REVIEWS: RADIOACTIVITY - [LIVE]

Radioactivity - [Live] PHOTO
ARTIST: Radioactivity - [Live]
VENUE: O\'Brien\'s - Allston, MA - 29/07/15
DATE: 07-31-15
REVIEW BY: Ollie Ottoman
PHOTO: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
It’s an indescribable feeling when an album just hits you, but it's even better when it's an album you’ve been looking forward to all year. It really does feel special when you put on that first song and you just know you’re going to be at a familiar place, like being home with old friends. That’s what it feels [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 088

I Wanna Be Literated! 088 PHOTO
ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 088
A critical evaluation of The Gigantic Beard that was Evil by Stephen Collins.
DATE: 07-29-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
I'll never figure out how Stephen Collins successfully made this book, because the idea for it sounds so farfetched and difficult to grasp. But The Gigantic Beard that was Evil is a testament to what comics can do when you have a talented person at the helm. Talented and a little offbeat, I should say.

TGBTWE is [view more]

REVIEWS: SUBLIME WITH ROME - [ALBUM]

Sublime with Rome - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Sublime with Rome - [Album]
DATE: 07-27-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
There are a couple of different ways to look at Sirens – the new album by Sublime with Rome. The first (and easiest) way is to look upon the album with frustration; some critics will curse and say that calling Sirens a Sublime album in any capacity is an overstatement because the only original member left in the [view more]

REVIEWS: HEADSTONES - [LIVE]

Headstones - [Live] PHOTO
ARTIST: Headstones - [Live]
with A Rebel Few
VENUE: Maxwell\\\'s - Waterloo, Ontario, Canada - 07/09/15
DATE: 07-18-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
PHOTO: Cloud McCallum
The caliber and quality of Headstones as a live band has never been in dispute in this critic's mind, but that doesn't mean the band doesn't shine just a little brighter in some circumstances over others. To put it in simple terms, there's no denying that Headstones have done some great shows in Toronto – the big smoke has [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 087

I Wanna Be Literated! 087 PHOTO
ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 087
A critical evaluation of Map of Days by Robert Hunter
DATE: 07-17-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Richard takes notes in his book about the ocean levels and the time when they change. He does this not because he likes to, but because he has to. He doesn't do it for himself, but for the sake of everyone in the world.

As a child, Richard excels at swimming and is invited to visit his grandfather Frank every year so he can enjoy [view more]

REVIEWS: EELS - [2CD/1DVD]

Eels - [2CD/1DVD] PHOTO
ARTIST: Eels - [2CD/1DVD]
DATE: 07-08-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Bands who are able to make a big, potentially life-changing impression with a small, confessedly introspective sound don't come along every day, but that's the kind of band that Eels is and they prove it with their 2CD/1DVD presentation, Royal Albert Hall. The contrast between the idea of the performance and the show itself ia [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 088

Vinyl Vlog 088 PHOTO
ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 088
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Sickness and Health LP by 400 Blows.
DATE: 07-07-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
It’s funny to wonder why some bands catch on while others do not. It’s like a viral video, kind of. Although we’ve been doing the Vinyl Vlog for quite a while and we’ve focused on mostly new music, the format also allows us to highlight some great music which has gone somewhat unnoticed, and that desire to showcase some [view more]

REVIEWS: LEE HARVEY OSMOND - [ALBUM]

Lee Harvey Osmond - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Lee Harvey Osmond - [Album]
DATE: 07-04-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
In the quarter century since he first appeared fronting Junkhouse, Tom Wilson has always been at his best (be it with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, on his solo recordings or with Lee Harvey Osmond) when he's titillating listeners by either teetering on the brink of disaster (be it musical or personal) or dancing with the devil by the pale [view more]

REVIEWS: SUN KIL MOON - [ALBUM]

Sun Kil Moon - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Sun Kil Moon - [Album]
DATE: 07-03-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
While plenty of artists have been reveling in the “big more now” recording  and production practices made so simple and affordable by the digital revolution, music fans who think that's the only way to work in the twenty-first century need to discover Mark Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon. When they do, they'll discover that [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 086

I Wanna Be Literated! 086 PHOTO
ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 086
A critical evaluation of Saga Vol. 1 - 4 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
DATE: 07-01-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
I think it can be argued that Saga is probably the highest profile independent comic book being published right now. Before we get into the nuts and bolts of this wonderful book, let's take a step back and acknowledge just what exactly it's doing for the comic book art form.

Although at nowhere near the popularity of [view more]

REVIEWS: NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL - [ALBUM]

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real - [Album]
DATE: 06-29-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Can we all just agree to stop picking on Neil Young for a couple minutes, readers? Granted, the singer has left himself open for lots of critical abuse over the years (the most recent event that nobody wants to talk about is Pono), but there's a time and place for everything and trying to rip apart The Monsanto Years on the [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 087

Vinyl Vlog 087 PHOTO
ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 087
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Street Dogs and NOi!SE's untitled 10'' EP.
DATE: 06-28-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
There has never been a point in music history when two bands issuing a split release together hasn't been a gamble. The nature of the format is competitive by nature; both bands are in a position where they have to try and outshine the other, and that someone is going to come in second is guaranteed; whether it's by an inch or a mile is [view more]

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