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The Rockologist: For Your Consideration – Neil Young’s ‘Monsanto Years'; Wilco’s ‘Star Wars'; Rolling Stones At Hyde Park 1969 DVD

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Neil Young's rabble-rousing protest rock; Wilco's free, beautiful noise; and The Stones' dress rehearsal for Altamont. Read More »

Music Review: Vintage Trouble – ‘1 Hopeful Rd.’

Vintage Trouble 1 Hopeful Rd.

Vintage Trouble plays blues-rock and old-school R&B yet also sounds fresh. About to go on the road with AC/DC, this four-piece is my musical find of the year so far. Read More »

Music Review: Awaken the Empire – ‘Aurora’

Album cover art for Aurora, the debut full-length album from Awaken the Empire.

The debut full-length release from Awaken the Empire, Aurora, has finally dropped. And it has been considerably well worth the wait. Read More »

Music Review: Dan Rodriguez – ‘Come On Home’

Dan Rodriguez Come On Home

When the songwriting and his melodic and vocal talents click, they click securely, and sailing through the whole set is Rodriguez's fine voice, a pleasure to listen to whatever he's singing about. Read More »

Music Interview: Ten Questions with Awaken the Empire

Awaken the Empire promotional photo

In part two of my three-part piece on Seattle-based quartet, Awaken the Empire, I had the immense pleasure of sitting down with the band members to get to know them all a little better. Read More »

Music Review: Sperry Alan – ‘Before Our Time’

Sperry Alan 'Before Our Time'

Sperry Alan turned a very difficult experience into an inspirational album. Read More »

Music Review: Michael Grimm – ‘Grimm’

Michael Grimm

I'm sure part of my positive response to Grimm's new album comes from the fact that I grew up listening to the kinds of music it pays tribute to. But another part of it arises from the high-quality songwriting and musicianship, the melodicism, the literate lyrics, and the strong vocals – a pretty powerful formula. Read More »

Music Review: Cocteau Twins – ‘Echoes in a Shallow Bay’/’Tiny Dynamine’ EPs and ‘The Pink Opaque’ [2015 Vinyl Reissues]

Cocteau Twins - The Pink Opaque (2015 Vinyl Reissue)

4AD's remasters of the legendary Scottish shoegazer/dream pop pioneers' two 1985 EPs and long out of print 1986 compilation on 180 gram vinyl are each a "treasure" to behold. Read More »

Music Review: Ajay Mathur – ‘9 to 3’

Ajay Mathur '9 to 3'

A good effort that could make do with some major fine-tuning. Read More »

Win a Signed Copy of New Biography ‘Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll’ by Fred Goodman

allen klein biography beatles rolling stones

A veteran music journalist 'tells the full story of how the Beatles broke up, how the Stones achieved the greatest commercial success in rock history, and how the music business became what it is today.' Read More »