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Album Review: Trigger Hippy (2013)

November 22nd, 2013 · 846 Comments · Music, Pop Culture

In his cooking memoir “Heat” Bill Bruford writes about legendary late-night dinners in New York City, where accomplished chefs would cook for each other and drink, smoke and tell war stories until the break of dawn. With no customers to cater to and no critics to sway the Chefs were free to just do their [...]

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Going for The One: The Hidden Funk of the Grateful Dead

June 21st, 2013 · 49 Comments · Music

When people think about the Grateful Dead the last thing they think about is funk. Now, a real deadhead will point to Spring of ’77 tour as proof of funkiness, but the hidden connection between the Dead and funk is actually much stronger that a sweet Dancin’ jam.

It all comes down to “The One”, a [...]

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Concert Review: The Black Crowes in Boston, MA, 4/11/13

April 13th, 2013 · 5 Comments · Music, The Black Crowes

Concert Review:
The Black Crowes
April 11, 2013
House of Blues
Boston, MA
The first time I saw The Black Crowes was in the fall of 1990 at a small barn in upstate New York called Saratoga Winners. Back then we didn’t know much about our favorite bands. You’d read the liner notes, catch a blurb in Circus magazine and [...]

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Concert Review: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, 11/8/12

November 10th, 2012 · 127 Comments · Music, The Black Crowes

What more can be said about the Chris Robinson Brotherhood? Or more specifically, what more can I say about the Chris Robinson Brotherhood? After all, I’ve already spilled a ton of virtual ink reviewing both of their 2012 albums (Big Moon Ritual & The Magic Door) and one of the shows I’ve attended (11/19/11).
And yet [...]

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Album Review: Chris Robinson Brotherhood: The Magic Door (2012)

September 11th, 2012 · 66 Comments · Music, The Black Crowes

One of the difficulties when reviewing new releases by established artists is that there’s a natural tendency to compare their new work to their old work. In many ways it’s hard not to. As listeners we’ve created relationships with artists. We have expectations for what they will say, how they will sound and how their [...]

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Building the Perfect Party Playlist

August 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Music

A friend recently asked me for some recommendations on putting together a music playlist for a party. And while I’m pretty sure he was just asking for some song suggestions, I decided that what he really needed was something much more valuable: my advice.
Sure, I could have simply told him that drunk Gen Xers like [...]

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Album Review: The Tarnished Gold by Beachwood Sparks (2012)

July 27th, 2012 · 214 Comments · Music

When a band is compared favorably to the holy trinity of West Coast hippie rock (The Byrds, The Buffalo Springfield, The Flying Burrito Brothers) I get really excited, because those are three of my favorite bands. I would say that nary a day goes by that I don’t listen to at least one of those [...]

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Album Review: Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Big Moon Ritual (2012)

June 5th, 2012 · 50 Comments · Music, The Black Crowes

When asked about his new album, Big Moon Ritual, Chris Robinson has described it as “psychedelic”, seemingly placing it in the company of the classic psychedelic rock albums of 1967: Love’s Forever Changes, Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, among others.
Upon listening to [...]

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Concert Review: Bobby Keys & The Sufferin Bastards at the Highline Ballroom in NYC, 3/9/12

March 12th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Music

Concert Review:
Bobby Keys & The Sufferin Bastards
March 9, 2012
Highline Ballroom, NYC
Is rock and roll dead?
It’s a question that I’ve been ruminating on for many years now.
In one sense, rock and roll can never die, because rock and roll is an attitude as well as a genre of music. It’s the spirit of revolution and free [...]

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Concert Review: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood at the Somerville (MA) Theatre, 11/19/11

November 21st, 2011 · 55 Comments · Music, The Black Crowes

Eight Things You Should Know About The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
1) The brotherhood is metaphorical, not literal
There are no actual brothers in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The band is composed of Chris Robinson (vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), Mark ‘Muddy’ Dutton (bass, vocals) and George Sluppick (drums). The band started touring [...]

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