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Mike Mettler  |  Jan 02, 2014  |  1 comments
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Finally seeing a stateside release after being available internationally for over a year, Privateering, Mark Knopfler’s seventh solo offering (and first double album of all-original material) is a showcase of Americana, as innately authentic as anything produced by any artist born on U.S. soil. Somewhere, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker, and Muddy Waters are all picking, grinning, and haw-haw-hawing their collective approval. (Me, I suspect Knopfler was spiritually born on the Mississippi Delta and then transplanted to the moors of his native Scotland.)
Steve Simels  |  Mar 02, 2011  |  0 comments
 
Tall Girl
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Jeff Perlah  |  Apr 22, 2009  |  0 comments
Reprise
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Epic
Mike Mettler  |  Jul 07, 2011  |  0 comments

Dave Grohl and I are crouched together on a hot blacktop driveway that encircles the SoCal locale where the photo session for this exclusive S+V cover story is taking place. To the onlookers who shuffle past us and sometimes hover at a respectful distance, it appears as if these two hunched, animated, close-talking bearded longhairs are plotting to take over the world — and perhaps that’s not an entirely wrong assumption.

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 10, 2014  |  0 comments
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“Best guitar player I ever heard.” Some hip muso waxing on about the next Hendrix? Nope, that’s Bob Dylan on the late Michael Bloomfield, and the Bard’s ears are some damn fine arbiters. This three-CD/one-DVD Bloomfield box set reclaims a master guitarist’s legacy that’s as deep as the Delta, by way of the Windy City and the City by the Bay. Disc 1, subtitled Roots, sets the tap. The instrumental take on Dylan’s iconic “Like a Rolling Stone” is revelatory, keeping the focus on the as-it’s-happening creation of the now-familiar melody via Bloomfield’s chiming Telecaster riffs intermingling with Al Kooper’s wheedling Hammond B3.
Mike Mettler  |  Aug 23, 2017  |  0 comments
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It was one of the most galvanizing live experiences of my life. The instant WNEW-FM announced Midnight Oil would be performing live on a flatbed truck on Sixth Avenue in the heart of New York City in front of the Exxon Building around noontime on May 30, 1990 to protest the mishandling of the March 1989 Exxon Valdez oil-spill disaster in Prince William Sound, Alaska, three colleagues and I sprinted the entire length of the two long city blocks from the Stereo Review and Audio offices at 50th and Broadway to get as close as we could. Success! Each of us wound up standing no more than 10 people deep from the flatbed’s perch upon our out-of-breath Sixth Avenue arrival.
Steve Guttenberg  |  Aug 16, 2006  |  0 comments
It's not just cables anymore.

It was in the late 1970s when Noel Lee, a laser-fusion design engineer, started a little company, Monster Cable, which soon spawned, well, the entire high-end audio-cable industry. Over the decades, Monster maintained their dominance in the cable market as it branched into power conditioners and M•Design home theater furniture. Now, with Monster Music, they're jumping into the record business with a line of High Definition Surround SuperDiscs. Noel Lee's passion for multichannel music—and frustration with the stillborn SACD/DVD-Audio formats—pushed him to extract the best sound from Dolby- and DTS-encoded music. Monster Music claims that the SuperDiscs are the first music releases certified by THX for sound quality.

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 25, 2013  |  0 comments
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How do you make a perfect album even more perfect? In the case of Van Morrison’s seminal 1970 neo-rock Caledonian masterpiece Moondance, you compile a 70-track deluxe edition that includes three discs of sessions, outtakes, and alternate mixes, in addition to a separate Blu-ray Audio disc with a long-lost surround sound mix done by one of the album’s original engineers. Yes, as any good Van the Man fan knows, it’s too late to stop now.
Rob O'Connor  |  Mar 10, 2009  |  0 comments
Attack/Lost Highway
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Okay, one of the labels involved with releasing this new Morrissey album is the alt-country leader Lost Highway,
Mike Mettler  |  Nov 26, 2007  |  0 comments

Parke Puterbaugh  |  Jul 21, 2008  |  0 comments
Reprise
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This is the first Tom Petty album that doesn't have his name on the cover.

Brett Milano  |  Jun 09, 2006  |  0 comments
The Boxing Mirror Back Porch/EMI
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This is exactly the album you'd expect from an already thoughtful so
Brett Milano  |  Sep 04, 2006  |  0 comments
Getting Somewhere Sugar Hill
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Allison Moorer's first collaboration with producer/husband Stev
Rob O'Connor  |  Mar 04, 2007  |  0 comments
Neon Bible Merge
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Whether the seven members of the Arcade Fire ever perform in arenas, they've got their music prim
Brett Milano  |  Apr 03, 2006  |  0 comments
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Domino
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Gotta love those Brits: They get their hands o

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