Author Archives: Joe Ryan

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 »