Category Archives: Reviews

September 01

Review: Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass at Bell’s Beer Garden in 2015

Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass Saturday, August 22, 2015 Bell’s Beer Garden, Kalamazoo, MI “Sure is nice to be hanging out in the Garden with Keller Williams, friends.” Just five songs into their 15 song set, that’s how Jeff Austin kicked off a wild version of the Grateful Dead’s “Loose Lucy”. 1,200 people hooted and hollered in […]

August 22

Review: Hard Working Americans at Hoxeyville Music Festival in 2015

Hard Working Americans Saturday, August 15, 2015 Hoxeyville Music Festival, Wellston, MI Hoxeyville Music Festival celebrated its 12th anniversary this year. A firmly Michigan focused festival, it takes place in a bucolic setting in Manistee National Forest, a bit west of Cadillac, MI. The line up this year included Greensky Bluegrass – who played two nights […]

June 25

Concert Review: Paul Weller at Paradise Rock Club on June 13th, 2015

Paul Weller Saturday, June 13, 2015 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA This was my first time seeing Paul Weller. I just happened to be in Boston that Saturday, and picked up a ticket on Stubhub – Paradise Rock Club is a tiny venue, and the show sold out almost immediately after tickets went on sale. […]

May 17

Why Isn’t Warren Zevon In The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame?

It’s the age old question: why isn’t (enter your favorite band) in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? OK, in terms of it being an “age old question”, I guess it’s only really been coming up for the past 15 or 20 years. But that’s ancient in rock and roll terms, and many of those bands that used […]

April 26

Album Review: Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

The title track – “Sound & Color” – is the first song on the album, and it signals this is going to be a different kind of Alabama Shakes album. The song starts with a soulful vibraphone intro. Yes, a vibraphone. It ends with a string arrangement. Brittany Howard – the vocalist, songwriter, and overall […]

April 18

Album Review: Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

I was a fan of Run the Jewels before they’d even released anything. So you’ll have to keep that in mind as you read this review. It started back in 2012, when Killer Mike released R.A.P. Music. It was the first collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P (after they were introduced to one another by […]

January 05

Album Review: Funkadelic – First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate

first ya gotta Shake the Gate is the first album of new material from George Clinton and his Funkadelic music collective in over 30 years. The last Funkadelic record was 1981’s Electric Spanking of War Babies. To make up for lost time, Clinton has included 33 songs on the album – one for each year that has passed since Electric Spanking […]