Reviews

Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012 - 5:13 pm
On his second solo release, entitled Apocalyptic Love, Slash shows us that he can still shred the guitar like a beast. Did we ever have any doubt? From Guns N' Roses to Velvet Revolver, the man has expertly showcased why he was chosen as runner up in Time's "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players."...
Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 - 4:45 pm
Justin Jones' new album Fading Light is an Americana opus, full of deep emotion, musical mood swings, and heartfelt playing. The album opens with a choral intro track entitled "Ghosts," which sets the mood for the first song, an ambient rock tune called "As It Turns Out." Jones croons "the money's...
Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 - 2:31 pm
There are those things they teach you in school about poetry, things like rhyme schemes and stresses and metrical feet. Things like sonnets and pastoral poetry and the epic. Regardless of all those rules and terms though, poetry can be one of the most free-form arts, allowing the writer to take on...
Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 - 8:51 am
The Devil Makes Three live release, Stomp and Smash is more than a title; it’s a review in itself. Recorded over two sold-out nights at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, CA, these bluegrass Santa Cruzaders’ are hell bent with a raucous punk spirit. Spewing a sound about as smooth as whiskey, this...
Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 - 8:38 am
On his seventh studio album, Spirit Bird, Xavier Rudd’s gritty voice rises like dust from underneath the dancing feet along an ancestral Songline. In a modern world of industrial landscapes filled with neon signs, it’s hard to “imagine if the trees could tell us where to go.” Yet, Rudd introduces...
Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 - 4:13 pm
As far as supergroup side projects are concerned, PHILM is a strange beast, and their debut album, Harmonic, follows its creators’ suit like a bipolar demon-child on acid. PHILM, consisting of Gerry Nestler (vocals/guitar, Civil Defiance), Dave Lombardo (drums, Slayer), and Pancho Tomaselli (bass,...
Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 - 10:59 am
Let me begin with the disclaimer that I only consider myself a casual fan of The Expendables. It’s not that I don’t like their music; far from it, actually, but I’m not about to start referencing old B-sides off the top of my head or anything of the sort in this review. That being said, I did enjoy...
Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 - 9:42 am
Every now and again a little chuckle escapes. You don’t mean to, but you just can’t help it. And you don’t mean it in a bad way, it’s anything but that. But sometimes the lyrics are just funny, and surely Craig Elkins knows this. I Love You, the first solo album under the ex-Huffamoose frontman’s...
Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012 - 9:09 am
The Congress’ Whatever You Want is a good-ass record, plain and simple. The album, a southern rock tribute to everyone from Molly Hatchet to The Grateful Dead, plays strong from start to finish with little let-up along the way. For the most part, The Congress focus on loud and gritty rock &...
Posted on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 - 5:49 pm
Following upon the heels of last year’s highly regarded jam at the Lyons Folk Festival, Bob Weir, Chris Robinson and Jackie Greene cleared their schedules for a mini-tour that saw them headline the legendary Ryman Theater in Nashville and also get in three nights at three legendary Colorado venues...