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On “Prisoner” Ryan Adams Misses Her Like Candy

On “Prisoner” Ryan Adams Misses Her Like Candy

Eli Jace March 24, 2017 0

In reading some reviews of Ryan Adams’ new album, Prisoner, released last month on, I saw one writer describe the cover as a self-portrait. Could be. But, really, I see two people embracing, one

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Live Review: R. Carlos Nakai Quartet at Mesa Arts Center

Live Review: R. Carlos Nakai Quartet at Mesa Arts Center

Eli Jace February 16, 2017 0

“Get your arthritis out,” R. Carlos Nakai said, shaking out his arms, before his Quartet took the stage of the Piper Repertory Theater at the Mesa Arts Center last Sunday. “Some of this you

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Code Orange / Youth Code / GATECREEPER live review

Code Orange / Youth Code / GATECREEPER live review

Eli Jace February 3, 2017 Comments Off on Code Orange / Youth Code / GATECREEPER live review

The streets above ground were calm and quiet in downtown Mesa last Sunday night. Down below, though, beneath the pavement and piping, in the Nile Theater’s underground basement venue, the guttural rumble of GATECREEPER

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New PC Worship album not on The Grinch’s playlist

New PC Worship album not on The Grinch’s playlist

Eli Jace January 19, 2017 Comments Off on New PC Worship album not on The Grinch’s playlist

The Grinch would not enjoy this album. What, with all the noise, Noise, NOISE. Like its cover, Buried Wish by PC Worship, is a giant pile of nearly indescribable matter. It was written by

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5 of the Year’s Best Albums

5 of the Year’s Best Albums

Eli Jace December 31, 2016 Comments Off on 5 of the Year’s Best Albums

2016 was a huge year for new music. Mainstream headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco, Blink 182, Green Day and Metallica returned for another gasp. Years-in-hype releases from Radiohead, Kanye West, Solange, Frank

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5 Disappointing Albums from 2016

5 Disappointing Albums from 2016

Eli Jace December 23, 2016 Comments Off on 5 Disappointing Albums from 2016

There was a lot to be disappointed in from 2016. They took Bowie, Prince, Merle, Leon and Leonard away from us. Kanye created one of the coolest stage sets — the mid-crowd hovering platform

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GATECREEPER Bring Harsh Conditions on Debut Album

GATECREEPER Bring Harsh Conditions on Debut Album

Eli Jace October 19, 2016 Comments Off on GATECREEPER Bring Harsh Conditions on Debut Album

The Arizona sun can be an oppressive force, an unforgivable presence. “I do think people from Arizona, I think maybe our brains are a little fried,” Chase H. Mason of GATECREEPER said during his

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Wilco Shrug with Their Tenth Album, Schmilco

Wilco Shrug with Their Tenth Album, Schmilco

Eli Jace October 14, 2016 Comments Off on Wilco Shrug with Their Tenth Album, Schmilco

In the past few years Wilco have become the most low key rock band, passively releasing albums at a steady cruising pace, shrugging at twenty years of creativity and maintaining an anchor for five

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Nick Cave Tries to Deflect His Most Upfront Hurt in New Doc

Nick Cave Tries to Deflect His Most Upfront Hurt in New Doc

Eli Jace September 16, 2016 Comments Off on Nick Cave Tries to Deflect His Most Upfront Hurt in New Doc

  As Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds rehearse Else Torp sings her part on the new song, “Distant Sky.” The camera zooms out the pace of rising mist through the ceiling to show

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Nels Cline scores your life on 2-disc Lovers

Nels Cline scores your life on 2-disc Lovers

Eli Jace September 13, 2016 Comments Off on Nels Cline scores your life on 2-disc Lovers

If you’ve ever seen Wilco live you’ve noticed the tall guy in nice button-down dress shirts playing the guitar stage left. That’s Nels Cline and he shreds in equal parts beauty and chaos. He’s

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