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May 18, 2018
In a flagrant attempt at beating the ever prolific King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard at their own game, legendary seventysomething Van Morrison upped the ante recently by releasing his third album of new material in just seven months (Roll With The Punches September 2017, Versatile December 2017, You’re Driving Me Crazy April 2018). Australia’s psychedelic kingpins KGATLW took all of 12 months to release just five in 2017 so you be the judge. And with all due respect to Neil ... read more
May 11, 2018
Between 1971 and 1991 legendary Grammy Award winning songwriter John Prine crafted an impressive body of work consisting of 10 exceptional studio albums. His debut, the self-titled John Prine album, has few equals. Not even Bob Dylan himself can lay claim to such an auspicious beginning. Released when he was just 25 years old the John Prine album alone contains at least a half dozen examples of some of the centuries most poignant and bittersweet contributions to the great American songbook ... read more
May 4, 2018
It’s been 4 years since former White Stripe Jack White released, from a purely structural point of view, possibly the coolest record of all time. The limited edition three-speed “Ultra” LP version of his 2014 Lazaretto album not only played backwards from the inside out into the first ever outside-edge locked groove it also proudly displayed a full-on 3 dimensional spinning angel hologram hovering atop of Side A as well as two hidden bonus tracks pressed underneath both paper ... read more
Apr 27, 2018
Soon to be 40-year-old Nathaniel Rateliff had been hanging at the precipice of a struggling music career since his early 20s. The Denver, Colorado based blue eyed soul singer released four albums in six years under various guises with little to no success before finding the winning combination in 2013 when he put together the Night Sweats with long time collaborating multi-instrumentalist Joseph Pope III. In addition to Pope (bass) and Rateliff (guitar & vocals) this soulful 8-piece ... read more
Apr 20, 2018*
Austin, Texas quartet The Sword (not to be confused with their 1980s heavy metal counterpart The Sword from Quebec, Canada) have suffered the slings and arrows of numerous tags and labels in the 15 years since their inception in 2003. For better or worse certain heavy metal enthusiasts insist on pinning their sound down with a vast array of qualifiers ranging everywhere from classic metal to retro metal, heritage metal, stoner metal, doom metal and so on. No doubt The Sword owe a huge debt to ... read more
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