- Music Reviews
- October 31, 2017
The Tribute Concerts (Bear Family Records). Review by James Mann.
James Mann finds it hard to say goodbye to an American Genius, and recounts all the wonderful ways he said hello.
Whether you are a fan of quirky detectives and wacky coincidences, or in-depth investigations with detailed forensic analysis, Acorn Media probably has a British mystery set that will appeal to you. Joe Frietze is here to take a look at four of their newest releases.
Not many musicians can claim the vitality and staying power that Bob Bogle and his band The Ventures have enjoyed. Steve Stav recalls the highlights of the man and his career.
After a week of YouTube mania, Steve Stav assesses the far-reaching ramifications of the Susan Boyle phenomenon in his essay on the Scottish singer.
In which Kevin Johanssen punks a famous independent actor/director/composer/supermodel. Warning: contains profanity. And Vincent Gallo.
Carl F Gauze rounds up the best of those who left us last year. If there’s a more perfect number than nineteen, we’ve yet to find it!
Are you tired of detective shows where the lead is a mess of addictions, neuroses, and failed relationships? If so, Joe Frietze recommends this trio of British mysteries with a different spin on the genre. Check out The Last Detective, DNA, and Midsomer Murders.
He declared “I’m A Man” and by damn, he was. Bo Diddley passes away at the age of 79, and James Mann takes a look at the man and the beat.
Don’t you dare close the book on 2007 yet! Carl F Gauze reviews the Top 19 celebrity deaths of the year that was, and you’re not likely to see these folks in soft-focus pinups in People Magazne.
Trying to put the sprawling creative mess that is Jamaican music into order is a daunting task… until you realize that a lot of it sprang from Studio One. Scott Adams recaps several reissues from C.S. “Coxsone” Dodd’s pivotal recording studio.
Jazz luminary Oscar Peterson has died at age 82 in Toronto. James Mann looks at the legendary pianist.
How can a band record one of the most influential tunes in rock history, perform for 47 straight years, sell at least 75 million albums and not be in Cleveland’s Hall of Fame?
Lifelong fan Steve Stav examines this baffling rock ‘n’ roll mystery in his essay on the legendary Ventures.
Carl F Gauze tallies 19 deaths in 2006 that somehow affect all of us, even though we may have missed their obituary.
James Brown passed away on Christmas Day. Or did he? James Mann ponders the Godfather of Soul.
At this special time of year, let’s not forget the REAL reason for the season… fabulously gaudy displays of Xmas lights! Heather Lorusso sure didn’t – and even in faraway Tokyo she found enough clever uses of wattage to soften the most humbuggy of hearts. You won’t find these in your neighbor’s yard.
If the Motion Picture Academy has learned one thing this year, it’s that independent and low-budget films are generally better than the crap that Hollywood is now pumping out. So what can the Grammys learn from this? Tim Wardyn goes over the lesson plan.
Just when it seemed a dead end for seven Temple University film students, who made their very first feature film, things turned around. Brittany Sturges reports.
Avowed comic fan Van Sias gives us the rundown on the best storylines of 2005.
It’s Gail Worley‘s annual List of the Top 19 Quotes from Interviews she conducted with various Rock Types in 2005!
Andrew Ellis picks his top 19 independently-released records of 2005.