CD Review: Nils Lofgren’s “Old School”

By Brian Arsenault The problem with old rockers — Rolling Stones and some Neil Young excepted — is that they don’t rock enough.  Maybe it’s the passage of time, the slowing of the internal clock, or just some strange need to become Bob Dylan at his slowest. Nils Lofgren’s Old School has its moments but… Read More CD Review: Nils Lofgren’s “Old School”

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DVD Review: Neil Young’s Music Box: Here We Are In the Years

Neil Young Neil Young’s Music Box: Here We Are In the Years  (Sexy Intellectual Production) By Brian Arsenault The problem I have with this long titled DVD is that while it’s all Neil Young all the time, you hardly have any Neil Young music and performance.  It’s all music critics (and you know how untrustworthy… Read More DVD Review: Neil Young’s Music Box: Here We Are In the Years

CD Review: Jimbo Mathus “Confederate Buddha”

Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition Confederate Buddha (Memphis International Records) By Devon Wendell Mississippi native and Squirrel Nut Zipper founder Jimbo Mathus has always been  fearless in his pursuit of purity in the realms of country, blues, and Southern-fried soul.  And that’s certainly the case on this gloriously under-produced, upcoming CD (scheduled for release… Read More CD Review: Jimbo Mathus “Confederate Buddha”

Live Jazz: Chris Botti at the Greek Theatre

By Don Heckman Chris Botti’s traveling road show made its annual appearance at the Greek Theatre Saturday night.  And the enthusiastic, near capacity crowd loved every minute of the two hour performance. And why shouldn’t they.  Botti’s warm and engaging trumpet sound is one of the most appealing timbres on the contemporary jazz scene.  He… Read More Live Jazz: Chris Botti at the Greek Theatre

Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman When three musicians have been playing together as long as Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette have, it’s not unreasonable to expect a certain amount of repetitiveness to surface in their performances.  Even the Duke Ellington Orchestra, for all its vaunted longevity, spent a good deal of its onstage time playing… Read More Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall