Product Reviews

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Just a guess here: tens of thousands of independently produced CDs are released into the world every year. NOT a guess: most of them are, well, really bad. Some are OK, some are hilarious, and some are good....
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Despite his age, on stage and in life, Keller Williams is a child at heart, and his new live release, Stage, is a youthful romp through his playground. For those who have completely outgrown their kindergarten...
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Have you heard that Phish is calling it quits? Of course you have. Did you hear the new musical confirmation that this is a good thing? No? Then get Undermind and you'll understand.
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The slaphappy mountaineers of Snake Oil Medicine Show return with a new cd full of glimmering, gallivanting world music. The band’s recent travels in Jamaica have infused their old-time melodies with a new-age...
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Who’s T.J. Kirk? Not a man but a band with a plan, the neo-legendary San Francisco instrumental four-piece existed to reinvent classic jazz and soul through their six-string talismans (and one with eight...
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Phish frontman Trey Anastasio’s third official solo release finds him in an orchestral mood, offering up dramatic re-workings of Phish songs and new originals. He plays on only two of the album’s seven tracks,...
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Filmmaker Michael O’Connell has crafted a touching and heartfelt portrayal of the music and people behind the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, NY. The annual non-profit four-day festival has...
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On a budget of $7000, director James Ryan Gielen and his company, Brownpenny Films, have created a documentary that is as unpretentious and rough around the edges as its subject. Beautiful Thing is a stark,...
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According to Jupiter Coyote co-founder Matthew Mayes, their eighth release is named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb to the top of Mount Everest. The "step" is the final 200 feet of the...
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One of the most recognizable names in entertainment, Toots Hibbert is considered a founding artist of reggae music. Returning to the studio with his legendary band The Maytals, Hibbert reminds listeners of his...
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Soul Coughing, the now-defunct NYC band whose career was far too short, found an awful lot of music during their brief time together. There are not enough adjectives in the human vocabulary to describe their...
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Up until a few weeks ago, I was not very familiar with Umphrey’s McGee. I knew they were an “up-and-coming” band who occasionally showcased twinges of rock, jazz improvisation, heavy metal, and rap (all of this...

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