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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...