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Album Review: Sax Kari and His Orchestra – Swinging the Blues

With the benefit of hindsight, the live and career of Chicago-born Sax Kari seems worthy of a biographical tome or perhaps even a film. A musician proficient on multiple instruments, […]

Album Review: Cyril Davies & His Rhythm & Blues Allstars – Hullabaloo

The British blues boom that launched the careers of Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor didn’t start with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Though Mayall employed each of those guitarists (and […]

Have You Got it Yet? (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… A musician himself, Bogawa had long been intrigued by Barrett’s life and legend, and held a special fascination for Barrett’s unconventional approach to songwriting. “I had […]

Have You Got it Yet? (Part 1 of 2)

New Film Dispels Myths About Pink Floyd’s Visionary Founder Syd Barrett Syd Barrett is the stuff of legends. The founder of Pink Floyd, Cambridge-born Barrett was also its front man, […]

Album Review: Graham Parker and the Goldtops — Last Chance to Learn the Twist

Across his nearly 50 years as a recording history, Graham Parker has had it both ways: he’s made fiery, passionate, rocking music, and he’s delivered subtle, stripped-down solo/acoustic work. But […]

Album Review: Tamar Berk — Tiny Injuries

The 1990s brought a breath of fresh air to the rock world. It might be hyperbole to suggest that the movement was as significant as punk had been nearly two […]

Album Review: The Mommyheads — Coney Island Kid

It’s like they never left! While New York City band the Mommyheads were reasonably prolific during their initial run, releasing five albums in a decade, the group went quiet for […]

Album Review: Johnny’s Uncalled Four – The Lost Album

It’s among life’s little ironies that some of us are lucky enough to cross paths with individuals whom we see as regular-ol’-people-like-us, only to discover that under their unassuming exterior, […]

Album Review: Wreckless Eric – Leisureland

If your only knowledge of Wreckless Eric is “Whole Wide World,” you’re in for a treat. The man has been on a sustained creative peak for ages now. He left […]

Album Review: Scott Gagner – Reverse

When I reviewed Gagner’s Hummingbird Heart in 2019, I characterized the music within as “intimate and melancholy,” and noted the Midwestern character to the material. When I covered his 2021 […]