November 12, 2012 |
Halfway through Saturday's set at the way-sold-out Theatre of Living Arts, Texas blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. blasted through the din of "Ain't Messin 'Round" - the catchiest track from his recent major-label debut, Blak and Blu - with this: "I don't believe in competition / Ain't nobody else like me around. " It wasn't a boast. It just is. Right now, there is nobody like Clark Jr. Traditional blues albums don't sell devastatingly well - few records do anymore. Yet during the third week in October, there was Blak and Blu (hardly traditional, with its dollops of R&B and wee nods to hip-hop, but pretty darn blue)
February 21, 2012 |
DON'T MEAN to be glum or weird. But I was feeling lots of "beyond the grave" vibes rising out of this week's new releases pile from artists like Howlin Rain, Don Bryon, Angelique Kidjo and the Grateful Dead. HEAR THEM ROAR: Everyone connects music to people and events. For me, Howlin Rain 's "The Russian Wilds" (American, A-) will always be associated with a mobile message that came through while I was listening: an alert that Steve Leon had died of a massive heart attack.
February 6, 2012 |
It would, of course, be futile to speculate about how Jimi Hendrix would have evolved had he lived past the age of 27. But given his wide-ranging tastes and rumors of planned collaborations with the likes of Miles Davis and Gil Evans, it seems safe to assume that he would have at least crossed paths with the jazz-rock fusioneers of the 1970s. One possible outcome of such an alternative history was suggested at the Painted Bride on Saturday night. Guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski played an eclectic set of radically rearranged songs by the late guitar wizard and others, from what vocalist Freedom Bremner referred to as "the Hendrix diaspora.
December 6, 2011 |
Hubert Sumlin, who died in Wayne, N.J., of heart failure Sunday at 80, is a crucial figure whose remarkable, mercurial, breathtaking style and long-standing legacy (Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan owed him a debt; Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton even more so) is a subject for far more scholarly scribes. But what everyone interested in the blues should know, is that as Howlin' Wolf's guitarist, from the mid-1950s until Wolf's death in 1976, Sumlin was responsible for some of the most enduring and electrifying blues music of any era, from any region.
November 25, 2011 |
Britney Spears doesn't go around shaving her hair, doing drugs, yelling at cats, eating rose petals, and throwing herself at all manner of men in her spare time. Celebdom's onetime banshee is veritably a homemaker. "My house is very traditional. And I love 'shabby chic.' It's a very homey-cozy vibe," Brit tells Brit mag Stylist. "We spend a lot of time in the kitchen actually; maybe my kids [ Sean and Jayden Federline ] will be doing their homework or that kind of thing when they get home from school.
June 24, 2011 |
In the pantheon of modern funk music, three figures reign supreme. So intones the voice from on high that welcomes listeners to the grandiose new Bootsy Collins ' disc "Tha Funk Capital of the World. " There will probably be a similar introductory flourish as Collins and his 13-piece Funk U-nity band land tomorrow night at the Keswick Theatre on his first U.S. headlining tour in 16 years. Modesty never being part of his bold and sassy self, Collins isn't just (self-)
April 30, 2008 |
FOR THOSE of you who think classic porn is best, Vivid Entertainment is releasing a sex tape shot in a hotel room close to 40 years ago. The star is allegedly Jimi Hendrix, so fans may finally get to see if the guitar is an extension of . . . you know. Vivid said it obtained the footage from a memorabilia collector. The 11 minutes of sex footage features Hendrix engaging in various acts with two women, according to a statement released by Vivid. The company said it consulted with several experts to authenticate the footage.
February 14, 2006
LOOK, DUDE, the School of Rock music is gonna live. Somewhere cause rock 'n' roll will never die! Oh, it may move to another site, BUT IT WILL NEVER DIE!!! (Pick up Stratocaster; blast rock riff here). We have an inkling that the Paul Green School of Rock, which must move out of its rental location at 1320 Race St. to make way for an expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center, will find a new home. It may not be as convenient as the Race Street location - the better to lure high school wannabe Hendrixes from Friends Select and Roman Catholic - but we hope it stays in Philly.
August 2, 2005 |
GOOD THING the Army's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy wasn't in effect in 1962. Otherwise the world may have missed the chance to hear the music-changing sound of guitar god Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix, you see, told. He also lied. According to Charles R. Cross' new biography of Jimi, "Room Full of Mirrors," Hendrix's claim that he was discharged from the 101st Airborne in 1962 after breaking his ankle on a parachute jump, was a canard. He actually pretended he was gay. Hendrix's military medical records reveal he complained to a Fort Campbell base psychiatrist that he was in love with one of his squad mates and that he had become addicted to masturbating.
August 2, 2005 |
Saxophonist Michael Brecker is gravely ill. The Philadelphia-born, Cheltenham-raised jazzman - who has won 11 Grammy Awards, more than any other sax player - has been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), a blood and bone marrow disease, according to an announcement on his Web site. Brecker, 56, is being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and needs a stem-cell transplant. In a career as a sideman and a leader, the tenor player - whose most recent album is Wide Angles (2003)