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Album Review

Big Head Todd and the Monsters: Black Beehive

Read "Black Beehive" reviewed by Doug Collette


Big Head Todd & The Monsters have maintained a solid and occasionally high profile since their formation in 1986. Regular studio and road work has produced a fairly extensive discography of albums and DVD's as well as authorized concert recordings, including their previous project under the pseudonym Big Head Blues Club, 100 Years of Robert Johnson, the flavor and style of which tribute to the seminal bluesman Robert Johnson carries over to Black Beehive. Produced by Steve Jordan, ...

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The Pogues: The Very Best Of The Pogues

Read "The Pogues: The Very Best Of The Pogues" reviewed by Skip Heller


The hybrid of punk rock and world music is by now expected, and the Pogues are by now the known avatar. But in 1984, when the band's debut album, Red Roses For Me (Stiff), was released, it made no impression. It didn't sell, and it wasn't written about much. Their blend of Celtic folk and English punk rock was audacious, the songs sharp, and the audience nowhere to be found. The reasons for this range from that their label (Stiff) ...

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Album Review

Richard Thompson: Dream Attic

Read "Dream Attic" reviewed by John Kelman


Few artists have maintained the unerring consistency of Richard Thompson's near-half century career. After leaving Fairport Convention in 1970--cofounded by the British singer/songwriter/guitarist and bringing electrified energy to music born of the British folk tradition--Thompson's own career grew from those innovations to incorporate an even broader range of stylistic references, all filtered through a particularly dark filter. Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal, 1982) remains one of the most painful breakup records ever released, charting #9 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest ...

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Album Review

Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust

Read "Tin Can Trust" reviewed by John Kelman


Prolificity ain't all it's cracked up to be. With but a dozen studio releases in three decades, Los Lobos' discography may be small, but combines substance and style. Since the breakthrough How Will the Wolf Survive? (Slash, 1984) and massive radio hit--a re-visioning of Richie Valens' classic “La Bamba," from the 1987 bio-pic of the same name--Los Lobos has been mining a distinctive and unfailingly honest nexus of roots and rock. They may not sell as many records as Eminem, ...

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Album Review

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: A Time and a Place

Read "A Time and a Place" reviewed by John Kelman


With two-thirds of progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer having just completed its first tour in over a decade--an intimate theatrical tour featuring keyboardist Keith Emerson and guitarist/bassist/vocalist Greg Lake, billed as an unplugged warm-up for July, 2010, when the full trio will reunite for what is, so far, a single date at London's High Voltage Festival---a box set that collects live performances from the group's quarter-century off-again/on-again career seems to make a lot of sense. And with Shout! ...

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Album Review

The Marshall Tucker Band: Way Out West: Live in San Francisco 1973

Read "Way Out West: Live in San Francisco 1973" reviewed by Doug Collette


Of all the band's on Phil Walden's Capricorn label during the heyday of Southern rock in the 1970s, The Marshall Tucker Band came closest to The Allman Brothers in its ability to write memorable material and improvise with a real sense of adventure. Way Out West: Live in San Francisco 1973, forcefully illustrates the band's virtues.

MTB distinguished itself even further from its forebears by its eclectic mix of influences. Blues was no more or less important than country music, ...

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Album Review

Hall & Oates: Live at the Troubadour

Read "Live at the Troubadour" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


What do you do when you've been releasing albums, CDs, videos and DVDs for almost forty years--and your last release featuring new material was five years ago? Well, there are three choices. There's the Santana route, where one works with all of the hottest new acts on a duets/collaborative disc. Or you can get on the hotline to Rick Rubin and/or Clive Davis and beg for their help in producing a blockbuster CD. Or you can take the route that ...


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