April 26, 2015 |
British singer-songwriter Mike Scott and the Waterboys' primary concerns are apparently blues, water, and having the blues in relation to the water. Scan his 34-year-long catalog and you'll find album titles such as Fisherman's Blues , This Is the Sea , and the recently released Modern Blues . It's a band whose music could be described as soul-blues-shanty-punk. On an unseasonably chilly Thursday night at the Keswick Theatre, Scott and his Waterboys showed how glorious such an unlikely mash-up could be. Scott - a sometimes sneering vocalist of clarity and expressiveness - is more of a smart poet/lyricist than a Muddy Waters blues guy. To be sure, down-home blues did lurk behind some of the numbers.
January 22, 2015 |
Since the 1990s, Marilyn Manson has crafted for himself an image as an "Antichrist superstar. " Each of his incendiary albums is a sonic blast filled with fear and loathing that would turn his hero, Hunter S. Thompson, absinthe- green with envy. His recent effort The Pale Emperor brings him to the Electric Factory on Friday. It's Manson's bluesiest and most focused melodic effort, loaded with hard, icy lyrics about Robert Johnson-like devils beneath his feet, killing strangers, and weeklong binges.
January 12, 2015 |
Blues legend Muddy Waters said he heard himself for the first time in 1941. It was when folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax recorded him in his Mississippi home. In the 1930s and early '40s, Lomax traveled the country with his trusty Presto machine, making field recordings of American folk musicians, live at 78 revolutions per minute, onto lacquer-coated "acetate" discs. That Saturday afternoon with Muddy Waters changed the way Waters viewed his music - and it changed blues forever.
September 17, 2014 |
Ruthie Foster has just finished driving from San Antonio to Austin, Texas - home to partner Katie and their 3-year-old daughter, Maya. She's a little tired, considering she's had three record-release parties for her new Promise of a Brand New Day . Tuesday, she'll do the same at World Café Live. Such is the life of the modern blueswoman. New Day is layered in gospel, R&B, Tex-Mex, folk, and conjunto. It's full of departures, chief among them the producer: singer/composer Meshell Ndegeocello.
July 3, 2014 |
Everyone thought the question had been answered 42 years ago, with passage of the Clean Water Act: What, exactly, are the waters of the United States - waters that warrant government protection to ensure they are drinkable, fishable, and swimmable? Rivers such as the Delaware, regularly plied by cargo ships? Absolutely. The Schuylkill and major tributaries? No debate. But smaller streams? For federal officials, those are muddy waters. Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions, in 2001 and 2006, showed that the regulations were not as clear as the regulators had thought.
March 2, 2014 |
When he began writing about blues, country, soul, and early rock-and-roll, Peter Guralnick had one simple goal: to convey his own passion for artists such as Muddy Waters, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bland, and Jerry Lee Lewis, and explain why they were so important. Guralnick accomplished just that with his first two collections of artist profiles: 1971's Feel Like Going Home and 1979's Lost Highway . Now those volumes are available as enhanced digital editions ($9.99 each on iTunes)
September 6, 2013 |
Fittingly, WXPN's yearlong Mississippi Blues Project - an online interactive program with accompanying live shows - ends with a dance party Friday night at Theatre of Living Arts. In the hands of Jonny Meister, host of XPN's The Blues Show , and his longtime associate David Dye ( World Cafe creator and DJ for WXPN's "Funky Friday Dance Party"), that finale will celebrate all shades of blues. James Cotton is on board for Friday's live Funky Blues Finale and Dance Party at TLA. Throughout his career, the harmonica player, now 78, has played key roles in some of the blues' greatest recordings.
August 18, 2013 |
Sometimes a unique voice - a boldly odd and enticing tone - comes along and yanks the most jaded listeners from their bubble of indifference. Think of the first time you heard Billie Holiday, Antony, Nina Simone, or Bob Dylan, voices that were/are captivating beyond the notion of being merely pleasurable. Count Tennessee-born Valerie June among those vocalists, with a creaking, emotive sound blending Dinah Washington's shushing jazz inflections and Dolly Parton's high nasal whine into an extravagantly funky chatter.
March 8, 2013
BY NOW it's obvious that the highly publicized, $5 million class-action lawsuit charging Budweiser with overstating its alcohol content is pure B.S. The plaintiffs, including two Montgomery County brothers, say that Anheuser-Busch deliberately waters down its beer, and that its alcohol content is "significantly" overstated on its labels. But the lawsuit provides no evidence to back up that claim. It cites no scientific-based data, or even how much Bud drinkers are being shortchanged.
July 8, 2012 |
1. b. Muddy Waters. 2. c. Ron Wood. 3. a. "Come On. " 4. d. Aftermath. 5. b. Their Satanic Majesties Request. 6. c. Brian Jones. 7. a. Gimme Shelter. 8. d. Andy Warhol. 9. b. She's the Boss. 10. d. Keith Richards.