The anniversary celebrations abound everywhere: 50 years ago, the Beatles first reached American shores, debuted on Ed Sullivan, and officially kicked off the Beatlemania era.
Archive for January, 2014
Here’s a sneak peek into the upcoming debut release from alt-rock/indie pop band Reacta, titled Refraction. Based in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Reacta began as an instrumental group before combining with William Merritt Hendricks, an American troubadour.
The psychedelic influence of Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett is undeniable with Bipolaroid, especially in the presence of singer-guitarist Ben Glover.
I’ve got no new thoughts to add to this week’s mass of Pete Seeger tributes. His long and inspirational life has been covered extensively from many angles.
The Band had every right to this song, after what happened on that ill-fated night of April 17, 1969 at Bill Graham’s Winterland concert space in San Francisco.
Stevie Nicks’ plate, already filled with Fleetwood Mac, solo projects and an acting job on American Horror Story, would be piled still higher if she had her way.
A lot of jazz saxophonists strive to sound spiritual but for James Brandon Lewis, that’s part of who he’s always been.
A key moment in the original Blues Brothers film finds the band dodging beer bottles at a backwoods dive where the barkeep informs them they have both kinds of music — “country and western.” Turns out, two very famous people were hurling those empty Budweisers.
At Symphony Hall in Chicago: I have a bone to pick with Chicago bassist/vocalist Jason Scheff. Scheff is an excellent player and fine singer, having been with the band for almost 30 years. Unfortunately, he almost caused the death of my best friend Joe.
John Simon, who contributed to a series of important moments by the Band, offers his thoughts on their early successes together, sweeping post-production re-edits made to The Last Waltz and the lingering debate over songwriting credits