Author Archives: Joe Ryan

Steve Vai Rips It Up At The Uptown Theatre In Napa, CA

Steve Vai October 7, 2012 | Uptown Theatre – Napa, CA Review by Michael Marshall / Photos by Asinthia Marshall The rolling hills of Napa, California were rocked last Sunday when the Steve Vai tour stamped its sonic signature on the Uptown Theater crowd. In support of Vai’s new album, “The Story of Light”, the band blasted several new songs ... Read More »

Review of The Lumineers Self Titled Debut

Review by Garrett D. Kennedy First, they reminded me of The Tallest Man on Earth, then the Avett Brothers, the Felice Brothers, and Mumford & Sons. The Lumineers have elements of all those bands, but after about fifty listens in a week to their self-titled debut album, they are their own band. I realized this more around the tenth listen, but ... Read More »

Hall and Oates @ The Tower Theater

Hall and Oates are having a moment. The duo behind eight platinum and seven gold records have seen their share of popularity, but, let’s be honest, they weren’t exactly considered cool back in those chart-topping days. Sure, we bought the records and sang “Private Eyes” in the shower, but it wasn’t as though teen boys were lamenting their inability to ... Read More »

Review of Jack White’s Blunderbuss

My first impression of Jack White was created from hearing Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground, and then Hotel Yorba.  It was during a time in my life when listening to rap music was getting old.  It just didn’t do it for me anymore.  And so, my brother, more of a punk rock fan, said I should try The White Stripes.  This ... Read More »

Norah Jones Live At The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY

Norah Jones – Live at The Bell House (Park Slope, Brooklyn, Friday, May 12, 2012) Photo © Lawrence Fung Review by Garrett D. Kennedy + Photos by Lawrence Fung I swear Norah Jones has been around longer than a decade.  Maybe that’s because her voice sounds like it comes from another era.  She’s thirty-three, but is an old soul, many say. ... Read More »

Album Review: Alabama Shakes | Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls (ATO Records, 2012) About two months ago, I emailed my father to tell him to check out the Alabama Shakes.  “Our new favorite band,” I predicted.  On April 10, 2012, the Alabama Shakes released their debut album Boys & Girls.  Most bands don’t make it.  For other bands, it takes a couple albums, or ... Read More »