Gord Downie (1964-2017)

Gord Downie (1964-2017)   So…I had a different article planned for this month. I was going to talk about exciting new releases by Little Silver, Wolf Alice, and Bent Knee, and of course there would be a tribute to Tom Petty, who we sadly lost this month…I’m still wrapping my head around that one.   […]

Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen!

Congratulations to our friend and accomplice, Chester Simpson, for the inclusion of four of his Rock and Roll photographs in the new Smithsonian book. The book, Smithsonian Rock and Roll; Live and Unseen, was released on October 24 and represents rock music through more than 350 photographs of its iconic pioneers and performers. Rock fans […]

Josh Ritter: Gathering

By Chris Anderson Josh Ritter: Gathering Josh Ritter has come a long way from the coffeehouses in Oberlin, where he got his start twenty years ago. Those intervening years has seen Josh grow into one of the most significant songwriters of the modern era, thanks to albums such as The Animal Years, The Historical Conquests […]

Twiddle: Plump

By Chris Anderson   Twiddle: Plump   Vermont has given birth to some of the jam scene’s heaviest hitters, most notably Phish – the big daddy of them all – as well as a host of others such as Raq, Max Creek, the legendary Strangefolk, and the increasingly popular Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Joining […]

The Suburbs: Hey Muse!

By Chris Anderson   The Suburbs: Hey Muse!   I’ve said it before, just what it is that I love the most about music – no matter how much I think I know, no matter how much I have heard, no matter how many records I own or how many articles I’ve read, what I […]

The Charlatans: Different Days

The Charlatans: Different Days   Every music scene has its survivors, those few bands that manage to keep on going, very successfully and despite all odds, long after its peers gave up the ghost. Seattle has Pearl Jam, Halifax has Sloan, the British Invasion has the Rolling Stones, San Francisco had the Dead, Athens had […]

Bob Dylan: Triplicate

By Chris Anderson   Bob Dylan: Triplicate   This year marks 55 years since Bob Dylan released his first album, a low-key self-titled affair that consisted mostly of folk standards, with a couple of original songs sprinkled in, just enough to give the world a taste of what was to come. What came next was […]

Guided By Voices: August By Cake

By Chris Anderson   Guided By Voices: August By Cake   One thing we’ve learned over the last thirty-odd years is that Guided By Voices is whatever Robert Pollard says it is. His songs dominate…hell, they monopolize the band’s catalog and he is exactly where the buck stops. This band is his trip, and that’s […]

Just Say Yes!

By Chris Anderson   Just Say Yes!   The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame has always given the shaft to prog-rock. In 1996, Pink Floyd got in, because of course they did. It took fourteen years before Genesis made it in and Rush was finally inducted in 2013….and that’s it. However, this April it […]

Music Music Music

By Chris Anderson   Ryan Adams: Prisoner One of the more prolific artists of his generation, Ryan Adams has been cranking out masterpiece after masterpiece ever since his Whiskeytown days, over twenty years ago. Prisoner is his sixteenth solo album and one that often evokes the feel of classic Tom Petty, Bryan Adams, Mellencamp, that […]