Quick Spins: Violent Femmes Return!

Violent Femmes Hotel Last Resort (Pias) www.violentfemmes.com $13.99 It’s been a couple of years since we’ve heard from The Femmes, and their hibernation seems to have had a rejuvenating affect. Drummer Brian Viglione has parted ways with the band, and former sideman John Sparrow has taken over percussion chores. In this case it means that […]

Quick Spins: Neil Young, Sum 41 & Trip Wire

By Dan Pavelich Neil Young & Stray Gators Tuscaloosa (Reprise) www.neilyoung.com $18.99 “Tuscaloosa” documents Neil Young’s tour to promote his iconic 1973 record, “Harvest.” Young seems a bit subdued in this eleven-song set, proceeding as if he’s not certain that he’s even performing before the right audience. The band deftly supports Young, with “After The […]

Quick Spins: Springsteen Heads West!

By Dan Pavelich Bruce Springsteen Western Stars (Columbia) www.Bruce Springsteen.com $16.99 I have wondered all of my life, if Bruce Springsteen was born and raised in New Jersey, why then does he sing with an old-timey cowboy accent? Even his speaking voice might leave you thinking that he might be Sam Elliot’s little brother. I […]