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Album Review: Steve Hackett — Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More

There’s a sizable contingent of Genesis fans that vastly prefers the group’s earlier work – its progressive era, so to speak – over the band’s later, more pop-oriented period. They’re far more interested in hearing epic works like “Supper’s Ready” than something like “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight.” And while there’s no denying the commercial appeal of

Album Review: Talkdemonic – Various Seasides

The name is a classic case of misdirection, and that’s just the beginning. Read up a bit on Talkdemonic and you might not be prepared for what their latest album sounds like. First off, they’re not a they: while Talkdemonic began as a duo project featuring Kevin O’Connor and Lisa Molinaro, today it’s just O’Connor.

Album Review: Connie Han — Secrets of Inanna

There was a time when jazz was edgy, boundary-pushing and even threatening (albeit in a good way). Some may disagree, but other than free jazz – which is frankly too forbidding for even most in the already tiny slice of the market that is jazz aficionados – much of today’s jazz isn’t earth-shaking. Sure, there

Traveling in Time with Pat Travers

Pat Travers first came to fame in the late 1970s. After a string of solid but under-appreciated studio albums, the Toronto-born guitarist released Live! Go For What You Know, an audio document that captured the fire and passion of his live show. That pointedly-titled set brought him the higher profile he deserved, and with it

Sam Burchfield: Words Settle Into Meaning

Singer-songwriter Sam Burchfield grew up in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. That regional and cultural background forms the foundation of his original music. He debuted on record with a 2014 EP, Where to Run, and followed that up with a 2020 album, Graveyard Flower, and his latest release – his best

Album Review: J. Marinelli – Putting the World to Rights

Combine equal parts stripped-down punk and acoustic guitar troubadour vibe, and add a spash of honky-tonk c&won a few tracks, and the result might be something like J. Marinelli. Born in West Virginia coal mining country and (I believe) now based in Trondheim. Norway, Marinelli is a one-man band that doesn’t pretend to be anything

Book Review: The Who: Concert Memories from the Classic Years, 1964 to 1976

Author: Edoardo Genzolini Schiffer Publishing 2022, 306 pp. $59.99 (and well worth it) In the third decade of the 21st century, it’s challenging to come up with a book that sheds any new light on the music of the 1960s (yeah, says the guy whose first book is about Pink Floyd, ha). And there have

Album Review: Harrison Kennedy – Thanks for Tomorrow

In 1967, the hit songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown to launch their own record labels, Invictus and Hot Wax. The trio assembled a group to serve as a vehicle for their new compositions. That group, The Chairmen of the Board, would feature Detroit singers Eddie Custis and Danny Woods plus lead singer Harrison Kennedy,

Album Review: Silent Partners — Changing Times

The stirring, evocative strings that adorn “Ain’t No Right Way to Do Wrong,” the opening track on Silent Partners’ debut album Changing Times, serves notice that the group is no rote blues trio. With a feel that hearkens back to classic soul sides of the ‘70s, the tune is a slow burn that establishes the

Album Reviews: David Javelosa – Atomic Odyssey! and Modern Work Volume One

David Javelosa is an inspired musician whose work is primarily synthesizer-based. But his bent, whimsical and playful approach to music results in sounds that are far from the “serious” kind of thing you might hear on a Malcolm Cecil or Wendy Carlos release. Javelosa’s creative vision takes him in a number of different directions, as