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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #13 Jan-Feb 1998

Beck – El Rey Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)

Critical darling and platinum seller, Beck the white-boy hip-hopper-folky-faux-James-Brown-punk-jokester is a bona fide star in the alt-rock ’90s. But as postmodern as his breakthrough release Odelay is, Beck seems equally at home, if not more so, bowing at the feet of folks such as Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Dylan and Sonny Terry. Time and again, while [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #12 Nov-Dec 1997

X – Beyond & Back: The X Anthology / The Blasters – American Music

If you were to hear the Blasters’ “Marie Marie” and X’s “Hungry Wolf” back-to-back, you might not think much connected them. One sounds as if it’s coming from the neighborhood bar, the other from the garage of a broken home. But these two bands are kindred spirits and were two of the finest to emerge [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #12 Nov-Dec 1997

Matthew Ryan – Mayday

Well, here we go again, another singer-songwriter plucked from the Springsteen/Dylan branch of the rock ‘n’ roll family tree. Like we need it, right? But from seemingly out of nowhere comes Matthew Ryan, definitely not just another coffeehouse rocker. Hell, his debut Mayday just might be the best singer-songwriter rock kinda thing to come around [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #12 Nov-Dec 1997

Replacements – All for Nothing/Nothing for All

The seduction of the Replacements is alive and well, and, as much as I might have intended to approach this record review with proper critical distance, well, that was blown out the window like a cigarette butt at 90 mph upon hearing the first notes of a previously unreleased, supercharged version of “Can’t Hardly Wait”. [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #10 July-Aug 1997

John Fogerty – House of Blues (West Hollywood, CA)

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Willie & the Poor Boys was probably the first rock music to sneak into my psyche. It was a reel-to-reel copy which, alongside tapes by Neil Diamond, O.C. Smith and Bread, comprised my father’s music collection. I remember spending hours staring at the cool album cover — four hippie white guys strumming [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #10 July-Aug 1997

Geraldine Fibbers – Butch

As the album title intimated, the Geraldine Fibbers’ 1995 major-label debut Lost Somewhere Between The Earth And My Home staked out uncharted musical territory. It was a mesh of art-rock sonics, street-tough stances and an underlying shade of rustic country, and it left many a critic and listener tongue-tied in attempts to pigeonhole. Too alt-y [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #9 May-June 1997

Honey Ridge Creek Dippers – Ash Grove (Santa Monica, CA)

After only three or four songs by the Honey Ridge Creek Dippers, one couple in the audience decided they’d had enough. No matter that they had great seats for what was being billed as the debut performance of the trio fronted by Victoria Williams and her recently reclusive, former-Jayhawk hubby Mark Olson; no matter that [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #8 March-April 1997

Peter Case’s First Flight – Ash Grove (Santa Monica, CA)

Peter Case has stumbled across a monthly stint at the once storied and recently revived folk haven known as the Ash Grove with a bold concept: Cram raw, unfiltered singer-songwriterdom down the throats of those curious fans willing to open wide. It’s called Peter Case’s First Flight, a no-frills, no-pretensions gig that includes Case and [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #7 Jan-Feb 1997

Peter Holsapple – Out of My Way

Don’t know about in your town, but here in Los Angeles, “Adult Album Alternative” (aka Triple-A) radio stuff tends to be watered-down folk-rock and HORDE-iness with a side order of Steely Dan, Dire Straits and Peter Gabriel. Sure, there’s the occasional surprise, say, some old Dylan or Van Morrison, and it is just about the [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #6 Nov-Dec 1996

Slim Dunlap – Times Like This

There’s this country ditty near the end of Times Like This called “Nowheres Near”. It tells the story of a band that hasn’t been noticed after “20 fucking years.” The band is having tryouts to replace the bassist, axed for being too sarcastic. “Well we’re holding this stupid audition,” sings the wheezy-voiced Dunlap. “Some little [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Vancouver International Folk Festival Day Two (Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC - July 19th, 2014)
    While Friday night at the Vancouver Folk Festival focuses on main stage performances, the rest of the weekend on the sprawling festival grounds of Jericho Beach is as notable for its smaller workshop performances. This was especially true this year. This particular Saturday started with the official public announcement of Joan Baez's cancellation. Perha […]
  • Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Man Is Born for Trouble (Album Review)
    The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revol […]
  • By the Time You Read This, It'll Be Over: A Pre-Newport Ramble
    Missing the first night -- likely the best of the three, given my taste and interest -- is sort of a bummer. But, on the other hand there's still two more days and nights to wander around the festival site, to hopefully discover a new act or the reinvention of something old. And, to be completely honest, the music and performances will run second to jus […]
  • Well Crafted, The “Not To Be Missed” Music Festival of 2014
    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill located in pristine Harrodsburg, Kentucky plays host to what is shaping up to be the best Americana music festival of 2014.  Well Crafted, August 8-9 2014, couples some of the best musical talent in our beloved scene with the fine frothy libations of Kentucky’s local Craft Beer creators.  Shaker Steps Productions’ Derek Feldma […]
  • Five Questions: Bry Webb
    After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will. Written as a something of a meditation on his new role as a father to a son, the set is quieter, to be sure, but it's not without some edge. After all, you can take the boy out of the rock, but y […]
  • Your Interview with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris
    A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest to give away some copies of the Jayhawks' remastered and reissued editions of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music. In the process, we asked you to pose questions you'd like to see Jayhawks founding member Gary Louris answer. Fifty folks entered and Jayhawk Gary Louris… […]

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