“They don’t know even know what it means to be a fan … to truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts” – Fairuza Balk as Sapphire in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous I’ll bet that if you’re reading this piece or are a regular reader of this site, you can relate that quote, or, most likely, live it every day. In the scene, Balk’s character, one of the infamous Band Aids, laments [...]
Paul McCartney arrives in Fenway Park and doesn’t need a bat and a ball to energize the crowd!
I put off writing up a 2013 Best of so far list until I got a chance to listen to Jason Isbell’s latest, Southeastern, that was released recently. I’d heard enough of it to know I’d like it, but now that I’ve had time to soak with it, I’d say it’s easily the best album I’ve heard this year. The record was getting a lot of press in places you’d not expect to see ( feature story in the Sunday New York Times magazine , Wall Street Journal) and [...]
It’s Round 3 for Dawes. Find out why “Stories Don’t End” is one of the best albums of 2013.
We Saw It! Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell with Richard Thompson – The Beacon Theater, New York, March 27
Three of the greatest singer/songwriters in history joined forces for an amazing show. Here’s our review.
Folk-rock up and comers Dawes preview the release of their third album with “From a Window Seat.”
One of the best selling albums of all time gets remastered, repackaged and re-released. Is the new version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” worth your money?
Indie rock legends Yo La Tengo are back with a new album, “Fade.” Dennis takes a listen-should you?
Let the year-end lists begin! Mega-Springsteen fan Dennis lists his best Bruce-related and non Bruce-related moments of 2012.
“Americana” is all the rage right now, and Dennis takes a look at a few of the best releases (including the latest album from Drive By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood) to come from the genre these last few months.
I’m a big fan for classic soul and R&B, especially the Stax and Muscle Shoals sound. I’ve also become a fan of the neo-soul sounds of artists like Ryan Shaw and Raphael Saadiq. Until earlier this year, though, I’d basically ignored Bruno Mars, dismissing him as just another disposable pop guy. That changed after I saw his James Brown inspired performance of “Runaway Baby” at this year’s Grammy Awards. I thought it was the most entertaining thing I saw all [...]
Do you remember the first full-length LP you ever bought? Mine was Kiss’ Destroyer, which I purchased in 1976 at the ripe old age of 10. I got it at the Post Exchange and then waited for my dad to come home from work so that I could listen to it on his 4 channel system rather than the portable turntable my sister and I normally used (and by portable, I mean it folded up into the size of a [...]