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Concert Review: Pat Travers Band, Live at RockBar Theatre, San Jose, Ca.

SAN JOSE, CA - A lot has changed between now and the last time I saw the Pat Travers Band in 1978. By the looks of the audience at the RockBar in San Jose, Pat Travers has accumulated a wiser, more refined and mature audience with enough unheeding animation to walk into a venue like the RockBar, on a Friday night and brave an evening of what is certain to be a night of loud music!

Review by Camden Barbour * Photos courtesy of Pat Travers Band

The RockBar is a converted card club with a large stage on one end of the room and a spacious lounge with various seating options on the other end. The two areas are separated by a colonnade which unfortunately blocks some of the view of the stage from the lounge areas. The place features a separate bar called, the Vodka Bar and another bar area in the corner of the main lounge.

CD Review: Kasim Sulton’s “3”

Kasim Sulton, best known for his work alongside Todd Rundgren and as a member of the power-pop band Utopia, recently released his third solo album (in Oct. 2014) and aptly titled 3. This talented singer/songwriter/bassist/guitarist has an impressive resume, having performed and recorded with Mick Jagger, Cheap Trick, Meatloaf, Joan Jett, Patty Smith, Hall and Oates, Richie Sambora, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Patty Smyth, Blue Oyster Cult and Meat Loaf over his nearly 40-year career.

Review by Joe Milliken

Nine of the tracks are written by Kasim and all but three of the tracks were recorded at his home studio, while the other three recorded in London at Phil Thornalley’s studio in St. John’s Wood. “I mostly work alone at home,” Sulton told this reviewer in a recent interview. “These days, you don’t need a lot of assistants to make a record.”

CD Review: The Veitch Boys EP

So, find yourself a woody... find yourself a surfboard, because you're about to be taken back in time. An artist from Bellows Falls, Vermont, The Veitch Boys EP is released by Michael Veitch and will take you back to the feeling of the surf music craze of the 60s, which now has a genre name of Trop rock.

Review by Brian Koppenhager

Michael has a long history in this area as a songwriter, has written hundreds of songs released Americana CDs such as Postcards From Vermont Volume 1, Painted Heart, Heartland and now, The Veitch Boys EP... he was invited to perform at the Newport Folk Festival 2001 and also wrote a song, "Veterans Day,” recorded by Judy Collins in a duet with Kenny White.

The EP opens with a very surf music-type song called “Drive,” featuring great harmonies and that Beach Boys sound in the vocal style.

CD Review: Pink Floyd's "The Endless River"

Pink Floyd is one of those bands that has left it's profound mark on so many. Their swan song release, The Endless River, is a gentle goodbye to those who shared their "real-time" timeline. There are a couple of pieces that are more up-tempo, but mainly it's a melancholy journey for the listener - and clearly the creators.

Review by Christopher Bergmann

David Gilmour and Nick Mason are saying their goodbyes to their late band mate, keyboardist Richard Wright, the best way they can, by using a large amount of the experimental material recorded at the same time they wrote and recorded 1994's The Division Bell. All of the music is full of beautiful - albeit mellow - Wright passages, augmented mostly within the last year and a half by the two remaining members, along with Mr. Wright's son in law, bassist Guy Pratt, and a few other recognizable players from the day.

BOOK REVIEW: "ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith"

Aerosmith Guitarist Joe Perry Tells His Side of the Aerosmith Saga

BOSTON - Guitar legend Joe Perry has a new 'project' to talk about, but this time it's not his solo band releasing a new album. This time the Toxic Twin has released a book, co-written with acclaimed music biographer David Ritz (Buddy Guy, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Etta James) which unveils his side of the legendary yet sordid saga of one of rock music's greatest bands, Aerosmith.

Review and concert photo by Joe Milliken

However, this is not your typical tale of rock-and-roll excess, although there is plenty of that as well, no... this is a more thought-provoking insight about the life and times of a relatively shy guy from small town New England, who found fame and fortune through hard work, some hard partying and a little luck thrown in.

CD Review: Stonewall's "Worn"

The release of Stonewall’s second full-length CD in late 2013 was certainly a welcome sight and sound for all their loyal fans, who had patiently waited for the band’s follow up to their debut CD What If?, which had been released in 2008. Well, this reviewer is one of those fans and let it be it was all worth the wait!

Review by Joe Milliken * Photo courtesy of Stonewall

With tracks recorded at Subcat Studios based in Syracuse, New York and produced with Ron Keck, Worn is a more well-rounded collection of songs as compared to Stonewall's debut release, as Josh Parker (guitar and vocals), Philip Chiu (bass and backing vocals) and Ryan Young (drums and backing vocals) clearly show how they have progressed not only as musicians, but also songwriters and all-around purveyors of their art form.

Concert Review: Duo De Twang, (Featuring Les Claypool) Higher Ground, Burlington, Vermont 8/29/14

BURLINGTON, VERMONT - It’s not very often that someone gets the opportunity to see one of their musical heroes up close and personal. Sure, I’ve been to many concerts and have seen quite a few of my favorites, including the first time I saw Geddy Lee and Rush. I was utterly paralyzed; no fists in the air and no outward expressions of joy coming from me. It’s quite possible that I made it through the entire show without blinking... it was that good. Being a bass player myself, I have always naturally gravitated toward the bassists in my favorite bands.

Review by John Yake* Photo courtesy of Higher Ground

Of course, there have been exceptions but for the most part, it’s the guy that lays down the bottom end that gets most of my attention... and on this Friday night at Burlington Vermont's Higher Ground in late August, my undivided attention was on the one and only, Les Claypool, front-man of Primus. The first time I was exposed to primus over 20 years ago, I had never heard anything like it in my life and although I loved that it sounded so fresh, it did take a few months for me to realize the greatness of the band's energetic and enigmatic singer/bassist Claypool.

CD Review: The Ed Palermo Big Band "Oh No! Not Jazz!!"

Being a fan of both jazz and rock music, it is always cool when I can draw from both genres when writing a review or article and in the case of this two-disc, Ed Palermo Big Band CD, add in the fact that I am also a huge admirer of the late-great Frank Zappa and well, I shouldn’t ask for more... but I did, also having the opportunity to recently interview Mr. Palermo for a Standing Room Only cover story.

Review by Joe Milliken

With the release of Oh No! Not Jazz!! in February, the composer/band leader/sax player Palermo and his big band have now released two LPs of original material and four LPs of Zappa interpretations to date. Palermo’s impressive 18-piece band has essentially remained the same for 30+ years, including 20+ years of learning and performing Frank Zappa compositions… which is clearly evident when listening to this band performing the unique and often complicated Zappa catalog.

DVD Review: The Who’s “Quadrophenia Live in London”

Last year, to mark the 40th Anniversary of The Who’s classic album Quadrophenia, the band hit the road to play the album in its entirety, along with a handful of classic hits. The resulting live recording is an extraordinary show that - thanks to digital technology - feels like you’re right there in the front row. The sound is beautifully mastered in 5.1 surround and the video is top notch.

Review by Christopher Bergmann

The songs are performed with an amazing energy that make you quickly forget that the two remaining original members - Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey - are pushing 70 and the group of musician’s they assembled, including Townshend’s son Simon on guitar and vocals and legendary bassist Pino Palladino among others, do an impressive job capturing all of the energy of the original Who foursome.

CD Review – Ian Anderson’s “Homo Erraticus”

In recent years, Jethro Tull front-man Ian Anderson’s output has not always left his fans satisfied. Such as the strange Jethro Tull album, which like the technology he was allegorically criticizing, was lyrically dated almost as soon as it was released in 1999. Since then, he has released a handful of solo albums, none of which feature many of the elements Tull fans expect.

Review by Christopher Bergmann

In 2012, Anderson decided to re-explore themes first introduced on the classic Tull album Thick as a Brick with the release of TAAB2. Not a proper Tull album due to the departure of longtime lead guitarist Martin Barre, Ian treated it as a solo album and assembled a whole new band to record and tour. While musically a more progressive album, TAAB2 left fans including myself, still feeling somewhat unfulfilled.

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