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In Defense of Van Halen (By a Guy Who Just Drove 4 Hours to see Them)

There’s been a movement within people who are roughly my age to dismiss Van Halen’s music entirely. I drove four hours to see them with David Lee Roth in Greensboro North Carolina last spring, and my reaction to their reformation and tour was nothing short of “This is going to be awesome!”...
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Which One’s Pink? – The Pink Floyd Story

I want you to think about Pink Floyd for a moment.  I want you to think of your favorite song or album.  Think of every experience you’ve had associated with their music.  Have you synched Dark Side of the Moon up with the Wizard of Oz?  Have you gotten baked out of your gourd and listened to ...
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Who Is Willie Brown?

Wading into the history of the Delta Blues can get as murky as wading into the Mississippi itself.  Case in point being someone like Willie Brown. On paper Willie Brown would not be considered an important Delta Blues musician. His entire recording career consisted of only 6 songs recorded for Para...
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In Defense of Mumford & Sons (By a guy who bought their album for his wife)

In Defense of Mumford and Sons (by someone who bought their album for his wife because he wanted to buy something at his local record store on Record Store Day) If there ever was a case-study for the bizarre reactions people have to rock popularity these days it is Mumford & Sons. The Eng...
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Meet Floating Action

We met up with Floating Action on a rather cold and snowy evening in Port Chester NY for a cup of Brazilian coffee and some good conversation before they took the stage, opening on the final evening of My Morning Jacket's Capitol Theatre run.  The man behind Floating Action is Seth Kauffman, bu...
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My Morning Jacket – 3 Nights @ The Capitol Theatre

You can imagine the quizzical looks one might receive from family and friends when announcing you will be driving 10 hours the day after Christmas to watch the same band perform in the same venue three nights in a row. Explanations of the band's extensive catalog, no repeat set lists, and incre...
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Best New Artist of 2012 – Shovels & Rope

Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, known as Shovels and Rope are a husband and wife duo with a stripped down acoustic sound, straight out of the South Carolina low-country.  Sounds pretty cute right?  Yah, not so much.  These two may turn in a tender moment or two when the time is right, but for ...
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Patterson Hood Interview: Drive-By Truckers – Kings (& Queen) of the Road

After a year and just shy of 150 shows since we last saw them, the band is bringing the rock show back to our hometown Norfolk, VA tomorrow night.   We had the chance to have a few words with the ever eloquent Patterson Hood about life on the road, the band’s connection to VA, and their histori...
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Introducing…..Bahamas

Who is Bahamas? Bahamas is a one man band created by Afie Jurvanen.  Afie grew up about 2 hours outside of Toronto, and up until now has been hanging in the shadows - playing and touring with such artists as Jason Collett and Feist.  In 2009 Jurvanen stepped into the spotlight with his debut a...

A Fans Take on The Promise: Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town

"Where are you going to stand?  This is the question the album asked over and over again.  With who and where are you going to stand?" -Bruce Springsteen As a huge fan of Darkness on the Edge of Town I was extremely excited to delve deeper into how the album was made and get a peek into Springs...

11 Most Anticipated Albums of 2011

It doesn't seem like that long ago when we wrote about last year's most anticipate albums and here we are again anxiously awaiting another round of great new releases. Last year's bunch turned out seven really solid albums, and three other discs who have yet come to fruition. Let's start with the...

Our Rock N Roll Holiday Wish List

While everyone else is sharing and taking care of their fellow man this holiday season, the Merchants of Rock are screaming "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" In the hopes that a jolly fat man in a red satin suit will hear our cries we've put together a rock n roll wish list of all the things we want this Chris...
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