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Holiday Music Roundup 2015

Imagene Peise — Atlas Eets Christmas Let’s get a few things out of the way right up front about this holiday-themed release. First there is no Imagene Peise; despite a convoluted backstory, “she” is really The Flaming Lips. But no, that’s not quite accurate, either: This album – a reissue of a 2007 limited edition

DVD Review: Taste — What’s Going On: Live at the Isle of Wight

It happens quite rarely: I discover an album or video by a rock artist active decades ago, one who is totally unknown to me. And it’s happened now. Taste was an Irish power trio, fronted by young guitarist Rory Gallagher. Though the group wasn’t together long – in fact their recording career lasted barely two

Concert Review: Papadosio w/ Third Nature and Midnight Snack, October 31 2015

A concert scheduled on October 31 gives those in a playful, partying mood an excellent excuse to head out to the show. While the ensuing sold-out crowd at Asheville’s Orange Peel didn’t end up creating a favorable atmosphere for the two opening acts on the bill, headliner Papadosio was the beneficiary of an upbeat and

Album Mini-review: The New Mastersounds — Made for Pleasure

Album Mini-review: of Montreal — Snare Lustrous Doomings

File next to:Soft Boys, Olivia Tremor Control, Television One of the most commercially successful exponents of the Athens GA-based Elephant 6 Collective, of Montreal has a well-deserved reputation for powerful live performances. Kevin Barnes‘ group is also one of the most prolific acts out of the collective, with thirteen studio albums (not to mention numerous

Album Mini-review: The City — Now That Everything’s Been Said

File next to: Carole King, Laura Nyro, Brooklyn Bridge Carole King‘s landmark 1971 LP Tapestry is admired even by those who don’t generally go in for that sort of thing. Her second album (1970’s Writer was her debut), Tapestry is a timeless and richly woven effort. Many music fans know that before embarking on a

November 100-word Reviews, Part 5

My current crop of hundred-word reviews wraps up with some odds and ends, all worth a listen. I generally don’t review from MP3 files, but in a few cases I make exceptions. Three of those are here. Fischer’s Flicker – Fornever and Never Scott Fischer operates under this nom de pop to make his uptempo,

November 100-word Reviews, Part 4

My roundup of worthy albums that deserve coverage continues with five more hundred-word reviews. Each of these deserves deeper coverage, but “so much music, so little time.” Dig ’em all. Jinx Jones – Twang-Tastic! The vibe here: Link Wray meets Brian Setzer, with a bit of The Cramps and Los Straitjackets thrown in for good

November 100-word Reviews, Part 3

Today as my regular series of hundred-word reviews continues, I turn my attention toward the sounds of Americana. For my purposes, the term is even more loosey-goosey than the one used by the Americana Music Association: I include blues, rock, and singer/songwriter styles. And why not? Various – In their Own Words, Vols. 1 and

November 100-word Reviews, Part 2

Aaaand we’re back for another fistful of shortish CD reviews. Today’s five – mostly with odd names, as it happens – are in the rock idiom; maybe a bit of prog here and there as well (okay, a lot). Filligar – Keepsakes of the Interior From what I can gather looking at the album sleeve