Tuesday, April 7 2015
No Pier Pressure is a lifeless, limp collection of songs that counts as a Brian Wilson album in name only.
Friday, August 9 2013
Five good reasons to catch Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks in concert if you get a chance.
Tuesday, August 6 2013
Then and now, the ethical questions that arise here involve the choice to turn this troubled phase of Brian Wilson's life and career into entertainment.
Songs Cycled boasts melodies and arrangements that would have made as much sense in 1933 as in 2013, though the lyrics occasionally acknowledge the political and environmental tumult of the early 21st century.
Friday, November 4 2011
Friday, October 15 2010
Stephen Rowland kicks off a series of retrospectives to showcase Beach Boys and Beach Boys-related material that is not very popular, rare, or has been forgotten completely.
Tuesday, August 11 2009
Don't break out the flip-flops quite yet: This fine and servicable Beach Boys compilation hits only a couple of highlights (along with some excellent album cuts), but isn't much in terms of a cohesive listening experience.
Tuesday, July 21 2009
F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. Artists as various as Roky Erickson, Brian Wilson and Shuggie Otis prove there are second acts in American popular music.
Sunday, February 22 2009
Wilson’s not making a comeback. He doesn't need to be resurrected. He's simply ready for the next take.
Tuesday, February 10 2009
A live-in-the-studio performance bundled with a hackneyed making-of documentary that doubles as a lengthy commercial for Capitol Records.