Dateline: The People's Republic of Northern Eastern Massachusetts
John Owen is a music writer, multi-instrumentalist and music industry veteran based in coastal Massachusetts.
This stinkbomb of a 'tribute' to one of the all-time greats is a shameful and insulting waste of time and money. And that's the good news.
A raucous, raunchy and fascinating compilation of early Los Angeles punk rock from Siamese Dogs Records, a label founded by a Frenchman and a Stooge.
According to the BBC, soul singer Isaac Hayes was hospitalized earlier this week in Memphis.
The Memphis group's third album features some fine playing but isn't quite ready for prime time.
This collection of some of the finest innovative folk guitarist of the past half-century makes the genre's future look even brighter.
A tasty Latin jazz debut from this promising New York flutist.
A sweet and winsome collection of Christmas novelties from Baltimore's king of kitsch.
This compilation achieves two goals: showing newcomers why Isaac Hayes was great, and underscoring why "South Park" rescued his career.
The new rarities collection from the Philadelphia group is mostly outstanding, even if it's definitely no "Beginner's Guide."
A bleak, stark, and affecting country debut from a man born during the Hoover administration.