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SONG REVIEW: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds cover of Elvis Presley’s “In The Ghetto’”

It was only this morning that I found out that “Big Yellow Taxi” was written by Joni Mitchell. It’s a song I’ve heard thousands of times; it has haunted my adolescence from job to job and is unfailingly played while I shop for groceries (even at the time when I had a job stocking groceries)…. Read More ›

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for: UMMAGMA

How much more fitting could it be for a love affair to blossom at an outdoor acoustic guitar concert between two musicians? Comprised of Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon, Ummagma is a dynamic Canadian-Ukrainian duo, founded in Moscow in 2003, where Kretov and McLarnon met coincidentally at an acoustic concert. The relationship between the two… Read More ›

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for: Sam Pinkerton

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Sam Pinkerton has released three songs, all of which are available to download from her website. Her formula is simple: guitar, voice, feeling. It is amazing how much the pick of guitar can make you feel, especially when it is paired with a perplexingly calming voice – a voice with such a peculiar… Read More ›

Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Spotlight on Dream Theater, Part I

More than likely, even if you’re mainstream out the arse, you’ve heard the name Dream Theater bandied about before. This band’s success is mystifying to me as they’ve been afforded a kind of legendary treatment despite having almost no mainstream exposure. I’ve put off writing about them in any great detail, mostly because some of what I’ll have… Read More ›

The Tyranny of Sorrow: Spotlight on Grauzeit

Perhaps the most exciting thing about progressive music is that it transcends the genre it has become. The irony is that while it is true that when it all began, progressive (forward-thinking) musicians were so against the very idea of walling oneself into a particular style of music that they inadvertently created their own style of music that… Read More ›

Review: Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II (2012)

Genesis, 1971: enter the spartan, black-clad, brooding figure known as Steve Hackett. As stated in previous articles, Genesis is one of the few bands out there about which I can honestly say I love the contributions of every single member who’s ever graced their line-up. Their 1970 sophomore album Trespass is unabashedly my favourite album of theirs and… Read More ›

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