All posts by Benjamin Ricci

  • GEAR REVIEW: Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster

    From our December print issue. The new Mexican-made Blacktop Jazzmaster looks like a beautiful reissue of a Fender fan favorite. Sometimes though, looks can be...

  • Austin City Limits Roundup

    We had so much fantastic coverage of the annual Austin City Limits festival that we couldn’t fit it all in the magazine. Here is another...

  • Record Review: Violens

    Violens Amoral New York, NY New Wave is (unfortunately) an underused descriptor of current music, with a rare and welcome exception coming from Violens’ first...

  • Record Review: Tweak Bird

    Tweak Bird Tweak Bird Carbondale, IL The resurgence of ’70s style rock duos consisting of two dudes with shaggy and vaguely out-of -style haircuts is...

  • Record Review: Tumbledown

    Tumbledown Empty Bottle Seattle, WA Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if pop-punk and Americana/country music were melded together? Pick up the...

  • Record Review: Speak Easy

    Speak Easy Words Have Power Atlanta, GA Sean Fahie has chosen the right moniker. As Speak Easy, rapping over jazz horns and soul riffs, his...

  • Record Review: Roh Delikat

    Roh Delikat Sunny Boston, MA An endearing quality about most alternative music is the fact it can readily change itself to various forms of dark...

  • Record Review: RIBS

    RIBS British Brains Boston, MA Head banging to a melody is not an easy feat. There is always the very real risk of dislocating your...

  • Record Review: Mikie Lee Prasad

    Mikie Lee Prasad Jukebox Folktales: Volume Two Oakland, CA One of the hardest working musicians in the Bay Area, Mikie Lee Prasad has been performing...

  • Record Review: Mermaids

    Mermaids Tropsicle Atlanta, GA The cover of Tropsicle contains a weird, collage-like image of summertime pictures from long ago. The sounds within the album perfectly...