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Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 02, 2013 0 comments

The Band Perry: Pioneer

New release (Republic Nashville; tour dates)
Photo by Robby Klein

Sophomore slump? Not here. As soon as the banjo on the opening track, “Better Dig Two,” makes room for some choice electric-guitar power chords before the two instruments dance together, it’s clear that The Band Perry has lost none of its charm or chops.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Dec 11, 2012 0 comments

The Bourne Legacy

Complex and flashback heavy, The Bourne Legacy expands on the action thriller world created by the late novelist Robert Ludlum and the previous three films based upon his books.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 02, 2013 0 comments

In the days around the Fourth of July, the people who run record companies take a lot of time off. They assume you’re more interested in having picnics and watching fireworks than in buying music. Accordingly, this is a customarily light week on the album-release schedule.

Of course, you could always celebrate the holiday by cueing up some “American” albums that have already been released this year, such as Patty Griffin’s American Kid, the Putumayo label’s American Playground, and Willie Nile’s American Ride. Then there’s Wings over America. And don’t forget that bree is an All American Girl.

Yolanda Kondonassis is another American girl (born in Norman, Oklahoma), and if you’d like to hear some American music, you could (with a nod to Tom Petty) listen to her harp:

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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 12, 2013 0 comments

David Bowie: The Next Day

New release (ISO/Columbia)
Photo by Jimmy King

This is the best David Bowie album since . . . I'm not gonna go there. Mostly because everyone seems to disagree on just which old album should be put there. But make no mistake: The Next DayBowie's first release in 10 years, is an excellent comeback.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Jun 18, 2013 0 comments

Lifeforce

With a great sci-fi/horror pedigree - directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Salem's Lot, Poltergeist), screenplay co-written by Dan O'Bannon (Alien, Total Recall, and Dark Star) and Don Jakoby from the 1976 novel The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson, special effects supervised by Oscar-winner John Dy

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Michael Berk Posted: Aug 28, 2012 0 comments

Remake/Remodel

Roxy Music The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982
Reissue (Virgin)

Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 22, 2013 0 comments
Also: Van Morrison’s Moondance in 5.1 on Blu-ray, Santana’s third album on audiophile vinyl, and ’80s tunes revamped by The Big Bright. Plus, let’s see…oh, yeah, Katy Perry.

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Mark Smotroff Posted: Oct 09, 2012 0 comments

Squeezing out Live Sparks

One of our favorite bands, Squeeze, is jumping on the direct-to-fan bandwagon with a bit of twist.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 05, 2013 0 comments

The Replacements: Songs for Slim

New release (New West; MP3 only)

Slim is Bob “Slim” Dunlap, lead guitarist for the latter-day Replacements. A year ago, he suffered a severe stroke that has left him ailing and in need of financial help. To that end, two original ’Mats — guitarist/vocalist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson — reunited to record most of this benefit EP (joined by guitarist Kevin Bowe and drummer Peter Anderson).

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Mark Smotroff Posted: Dec 04, 2012 0 comments

Lips & Friends Cover King Crimson's 1st

You know, with the Internet, you can blink and miss out on important stuff. While I was on vacation - seeing the premiere of The Flaming Lips' musical of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, in fact - NEW news appears from the Lips camp. This came from their Facebook page:

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jun 11, 2013 0 comments

Black Sabbath: 13

New release (Vertigo/Republic; tour dates)

“What is this that stands before me — again?”

That’s the unavoidable question you’ll ask yourself when you hear “End of the Beginning,” the first track on 13. After all, this song isn’t just Black Sabbath; it’s “Black Sabbath,” the first track on Black Sabbath. That opening to the band’s 1970 debut had quiet, three-plucked-note verses alternating with massive, three-power-chord choruses, all taken at a slow pace until a choppy riff sped us away. “End of the Beginning,” from the original band’s first album together in 35 years, has quiet, four-plucked-note verses alternating with massive, four-power-chord choruses, all taken at a slow pace until a choppy riff speeds us away.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Feb 19, 2013 0 comments

Argo

Based on real-life events, the nail-biting dramatic thriller Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, is set at the height of the chaos of the Iranian revolution when, on November 4, 1979, militant students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran taking 52 Americans hostage and six embassy workers went out the back door.

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Josef Krebs Posted: May 28, 2013 0 comments

Cleopatra

For its 50th anniversary - along with the hoopla of a Cannes Film Festival re-release, a limited theatrical engagement in more than 200 theaters, and Richard Burton's posthumously receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to Elizabeth Taylor's - Cleopatra has been newly digitally restored in a 243-minute original theatrical cut.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 14, 2012 0 comments

Jaws

The arrival of a giant man-eating great white shark on the shores of a New England beach resort in 1975 and its cruise out of the universal unconsciousness and through the international zeitgeist from was a historical and game-changing event.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3

This is a story of fathers and sons. As previous seasons have shown, every gangster, it seems, starts as a kid with a difficult relationship with their dad and every hood has an equally important relationship with their boy. James "Jimmy" Darmody (Michael Pitt) stabs his father, Commodore Louis Kaestner (Dabney Coleman).

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