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For Lovers and Loners Only: An Exploration of Flowers, The Rolling Stones’ Most Romantic and Maligned Album

The Flowers album was for loners and lovers only. It provided a tight backdrop for a lot of decadent fantasy. —Patti Smith Long dismissed as a cash grab hodgepodge of unreleased tracks and singles hastily released to capitalize on the… Continue Reading →

Invest in The Family Crest – The War: Act I

Lately, choosing a movie to see in the theater has become a value-based decision. Not in a matinee-price-vs-primetime-price kind of way, but in terms of the viewer’s value system. A number of movies this year have been cash-stormed through a… Continue Reading →

Diamonds & Lice: An Exploration of “Priest = Aura”,The Church’s Undisputed Masterpiece

There is no discography as consistent, as expansive, or as exploratory as that of The Church. This is in no way meant to be a controversial statement. It isn’t a provocation. It’s just a simple fact. 34 albums deep, 867… Continue Reading →

The Great Enough: Set Fires, Die Young, Living Is Easy

What type of great poison is being pumped into the water in Philly? Killadelph has been cranking out some awesome bands in recent times, all of whom are nowhere near as boring as Kurtis Vile or Drugs On War (War… Continue Reading →

From The Vaults: Captain Beyond’s Advanced Space Boogie Meltdown

If you’ve never heard, or heard of, Captain Beyond then you’re straight up sleep walking through life, my friend. Blooming from the ashes of Iron Butterfly in the fertile early 70s, The Captain was formed by totally groovy proto-metalers Larry… Continue Reading →

Alya: Half The Sun/Animals

Employing a dizzying sugar rush of elements…pop, indie, jazz, EDM…Alya is fully in ascendance. Her ambitious new song, “Half of the Sun”, exemplifies this. A self described “happy song” about being ok with who you are at the present moment,… Continue Reading →

Crooked Flower: Blooming – The Light Rail Sessions

Soulful San Francisco psychers Crooked Flower unleashed their new live album, Blooming – The Light Rail Sessions, earlier this year, bringing it all back home to that mythic Haight nexus where Janis and Moby Grape would open for the J. Airplane at… Continue Reading →

Texas Has The Best Murder: Matthew Logan Vasquez And His Texas Murder Ballads

Matthew Logan Vasquez plays an outlaw brand of psychedelic rock that seems to have vanished from the musical landscape sometime in 1971, mashing up outright sleazy gutter riffs with surprisingly expressive vocals. He released the EP Texas Murder Ballads earlier… Continue Reading →

Dinosaur: Wonder Trail

Dinosaur has been a name in the ‘new’ jazz scene for a few years now.  The music speaks for itself, which is good because this collective falls shockingly beneath the radar on the internet.  With a group of compositions by… Continue Reading →

Grin Doctors: Secret American Fight The Pessimist Tide

One of my favorite under the radar finds this year has to be the grooving, vibey Secret American. They dropped Warmth and Shelter in the first part of this year, a layered gem consisting of 10 tracks pulling from a… Continue Reading →

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