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Rock and Roll Feature: Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill­

This is the thirty-sixth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

The Mars Volta, an Incredible Live Experience

It was well over two months ago that I was lucky enough to see this band live. I meant to write a review almost immediately, but between site overhauls, other issues and a series of delays, this is the first time I'm actually getting around to doing so properly. Consider it a testament to how much I enjoyed this show that I'm still writing a review so much later.

The Mars Volta Tear it Up Live With Rapid Fire Psychedelic Style

A few months prior... before the site overhaul, many unique circumstances and many many more delays, I went to a concert. That by itself is not all that uncommon as I go to a number of concerts every year and will certainly go to more every year in the future.

Rock and Roll Feature: Unlock the Multifaceted Octahedron with the Mars Volta

This is the thirtieth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Today I put forward what is the 30th Rock and Roll feature I've done in the past 2-1/2+ years. There's been a lot of variety, albums new and old, during that stretch and each one remains a favorite of mine for some reason or another to this day.

The Uplifting Magic of Santana Live: A Concert Review

There is always something extra special about going to a concert that cannot be found in other music formats. Albums, even live albums, just don't seem to be able to capture all of the energy and atmosphere in the room when a band is on stage performing. That isn't to say that the albums aren't any good as usually they're very good at capturing the energy of a specific musical moment, but it is a different experience than a concert. Concert have just more magic, and a more palpable energy.

Santana Live in Chicago 77

Back in 1977, a legendary band who took their name from their wailing guitarist, came to Chicago. I'm talking about Santana of course, and they played with guests Tower of Power. I wasn't around back in 77 to go to the show, but I am going to see Santana (I'm a long time fan actually) this spring for the first time, and so I thought I'd check out some of the live clips of the band throughout the years. I came across this show from 77, in Chicago no less, in it's entirety.

Controlled Chaos: The Experimentalism of the Mars Volta

I'm continually intrigued by how my musical tastes shift as I get older. There was a time when I wasn't into Led Zeppelin. There was a time when I wasn't into the White Stripes... the Smashing Pumpkins... the Velvet Underground... Sonic Youth... "insert band here that I now consider one of my favorites". That trend continues with another adventurous band: the Mars Volta. I remember first listening to the Mars Volta back 2001 when the arose from the ashes of At the Drive-In, a band I had been pretty intrigued by at the time.

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