I hadn’t intended on writing about the breakup of R.E.M. again but then I heard an interview with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills and got to thinking about the future of rock music. Specifically, will there ever be a new era of “The Big Rock Band”?
If you missed Mazzy Star’s memorable brand of gloomy romanticism, never fear. The band’s first music in 15 years is just as psychedelically tense yet weirdly blissful as anything on their breakout 1993 recording So Tonight That I Might See.
What more perfect song to include in a benefit for the homeless than “Worried Down With The Blues”?
If there is any musician today who embodies the musical spirit of Robert Fripp, it must be his former King Crimson bandmate, Warr Guitarist Trey Gunn.
This album is credited to Anthony Wilson and rightfully so, as this master guitarist/composer/arranger wrote the four-part “Seasons” suite and led a quartet of virtuosic plectrists to perform it before a live audience.
Here’s a run down — with a few of our thoughts — on some notable music projects, both new and reissue, slated for release for the week of Nov. 14, 2011.
Maybe you suspected, just from listening to his wildly inventive work with Queen, that there was little guitarist Brian May couldn’t do. I wasn’t so sure.
Beginning with a wistful blues then charging forward with a brilliantly contained moxie, Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath” doesn’t at first present as this eerily impellent message song
Mofro’s humid grooves, chicken-fried rhythms and finger-licking riffs might lure you to the table, but it’s JJ Grey’s rib-sticking, story-building lyrics that fill you up. This concert CD adds crackling new life to both elements of their new-classic back-porch soul
Twenty-two year-old Alex Brown presented his debut album Pianist a couple of months ago with a big boost from his mentor of the last four years, Cuban-American sax giant Paquito D’Rivera. Sure enough, this record has the unmistakable flavor of Cuba