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

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 Man – Mr. Garson had released an album of piano variations on various songs of his beloved collegue. It was well-received among jazz […]

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Review of The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

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 sort of concept album. And no, genre convergences like this aren’t very common if that sounded weird. Science fiction and heavy metal fans both share […]

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Review of Night Beats / UFO Club 10″ Split.

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 “split” record it simply means one side of the record represents each band. Here’s what Kristin Berry has to say about this album: “Made up […]

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Review of George Jones, Still the Same Ole Me

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 Stopped Loving Her Today’ became his signature song and the biggest hit of his career. I Am What I Am, the album from which it came, remains his […]

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Review of The Black Angels

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 pioneering albums like the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or Love’s Forever Changes – albums with an orchestral bent, an expanding […]

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Review of 6 albums by Ben Macnair

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 an enthusiastic and confident set of 12 of her own songs. The songs range from relationship songs to songs of protest, backed […]

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Review of the Black and White Years

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 Patterns. From the heavy, electro pulse and jabbing vox of intoxicating opening salvo “Up!,” B&WYs pound heavily on Yeasayer’s indie imprimatur, yet diced through a […]

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Review of No Age – Everything In Between

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 little straighter on Everything in Between, tamping down their whiplash tempos, prying open their songs to let a little more air in, further settling into their frantic […]

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Download free readings of Billy Collins work.

Free Audio Downloads – Billy Collins Six of the tracks from The Best Cigarette are available for FREE DOWNLOAD from, well, Download.com. To go to the DOWNLOAD page (here) These poems along with 26 other tracks are available on the CD. The web site for this recording can be found a www.bestcigarette.us (Billy Collins recorded […]

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

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 was a young man in West Virginia– 19-22 years old in this period, 1980-83– with no audience, no particular support from his family, no musical community to speak […]

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Lyle Lovett, Fans Bid Paolo Soleri Farewell

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 evening. “God bless you folks, and God bless Paolo Soleri.” The Santa Fe Indian School, which owns and operates the 45-year-old Paolo Soleri […]

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Review of Wild Moccasins new CD

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 controls Houston’s music scene and the rote blues guitar-driven rock that is around every corner in Austin. The group of starry-eyed, happy youngsters writes songs that mix […]

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