Sound and Vision from the Smithereens

Below is a clip containing some (grainy) still photos of the Smithereens onstage at the 2009 Charlotte Pop Fest. The audio is a portion of the song “Any Other Way” […]

Album Review: The Smithereens Play Tommy

The Smithereens are well-known rock fans. Their unique, canny take on rock music is informed by everyone from the Four Freshmen (drummer Dennis Diken cites them as a large-looming influence) […]

Album Review: Mark Duda – Bodega Flowers

I’ll be honest: this one confused me. From the Halloween-themed font to the woman on the cover (is that Mark Duda?) And the Japanese(?) lettering, I had no idea at […]

Album Review: The Krayolas — Happy Go Lucky

If the Smithereens were from Texas instead of New Jersey – and if they built on their Beatles influences not by exploring an affinity for Black Sabbath but instead for […]

Album Review: Jem Records Celebrates Pete Townshend

Too often, various-artists tribute albums are like celebrity roasts: it’s far less about the ostensible honoree, and for more about the roasters (or, in this case, “tributers”). And I’m on […]

Album Review: Hoodoo Gurus — Chariot of the Gods

Right out of the gate, The Hoodoo Gurus showcased a high energy, passionate and good-humored approach to rock’n’roll. When they debuted in 1984 with the thrilling Stoneage Romeos, they were […]

March Through Time: The Who

It’s quite easy to overlook the fact, but considering only studio releases of new material, The who released a mere twelve albums in the period 1965-2019. True, many say that […]

Album Review: Star Collector – Game Day

Devotees of rock and pop will know that “Star Collector” is a classic Monkees tune from their high-watermark 1967 album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. It’s also the name […]

Album Review: Greg Antista and the Lonely Streets — Under the Neon Heat

When we last checked in with this South California rock quartet about two years ago, they had released their debut album, Shake, Stomp and Stumble. As I wrote at the […]

Album Review: The Forty Nineteens – New Roaring Twenties

If you’re in the mood for unassuming, rocking, silly and un-self-conscious rock ‘n’ roll, The Forty Nineteens might have just the thing for you. This California quintet swims in the […]