Patti Smith fans, long starved for in-concert material, have seen a veritable tidal wave of live releases lately — including three albums between 2005-08 and then the Live in France DVD from last year. Still, the Festival des Vieilles Charrues film, welcome though it no doubt was, suffered because of bad video quality.
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Featuring eight live tracks recorded by Curved Air’s initial incarnation for the BBC in 1970-71, and then five more from a 1976 lineup that featured Stewart Copeland, Air Waves is an opportunity to examine both eras of this underrated prog-rock group.
Where else will you find, side by side by side, new reissues of Miles Davis’ Porgy and Bess, Nirvana’s 1992 compilation Incesticide, and the Fat Boys’ Pizza Box album — packaged in (yes) a pizza box?
It wasn’t quite as nihilistically put out as punk, so it had little credibility there. It wasn’t sweetly composed enough to connect with pop fans, either.
Amazon.com Widgets Beth Duncan’s Come the Fall isn’t the purpled and foreboding project that its title might suggest. If anything, it’s exactly the opposite
This week’s “Songs of the Band” event at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania doesn’t just pay tribute to Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Richard Manuel. It features in multi-instrumentalist Garth Hudson one of just two surviving members of the original Band lineup
Porcupine Tree’s album-length 2009 song cycle The Incident is given a full concert reading here, and what Octane Twisted lacks in studio dynamics, it more than makes up for with visceral power.
In a gritty reimagining of the old Animals sound, Eric Burdon has joined up with Cincinnati garage rockers the Greenhornes — featuring the rhythm section from the Raconteurs — for a raggedy-ass street-fighting EP.
Proof that every one’s guilty pleasure is their own: We reached almost no consensus on this particular version of Desert Island Discs, with only the Carpenters, the Electric Light Orchestra, Hall and Oates and Olivia Newton-John garnering more than one mention.
Getting the music right, after all of these years, is in many ways the easy part. What changes, inevitably, for bands of Asia’s vintage are the vocals.