Product Reviews

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Driving on my way to work this afternoon, the sun is finally shining, and my ride is going to be accompanied by the funky jazz-rock influenced grooves of Garaj Mahal. The first track, "The Shadow,"...
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Known for their ability to channel a wide variety of musical idioms through their string-band instrumentation, Yonder Mountain String Band are intent on pushing their own limits. On their new album, simply...
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While displaying the precision rock aptitude that is the touchstone of their sound, Umphrey’s McGee’s Safety In Numbers delves into highly personal songwriting and diverse structures. From the foreboding "...
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Let’s face it. In this modern indie world where geekfreak is the new cool, Umphrey’s McGee are nowhere near it. Their wholesome, Midwestern good looks and guitarist Brendan Bayliss’s habitually backwards...
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This retrospective starts with a new song. That’s AMS for you I suppose.
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So did Aunt Susan break out the scrapbook on you this Christmas? Howdja like her gripping narration, slowly flipping through endless pages of distant cousins, great great uncles and “friends of the family”? Or...
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The zeal of Radiohead fans is comparable to that of the music world’s most ardent addicts. Phish, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Metallica, and Frank Zappa, to name a few, all have certain fan bases that hang...
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At Vegoose, Trey Anastasio was asked to comment on some aspect of the current jamband scene. Somewhere in his response, he clarified that, when he was growing up in suburban New Jersey, there was only one...
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Since its release, a lot has been made of the tropical breezes blowing through Sixty Six Steps, the second collaboration between guitar guru Leo Kottke and enigmatic ex-Phish bassist Mike Gordon, but the duo’s...
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Bill Bruford once told me in an interview during his last tour with Yes (for the album Union) that chamber or group free improvisation has been a tradition and joy among classically trained European musicians,...
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The bands rolls from one tableaux to another during its eleven song journey, tunes and melodies tumbling over each other and sliding in and out of focus before the next passage—like most great works you can’t...
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The debate over who brought guitar distortion to popular music will probably never die, but no one can argue against its impact. Aside from Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, nothing has shaped rock...

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