Reviews

Posted on Sunday, April 15th, 2007 - 10:44 pm
The North Mississippi Allstars decided to play a very unique acoustic tour. It wasn't the usual Mississippi foot stomping rockin' blues, but a mellow country blues that told a story and a history about a time and place much different from here and now. I saw the March 23rd show at the World Café...
Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 - 11:03 pm
Normally I am a little skeptical of artists who release albums that are dubbed "B-sides" or "leftover recording material", because it usually is a feeble attempt to cash in on material that truly is b-grade.  However, this is not the case with the release of Umphreys McGee's The Bottom Half,...
Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007 - 7:26 pm
As my wife and I walked into the quiet venue to the opening sounds of vibraphonist Sean McCaul, we could hear the delicate clanking of forks, voices whispering, and the sonorous vibes echoing relaxing notes into the dining area. The venue was set up like a dining hall tonight with tables with...
Posted on Saturday, March 31st, 2007 - 10:42 pm
The only conversation topic welcomed by Page in this era of moving forward was the acknowledgment of being a Philly boy and his birth at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Page carefully deflected every question about Phish and his college thesis writing days at Goddard. He seemed dignified and determined to...
Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - 7:03 pm
Tinnitus: the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source is present. Someone with tinnitus often describes it as "ringing in the ears," but people report hearing all kinds of sounds: crickets, whooshing, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing, even music. If you're wondering why I...
Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2007 - 11:53 pm
Feb. 28, 2007 @ The World Café Live, Phila., PA with Earl Greyhound and Arizona Post show – Tom Hamilton's American Babies (upstairs World Café Live) Seeing any band at this acoustically perfect intimate new venue is great in and of itself. Tonight there were three bands to perform. First, playing...
Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2007 - 2:24 am
Unity, a seven member reggae band, set the lovin' vibe on opening night at last year's 10,000 Lakes Festival. Touring throughout Wisconsin, they rarely make it west so it was a rare treat to hear this band. Under the leadership of Pita Kotobalavu, whose last name means "sitting tall," the band...
Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - 10:54 pm
This past week the legendary Fox Theater in Boulder celebrated fifteen years of bringing exceptional music to Colorado.  The year was 1992 when Don Strasburg and his associates decided to turn the once rundown movie theater into one of the country's most popular music venues.  Since then...
Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2007 - 12:55 am
"If the Coen Brothers put together a jazz trio, perhaps it would be like this, the comic and the dramatic rolled together." –– The Guardian I believe this quote tells a lot about these phenomena called The Bad Plus. Searching for a completely new live jazz sound can be difficult these days. That's...
Posted on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 - 12:18 pm
Deep in the heart of Chinatown lies a dark and gothic like cave we in Philadelphia like to call the Trocadero. This particular venue holds a nostalgic memory for me.  It wasn't since the early 90's (when I was in high school and went to see Anthrax at this venue) that I had the opportunity to...