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Concert Review: Mindy Smith at SubCulture in NYC

November 27, 2013 by  
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November 22, 2013
SubCulture– NYC, NY

Reviewed by: Antonio Marino Jr.

New Yorker’s got a jump start on the holidays as Mindy Smith played her first show in support of her latest release, the Holiday EP Snowed In. SubCulture, New York City’s newest live music venue welcomed the native Long Islander home.  Smith, who now makes Nashville her home, has released five critically acclaimed full length records in the past nine years.  Read more

Bobbie Brown Talks ‘Dirty Rocker Boys’

November 25, 2013 by  
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81zW7nwfc0LAs the “Cherry Pie” girl, women wanted to be Bobbie Brown and men wanted to be with Bobbie Brown.

In her new book Dirty Rocker Boys  – the original video vixen lays it all out on the line. Brown speaks candidly about her colorful life and career, reflecting on everything from her marriage to Warrant frontman Jani Lane and his tragic passing to her tumultuous relationship with Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee. Brown has led a remarkable life and she shares both the highs and lows throughout her new memoir.

TWRY recently caught up with Brown to talk about the new book, her extraordinary  life and what she’s currently up to.

Interviewed by: Roger Scales

After reading your book Dirty Rocker Boys, it seems that it is as much an autobiographical sketch of your life story as it is a story of the LA Rock scene of the late 1980’s and early to mid 1990’s do you agree?

I do.  I totally do. Read more

Concert Gallery: Jamey Johnson at the Chance Theater in in Poughkeepsie, NY

November 25, 2013 by  
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Jamey Johnson
September 20, 2013
Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
Photos by:  Antonio Marino Jr

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Concert Review: JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA

November 25, 2013 by  
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November 21, 2013
Brighton Music Hall– Allston, MA

Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber

Chicago neo-soul artist JC Brooks, accompanied by his studio-tight backing band The Uptown Sound, brought an indie twist to classic vintage Motown at Brighton Music Hall last Thursday. Brooks, a skyscraper of a man both in stature and personality, has the charisma of James Brown, the poise of a human statue, the finesse of Otis Redding, and in his own words, the “sweat like Sam Jackson in ‘A Time to Kill.’”  Despite an audience age span of roughly 30 years, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound were still able to electrify the lot of us into collective unabashed flailing, though from stage-front Brooks easily outstripped us with his sweet ‘n dirty moves. Read more

Concert Review: Houndmouth at Royale in Boston, MA

November 18, 2013 by  
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November 14, 2013
Boston, MA

Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber

I’m not generally the kind of person that follows a band around while they tour, but I’d had Houndmouth on my radar after seeing their Wilco/Billy Bragg A.V. Undercover appearance, thus while vacationing in Arizona a couple weeks ago scooped the opportunity to see the band play Tucson’s Club Congress – a venue perhaps the size of Great Scott but with moody red lighting more apropos of The Paradise.  With an audience so spare that it hardly comprised a minyan, lone female vocalist Katie joked, “I feel like we should all be on a first-name basis.”  While on the brisk desert evening they put on a solid show, that performance was a mere honey drop to the Winnie-the-Pooh sized tub of energy at last Thursday’s Newport Folk Festival-sponsored jaunt on Royale’s stage. Read more

Catching Up With Brian Korban of Heretic

Brian KorbanLet’s talk about the brand new Heretic box set from Metal Blade Records From the Vault…Tortured and Broken.  It must be very satisfying to finally have your original EP Torture Knows No Boundary (1986) and first full length album Breaking Point (1988) released remastered with bonus tracks for a new generation of fans that may have dismissed these back in the day or maybe were not even born yet upon their initial release?   

Yeah, you know it was one of the first things when we reformed that we thought of doing.  The EP and that first album were really hard to find.  You had to go to Ebay to try and find them and pay like $50.00 or more for each of them. They were totally out of print and our initial thought was to maybe just put them out ourselves.  After the release of A Time of Crisis (2012) Metal Blade contacted us about releasing them both and that started the ball rolling from there.  It’s great to finally get these out there in this box set for the newer fans and also for the fans that maybe had it on LP to now be able to have them remastered with bonus tracks.              Read more

CD/DVD Review: Ted Nugent / Ultralive Ballisticrock

November 14, 2013 by  
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Ted Nugent

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Why another Ted Nugent Live Album?  The question should really be ..why the hell not?  Truth be told the Ted Nugent machine is a live artist and the studio albums are really just a vehicle for him to go out and do what he does best and that’s put on a loud, kick ass, politically incorrect, fun, over the top rock show. Read more

Concert Gallery: Matt Nathanson at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

November 14, 2013 by  
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Matt Nathanson
November 9
, 2013
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Concert Review + Photos: The Pretty Reckless at The Paradise in Boston, MA

November 14, 2013 by  
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November 11
, 2013
The Paradise – Boston, MA
Photos by: Jeff Palmucci

A while ago, Spotify started pushing the Pretty Reckless on me in the recommendation section. Never listened to them, and I generally disregard Spotify recommendations.  I’ve had a change of tune and now welcome our new machine overlords.  Spotify was right, I love this band.

I’ve worked with these kind of algorithms in my day job, so let me take a second to talk about how cool this is. I had never heard of Taylor Momsen before. The Pretty Reckless frontwoman gained fame as an actress on the teen soap Gossip Girl. I’m a long way from being a teen, and I’m not a soap opera fan (human relationships scare and confuse me). Spotify doesn’t know about past lives. It just knows who listens to which songs and how often. That’s exactly the information that you need to make a recommendation. Anything else just clouds the issue. People can become fans for all sorts of reasons, but the most rabid fan isn’t going to listen to the music a lot if it sucks. The machine ignores all of the hype and just gets to the raw results. Read more

CD/DVD Review: Def Leppard / Viva! Hysteria

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Viva! Hysteria
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

I have been hoping for something like this for so long now.  So many bands are taking classic albums and playing them in their entirety both to provide something different for the diehard fan and an added incentive for casual fans to see the band live for the first time.  When it comes to Def Leppard, the choice for some might be Pyromania (1983) or even High ‘n’ Dry ( 1981) but there is no denying that Hysteria (1987) was really their landmark album selling over 20 million copies worldwide.  Read more

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