Archive for April, 2011

Something Else! Featured Artist: Styx

A band suspended forever between the formalism of Dennis DeYoung’s Broadway pretensions and the harder-edged banalities of James Young and Tommy Shaw, Styx sounded different every time it came on the radio. Yet, critics insisted, somehow the same: Mediocre.

Christy Murphy – Feeling Good Looking Good (2011)

When Christy Murphy’s off-kilter sensibility and spare folk-rock jangle mesh, as on the YouTube hit “Single Girl’s Love Song,” her album Feeling Good Looking Good is a merry little distraction.

The Friday Morning Listen: Pat Metheny – A Map of the World (1999)

Author Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections, Freedom) was feeling sort of burned out and overexposed after spending several months book touring, with his personal history a constant subject. His solution was to travel to a remote island

Whitesnake – Forevermore (2011)

Maybe it’s because I was forced to listen to “Is This Love?” way too many times in the late 1980s, but for some reason, I just don’t hold Whitesnake in the same regard as many of my friends of a similar age.

Forgotten series: Nick Cave – No More Shall We Part (2001)

by Tom Johnson First impressions . . . you know what they say about that. They’re always right. Unless they’re not.

Two for Tain!: Jeff "Tain" Watts – Family and Laura Kahle – Circular (2011)

It’s been a couple of years since we last heard from pre-eminent jazz rhythmist Jeff “Tain” Watts, when his star-studded engagement Watts was introduced.

Something Else! Featured Artist: Boz Scaggs

We all know Boz Scaggs, right? The guy from Silk Degrees, the 1976 smash that spawned hit single after hit single after hit single — the million-selling “Lowdown,” “Lido Shuffle,” “What Can I Say,” “We’re All Alone.” The truth is, though, that it was the former Steve Miller sideman’s seventh solo release, and Scaggs has continued issuing varied and vitalRead More

Bob Margolin on Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy,” “Blues for Bartenders,” others: Gimme Five

Bob Margolin on Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy,” “Blues for Bartenders,” others: Gimme Five

Bob Margolin discusses his role in Muddy Waters’ final sessions, takes on an early side from Chuck Berry, and then disagrees on one of our favorite solo deep cuts.

Bob Margolin, Muddy Waters guitarist: Something Else! Interview

Bob Margolin, Muddy Waters guitarist: Something Else! Interview

Bob Margolin has spent his life around blues music’s most recognizable figures, and he’s now a respected band leader in his own right.

Forgotten series: Nico – The Marble Index (1969)

“The marble index of a mind for ever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone,” wrote Wordsworth in “The Prelude.” It was from this poem that German über model-turned-singer Nico took the inspiration

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