Archive for December 3rd, 2011

The Bo-Keys – Got To Get Back (2011)

The Bo-Keys, with a spring-loaded, testifying Memphis vibe associated with Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas and Al Green, have put out an album that bubbles like a dark, spicy gumbo.

Half Notes: Little Worlds – Book One (EP) (2011)

Little Worlds is another one of those oddly configured trios that’s been popping up lately in jazz, but there is nothing gimmicky sounding from this guitar (Ryan Mackstaller), trombone (Rick Parker) and drums (Tim Kuhl) getup. With all three of these musicians being veterans of rock, jazz and whack jazz, Book One is a great combination of all three musicRead More

Shows I'll Never Forget: James, Oct. 2, 2008

At the El Rey Theater, Los Angeles I don’t get to see concerts like I used to. Back in college, it seemed like I saw something every couple of weeks.

One Track Mind: Vanessa Carlton, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (2011)

Having already shown a smart penchant for pensive, piano-driven pop, Vanessa Carlton becomes quieter still for this effective update of a modern-day John Lennon holiday standard.