Lucero: Women & Work

  Pick-ups and break-ups, two more drinks and one last kiss. That’s what weekends are made of in Memphis, Tennessee; and on their 10th release, Women & Work, Lucero, invite you along for the ride.   The album starts its engine with the apologetic, “Downtown...

The 5 Best New (non-rock) Films at SxSW

As a service for those Rocker readers wondering what this year’s SXSW Film Festival had to offer beyond rock documentaries, here are five standouts worth your time, when they come to your town.       Bernie Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused) reteams with...

Tommy Keene: Pop's Forgotten Genius

Tommy Keene : Deep Six Saturday   If “Critical Acclaim” were currency, Tommy Keene would be a very rich man.  But it’s not.  And he’s isn’t.   His blend of perfect pop harmonies and unforgettable hooks made Keene a critic’s darling in the mid...

Rock Comics: Mix Tape #1

Here’s a confession: On my first read through of Mix Tape, I figured I was too punk rock to write a nice review.  Mix Tape is a high school nostalgia and coming of age piece set in 1990 and the characters and their angsty teenage situations are framed by the...

The Fall: Ersatz GB

    Dear Mark E. Smith,   It was so nice to hear your voice again… I mean, initially. To know that you’re still alive is good news, especially since all of my heroes are dying or have retired or have just given up. But I just spent the last 3 hours listening to the...

Wire: The Black Session

  The Black Session: Paris, 10 May 2011 was recorded for the French radio show “C’est Lenoir” at Maison de Radio and finds the legends focusing on the poppier side of their catalog – if, indeed, there is such a thing – including songs from the 1970s, 1980s and...

Paley & Francis: Dark & Darkerer

  You’ve likely not arrived at this review by accident. Perhaps Charlie Thompson’s (aka: The Pixies’ Frank Black / Black Francis) name changes, middle-age nostalgia-tripping and country dalliances haven’t yet fully put you off? Or maybe Reid Paley’s longtime...

Frehley Comes Up Aces With Memoir

As a founding member of Kiss, Ace Frehley created the band’s logo and enjoyed a successful, albeit sporadic, solo career. Along the way, he’s survived numerous near-death experiences involving drugs, reckless driving and/or firearms. So, like a lot of people in the...