Reviews

Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 - 8:40 pm
Striking out on your own as a musician after being part of an ensemble is never easy to do, save for the fortunately marketable front men and Beyoncés of the world. Roosevelt Collier is doing his best, and while picking up steam, has never forgotten where he came from and what made him the musician...
Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 - 4:03 pm
If the spirit of the 60s was still alive, it’s probably not through the music. Nostalgia is what connects most folks to those simpler, but equally perplexing socioeconomic times in American history. On a grand scale, the human-be ins and connectivity that brought the young generation, the baby...
Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 - 5:37 pm
Since I began my professional music writing career over 20 years ago, one thing I have taught myself over that time when it comes to new album reviews is to never pass judgment after only one listen.  Yes, there is something to be said about first impressions however one cannot truly digest...
Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 - 8:06 am
The idea of the super group can be a tricky concept. Powerhouse musicians of their craft all accomplished individually, collaborating together as a new ensemble. Ego, style, and ability can clash. True cooperation is easier to envision than to execute properly. In the jazz world it gets even more...
Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 - 1:57 pm
Blending the elements of Blues, Rock, Funk, Jam & Soul, Chicago’s own Nick Moss Band, on this, their 10th album release, bring an electrifying smorgasboard to the table with Time Ain’t Free (Released March 18th 2014 and in stores now). With the addition of Michael Ledbetter (Descedant of Lead...
Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 - 11:44 am
Never has an LP’s title been more apt—Eccodek’s sixth and latest, Singing in Tongues, is foreign to the letter. (And no, I couldn’t tell you what tongues we’re talking here.) But that’s precisely the point—the source material for Singing, originally pressed as a loose improvisation by Jah Youssouf...
Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 - 11:30 am
Those on the Henry & Co. payroll say “breezy melodies and relentless grooves” are par for the course with Onemanphunkband... okay, I’ll allow it. Sure, this funky little EP doesn’t really go all that far, but does it even need to? The Onemanphunkband sound is decidedly stuck a few decades en...
Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 - 10:56 am
The Mother Hips’ve been around long enough and released a helluva ‘nough material that this collection of rarities and demo tapes, Chronicle Man, is gonna be for the band’s ready-converted disciples first and foremost. That being said, I still have my bones to pick with the set, as well as a few...
Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 - 8:54 am
Master magician, Steve Martin performed a neat trick Friday night at Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts—he twisted a blazing-hot bluegrass band (Steep Canyon Rangers), a “notorious” singer/songwriter (Edie Brickell) and his own show-biz savoir-faire into an entertaining, vaudevillian...
Posted on Sunday, May 11th, 2014 - 3:42 pm
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton The first album from French Style Furs, "Is Exotic Bait," is an existential collaboration. Nathan Willett and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids came together with lifelong friend and We Barbarians drummer Nathan...