Friday, July 31st, 2015


Reviews

Ravi Coltrane at Birdland

Ravi Coltrane at Birdland

Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet: June 30-July 4 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM All tickets $40, $10 food/drink minimum ABOUT RAVI COLTANE: Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many,... [Read more]


Ruckazoid shows off skillz on new Scratchgod 1 EP

Ruckazoid shows off skillz on new Scratchgod 1 EP

Scratchgod 1 showcases turntable scratchologist RUCKAZOID, a vocalist, innovator, turntablist, producer, and inventor signed to DJ Shadow’s Liquid Amber label. Although he’s been in the game for 15 years, his ‘Scratchgod 1′ EP is the first record to have a vocal performance with music recorded live entirely from a turntable thanks to the Controller One, a music turntable... [Read more]


All That Jazz

All That Jazz

Miles Davis and John Coltrane are some of the most iconic figures in jazz music history. They took this musical genre to the next level with such influential albums such as Davis’ Kind of Blue and Coltrane’s My Favorite Things, but while these albums are polished and meant for mass consumption their live recordings possess the bulk of their creativity. Thanks to the nice folks at Trapeze... [Read more]


Road Trip through Sonic Highways

Road Trip through Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters is what I call a “phoenix” band. Not because they got a degree online, but because they have risen from the ashes of a band that faded too soon. Like New Order came from Joy Division, Foo Fighters was born in the wake of Nirvana’s end. In the 20 years since its inception, Foo Fighters have become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Selling millions of albums in... [Read more]


Adore Box Set is a Late 90s Throwback

Adore Box Set is a Late 90s Throwback

“One thing that might excite fans of the album is that we were able to go back and locate elements from the original sessions that were stored digitally, but never used; such as some of the brilliant work done by Bon Harris. In that fresh mixes have been commissioned, shedding new light on not only the songs hidden foundations, but their futuristic nature as well. “ The 6-disc set features... [Read more]


Jazzing It Up In Monterey

Jazzing It Up In Monterey

Festivals today are a huge business. As events like Coachella, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Outside Lands pop up in cities around the country it is hard to imagine these outdoor shows as descendants of 1969’s seminal Woodstock Music & Art Fair. One of the most memorable moments of Woodstock was Jimi Hendrix’s iconic performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Prior to amazing audiences at Max... [Read more]


Monica Heldal Molds the Soul

Monica Heldal Molds the Soul

On her American debut album, Boy From The North, Norweigan Grammy Award recipient Monica Heldal exercises your heart muscles with smooth vocals and warming guitar. Part Americana, part Bluegrass, part Irish Folk – Heldal’s acclaimed debut album, Boy From The North, spent 21 weeks on the Top 40 albums chart in Norway and is the culmination of Heldal’s many musical influences that allows... [Read more]


“The Endless River” To Be Released in November

“The Endless River” To Be Released in November

Details about The Endless River, the new Pink Floyd album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, were revealed today as the album artwork appeared on buildings in ten International cities, including New York and Los Angeles.  The album will be released on Columbia Records on Monday, November 10, 2014 and is produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson. David... [Read more]


Miles Davis & John Coltrane “All Of You: The Last Tour”

Miles Davis & John Coltrane “All Of You: The Last Tour”

The recordings comprise radio broadcast and private recordings which have previously been available in a patchy and piecemeal fashion, this is the first time that a substantial body of the material recorded during the tour has been brought together in one collection, providing listeners with a coherent appreciation of the extraordinary creative alchemy that the two front men delivered on a nightly,... [Read more]


RAM Records Drum & Bass USA Volume 2

RAM Records Drum & Bass USA Volume 2

One of the longest standing independent labels to emerge from the UK rave explosion in the early 90s, RAM Records, has grown to become the leading DnB imprint in the world. To celebrate 20+ years of musical success, the internationally acclaimed label has curated an all-new, 3-part compilation series to be released exclusively in the U.S. this summer- RAM Drum & Bass USA. Following the release... [Read more]


KISS Makes a ‘Monster’ New Album

KISS Makes a ‘Monster’ New Album

“Monster” is the 20th studio album by KISS. (Universal Music Group) KISS is one of those bands you either love or hate. There’s no middle ground when it comes to them and, to be honest, that’s the way they like it. Some of their albums over the years have been loved (Destroyer, Love Gun, Creatures of the Night) or despised (Music from “The Elder,” Hot in the Shade, Carnival... [Read more]


In Praise of the Opening Act: Cheap Trick Captivates New Jersey

In Praise of the Opening Act: Cheap Trick Captivates New Jersey

Cheap Trick pose with the Classic Album Award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour at the Roundhouse on November 10, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) Full disclosure: I’ve seen Cheap Trick in concert 10 times in the last decade, and nine of those performances were in different ZIP codes. Why? Because they’re one of the best live acts out there. For a band that... [Read more]