June 6, 2016 |
L ansdowne-reared guitarist Steve Gunn, who has just released his new album, Eyes on the Lines (Matador), is a master of his instrument, incorporating a wide variety of influences into his hypnotic sound. Here, he names his five favorite players of all time: Skip James, the great Mississippi bluesman who is buried in Bala Cynwyd. "He had this indecipherable style. Very mysterious, which coincided with his vocals. His rhythm and his playing is just very unique and strange. " John Cipollina of 1960s psychedelic band Quicksilver Messenger Service.
April 30, 2016 |
For 10 years, ferocious guitar slinger and singer Dweezil Zappa has played an active role in the curation of father Frank Zappa's legacy by selling out Zappa Does Zappa catalog concerts across the globe. Who better to carry on the elder Zappa's adventures in avant-garde jazz/classical composition or fusion-funk grooves? The only problem here is the success of Zappa Does Zappa left Dweezil Zappa, now 46, with a dilemma: He, too, has had a solo career filled with flighty pop and raging rawk-outs.
March 19, 2016
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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.