The best way to get rid of the blues is to play some good blues, and make it for the benefit of those in need. Many of the blues players in the Valley do just that. One example would be Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band, set to host the sixth annual Toy and Diaper Drive at the Rhythm Room Dec ... More >>
It's a simple formula: The BluesHounds play upbeat dance blues, and that gets the people happy. The happy people start dancing, and the dancing makes them thirsty, and the thirsty people make club owners happy. Matty Spinelli, lead guitarist and bandleader for the BluesHounds, doesn't mind the way ... More >>
Krimson Chord has been rocking the Valley with their Southwest blues for more than a decade now, playing regular gigs at Pappy's Bar in Phoenix and Coyote Alley in Surprise. This is no fly-by-night group; they won the Arizona Blues Challenge in 2010 and competed in the International Blues Challenge ... More >>
Roger McGuinn has had a somewhat storied career that's moved from folk to rock to country and back. A founding member of the seminal psychedelic band The Byrds, McGuinn's career actually began in folk bands, notably The Chad Mitchell Trio and The Limelighters, along with a stint as guitarist in Bobb ... More >>
Review and Photos by Jonathan Alvira Big K.R.I.T.Club Red, TempeMay 24, 2013 The dim-lit venue suddenly became bright and the crowd awoke as the so-called "underground king" stormed on stage. With his southern hospitality accenting his country slang, Big K.R.I.T. expressed genuine love to his fan ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest -- our top five must-see shows this week.
Leon Russell is the definition of the term "session man." He's played with Bob Dylan, Elton John, Ray Charles, Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, and more. He's a "musician's musician," admired by the guys you admire, and his solo albums have found him exploring the sounds ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
Who wasn't twisted over Keith Sweat circa 1996?There's no formal way of choosing which artist to write about for any given week's incoming shows. I usually just pick the one that jumps out at me and makes me harken back to the days when MTV actually played videos -- good videos. That's why K ... More >>
Were talking about Clapton, of course
Screen gems at AWTC
Willie performs 50 years' worth of music at Celebrity Theatre
Have Tassels Will Travel pays tribute to Satan's Angel
He's legal and he's legitimate. Blues prodigy J.D. Simo tells you how he's changed since 13.
The man about jazz comes to town
Hans Olson gets his due after a 30-plus-year odyssey
After 40 years of street-corner symphonies, Jerry Lawson learns to sing with a band
Rehearsal-room burglary leaves two bands short of at least $12,000 worth of equipment
Henry Gray Plays Chicago Blues (Hightone)
TV-3's NewShow is overhauled, and local music gets the boot
Despite being entombed in the recent PBS series, Gumbo shows why jazz is very much alive and well with a fine batch of new releases
Local blues diva gets some Texas-size love from the Red-Headed Stranger
Gumbo finds some eerie connections in the latest jazz, blues and heritage releases
Indigenous joins the tribe of rock 'n' roll
After 40 years, Delta legend Big Jack Johnson continues to dig into the heart of the blues
Roscoe Taylor is a star in my book
Local R&B pioneer Henry "Mojo" Thompson battles back from a devastating string of operations
Fromthe Week of May 13, 1999
Franco Gagliano and the Beat Angels lay down their arms and get down to business
Tune-packed Blues Brothers 2000 is a wail of a sequel
Can the Valley's most spectacular blues guitarist forge his own style?