CANJAM RMAF 2018 — The Quest for Gain

October 25, 2018 by

There was a great positive vibe at this gathering in Denver’s fairly remote Tech Center neighborhood. I’ve been attending hifi and audio shows for over 20 years and this was the best experience I’ve ever had. I met a lot of great people who were gracious, patient and generous with their time and knowledge. There’s […]

Attack of the Supergroups

October 18, 2018 by

Supergroups have peppered the musical landscape throughout the decades with varying degrees of success. They may have been birthed out of creative differences between band mates, or a desire to play with more talented musicians. They may have risen like the phoenix from the ashes of successful bands, or quite possibly been a simple cash […]

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, […]

Detroit Booze Rock — Greta Van Fleet edition

September 27, 2018 by

Greta van Fleet The Fillmore Detroit, Michigan 25 May 2018 OK, so rock is dead they say. Kids don’t play guitars anymore. Rock ‘n’ roll spectacle has given way to American Idol runners-up, hip hop and choreography. Well, on this sweltering Friday evening heading into Memorial Day weekend, I begged to differ. I had heard […]

Son Volt at The Loving Touch

September 20, 2018 by

Son Volt The Loving Touch Ferndale, Michigan 8 August 2018 Raise your hand if you met your spouse on MySpace. Wait, you mean I wasn’t supposed to marry her? Well, I blame Jay Farrar. Back in the aughts (2000s) MySpace was kind of a big deal on the burgeoning social media scene. I got my […]

I’ll Take the Lead, Part 2

August 15, 2018 by

We’re going to call this the Keith Richards Tribute List. Side man steps up for a turn out front on lead vocals. While Mr. Richards (pictured) is not featured on this list, he is indeed its very inspiration. We believe Keith deserves his own list, which we hope to bring you in a future editorial […]

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 […]

Best Bass Lines Bracket

March 25, 2018 by

Like I always say, rock and roll is all about bass and kick drum. While the kick delivers that thump to your chest, the bass outlines the chord structure, defines the groove and often adds melodic counterpoint. But quite beyond music theory, a great bass line totally kicks ass! There are so many great bass […]