Articles by Phil Childers

R&Beatles : A Soulful Top Ten of Beatles Covers

May 24, 2019 by

Everyone loves The Beatles, right? Well, for many years, I was an exception; I didn’t immediately fall in love with the Fab Four. All the obsessed fans and fetishists turned me off, even though The Beatles influenced much of the music I was listening to as a teen. Eventually I became one of those annoying […]

360 Degrees of Hip-Hop

February 21, 2019 by

Hip-hop is my generation’s rock & roll. So, after a 15-year hiatus, I’ve made it a point to get back into this culture-defining music. I’ve always been a lover of classic hip-hop and a casual spectator of current pop-rap, but it had been a long time since I listened seriously to America’s favorite genre. I wanted […]

The Cowls: 360º and Mac & Cheese

January 14, 2019 by

Certain Calculations by The Cowls AnalogueTrash Late in 2018 360ºSound was turned on to the music of The Cowls. Very early in 2019, I sat down with the band’s main man, Damion Jurrens, for a lovely conversation over dinner. I met up with Damion at Homeroom: mac+cheese in Oakland, California and we chatted about the […]

Holla-daze — Alternative Christmas Tracks

December 24, 2018 by

Every year we are inundated with the same old tired Christmas tracks. Just like that fruitcake that no one wants (see below for bonus Fred Schneider coverage) new artists will try and cash in on a classic with a vocal twist on a tried and true favorite, but rarely do we get much originality or […]

Bohemian Rhapsody: Film Review

December 18, 2018 by

Queen’s rock operetta “Bohemian Rhapsody” captured my fascination at seven years old. So, after seeing the trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody the film this past May, I lost myself in all the hype and broke my cardinal rule – I read a few of the early reviews. This turned out to be problematic, as the reviews […]

CANJAM RMAF Part 2 — Denver or Bust!

November 9, 2018 by

This is my second visit to a CANJAM, and I couldn’t be happier that I returned. Earlier this year I attended SoCal 2018 with very little understanding of what CANJAM had to offer, but walked away knowing that I wanted to come back for more. Chris and I were both able to attend; it was […]

David Byrne: American Utopia Tour — Oakland, CA

October 4, 2018 by

David Byrne: American Utopia The Fox Oakland 16 August 2018 Oakland, California Music always surrounded me in my home. Growing up in Detroit in the 70s and 80s, I was lucky enough to have parents (especially my Dad) that made an abundance of music part of our daily life.  With hundreds of albums at my disposal, […]

I’ll Take the Lead

July 16, 2018 by

Ever wish you could step out and take your turn in the spotlight?  You’re not alone. Some of rock’s legendary moments have occurred when the side man (or woman) steps to the mic and takes a lead vocal. While Keith Richards tends to business on tracks like “Happy” or “Before They Make Me Run,” Mick […]

Top Ten Covers of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”

May 23, 2018 by

This month we have a top ten list consisting of covers of one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 songs of all time, Dolly Parton’s 1974 #1 country hit “Jolene.” Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, the song has only 200 words but appears to have been covered at least that many times. This song of love […]

CANJAM SoCal 2018

April 30, 2018 by

  High-end audio tends to over-promise and under-deliver, in my experience. This was my first CANJAM, and initially the SoCal 2018 event appeared to be more of the same. The ballroom at the JW Marriott in downtown LA reminded me more of a local comic-con than “the world’s premier headphone audio show.” But this intimate […]