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click to enlarge Buckcherry  - 15  -  -  - Eleven Seven  -  - Last time we heard from Buckcherry, the Los Angeles - band had called it quits when lead singer Josh Todd - bolted. It appeared as though the rebellious Mr. Todd - would be a perfect frontman for a new rocking project - featuring ex-Guns N' Roses members  but that gig, of - course, eventually went to Scott Weiland. Well, now Todd - and Buckcherry are back with 15. Thankfully, - Todd's bravado remains a perfect complement to the - group's heavy guitars, with "Out of Line" standing out as - the album's best track. Lead single "Crazy Bitch" finds - the outfit back to its original form, but surprisingly - heart-shaped tunes ("Everything," "Carousel" and "Sorry") - act as the album's foundation. Considering the recent - surge in bar-band rock on the radio, Buckcherry's new - beginning couldn't have come at a better time.  - John Benson
  • Buckcherry

    15

    Eleven Seven

    Last time we heard from Buckcherry, the Los Angeles band had called it quits when lead singer Josh Todd bolted. It appeared as though the rebellious Mr. Todd would be a perfect frontman for a new rocking project featuring ex-Guns N' Roses members but that gig, of course, eventually went to Scott Weiland. Well, now Todd and Buckcherry are back with 15. Thankfully, Todd's bravado remains a perfect complement to the group's heavy guitars, with "Out of Line" standing out as the album's best track. Lead single "Crazy Bitch" finds the outfit back to its original form, but surprisingly heart-shaped tunes ("Everything," "Carousel" and "Sorry") act as the album's foundation. Considering the recent surge in bar-band rock on the radio, Buckcherry's new beginning couldn't have come at a better time. John Benson

click to enlarge Counting  Crows  - New Amsterdam " Live at - Heineken Music Hall  -  -  - Geffen / Release: June 20  -  - What does a band do when it's creatively bankrupt but - needs to prolong its credibility before falling into - obscurity? Considering the Crows have already visited - the cover route, the greatest hits album and the movie - soundtrack digression, the last strand of relevancy is a - concert release. This brings us to New Amsterdam " - Live at Heineken Music Hall, which relies heavily on - older material. It's hard not to point a finger in singer- - songwriter Adam Duritz's direction. The simplistically - slow song "Hazy" doesn't truly go anywhere  at least - not when compared to what Duritz and his Crows - accomplished in the past. Fans may be tempted to give - this album a try, but you're better off revisiting past - works and hoping Duritz finds his voice again. Because - right now, this Crow is off course. And it's a shame. -  John Benson
  • Counting Crows

    New Amsterdam " Live at Heineken Music Hall

    Geffen / Release: June 20

    What does a band do when it's creatively bankrupt but needs to prolong its credibility before falling into obscurity? Considering the Crows have already visited the cover route, the greatest hits album and the movie soundtrack digression, the last strand of relevancy is a concert release. This brings us to New Amsterdam " Live at Heineken Music Hall, which relies heavily on older material. It's hard not to point a finger in singer- songwriter Adam Duritz's direction. The simplistically slow song "Hazy" doesn't truly go anywhere at least not when compared to what Duritz and his Crows accomplished in the past. Fans may be tempted to give this album a try, but you're better off revisiting past works and hoping Duritz finds his voice again. Because right now, this Crow is off course. And it's a shame. John Benson

click to enlarge Michael Houser  - Sandbox  -  -  - Supercat / Under the radar  -  - Michael Houser, the late lead guitarist for Southern - whiskey rockers Widespread Panic, has had his second - posthumous solo album released. His first, Door - Harp, was full of acoustic hair-raisers, but - Sandbox finds the ax man returning to his - electric guitar and even singing on a few numbers. For - long-standing WSP fans, the disc is a must, an affecting - reminder of the man whose six-string style became an - intricate part of the band's sound. The overall feel of the - disc is more reminiscent of WSP's Till The Medicine - Takes than it is of Door Harp. While Houser - offers some of his most mature, refined picking of his - career on the new disc, those not familiar with his work - would be better suited checking out an older WSP album - (say, Space Wrangler).  - Jesse Stanek
  • Michael Houser

    Sandbox

    Supercat / Under the radar

    Michael Houser, the late lead guitarist for Southern whiskey rockers Widespread Panic, has had his second posthumous solo album released. His first, Door Harp, was full of acoustic hair-raisers, but Sandbox finds the ax man returning to his electric guitar and even singing on a few numbers. For long-standing WSP fans, the disc is a must, an affecting reminder of the man whose six-string style became an intricate part of the band's sound. The overall feel of the disc is more reminiscent of WSP's Till The Medicine Takes than it is of Door Harp. While Houser offers some of his most mature, refined picking of his career on the new disc, those not familiar with his work would be better suited checking out an older WSP album (say, Space Wrangler). Jesse Stanek

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