Archive for March 27th, 2014

‘It feels easy with them’: Something has clicked with Adam Lambert and Queen

‘It feels easy with them’: Something has clicked with Adam Lambert and Queen

Though he’s performed on and off with Queen since 2009, Adam Lambert says they found something new together last September when he made his heavily anticipated stateside stage debut alongside Roger Taylor and Brian May. That, in turn, led directly to their North American tour in 2014.

‘There’s a little bit of absurdity in fame’: Bruce Springsteen doesn’t mind the endless parody

Parodying Bruce Springsteen has become something of a cottage industry, dating back at least to Ben Stiller’s memorable “Counting with Bruce Springsteen” sketch in the early 1990s. More recently, Jimmy Fallon has joined in the fun — often with a game Springsteen along for the ride.

‘He really made it sound class’: Tower of Power found its initial groove with assist from a Stax legend

‘He really made it sound class’: Tower of Power found its initial groove with assist from a Stax legend

Tower of Power burst out of the Oakland scene more than 40 years ago with Bump City, a gritty outburst of soul powered by the group’s silky smooth initial hit “You’re Still a Young Man.” They captured that Deep South vibe with the help of a Memphis master, Steve Cropper.

Something Else! sneak peek: The Seldom Scene with Emmylou Harris, “Hickory Wind” (2014)

Emmylou Harris returns to a Gram Parsons song she first took on for 1979’s Grammy-winning Blue Kentucky Girl, only this time alongside the Seldom Scene as the DC-area bluegrass group makes its Smithsonian Folkways debut.

One Track Mind: Arc Iris, “Whiskey Man” from Arc Iris (2014)

I hadn’t had the feeling for a long time: that crestfallen heaviness of learning that a band had broken up. It’s something that really used to hit me when I was a kid. Attachments to bands and their music were particularly powerful, and when a breakup was announced…it felt personal.

The Band, “4% Pantomime” from Cahoots (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “4% Pantomime” from Cahoots (1971): Across the Great Divide

On an album that so often feels overcooked and too careful, the Band’s sloshy, gospel-gone-wrong of “4% Pantomime” lets it all hang down.

Jared Gold – JG 3+3 (2014)

Sometimes, both quality and quantity is possible: Hammond B3 commander Jared Gold has been punctually making a record a year since 2008.

‘As long as it’s fun, then I’ll do it’: The Pogues’ rogue frontman Shane MacGowan isn’t going anywhere

In a newly posted interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan talks about surviving his famously debauched rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and, yes, the state of his choppers.

One Track Mind: Julian Lennon, “Guess It Was Me [Acoustic]” from Everything Changes (2014)

One Track Mind: Julian Lennon, “Guess It Was Me [Acoustic]” from Everything Changes (2014)

Julian Lennon’s stripped-bare version of “Guess It Was Me,” just released as part of a new song-by-song video project for his most recent studio project Everything Changes, more clearly defines its message of personal empowerment. There is much to regret, Lennon says, but little time for doing so. Change can only be effected when we stop ruminating and get onRead More