Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: 40th Anniversary Tour [Concert Review]
May18

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: 40th Anniversary Tour [Concert Review]

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers w/ Joe Walsh: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO – May 12, 2017 When Tom Petty led the Heartbreakers to the stage for their 40th Anniversary Tour stop in St. Louis, the large screens at the rear of the stage projected a photo of one wall of the band’s practice space, with two dozen guitars lined up and ready for use. It was also against the back drop that this might be the last large tour for this...

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Bob Dylan: Triplicate [Album Review]
May15

Bob Dylan: Triplicate [Album Review]

Bob Dylan Triplicate Columbia Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Dylan attempts to “uncover” these familiar songs. Album Review: By now, any fan of Bob Dylan is familiar with that hilarious comment to the over-serious music journalist in the now infamous, televised 1965 press conference in San Francisco which can be found on youtube.com. Dylan had released two albums earlier that year, Bringing It All Back Home,” with breakout...

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The Afghan Whigs: In Spades [Album Review]
May05

The Afghan Whigs: In Spades [Album Review]

The Afghan Whigs In Spades Sub Pop Records [2017] Fire Note Says: The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli returns with a more compositionally rich and textured musical approach that echoes classical musical themes that run in tension with the demanding drums, guitars and Dulli’s compelling vocal howl. Album Review: At a time when alternative music had progressed from post-punk into grunge (the late 80’s and early 90s), Cincinnati native Greg...

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Dave Perkins: Fugitive Colors [Album Review]
May04

Dave Perkins: Fugitive Colors [Album Review]

Dave Perkins Fugitive Colors Lugnut Music [2017] Fire Note Says: Longtime Nashville guitarist sideman, delivers another record of strong songs, and blistering guitar work. Album Review: The first time I saw Dave Perkins play live was about 30 years ago at a summer music festival and he was promoting his first solo album on What? Records, The Innocence. I remember when his band was called back for an encore, they played a cover of “She...

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Depeche Mode: Spirit [Album Review]
May02

Depeche Mode: Spirit [Album Review]

Depeche Mode Spirit Columbia Records [2017] Fire Note Says: On their 14th studio album, synth pop pioneers Depeche Mode have become more predictable compared to their early work. Album Review: By now, nearly 40 years in, Depeche Mode must be the most popular and successful of the 80s bands that abandoned traditional instruments for the promise of the synthesizer. At different times it was called synth-pop, techno, new wave,...

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