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Review of the album by Mike Garson – “The Bowie Variations”

March 3, 2016 – 7:35 am | One Comment

Review of the album by Mike Garson – “The Bowie Variations” 2011
Review by Volodymyr Bilyk
Back in the 2011, when everybody seemed to give up on waiting for something from the …

Lou Reed reviews the new Kanye album.

July 3, 2013 – 5:09 am | No Comment

If you ever wanted to know how to write an album review outside of your element then let Lou Reed show you:
Review of Kanye West’s album Yeezus by Lou Reed

Kanye …

3 album reviews by Ben Macnair

April 2, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment

CD Review – Wasted and Alone by Mr H
6 out of 10
‘Wasted and Alone’ is a collection of songs from Andrew Harris, that was written and recorded in 2008 and …

Review of Larkin Poe albums.

November 20, 2012 – 9:08 am | No Comment

EP Review – Larkin Poe – Fall
by Ben Macnair
DEFPIG Records – 4 out of 5
‘Fall’ is one of two recent EP’s released by Larkin Poe, and is a sister-release to …

Review of You Had it Coming by Jeff Beck

September 10, 2012 – 5:00 am | No Comment

You Had it Coming by Jeff Beck
Review by Ben Macnair
7 out of 10– Epic Records – 5099750 101 827
Jeff Beck’s album from 2001 contained a number of new moods from the iconoclastic …

Review of The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

July 4, 2012 – 9:54 am | No Comment

The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues (2011) is an EP from the metal band Between the Buried and Me. Their first release through Metal Blade Records, it’s a science fiction death metal …

Review of Greycoats album.

May 6, 2012 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

CD Review – Greycoats – Setting Fire to the Great Unknown
by Ben Macnair
The new release from the Minnesota band Greycoats contains the type of music that seems to be especially written for …

Review of Black Bananas

March 30, 2012 – 8:28 am | No Comment

BLACK BANANAS – Rad Times Xpress IV
If you’re a Jennifer Herrema fan, you already know that RTX changed their name to Black Bananas, and you undoubtedly already own this album …

Review of Night Beats / UFO Club 10″ Split.

January 29, 2012 – 12:39 pm | One Comment

Austin music veterans Night Beats, and dynamic new comers The UFO Club released a 10″ split on The Reverberation Appreciation Society record label. For those of you unfamiliar with a …

Review of Lydia Loveless

November 20, 2011 – 10:14 am | No Comment

Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine (2011)
Blessed with a commanding, blast-it-to-the-back-of-the-room voice, the 21-year-old Lydia Loveless was raised on a family farm in Coshocton, Ohio, a small weird town with nothing …

Review of Darden Smith

November 3, 2011 – 2:03 pm | One Comment

Review of the Darden Smith album Marathon.
Marathon opens with the sound of a passing train, the shuffle of wind and brakes and steel on steel as the whistle cedes to …

Review of Pink Nasty

September 22, 2011 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

Pink Nasty – Pink Nasty
Self Released, 2010
On 2006’s Mold the Gold, Sara Beck asserted herself as the awkward girl with the big voice. She had a sense of humor but …

Review of White Denim – D

August 18, 2011 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

Review of White Denim – D
by C Gallagher
White Denim was unlike anything I’d ever heard before: they were young and modern and hip, yet presented the skill and musicianship of …

Joe Satriani – Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards

July 30, 2011 – 9:17 am | 2 Comments

Review of Joe Satriani – Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards

Review of Cavedweller – Gloria

May 11, 2011 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

Operating on the mellow fringe of Austin’s always healthy psychedelic scene, Cavedweller has quietly put together some of the most fascinating work in town, including our newest choice …

Review of Tune-Yards

April 21, 2011 – 10:13 am | No Comment

Whokill (4AD)
The spirit of Nina Simone is alive and well on Merrill Garbus’ second album. Chances are hers isn’t a conscious revival, but the Oakland, Calif., multi-instrumentalist has …

Review of George Jones, Still the Same Ole Me

March 25, 2011 – 10:43 am | No Comment

If George’s career had ended in 1979, he would still be regarded as one of the greatest singers in country music history. But 1980′s award winning ‘He …

Review of Honey Claws

February 9, 2011 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

Honey Claws is a Texas quartet that have recently released their self-titled debut album.  The record is their own unique concoction of electronica, hip hop, indie rock …

Review of The Black Angels

December 24, 2010 – 9:11 am | No Comment

Review of The Black Angels album “Phosphene Dream”
By M. Toland
When applied to music, the word psychedelia immediately brings to mind not only the 60s, but a certain sound represented by …

Review of 6 albums by Ben Macnair

December 4, 2010 – 10:12 am | No Comment

Susy Thomas – In the Morning
Season Records – EAN – 5060112370021
6 out of 10
‘In the Morning’ the 2006 debut album English singer-songwriter Susy Thomas finds the young performer turning in …

Review of the Black and White Years

November 21, 2010 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

If the Black and White Years’ eponymous 2008 debut was expertly indebted to its producer, Talking Heads guitarist Jerry Harrison, then the local quartet unveils its own signature with follow-up …

Review of No Age – Everything In Between

November 4, 2010 – 9:25 am | No Comment

Words like “accomplished” and “discipline” seem opposed to the very ideals on which punk was founded. But L.A. dream-punks No Age seek to straighten up and fly a …

Review of Kenny Rogers The Gambler

October 28, 2010 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

Review of Kenny Rogers The Gambler
by Charles Dauphin III
Originally released in November 1978,this was the album that more than any other helped to make Kenny Rogers a household name. The …

Review of Purple Rain by Prince

October 17, 2010 – 10:45 am | No Comment

Review of Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution
Music from the Motion Picture “Purple Rain” 1984
By M. Starr
I was in seventh grade the year Purple Rain came out. It was …

Review of Trash by Alice Cooper

October 1, 2010 – 10:47 am | No Comment

I knew about and liked Alice Cooper for a long time before I found the album Thrash. When something is really fun, I remember everything about it. That’s the way …

Download free readings of Billy Collins work.

September 18, 2010 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

Free Audio Downloads – Billy Collins
Six of the tracks from The Best Cigarette are available for FREE DOWNLOAD from, well,
To go to the DOWNLOAD page (here)
These poems along with …

Review of Daniel Johnston’s “Story of an Artist”

August 3, 2010 – 4:55 pm | One Comment

There’s one version of the narrative behind these recordings that’s romantic but also basically true: that they represent an incredible victory of the artist’s spirit. Daniel Johnston …

Lyle Lovett, Fans Bid Paolo Soleri Farewell

July 29, 2010 – 1:37 pm | One Comment

Lyle Lovett, Fans Bid Paolo Soleri Farewell
by Adam Perry
“I will always remember this night,” Texas-born singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett said from the Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre stage in Santa Fe late Thursday …

Review of 4 old albums.

July 15, 2010 – 3:57 pm | One Comment

Review of 4 old albums.
by travis catsull
There are three things Austin cab drivers have taught me:
1. If they say they’ll be there in 15 minutes, they really mean 30-45 …

Review of Wild Moccasins new CD

July 11, 2010 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

Wild Moccasins “Skin Collision Past”
On their previous EP, Microscopic Metronomes, Wild Moccasins sounded like a piercing rush of the new when set against the repetitive hip-hop that …