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Album Review: Johnny Winter with Dr. John — Live in Sweden

There are countless recordings of Johnny Winter live onstage; they all exist at various points on the spectrum of legitimacy. A new archival release, Johnny Winter with Dr. John – Live in Sweden has a number of things to recommend it. The recording dates from near the end of Winter’s time on Alligator Records, a

Album Mini-review: Guided by Voices — Please Be Honest

File next to: The Who, Hüsker Dü, Sebadoh Robert Pollard‘s various Guided by Voices iterations have released some two dozen albums since their 1987 debut, a prodigious output that can affect quality control. “My Zodiac Companion,” the opening track on Please Be Honest, is a case in point: Pollard’s wobbly vocal sounds like a one-take

Album Mini-review: Cheap Trick — Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello

File next to: The Move, Boston, Fountains of Wayne With Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello, the Rockford, Illinois, foursome Cheap Trick sticks to what they know: anthemic, melodic rock. The key elements have been in place since their self-titled 1977 debut: Robin Zander‘s powerful lead vocals, often doubled (an octave higher) by guitarist Rick Nielsen; Nielsen’s

New Jazz Archival Titles from Resonance/Elemental, Part 2

Continued from Part One… Stan Getz Quartet – Moments in Time The first of two releases chronicling tenor saxophonist Stan Getz’s May 1976 residency at San Francisco’s Keystone Korner, this is a thrilling single-disc collection of live music by Getz and his three sidepeople (Joanne Brackeen, piano; Clint Houston, bass; Billy Hart, drums). Superb song

New Jazz Archival Titles from Resonance/Elemental, Part 1

Lovers of the classic era in jazz and/or modern jazz owe a debt of gratitude to Zev Feldman. The head of a pair of modern-day jazz labels (Resonance and Elemental) has been exceedingly busy of late, rescuing heretofore unheard recordings of great historical import. Kicking off with a bang a mere four years ago, Feldman

Album Mini-review: Bob Mould — Patch the Sky

File next to: Hüsker Dü, Sugar, Dinosaur Jr. Bob Mould is that rarest of creatures: a songwriter who can write impassioned, heartfelt lyrics, wrap them inside ear-candy melodies, and deliver them with the instrumental force of hardcore punk. The former Hüsker Dü frontman’s skillful merging of those disparate qualities has led to his status as

Album Mini-review: Japanese Breakfast — Psychopomp

File next to: The Dream Academy, Prefab Sprout, My Bloody Valentine Though the title of this Eugene, Oregon outfit’s full-length might evoke thoughts of the debut album from The Jesus and Mary Chain, 80s UK dream-pop is a more useful reference point. Originally available as a limited-run cassette, *Psychopomp is chock full of infectious melodies,

Album Mini-review: Suuns – Hold/Still

File Next to: Cocteau Twins, Clan of Xymox, Depeche Mode Though there’s a dark and doomy undercurrent to the songs on Hold/Still, the group adheres to the basic tenets of melody. Suuns (pronounced “soons”) are clearly aiming for a krautrock-ish vibe on the eleven tracks, and that hypnotic aesthetic comes through loud and clear. But

Album Mini-review: Charles Bradley — Changes

File next to: James Brown, Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings, Eli Paperboy Reed On Charles Bradley‘s third full length, the “screaming eagle of soul” shows himself to be a fascinating interpreter of diverse material, as evidenced in his soulful reading of Black Sabbath‘s “Changes.” Bradley mines a sense of pathos that Ozzy’s vocal merely hinted

Review: Music Video Asheville 206

As organizer Kelly Denson explained near the end of the evening’s program, Music Video Asheville began nine years ago and has grown steadily every year. This year’s award ceremony (held Wednesday, April 14) once again made clear the bounty of local talent that exists in and around Asheville. 25 videos competed in several categories, and