new release Archive

Arthur or Not Arthur: That is the Question

Landmark Kinks album inspires Chris Tullar’s Not Arthur An acclaimed late sixties concept album provided the inspiration for a local songwriter to conceive, record and stage a concept album all […]

Album Review: Donovan’s Brain — Fire Printing

I’ve covered more releases than I can easily count by Donovan’s Brain. (Okay, I counted, and it’s at least four. Math’s not my strong suit.) And there’s a reason for […]

Album Review: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee – Live From the Ash Grove

Growing up in the era of rock, I didn’t stumble across the blues until I was in high school. Frequenting a record store, one day I came across a trio […]

Album Review: Altered Five Blues Band – Testifyin’

A five-song EP recorded in a quick two-day session in Nashville, Testifyin’ is the seventh studio release from this Milwaukee-based quintet. Produced by award-winning Tom Hambridge, the new set showcases […]

Album Review: The Wicked Lo-Down – Out of Line

Formed in 2020 just prior to the world hitting the pause button, New England-based quintet The Wicked Lo-Down builds its sound on a combination of r&b and Texas blues. Led […]

Album Review: Min Xiao-Fen – Metta

I’ve written before about virtuoso musician and composer Min Xiao-Fen. Min has carved out a fascinating and unique niche in the musical world. With a foundation in classical music, she […]

Album Review: The Hollywood Stars – Starstruck

It’s fair to look with skepticism upon a revived lineup of a long-lost band from days gone by. Recapturing past glories is a worthy enough goal, but it’s one that […]

Album Review: Philip Sayce – The Wolves Are Coming

England-born and Canada-raised guitarist Philip Sayce released his first album, Philip Sayce Group, in 1996. Tracks like that album’s “Morning Star” showcased the guitarist’s funk-heavy, Jimi Hendrix-influenced approach. High profile […]

Blue Öyster Cult: Archival Intelligence (part 2)

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Was the band just so prolific in those days that you simply had more material than you could use? Eric Bloom: I don’t know […]

Blue Öyster Cult: Archival Intelligence (part 1)

Blue Öyster Cult’s classic lineup spotlighted on Ghost Stories, a new AI-meets-archives set Masters of what used to be called metal (known these days as melodic hard rock), Long Island’s […]