REVIEWS: CUSSES - [EP]

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ARTIST: Cusses - [EP]
DATE: 05-04-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Before we attempt to pull Cusses' long-awaited new EP apart, I have two questions for listeners to consider: 1.) Do you like roller coasters and 2.) Why? For some, their love of rollercoasters springs from the rush of adrenaline which accompanies a fast ride; it's a physical thing. For others though, the rush is far more psychological. [view more]

REVIEWS: MASTODON - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: Mastodon - [Live]
with Clutch and Big Business
VENUE: Fox Theater - Oakland, Ca. - 04/18/15
DATE: 05-04-15
REVIEW BY: Raymond Ahner
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
Although it's been almost a year since Mastodon released their latest album, Once More 'Round the Sun, the band are still touring strong in support of it. They are currently co-headlining "The Missing Link Tour" with Clutch, and if the show at the Fox [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 082

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 082
A critical evaluation of From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
DATE: 05-02-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
It's hard to explain the sheer force of Alan Moore. He's not just (arguably) the greatest comic book writer of all time, he writes stories that absorb and stay with you, for better or for worse.

I don't want to say that From Hell is underrated, but it certainly has not received the attention that Watchmen [view more]

REVIEWS: LEONARD COHEN - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Leonard Cohen - [Album]
DATE: 05-02-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
It's hard to imagine a loose and lighthearted Leonard Cohen album. Most regularly, the singer is the portrait of stoicism which (by definition) never seems like it should include a shred of levity but, on Can't Forget, that is the first thing listeners are presented with. Right away in a performance of “Field Commander [view more]

REVIEWS: THE LOONS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: The Loons - [Album]
DATE: 05-02-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
While the possibility of recreating any sound in music history has been proven several times over since the “digital revolution” got under way, it has also been proven that trying to recreate a spirit and attitude (without having to cut it with a bit of irony) is no easy feat. Like, sure – the simplest digital platform can help [view more]

FEATURES: THE WAY OF THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION

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ARTIST: The Way Of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Sitting backstage one night, Ollie Ottoman goes deep into how Jon Spencer operates his Blues Explosion, and why it works the way it does.
DATE: 04-30-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
PHOTO: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
I’m sitting on a couch backstage at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston on a rainy spring day with Jon Spencer next to me while he looks at my record collection. They happen to be Blues Explosion records and, now that I’ve finished interviewing him, I've asked him to autograph a couple of albums because - what can I say? - that side [view more]

REVIEWS: THE ISOTOPES - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: The Isotopes - [Album]
DATE: 04-29-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
While it might not be the single most obvious mix, the truth is that baseball and punk rock actually have a rich history of crossing paths. Over the years, Dropkick Murphys have endorsed their hometown team, the Red Sox, with great success and Modern Baseball's connections to punk and their favorite sport have been easy to spot, but no band [view more]

REVIEWS: FIRE NEXT TIME - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Fire Next Time - [Album]
DATE: 04-29-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
After Weezer's last album tanked so hard that it actually left a crater in its wake, even some of the most dogged emo fans had to concede that the genre might not be on stable ground anymore. How would they be able to deny it? When one of the biggest names in the genre's stable releases an album which is dead on arrival, the future cannot [view more]

FEATURES: THE 2015 NAMM SHOW

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ARTIST: The 2015 NAMM Show
Highlights from the biggest music industry show in the world
DATE: 04-28-15
WRITER: Raymond Ahner
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
Once again, the 2015 Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) was an overload of guitars, amplifiers, keyboards, drums and just about every other instrument and other piece of music industry equipment that you could possibly imagine. With hundreds upon [view more]

REVIEWS: THE RAYGUN COWBOYS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: The Raygun Cowboys - [Album]
DATE: 04-28-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
No matter how many ways it gets played and replayed (and then played some more), there's no denying that rockabilly can feel like a new and energizing answer to what ails rock & roll under the right circumstances. Case in point, skeptics are invited to discover Heads Are Gonna Roll! – the fourth album by Raygun Cowboys; the [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 078

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 078
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Live Harvest LP by Blitzen Trapper.
DATE: 04-27-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Some albums seem like they'd be great covered front-to-back by a new, up-and-coming band but, let's be honest, it's unlikely that Neil Young's Harvest is the first name on anyone's list. That isn't because the album is poor, just that it isn't a huge, barn-burning epic; Pussy Galore covered The Rolling [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 077

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 077
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Live at Grimey's Record Store Day 10'' by Justin Townes Earle..
DATE: 04-27-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
For some reason, it always feels a little awkward to review the work of a second generation musician. Maybe it's because the easiest comparison to make (be it positive or negative) is to the artist's progenitor; like, how easy is it to look at Sean Lennon's work and not see John Lennon or Yoko Ono in the periphery, and one look at [view more]

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