MUSIC

Fil Ramil E.P. Release Party Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ Hennesy’s Boston

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Veteran musician Fil Ramil, major component of the local Steely Band tribute band No Static, has a new original solo E.P. out with the release party at Hennesy’s 25 Union St, Boston, MA 02108 in the live entertainment room known as the Hooley House. According to the venue’s website: The design and décor echo that […]

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Review The Blues Magoos Psychedelic Resurrection

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“Psychedelic Resurrection” is a classy return for the veteran ‘60’s group, a plodding anthem like Deep Purple’s “Perfect Strangers” or Roxy Music’s 45 RPM version of “Manifesto” – a glorious statement of return. The guitar chugs along taking a nod from the Beatles “I Am The Walrus” – perhaps the quintessential psychedelic groove tune. The […]

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2014 TMRZoo.com Custom Guitar Build – This Stratocaster Will Not Fade Away

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I was watching some old Buddy Holly clips and had a twisted train of thought. If Buddy was born in the modern hard rock era what would his famous Sunburst Fender Stratocaster look like? This was the launching pad for the 2014 TMRZoo.com Custom Guitar build. A little background on Buddy for you kids out […]

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CD Review – Gunhill Road: Every 40 Years

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19 new songs from the fellows who hit in 1973 with “Back When My Hair Was Short” is actually the delivery of enough material for a double vinyl disc. “Back when the discs were short” few artists got to enjoy such delightful indulgence, 1972’s Exile on Main Street, J Geils Band’s 1976 epic Blow Your […]

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Live Music Review: Apollo Blue at Club Bohemia

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APOLLO BLUE, the band – not the automobile – performed on October 23, 2014 at Club Bohemia and issued their underground blues to the appreciative crowd of local musicians and Central Square Cambridge regulars. They call their music “rock and blues, with a bit of psychedelic madness” and that formula is the product of the […]

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Review: Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker – I’m Gonna Give You My Love

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Anyone who reads this website with any regularity knows what a Jimmy Page fanboy I am. When it comes to Led Zeppelin and guitarists, the dictionary definition of fanatic really comes into play. Guitarists have done everything from modifying their Les Pauls to actually casting black magic spells to capture the essence of the Jimmy […]

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Review: J.A.S.O.N. – Myth, Murder, and Mayhem in a Punk Rock World

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Director Hatem Adell has taken playwright Pete Riesenberg’s reinvention of Jason and the Argonauts into the 21st century in an intriguing drama perfectly set in the Cambridge dungeon that was the original Cantab Lounge (now Club Bohemia.) The atmosphere, much like the old coffee houses of the 60s, adds to the vibe as the seven […]

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Review Ray Donovan Episode 8, Season II “Sunny”

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The series Ray Donovan is a real find with visual textures that take the Soprano’s into 2014, and similarly-styled plot distancing that comes together in an effective and powerful way. The theme of “Sunny” (the episode) is actually how the song brings some light to a very dark chunk of this series, but there are […]

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Fishman Fluence Pickups Hands On Review

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I recently visited the Fishman Electronics company in Andover, Massachusetts to get a firsthand look at their new Fluence pickups. Not only was I treated to a great tour of the facilities by Fishmans’s Chris DeMaria but also Unearth guitarist Ken Susi. The duo gave me a tour of what can only be described as […]

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Review: Guns of Brighton – A Selfish Call to Arms

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A Selfish Call To Amrs is a serious take on punk rock meets metal, the product delivered by Markie D (Mark Duchane) guitar/vocals/songwriting, Anthony Aubrey (drummer) adding harmony vocals and crunching percussion and former Virginian (the state) Lee Holland on bass who joined the group in July of 2012. A fourth member rounds out the […]

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MUKAGEE signs with Dead Inside Records, Plans for new EP “Twisted Control”

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DEAD INSIDE RECORDS has announced the signing of San Jose, CA Hard Rock\Groove Metallers MUKAGEE. MUKAGEE pronounced: “Muck-ah-jee”, is a powerful groove based heavy rock band with an incredible sound you need to experience! Poised on the cusp of break out stardom, this San Jose, CA. based metal band cannot be ignored. Led by the amazing lead […]

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MTV VMAs 2014 – The Artists that SHOULD Win Are…

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The MTV 2014 Video Music Awards, the VMAs, are airing tonight Sunday, August 24 on MTV and MTV.com via a free live online stream. (The nominees can be found here.) Predicting the winners is a crapshoot. Here’s who should win: Video of the Year: Sia – “Chandelier” Best Male Video: Pharrell Williams – “Happy” Best […]

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Review Elton John “The Million Dollar Piano” Blu Ray

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Eagle Vision’s dominance of the DVD market with high quality concerts/documentaries of major artists continues with this dazzling event from Elton John’s residency at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas.  A song that is a true period piece, “Philadelphia Freedom,” was great for the 70s but feels kind of dusty in the new millennium. […]

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Seymour Duncan Releases The Pickup Booster

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The highly sought after Pickup Booster is back with even more features to give guitar players the perfect boost when they need it. Many guitarists want to be able to boost their signal without adding noise or altering their tone. With its class A, low-noise circuit design the Pickup Booster can do just that and is exceptional at emphasizing […]

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CD Review – Violet Intent: Chant

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Like a cross between Syd Barret and Prince “Light the Night” opens up the Chant EP by Violet Intent, Bobby McDonald’s project from Cape Cod’s version of the Bermuda Triangle. With dense production the song oozes across its four minutes and eleven seconds of trance-rock and displays Violet Intent’s mission in no uncertain terms.    […]

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Review IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube 3 for iPad

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It has taken me so long to write up this review on IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube 3 simply because I am blown away and don’t know where to start. I guess the beginning is as good a place as any. I remember when the Rockman hit the market. Everyone was blown away by this great little personal practice […]

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