Cocktail Slippers: Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

When I think of Norway, my first thought doesn’t usually turn to all-female garage rock bands. That is until I recently saw the Cocktail Slippers perform at South By Southwest. Now the Oslo band is back with their second album for Steve Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records.

Saint Valentine’s Day

by   |  05/15/2009  |  Comments Off on Cocktail Slippers: Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

Neil Young: Fork In The Road

Brian Wilson and Bruce Springsteen are famous for writing songs about cars, but Fork In The Road is the the first album that I can remember that is about one car. The vehicle in question is Neil Young’s precious Lincoln Continental that he’s had converted to hybrid technology. Now he …

by   |  04/09/2009  |  Comments (1)

Jersey Shore Rock-n-Soul Revue @ Count Basie Theatre

RED BANK, NJ—It’s hard to think of a more legendary performer from the NJ club scene than Bobby Bandiera. The Orange native began his career with the Dodd’s house band Holme in 1970 before moving on to Cats On A Smooth Surface. The latter band’s Sunday night residency at the …

by   |  03/27/2009  |  Comments (1)

Ryan Adams @ The Wellmont

MONTCLAIR, NJ—People who stayed home to watch the Academy Awards missed something of an award-winning performance a bit closer to home, as Ryan Adams and the Cardinals brought their tour to Montclair’s refurbished Wellmont Theatre. The newly-engaged Adams (to Mandy Moore) recently announced that this will be his last tour …

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Various Artists: A Few Uneven Rhymes: A Tribute To Winter Hours

Tribute records can be a very hit or miss proposition. Oftentimes they feature a few good tracks, and the rest are, well, not as good. So it must have been gratifying for longtime radio personality and WBJB Music Director Jeff Raspe when his call for artists to contribute to this …

by   |  01/20/2009  |  Comments (1)

Kevin Smith @ Count Basie Theatre

RED BANK, NJ—Last night I was fortunate enough to be offered a last minute ticket to see Kevin Smith’s return to the city of his birth, Red Bank, NJ, for an evening of storytelling and question answering. I had seen the first of the three “Evening With Kevin Smith” DVDs …

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Bob Dylan: Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs

For the last 17 years, Columbia Records has been gathering Bob Dylan’s demos, alternate takes, unreleased songs, and live performances for the outstanding Bootleg Series. The just released eighth volume of the series, titled Tell Tale Signs, is one of the finest installments in the venerable series.


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Kings Of Leon: Only By The Night

In 2007, I placed the Kings third album, Because Of The Times, near the top of my list of the best albums of the year. Only By The Night is even better. This time out, the Kings have made a somewhat more accessible record without giving up any of …

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Bob Dylan @ Convention Hall

ASBURY PARK, NJ—Bob Dylan comes to Asbury Park. A historic event in the making. Everything was in place for a very special evening. The show had been an announced sell-out within minutes of the tickets going on sale. At least that was the word. I met two friends on their …

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ Giants Stadium

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—What is there left to say about Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band? After more than 35 years, and hundreds of shows, it seems that everything that can be written has been written. The man and his music have been dissected, analyzed, deconstructed and reconstructed.

I saw …

by   |  08/13/2008  |  Comments Off on Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ Giants Stadium

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