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Leonard Cohen gets darker

With You Want It Darker the boho folk-singer faces death

In a recent interview with New Yorker magazine, bohemian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen stated that he was ready to die, that his health was shot and that he didn’t have much time left. His latest album, ...

Rocket From the Crypt up from the crypt

Punk-rock big band headlines Casbah's Halloween bash at the Lafayette

Rocket From the Crypt played their “final concert ever” at the Casbah’s then-annual Halloween party at the Westin Horton Plaza in 2005…so it was only fitting that the beast be brought back to life to ...

Steph Johnson Band proves Music Is Art

San Diego soul-jazz artist celebrates record-release at Bread & Salt

Soul-jazz vocalist Steph Johnson threw a party for her Music Is Art record-release event on October 21 at Bread & Salt, drawing a standing-room-only crowd of dedicated supporters primed to cheer on her long-time trio ...

Be Here Now — is it really that bad?

...the re-issued (and re-examined) 20-year-old third release from Oasis

The Emperors New Clothes, the musical starring five working-class lads from Manchester, mega millions, and an Escobar of cocaine recording at Abbey Road. What could possibly go wrong? Seemingly everything. Time has not been kind ...

Jethro Tull, written and performed by Ian Anderson

The band about a man is now a rock opera

Jethro Tull the band may be on hiatus, or may be kaput, but Ian Anderson is keeping the name going strong. Anderson is back with his Thick as a Brick 2/Homo Eroticus band, but this ...

Blond on Blonde

Frank Ocean continues to break the rules on his latest release

You can't put Frank Ocean — the artist or the man — inside of a box. Often credited as a soul crooner, Ocean spins traditional associations of the genre on their heads with his latest ...

Alice in Chains...in Symphony Hall?

Veteran Seattle act lays some grunge on the Copley stage

Alice in Chains is one of the many bands to come out of the Seattle grunge scene of the early ’90s. Often overlooked by fans that flocked to Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam, I found ...

Weyes Blood's spiritual wake-up call

You may squirm with A Front Row Seat to Earth, but you will be rewarded

Weyes Blood has created the perfect storm with Front Row Seat to Earth — a tropical storm, as there is a warmth coming from this harsh forecast that tears your guts out. Dancing piano leads ...

Ghost follows Grammy with a brief covers collection

Popestar hits with "Square Hammer," misses on a few of the covers

After winning this year’s Grammy award for Best Metal Performance, Ghost is back at it again topping the rock album charts with their new EP, Popestar. And this one is peculiar, considering it’s made up ...

Canada band Sloan averts disaster in San Diego

Singer Chris Murphy deems the evening "awesome" from the stage

In the 1990s, four Canadians known collectively as Sloan took their home country by storm with a collection of albums that fused the alternative nation with the paramount aspects of classic rock. The group never ...

Atmosphere casts its line at the Observatory

Slug and friends mix Fishing Blues with the classics

Atmosphere's tour began with a broken down van just outside of Saskatoon, but smoothed out quickly with a string of sold-out shows leading into Friday night's gig at Observatory North Park, which sold out weeks ...

Romp with the Pixies

This year's Head Carrier retains the alt-rockers' unique insanity

From forming in Boston in 1986 to being one of the chief influences on Kurt Cobain and scoring that last shot in David Fincher’s Fight Club, the Pixies have come a long way. Head Carrier, ...

Bad Suns return with Disappear Here

L.A. pop-rock band's sophomore record no slumper

Some bands have the talent, drive, and luck to build a fan base and media presence early in their careers. Such is the case with Bad Suns. Formed in Los Angeles in 2012, the four-piece ...

Everything but the kitchen sink from Stanley Clarke

Jazz-fusion bassist brings down the house at Music Box

Jazz-fusion bass man Stanley Clarke, fronting a well-oiled band that included a second bassist (Cameroonian Armand Sabal-Lecco), Ruslan Sirota and Lincoln Cleary on keyboards, and 21-year-old drum prodigy Mike Mitchell, delivered an incendiary set to ...

Nick Cave's latest a gothic ode from a father to a son

Skeleton Tree recalls the sparse beauty of 1997's Boatman's Call

Sometimes the most beautiful of art is created under the most tragic of circumstances. Such is the case with Nick Cave and his latest album with the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree. During the recording of ...

Out of the Redwoods, into the Midnight Pine

New self-titled record shows growth for the dark-Americana artists

The local Redwoods music collective merges the creative energy of the Elephant Six movement with the hired-gun musicianship of the Wrecking Crew. All the Redwoods projects, however, are anchored by the words of percussionist/lyrical scribe ...

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