The Roots @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margret T. Hance Park|3/23/13About an hour into their dominating set, the legendary Roots crew pulled out a trick few other bands could get away with: Drummer Questlove and percussionist Frank Knuckles did a drum solo. An extended one. It's always been ... More >>
Carnaval Eléctrico ft. Cold War Kids, Hanni El Khatib, Mergence, Stan Devereaux & The Funky Suns, Diners, and More @ Crescent Ballroom|3/8/13It's awesome when everything goes right at a show: great lineup, great venue, and great concept. But, as the crowd at Friday night's sold-out Carnaval Eléctr ... More >>
2012 is at its end, and just like I did last year, I thought it would be good fun to try and recap the reissues and compilations I couldn't seem to get off my phonograph this year. So here they are: The 10 reissues and compilations I dug most in 2012. See also: - The 10 Most WTF Moments of 2012 - ... More >>
Calling that Mott the Hoople a band's band makes it sound like humans didn't like them. Oh, but they did. In fact they loved them, back in the days when they sold out halls all over England but no one bought their records and then again later when everyone did. If the only blip they ever regi ... More >>
Lindsay Cates on the 1s and 2s Okay, so the 15 Favorite Songs thing. It happened. I freaked out a little (a lot) picking my selections, but it was a fun, in a self-aggrandizing way. I wrote yesterday that it was nearly impossible to do what the event asked: come up with 15 songs that you love a ... More >>
Melissa FossumEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform last night at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival.Day 3, McDowell Mountain Music Fest Compound GrillSunday, May 1, 2011Last night I stood at the Compound Grill bar watching the president deliver a speech about the death of Osama Bin Lade ... More >>
A legendary drummer should go out with a bang
After 50 years, the kids are still crazy about Andre Williams
A Chicago legend gives Phoenix the blues.
Former Doo Ragger and one-man band Bob Log III plays with himself. But he really gets off on seeing others share his spotlight.
Covering the tracks of Truckers on Speed's raucous new CD
Joe Strummer gives his band enough rope, and arrives at a democratically created, internationalist gem
The Slash City Daggers, Back Stabber Blues (Unity Squad Records)
After nearly three decades, the fateful desert meeting between Tom Waits and John Hammond is fully realized with the release of Wicked Grin
Power-pop icon Marshall Crenshaw refuses to be pigeonholed as a nerdy relic of the early '80s
From a big-name tribute to some big-beat remixes, the Doors' catalogue bulges with a soft parade of new releases
Sequined glam burlesque Countrypolitans are to be no more
Sylvain Sylvain pays tribute to three fallen former bandmates on his new album
Face it, you don't really know what the Everly Brothers have been doing all these years, do you, Bird Dog?
Seagram's merger invites a look into how the suits took record labels away from the true music enthusiasts
R.L. Burnside's passion for alcohol is matched only by his command of rawboned Delta blues
HANK BALLARD BROUGHT ROCK 'N' SEX OUT OF THE DARK AGES AND INTO THE HALL OF FAME. OH, YEAH, AND HE INVENTED THE TWIST!
EX-BAD COMPANY VOCALIST HAS A FINE ROCK DISC AND TOUR' BUT THEY COULD GIVE PURISTS THE BLUES