Archive for April 7th, 2012

WHO ARE THESE GUYS?: When opening acts simply don't work out

There are moments when it all comes together on one concert bill, when the opening act works seamlessly to get the crowd ready for the headliner. Then, there are the other times. These times.

The American Breed – Bend Me, Shape Me: The Best Of The American Breed (1994)

Having established a loyal fan club in and around their home base of Chicago, Illinois, Gary and The Knight Lights were clearly geared to raise their profile to an even higher degree.

Darius Jones Quartet – The Book Of Mæ'bul (Another Kind Of Sunrise) (2012)

The Book Of Mæ’bul (Another Kind Of Sunrise) is the third in a series of what saxophonist Darius Jones calls the “sonic tone poem” in his life.

Forgotten series: Alanis Morissette – Flavors of Entanglement (2008)

One aspect of songwriting that has always drawn me in is introspection. When reviewers get on their high horse and start flinging the “navel gazer” tag around, I almost always side with the artist.