Album Review – An Appreciation of JJ Cale

by Ronald A. Rowe August 22nd, 2014
This month, Eric Clapton demonstrated that sometimes you need to go backward to move forward.  His newest album is entitled The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale.  With this offering Clapton returns to his original choice for a band name back in the 1970’s, Eric Clapton and Friends.  It is a truly appropriate name because the album features a Who’s Who of musicians, all of whom were inspired to one degree or another by the dearly departed JJ Cale.  Don White, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, and Christine Lakeland all lend their considerable talents to this
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Eric Clapton Sings the Blues

by Ronald A. Rowe August 18th, 2014 | Featured Artist
1990 saw legendary guitarist Eric Clapton playing a series of highly-acclaimed concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  His touring partner Stevie Ray Vaughan and several members of their shared crew were killed in a helicopter accident that summer.  Early the following year, Clapton’s young son, Conor, died in a freak accident.

Eric Clapton had all the money a man could ever want and could easily have withdrawn into solitude after those tragic events.  Instead, he re-forged himself into
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    by Sam Tiscia August 21st, 2014 | Album Review
    It is with great disappointment that I confess I was not impressed with Young the Giant’s album Mind Over Matter.  I am almost always a one-man (or one-woman) advocate for indie rock bands who carry that contagious SoCal vibe, but to put it simply: this album just didn't stand out.  In the past, Young the Giant tends to have those songs that perk up your ears approximately 15 seconds into it.  They give you that high anxiety feeling where you’re ferociously looking for a pen and paper to scribble down lyrics so you can look it up later, or cross
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  • Kermit — Litoral

    by Jason Lightner August 20th, 2014 | Album Review
    I had an offer to check out an album a short while ago; an album that, had I stumbled across it during a Sunday record store trip I'd have not given it a second look. The album is Spanish in origin — another bit of trivia that would have given me reason for dismissal — but I maintained the notion that I should at least give it a shot. And so I did.

    Kermit is an experimental rock project out of Malaga, Spain, signed to Itaca Records. The group (?) has released two albums thus far, their latest being Litoral, which
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