Sunday , July 3 2022

Charlie Doherty

Senior Music Editor and Culture & Society (Sports) Editor at Blogcritics Magazine; Prior writing/freelancing ventures: copy editor/content writer for Penn Multimedia; Boston Examiner, EMSI, Demand Media, Brookline TAB, Suite 101 and Helium.com; Media Nation independent newspaper staff writer, printed/published by the Boston Globe at 2004 DNC (Boston, MA); Featured in Guitar World May 2014. Keep up with me on twitter.com/chucko33

Music Review: Crystal Fairy – ‘Crystal Fairy’ (Supergroup feat. members of The Melvins, At the Drive-In, & Le Butcherettes)

One-off or not, 'Crystal Fairy' should still go down as a late career highlight for The Melvins maestros (Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover) and a breakout performance for Teri Gender Bender.

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Music Review: Judas Priest – ‘Turbo’ [Remastered 30th Anniversary Edition]

'Turbo' has its flaws but it should still be appreciated as the distinct, experimental nugget full of party rockers that it is. The real gem of this three-CD edition, however, is the 20-track live show from May 22, 1986 that makes up the latter two discs.

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Charlie Doherty’s Top Tunes of 2016 (Feat. Dinosaur Jr, Bon Iver, Anderson .Paak, Mitski, DJ Snake, Switchtense, Joe Bonamassa, and More)

These are in no particular order, except for this first one, my vote for song of 2016, at least for guitar. After listening to Joe Bonamassa's blistering, searing solo, you will not forget it anytime soon.

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Charlie Doherty’s Top Releases of 2016 (Starring Joe Bonamassa, Metallica, Deftones, Sturgill Simpson, David Bowie, and More)

As for the music of 2016, there was the usual amount of "meh" mixed in with a host of impressive releases. Certainly, there were no game-changers that I heard. (Sorry Kanye and Kendrick.)

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Music Reviews: Pentagram – ‘First Daze Here’ & ‘First Daze Here Too’ [2016 Remastered Edition]

Pentagram's resurgence and growing popularity in recent years is rooted in one basic fact: They are one of the pioneers of "American" hard rock/heavy metal. And it all began with these two compilations of their earliest material, recorded between 1972-1976, now newly remastered with full lyrics, band history and some rare mixes. Basically, it is hard rock heaven.

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The Best Music of 2015, by Charlie Doherty (Starring Clutch, Ryan Adams, Beach Slang, Bruce Springsteen, and More)

2015 wasn't a year for landmark releases, but there were some rather impressive outings from veterans and newbies alike.

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Blu-ray & Music Review: ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ and ‘Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings’ [Deluxe Edition Soundtrack]

Brett Morgen succeeds where others before him have failed in giving the world a Kurt Cobain life story that is as profoundly intimate, non-judgmental and powerful as you could ever ask for.

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