Reviews

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 - 7:19 pm
What can’t Bela Fleck do? Or maybe the question is what can’t Bela Fleck do with a banjo? Aside from his history with the Flecktones, bridging and bending the idea of genre and fusion music he produced his first film, “Throw Down Your Heart”, a journey into the true origins of the banjo in Africa....
Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 - 7:11 am
I arrived before the doors opened. Just from the line forming outside the theater, I could tell that Band of Skulls had an enthusiastic following. The excitement was palpable. After the recent release of their new album, Sweet Sour, the band geared up for an international tour. The group, hailing...
Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 - 6:34 am
When I was very young, my house was filled with Dvořák, Beethoven, Verdi, Mahler, and Bach. My father would sometimes remark, in an almost wistful voice, that what I was listening to paled in comparison with its live counterpart. “There’s nothing like experiencing the symphony in person,” he would...
Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 - 4:53 pm
This morning I received my hot off the presses CD/DVD combo, Rubblebucket Live in Chicago.  I ripped off the plastic wrap to pop it in the player and pour over every detail of the jacket, the artwork, and the credits.  It looks like the antithesis to the no wave buzz back in the late 70’s...
Posted on Monday, April 9th, 2012 - 2:22 pm
It’s so interesting to ponder how the Grateful Dead, despite being self-described poster children for avoiding politics and activism and concentrating on music, really aren’t that. From the beginning all members of the Dead were rooted in San Francisco’s scene and are an iconic representation of so...
Posted on Monday, April 9th, 2012 - 7:05 am
Alex Winston’s new LP title “King Con” came to her after spending several months in an Elvis costume while promoting the track “Velvet Elvis”.  It was through this experience Winston came to the realization that an Elvis impersonator is the ultimate con.  Winston wears one disguise very...
Posted on Saturday, April 7th, 2012 - 7:45 am
For being a top billed Australian hip-hop group Hilltop Hoods sure felt at home on their premiere show at The Fox and their first ever visit to Colorado. The scene was packed with an ensemble of listeners, a diverse group of music lovers, stretching from young punks to veterans straight out of the...
Posted on Friday, April 6th, 2012 - 9:28 am
Winter ends and the grounds warm to the seeds that bring spring time.  Sowing seeds of lyrical genius into a flower of disco colors and glowing lights is the best way I can describe the Rubblebucket Chicago show at Lincoln Hall on 3/22/2012.  Growing from the opening solo act of Kellen...
Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 - 8:29 am
Martin Sexton is a powerhouse of sound. He can easily fill a room, and every heart therein, and he don’t need no stinking band. His songwriting ability and vocal abilities come through solid on his records, but live on stage is the proper way to experience Sexton. He emerged at the Ogden Theater in...
Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 - 4:40 pm
The status of the touring scene in the U.S. has seen quite a few changes since the “come-back” of the jam band in the early nineties. In less than twenty years we’ve seen acts like Phish, String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Dave Mathews Band, and Steel Pulse, rise from cult status to...