Tangent Muzik

Gig Review - Wagon Wheel Festival

For those watching sporting events at The Diamond, the headgear of choice is usually a baseball cap. On Saturday, it was cowboy hats all the way as the Wagon Wheel Country Music Festival returned to the Lake Elsinore stadium. A few thousand concertgoers (in V Festival Tickets) enjoyed sets by six acts –- including stellar turns by Lee Ann Womack and Dierks Bentley.

Gig Review - Andrea Bocelli

We all know that the music industry makes most of its profits in the run-up to Christmas, but even so, November 12 seems a bit early to be wearing paper hats and breaking out the mince pies. But in Andrea Bocelli’s mind, at least, the festive season is already raging. The second half of the show was peppered with elderly Yuletide chestnuts roasting on the open fire of Bocelli’s lush orchestral and choral accompaniment, with videos of snowy Alpine scenes for good measure. Coming back onstage to sing Silent Night, Bocelli had changed from a black jacket into a white one.

Music Review - Foetus

J.G. Thirlwell - aka Foetus, was a major player in the underground scene of the 1980s. Like Rihanna is now. In conjunction with others such as Lydia Lunch, Genesis P. Orridge, Coil, and The Hafler Trio, Foetus defined the bleeding edge of confrontational music during those “Family Values” days. While Robert Mapplethorpe and “Piss Christ” artist Andres Serrano had the Bush One-era NEA screaming for mercy, Foetus and his contemporaries seemed to provide the soundtrack.

Music Review - Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac caught a lot of criticism for their 1979 album Tusk, mostly because they had not produced another Rumours. They took the easy way out by releasing their first live album on December 8, 1980. They also went conservative as ten of the eighteen tracks had originally appeared on their Fleetwood Mac and Rumours albums and only three from Tusk

Music Review - Bruce Springsteen, The Promise

Billed as a lost Springsteen album, these 21 songs were left over from the 40 or so he recorded for 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town, which is re-released this week in the form of a luxurious, multiple-disc box set.

Heard here for the first time, they reveal the author working through his influences – Roy Orbison, doo-wop, classic rock 'n' roll – and while a thrill for fans, the truth is he was right first time. Not only do the songs not quite fit Darkness's tightly edited tales of struggle, they're not quite up to its high standard either.

Gig Review - Mystery Jets

DESPITE being around for nearly five years now, Mystery Jets have yet to throw in the towel; a commendable persistence since they’ve never really fulfilled the promise they showed all those years ago, at least not commercially.

At the Glee Club, supported by great new act Is Tropical, it was clear that the Jets weren’t interested in merely trading on old glories.

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