Rant’n’Roll: Zach Schmidt, Danny Marks, Alexandro Escovedo, James Brandon Lewis & Charlie Rich

Singer/Songwriter Zach Schmidt has lived enough life for a dozen lifetimes. He once rode his bicycle cross-country. He’s been a cattle rancher in Texas and a train-hopping hobo in Pittsburgh. Now based in Nashville, his follow-up to 2013’s Horse or Truck or Train is the self-produced and self-released The Day

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Rant’n’Roll: Homeward Bound: The Life Of Paul Simon

Peter Ames Carlin has done it again. His Bruce bio shed more light on Springsteen than any previous book, was eminently readable and enjoyed the participation of its subject. Now here comes rhymin’ Simon, 75, in the pages of Homeward Bound (Henry Holt and Company; hardcover; $32.00), a book filled …

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Rant’n’Roll: Fundamental Forces, John Mceuen, Peter Saltzman, Gabriel Espinosa, Norah Jones & A Chicago Farmer

The Subtle Energy of Seattle guitarist-composer Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces is a reimagining of Wright’s color trilogy (2013’s Blue, 2014’s Red and last year’s Green). As its title depicts, the instrumental rock herein is not as muscled as the previous three. Still, its strength is derived from the …

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Rant’n’Roll: Isaiah B Brunt, Bob Lanza, Tracy K & Candiria

Isiah Brunt in New Orleans

When actor Keanu Reeves performed his music down under, he hired one of Australia’s leading visionaries, Isaiah B Brunt, to whip his music into shape. When American Idol’s Randy Jackson took a touring band there, he also tapped Brunt…as did Julio Iglesias. When …

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Rant’n’Roll: Is This Guy A Gangster? Was My Father A Gangster?

According to author Jon D’Amore, from the 1930s on, New Jersey gangsters littered Bergen County with homes both spare and palatial (depending upon how far up on the Mafia food chain they were) while working in Hudson County and, of course, across the river in New York City. D’Amore’s self-published …

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Rant’n’roll: Marchfourth, Gabrielle Louise, Francisco Pais & Pete Townshend’s Deep End

For its fourth CD, the musicians, dancers, acrobats and even the two guys on stilts from the most amazing live band in the land, MarchFourth, went from their Oregon home to Louisiana to record and self-release their Magic Number, funded by their fans on Kickstarter. New Orleans opened …

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Rant’n’roll: Lex Grey, Jazz Arias, Blues, More Blues, Eric St-Laurent And Who Is Allan Harris?

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Heal My Soul (Pioneer Productions) by Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers is the sixth CD from these Brooklyn underground darlings. An Etta James/Marianne Faithful/Janis Joplin combo, Lex is a ball-buster in concert. Her old-school blues and classic rock befits her stature as a larger-than-life provocateur. Here, …

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Great Double-Bill: The Bongos/The Rubinoos

As if seeing Hoboken’s beloved house band The Bongos isn’t enough, a rare stateside appearance by California’s power-pop legends The Rubinoos (who haven’t played the East Coast yet this century) makes this a must-see night. Hey, they’re big in Japan, as the saying goes, as well as Spain. On Oct.

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Rant’N’Roll: Julphan Tilapornputt, Al Strong, Dwiki Dharmawan, Ronnie Earl & A Gal Named Elektra

Regards To You II is the self-released follow-up to Julphan Tilapornputt’s 2012 Inspired CD wherein the guitarist from Thailand fuses classical music with jazz to create a stunning synthesis of otherworldly instrumental mysteriousness. All original, each track was inspired by a different person in his life, thus we get …

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Rant’N’Roll: Lucky Losers, McKee Bros., Zach Larmer, Jay Willie, Little Mike & A Guy Named Shirantha

Yeah, you’ll find Lucky Losers In Any Town (Dirty Cat Records) but these particular Lucky Losers (as oxymoronic as that may sound), if you find them in your town, will most likely be playing some bar. Harmonicat/vocalist Phil Berkowitz and sexy siren Cathy Lemons go down easy on this follow-up …

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