February 24, 2017

L.A. previews February 24-March 2: Nile Project, Elliott Caine, Arts Crawl South Pasadena, Tigran Hamasyan, Experience Hendrix, R.I.P. Larry Coryell & Alphonse Mouzon.

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February 23, 2017

Record review: Immolation, "Atonement" (Nuclear Blast)

"Atonement" is a death-metal landmark for Immolation. No need to belabor the point; they didn't.

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February 14, 2017

Ponderation: Metallica with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards.

Now that all the musics have been stuck in a blender and whirled around, we need to listen fresh. Was that Fishbone or Blind Lemon? The Honeydrippers or the Sugar Hill Gang? Merengue or meringue?

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February 10, 2017

Record review: Black Star Riders, "Heavy Fire" (Nuclear Blast)

If '70s hard rock is a wreck at the bottom of the English Channel, it can still look mighty cool as all them twisty barnacles continue to grow all over the masts.

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February 3, 2017

Greatest hits: 10 years of MetalJazz.com. Ornette Coleman, Dimmu Borgir, Disney vs. devil, Moses' foreskin and more.

The tolling of a decade is the proper occasion to look back on some of the most popular MetalJazz entries.

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February 2, 2017

Wake: for Don Waller, 1951-2016, at the Short Stop, January 29.

Crying in private.

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January 27, 2017

Ponderation: Groove-hard drummers of the Midlands.

The final exit of Mike Kellie last week dredged up my long-held admiration for U.K. hard-rock drumming around 1970.

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January 12, 2017

Selections: Nat Hentoff's liner notes.

Hentoff seemed to have written liner notes on about half my jazz collection.

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January 5, 2017

Record reviews: Testament, Burial, Exhausted Prayer.

Snakes and stones.

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December 22, 2016

A dream: Fine Dining.

This story was still hanging in my head when I woke up this morning. I take no responsibility for it.

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