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Rolling Stones Riff

Posted on 11/03/2011 11:24:05 AM

I watched “Ladies and Gentlemen: the Rolling Stones” the other day and got so excited.  Rollin Binzer's film of the 1972 U.S. tour highlights is incredible.  Not because of the cinematography or camera angles or format.  Because it’s the Stones, man.  The ...

Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost Review

Posted on 09/12/2011 11:46:36 AM

Perhaps the most highly anticipated indie album of 2011, Father, Son, Holy Ghost was touted as a classic even before its release. These are weighty expectations for any band to endure, let alone a young band from San Francisco poised to release only its second full-length album. Luckily, this ...

Runaway Riffs

Posted on 09/02/2011 01:21:13 PM

“The Runaways” (based on the book “Neon Angel” by Cherie Currie) I didn’t want to see this movie when it first came out because I didn’t think anyone could properly capture the essence of The Runaways and their mid 1970s environment. It was a very important time in ...

Guitar Riffs: Sweetie Pie

Posted on 08/23/2011 02:43:37 PM

Right now she’s lying on her back in a storage unit that's about to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Never in a million years did I believe Sweetie Pie would end up this way. Never in a million years did I think Sweetie Pie would end up in someone else’s arms.  The last time ...

Tina Turner Riff

Posted on 08/16/2011 02:51:53 PM

Gams. The lady’s got great gams. Pipes. She can sing her butt off. Integrity. No matter what came down the line in her life she stuck to her guns. She didn’t go the easier, softer R&B-only route and didn’t give in to what other people thought she should do.  Since the ...

Quintessential Faves

Posted on 08/09/2011 11:16:26 AM

Street Faërie by Cree Summer, the actress who played the ditsy, tree hugging Freddie Brooks on “A Different World”, is another one of my quintessential faves. I love listening to this album when I’m on long distance train rides. The gentle swaying motion of the train makes me ...

Punk Riffs

Posted on 08/01/2011 11:42:10 AM

Since becoming popular in the mid-1970s punk rock has seen its share of mutations and still managed to maintain its essential elements: anti-establishmentarianism, politicism, aggressive nihilism, the Albino gazelle syndrome, juvenile tantrum-filled unadulterated individualism and of course f**k ...


Posted on 07/19/2011 10:41:52 AM

The first time I stumbled onto Orianthi Panagaris was in 2007 when I found her NAMM performance of “Little Miss Lonely” on YouTube. I actually thought she was a Playboy bunny turned singer. I didn’t believe the young blonde woman walking across the stage with a top of the line guitar ...

Aerosmith Back In The Saddle

Posted on 07/10/2011 09:47:26 AM

The bickering boys in the Aerosmith attic have finally come out to play. Today reported the band is back in the studio to record their 14th studio album with producer Jack Douglas. Drummer Joey Kramer tweeted the good news yesterday along with a photo of himself and Douglas in the studio. ...

Strength Of the Single: "Perfect Stranger"

Posted on 07/01/2011 12:42:47 PM

Imagine a jam session at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium during the summer of love. Keith Moon and Steve Winwood are on stage playing with members of Cream and White Heart. The atmosphere is charged with psychedelic love for all things music, the audience in awe of the temporary amalgamation. Add ...

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