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Wednesday, October 9 2013

Fighting the Good or Mediocre Fight, Over Six Decades

Jonathan Lethem's family saga, Dissident Gardens, recalls Saul Bellow or Philip Roth’s urban intellectuals battling Jewish angst.


Wednesday, September 11 2013

‘JAMerica’ Skillfully Assembles an Oral History of America’s Jam Bands

The jam band scene may be one of the most diverse in the US, though many tend to paint Disco Biscuits with the Grateful Dead's brush. This volume clears some of that up.


Tuesday, August 27 2013

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: 31 July 2013 - Stateline, NV

Phish aftershow parties have become something of a cottage industry in recent years and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is one of the best outfits on the planet for such duty.


Tuesday, August 20 2013

The Meter Men: 30 July 2013 - Stateline, NV

Here in Tahoe, fans find the Meter Men at Harrah’s for an aftershow party right across the street from tonight’s Phish show - “#winning”, as Charlie Sheen would say.


Friday, July 26 2013

Phish in 2013: The Pleasantly Plain Taste of Tempered Expectations

Dreadful wind and rain define a recent Phish gig in Wantagh, NY as fans mull the band's standing and purpose in 2013.


Wednesday, July 17 2013

The Dead in Fine Form: ‘Grateful Dead View from the Vault Vol. III and IV’

Fans of the Grateful Dead all have their favorite era, but in 1987 and 1990, the San Francisco outfit was playing some of the best shows of its career. These two volumes are proof positive of that.


Thursday, June 13 2013

2013 Nelsonville Music Festival

On the opening night of the 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival, several attendees reported seeing a meteor or fireball in the sky.


Wednesday, May 29 2013

In Defense Of… Kanye West

On the heels of his sixth solo studio album, it's time to take a look at why Yeezy remains relevant, and why his antics, obnoxious as they can be, never grow old.


Tuesday, May 21 2013

Steve Forbert: Alive on Arrival / Jackrabbit Slim

The foremost virtue on each of these albums -- musically, lyrically, and especially vocally -- is Forbert’s exuberance, the unabashed joy of discovery he makes palpable on nearly every one of the tracks here.


Monday, May 20 2013

Nelsonville Music Festival - Updated Lineup and Day Schedule

More than 60 acts are now confirmed for the festival, which runs from May 30 through June 2 in Nelsonville, Ohio.


Ólöf Arnalds: Ólöf Sings EP (Reviews) [9.Nov.11]
Marc Carroll: In Silence (Reviews) [8.Nov.11]
Wilco + Nick Lowe: 22 September 2011 - New York (Notes from the Road) [30.Sep.11]
Musical Auteurism: Recognizing Genius (Sound Affects) [29.Sep.11]
Counterbalance: Year One (Sound Affects) [9.Sep.11]
Tom Russell: Mesabi (Reviews) [7.Sep.11]
The 10 Best Wilco Songs of All Time (Sound Affects) [7.Sep.11]
Between Church & State (Reviews) [1.Sep.11]
Thea Gilmore: John Wesley Harding (Reviews) [11.Aug.11]
Bought on the Fourth of July (Reviews) [12.Jul.11]
Nels Cline/Tim Berne/Jim Black: The Veil (Capsule Reviews) [29.Jun.11]
Atmosphere: The Family Sign (Reviews) [19.May.11]
Ray Davies: See My Friends (Reviews) [3.Apr.11]
Celebrating 68 years of George Harrison (Mixed Media) [21.Feb.11]
Rewinding the 53rd Annual Grammys (Mixed Media) [14.Feb.11]
Christopher Hitchens’ Taste in Music (Sound Affects) [27.Jan.11]
The Year in Music: May 2010 (Mixed Media) [21.Jan.11]
The Year in Music: March 2010 (Mixed Media) [22.Dec.10]
Top Ten Tracks for Your Holiday Playlist (Sound Affects) [1.Dec.10]
“Like a Rolling Stone” Revisited (Sound Affects) [6.Oct.10]
Blood on the Tracks: The Movie (Features) [11.May.10]
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