November 29, 2002 |
With the exception of latter-day Eric Clapton, the guitar hero-soft rocker suitable for mass consumption is a rare commodity. Enter, then, unassuming, puppy-dog-cute John Mayer, who comes bearing expressive guitar licks that make him more smooth talker than fiery gunslinger, and hopelessly romantic pop songs that set the lovesick feeling of every unrequited crush you ever endured to smart chord progressions a la Dave Matthews. Touring behind his million-selling major-label debut, Room for Squares, Mayer (who was backed by a three-piece band)
June 16, 1995 |
Charlie Sexton is the guitar prodigy who hit the road with Joe Ely when he was 13 and got signed to a major label deal when he was 16. He's the hotshot with the high cheekbones who returned to Austin, Texas, after a failed bout with pop-stardom in Los Angeles, and became a six-string sensation redux with the Arc Angels, which featured the rhythm section from Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble. So how come Under the Wishing Tree (MCA), the Malcolm Burn-produced new album mischievously credited to the four-man Charlie Sexton Sextet, is filled with atmospheric soundscapes and searching, rootsy songwriting, and doesn't sound like the work of a guitar hero at all?
December 19, 2008 |
Todd Rundgren is fuming mad. And for fans of the 60-year-old rocker, that's reason to celebrate. Rundgren has spent much of the last two decades dabbling in multimedia experiments, techno, and soundtracks. Do we need to mention the bizarro exercise where he retooled his biggest hits - "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light" - into out-of-tune bossa novas? But his anger at eight years of the Bush administration has pushed Rundgren to return to classic form. Classic rock, that is. He's picked up his guitar and is wielding it with a revitalized sense of mission.
November 28, 2008 |
That annual Black Friday dilemma is here - what to buy for the gamer in your life. With so many video games and systems, it's never an easy choice. But this year, I'm going to make your holiday shopping a bit easier with these gift suggestions. Music games are incredibly hot right now, and the biggest name in the genre is Guitar Hero. The new Guitar Hero: World Tour (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PS2) is available (disc only) for $50-$60, depending upon your gaming system. This will suffice if the gamer in your life already has a guitar controller from a previous edition.
August 23, 2012 |
Hello there Chris didn't know Kristen until she walked into his Graduate Hospital home on New Year's Eve 2008. Kristen had been invited to Chris' party by her friend and coworker Ivy, the then-fiancée of Chris' law school buddy Matt. "We played Guitar Hero a little bit together," Chris said. "Definitely, she made an impression on me that night. She is very cute, and I noticed she was a good singer, too. " But Chris let Kristen leave without exchanging contact info. "I had a little too much to drink that night, and was kind of thinking that I had blown any future opportunity with a bad first impression," he said.
September 4, 2009 |
Rockers out there, it's time to turn off Guitar Hero and turn on to the heroes of guitar in It Might Get Loud, a six-string "summit" featuring virtuosos of the '60s, '80s, and aughts. They are: Jimmy Page, silver-maned lion of licks, guitar supremo of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin; the Edge, wool-capped wizard of reverb for U2; and Jack White, pork-pie-hatted plucker of the Raconteurs and White Stripes. In this electrifying triptych from Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth)
April 10, 1995 |
With nearly two decades' worth of hits under his belt, Tom Petty has earned his place as the most prominent veteran male American rocker around. Compared to Bruce Springsteen or even John Mellencamp, Petty's work has often seemed slight and unwilling to risk seriousness. But while his contemporaries have dawdled, Petty keeps building rootsy, chiming tunes around sturdy choruses that are easy to sing along with, and scoring one MTV hit after the next. At the Spectrum on Friday night, Petty pulled top-shelf hits off his current album, Wildflowers (American)
October 3, 2010 |
The reaction It's been the question of the week: Do Eagles fans cheer the man who led them to five conference title games or boo the Redskin who never brought them a Super Bowl title? And how will McNabb react to whatever reaction he receives? McNabb on the move The Redskins love to roll out McNabb or use bootlegs to get him outside the pocket. The misdirection buys him time, and his big arm lets him throw to any part of the field. Both of the Redskins' passing touchdowns have come on plays like this.
June 24, 2008 |
MAKES US proud to be an American that a guy wearing a cowboy hat, tidy whities and a guitar has legal standing in court. The Times Square entertainer known as the Naked Cowboy got a judge's OK yesterday to continue his lawsuit against Mars Inc., which the cowboy says improperly used his trademarks in an M&Ms commercial. We knew those blue M&Ms were gonna be trouble. U.S. District Judge Denny Chin did throw out a few of Robert Burck's complaints about the commercial he says made it look like the Naked Cowboy was endorsing the candy.