious world-weary lyrics, but wielded one mean guitar. Influenced equally by the disparate threads of Kiss, R.E.M., Alex Chilton’s Big Star, and punk, the Replacements were angst set to melody. The band’s disintegration and breakup was so perfectly rocked out that one might suspect […]

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Freddie King – Live at the Electric Ballroom, 1974


Originally released in 1996, this was recorded a couple years before Freddie’s death, and it captures him in full bloom. As you’d expect, the concert portion finds him blasting away from all angles while dusting off his (and other folks’) blues chestnuts. “Woman Across the River” has a fabulous vocal and a funky feel that’ll […]

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Willie Nelson – The Complete Atlantic Sessions


It’s ironic that one of the terms coined to describe the music various singer/songwriters were making in Austin in the early 1970s was “progressive country” (others being “redneck rock” and the more marketable “outlaw country”). Because the brand of country that Nashville defector Willie Nelson, hippie eclectic Doug Sahm, and New York folk-rock import Jerry […]

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Evan Johns & The H-Bombs with Danny Gatton – Showdown At The Hoedown


One of many reunions that took place over the years, after a teenaged Evan Johns provided vocals and rhythm guitar on Danny Gatton’s legendary Redneck Jazz album in 1978. This was recorded live at Baltimore’s 8×10 club in March of ’84, just a month before Johns disbanded D.C.’s H-Bombs and joined Austin’s LeRoi Brothers, and […]

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Billy Sheehan

Cosmic Troubadour

When it comes to rock bass, few players command the instrument with as much finesse and showmanship as Billy Sheehan. Best known for his work with Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Niacin, and Steve Vai, Sheehan debuted his solo offerings in 2001 with Compression. VG spoke with Sheehan about the creation of his second […]

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Adrian Legg

A Moment with the Fingerstyle Wizard

Adrian Legg isn’t your typical gearhead. Oh, he’s a gearhead, alright – he even authored a book entitled Customizing Your Electric Guitar. But for a self-described “guitar nerd,” he can talk endlessly and eloquently about politics or religion, classical music or poetry. And though his solo fingerstyle live shows are jaw-dropping displays of his mix […]

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The Pixies

Alternative Godfathers

In the late 1980s, the Pixies’ unique brand of punk, pop, and guitar rock almost singlehandedly created the alternative music movement that flourished in the early ’90s. Its sound served as the blueprint for a host of new artists including Nirvana, and was cited as a major influence on more established artists, including U2 and […]

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In Concert – Ohne Filter


One hour of Watson recorded for German TV in 1990. He’s in his latter-day persona, big hat and hair, and mostly does stuff from his ’70s recordings. But, the late legend only picks up his 335 twice! And, when he does he smokes. The band cooks, his vocals are fine, and the songs good, but […]

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