Archive for March, 2012

New Branford Marsalis project to see vinyl-only release on Record Store Day

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis will issue his new release Four MFs Playin’ Tunes on deluxe 180-gram high definition vinyl as part of Record Store Day, April 21, 2012.

Randy Bachman says shows with Fred Turner are as close as he'll get to BTO reunion

Randy Bachman is touring with fellow Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Fred Turner, having released a studio recording in 2010 as Bachman and Turner. Still, don’t look for an official reunion as BTO

Irma Thomas honored today with bronze statue in New Orleans' Musical Legends Park

Blues belter Irma Thomas, who shot to fame with soulful 1960s-era renditions of “(You Can Have My Husband but) Don’t Mess with My Man,” “It’s Raining” and “Time Is On My Side,” will be honored today with a new bronze statue at Musical Legends Park in New Orleans.

Tab Benoit – Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit (2012)

Tab Benoit plays the blues with all of the natural fury, sweet romance and dark mysteries of Louisiana — so neatly matching his home state’s essence in structure and feel that it might be easy to call him the Bayou State’s Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Half Notes: The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet (2012)

I made it through the first song and a half before getting bored. Mars Volta’s last album was very strong, I thought, though it also abandoned the craziness that pretty much defined them in the past. That’s about all I can listen to now — maybe the first album and EP, once in a great while. Everything else, I justRead More

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Oct. 2, 2007

At Hartford, Connecticut: “And so it begins!” Those were Bruce’s excited words as the last chord of “Radio Nowhere” hung over the crazed Hartford Civic Center crowd.

One Track Mind: Curtis Mayfield, "Freddie's Dead" (1972)

As the 1960s turned into the 1970s, soul — like rock — got tougher and edgier.

Half Notes: The Howard Roberts Quartet – H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player (1963)

Back when I was taking guitar lessons, my teacher turned me on to a whole pile of players like Jim Hall (my teacher was so into Hall that he actually attended a taping of the Merv Griffin just because Hall was in Griffin’s band), Gene Bertoncini and Howard Roberts. I’ve still got the tape made from my teacher’s record, butRead More

Lez Miles – Like Being Hit With A Hammer (2012)

Australian singer-songwriter Lez Miles, best known as a founding member and lead guitarist with the 1980s hitmakers Adelaide, has crafted a cinematic project that follows the story of a soldier named Franklin.

Steven Wilson talks about walking away from Aviv Geffen and Blackfield

Steven Wilson has gone into greater detail about why he is leaving Blackfield, his art rock collaboration with Israeli artist Aviv Geffen.