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Adrian Belew Power Trio – e (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Guitarists who played in Frank Zappa’s band early in their career (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally) usually go on to greater success but like their old mentor, take paths not usually taken by rock stars. Adrian Belew falls squarely into that category. He was already good enough when he left The Mothers to tour and record withRead More

Quickies: A return to rock with four new releases

by Pico It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled… -Led Zeppelin What can I say, I’ve let a lot of release dates on the mainstream side go by without any mention. And so, it’s catch-up time. Three major acts, plus an act with a major cause. No jazz in sight, just the straight dope on righteous rockRead More

Deep Cuts: The Knack – "Frustrated" (1979)

by Pico It’s hard to think of a more striking example of the perils of overexposure than L.A. power pop rockers The Knack. For about six months in 1979 this band that looked like the Ed Sullivan Beatles were just about as prevalent (although their crunchy, direct brand of rock mimicked the Kinks more than their more famous British contemporaries).Read More

General Patterson – Shackville (2009)

by Nick DeRiso General Patterson’s “Shackville,” recorded with former bandmates from north Louisiana bar-band legends Howard Shaft, moves like a warm, rustling breeze through the treetops. Surprising, indeed, for an on-stage performer known for his rumbling Southern-fried blues grind. Where Patterson’s shows typically push out from the stage with a tough, muscular emotion, “Shackville” offers delicate insights, set to aRead More

Mike & The Ravens – No Place For Pretty (2009)

Mike & The Ravens – No Place For Pretty (2009)

by Pico You know, it’s funny how making a record can be so quickly habit-forming for some. Here we have the early sixties regional garage band Mike And the Ravens who make a proper debut album about 48 years after they had formed. That’s right, folks, as in a few years short of half a century. And as we notedRead More

Nicki Gonzalez – Moron Love (2009)

Nicki Gonzalez – Moron Love (2009)

by Pico Lately, a recent CD by Nicki Gonzalez has been getting out into wider release, this one being her first album in the newest phase of her varied music career: that of a solo hard-edged singer-songwriter. Washington, DC native and local star Gonzalez has been around the block a few times, delving into r&b/funk with The Magic Pocket Band,Read More

Levon Helm – Electric Dirt (2009)

Levon Helm – Electric Dirt (2009)

With Levon Helm’s ‘Electric Dirt,’ you’re hearing the sound of a man, and a singer, reborn.

Jellyfish – Spilt Milk (1993)

Jellyfish – Spilt Milk (1993)

The rock landscape is littered with immensely talented bands who, for some reason or another, never got off the ground. And I’ll bet virtually no one has heard of about 98% of them. The remaining 2% are those whose talent wasn’t recognized until it was too late, or the band suffered a tragedy that brought the group to an untimelyRead More

Quickies: Wilco, Tortoise, Cyril Neville

Quickies: Wilco, Tortoise, Cyril Neville

December 17, 2008. That’s the last time a non-jazz record has appeared on a Quickies column. In the intervening half-year there’s been so many fresh non-jazz records that merits at least a few paragraphs, and sometimes the full fledged reviews can’t adequately cover ’em all. So guess what…it’s a Quickies devoted exclusively to music that doesn’t start with and “j”Read More

The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin (2009)

by Pico The last time I covered a band out of Providence RI, I was thunderstruck by the wonderfully weird folks who make up the musical buffet table Barnacled. On the other end of the spectrum but in the same seaside New England town hails an folk-rock outfit called The Low Anthem. So what is their music like? You canRead More

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