Eric Clapton

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    June 13, 2014

    5 Dad-Rock Albums Your Father Loves (And You Should, Too)

    Let's face it: "Dad-rock" doesn't really have a positive association when applied to music. It has an ugly suburban connotation, the sort of music the triggers nostalgia in the minivan on the way to soccer practice of the days before marriage and children shattered his independence. Abe Simpson sw ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    The 9 Things You Do In Rock and Roll Heaven

    Like most American children, I was indoctrinated into the Christian tribe. In case you somehow aren't familiar with the mythology, one of the main ideas is that if you do what the book says, you'll go to a place called heaven. Now, the book doesn't lay it out very clearly, so my God-fearing mother ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    BluesHounds: "It's Not About What We Like--It's What The People Like"

    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 >>

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    November 1, 2013

    11 Albums to Help You Explore The Blues

    I've spent the past few weeks debating the merits of Vinyl (seven reasons) versus CD (five reasons) for those of us that still collect music (my final verdict is that both have great qualities, but CD is still better). It's been a fun little debate, but it doesn't really matter how you listen. I ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    The Six Most Unstoppable Collaborations in Music History

    Roosevelt and Churchill. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Marvel and Capcom. Ghostbusters and Hi-C. Throughout history, there have been some truly incredible collaborations that have forever altered the course of humanity. But what about the memorable music combos when two brilliant music artists col ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Steve Hunter Takes the Spotlight for The Manhattan Blues Project

    There's a lot of Steve Hunter in your CD collection. If you read the four-point type, you'll see that he's played (with and without guitar buddy Dick Wagner) on three of Lou Reed's most revered RCA albums and over a half-dozen Alice Cooper albums, as well as albums by Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, B ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    10 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Who Never Topped Their First Album

    I was watching the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony the other day. I usually don't watch a lot of made-for-TV rock and roll stuff, mainly because they try to be everything to everybody, but I couldn't resist tuning in to watch the RRHOF rectify the biggest of many head-shaking omi ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013
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    February 18, 2013

    Excavating Heavy Metal's Blues and Jazz Roots

    "The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it." --B.B. King "Metal confronts what we'd rather ignore. It celebrates what we often deny. It indulg ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013
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    September 5, 2012

    Just Announced: Taj Mahal, Converge, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and More

    Self-taught singer/songwriter Taj Mahal has grooved with everyone from The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton to blues progenitors like Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, and Muddy Waters. Like his friend Ry Cooder, he navigated the twisting waters of the late '60s and '70s session scene of Santa Monica, before ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Derek Trucks Talks Family Life on the Road

    Both Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks had solid, long-running solo careers when they decided to form a band together. That they'd been married almost 10 years made the decision somewhat easier, but in a fickle world of music consumerism, it's never really easy to start over.

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    August 3, 2012

    10 Songs About Cocaine

    See also: 15 Songs to Light Up to on 4/20 Drugs are responsible for lots of great songwriting, so every Friday in August, we're going to take a look at various drugs and their impact on popular music. Disclaimer: I've never actually snorted cocaine, so I'm going to assume that Chuck Klosterman's d ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Cream-Inspired Night at Compound Grill Showcases Valley's Top Guitarists

    Eric Clapton is one of those "guitar gods" who gets all the respect afforded by classic rock radio and guitar player magazines, but not much from rock critics in general. Maybe it was the adult contemporary sounds of the '80s and '90s, but it's hard to imagine some young punk scrawling "Clapton is ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011
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    June 16, 2011

    Elvis Presley's Guitar on Display at the Musical Instrument Museum

    Photos by E. GrovesElvis' 1975 Martin D28 acoustic guitar. In the background are guitars from Eric Clapton (left) and Johnny Cash (right).​The Musical Instrument Museum already boasts some cool rock 'n' roll relics, including an Eric Clapton guitar and John Lennon's piano. But on Sunday, June 19, ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 23, 2010
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    October 12, 2010

    What's Selling: Hoodlums Music and Movies

    ​Bring in Le Noise, bring in da funk.Neil Young stole the top spot on the chart this week at Hoodlums Music and Movies.Guitar king Eric Clapton also made the list with his latest album, as did classic rocker Robert Plant with his most recent release. English indie pop band Mumford & Sons slipp ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Guitar Hero

    We’re talking about Clapton, of course

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    July 12, 2010

    21 Questions: Nate Anderson

    Nate Anderson at the Compound GrillWelcome to 21 Questions​, a regular feature where goes to the favorite hangout of a notable Phoenician and asks the "big" questions. This week we met up with Ear Candy's Nate Anderson at the Compound Grill. Name: Nate AndersonAge: 28Occupation: ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Huun-Huur-Tu and Carmen Rizzo Bring An Ecclectic and Avant-Garde Mix To Scottsdale

    ​If you thought the newly opened Musical Instrument Museum was diverse in its selection of exotic instruments from around the world (where Nigerian hausa trumpets and a Burmese saung guak harp are housed in the same building as Eric Clapton's stratocasters), try checking out the multifaceted l ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Minibosses, Birds Nest, Via Vengeance, A Storm of Light, and the Musical Instrument Museum Over the Weekend

    ​Minibosses 10th Anniversary Show at Yucca Tap Room It's official. The Minibosses have been rockin' covers of 8-bit tracks for a decade. To celebrate, the band played a full on set of their classic game renditions at Yucca Tap Room on February 27, 2010...see photos ​A Storm of Light & V ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Bill Campana, What Are You Eating?

    ​ Bill Campana The Valley poet, who has participated in poetry slams both locally and nationally, hosts Sound Effects poetry open mike every Friday night from 7-9 p.m. at Mama Java's Coffeehouse in Phoenix. What'd you eat for dinner last night? A chicken and mushroom stir fry with fresh ginge ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009
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    September 17, 2009
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    June 29, 2009

    Super Heroes, Eric Clapton, So You Think You Can Dance and June in Photos Over the Weekend

    Super Hero Battle at Scottsdale Fashion Square Improv AZ and AZ Cacophony hatched a sinister plan for last weekend: assemble a cast of violent villains and honorable heroes and have them duke it out at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The result will come to be known as the "Super Hero Battle" of Saturday ... More >>

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    June 27, 2009

    Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are Musical Chameleons

    Luke HolwerdaEric Clapton and Steve Winwood play together, just like their Blind Faith days. See more shots in our slide show.Clapton began his career with the bluesy stylings of The Yardbirds and then segued into John Mayall's Blues Breakers. In his days with Cream, he slid headfirst into psychede ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009
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    June 25, 2009

    The Sun Sessions: The Sugar Thieves Play Eric Clapton

    Jonathan McNamara Out of the dozen or so talented locals we've featured thus far in our ongoing Sun Sessions series, Mikel Lander and Meredith Moore (a.k.a. The Sugar Thieves) have a singular distinction unmatched by the rest.A major-label contract? Distribution through Hop Topic? No ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Just Announced: Leonard Cohen, Depeche Mode, Forever the Sickest Kids

    Today Dan Gibson, a Phoenix-based contributor to Idolator, e-mailed me about two shows we haven't mentioned here yet, but which are definitely worth telling you about.Leonard Cohen is coming to Dodge Theatre on April 5 (presale tickets Tuesday) and Depeche Mode is coming. We didn't get the Depeche M ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood Coming to

    Fresh off a three-night stint at Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood have announced a 14-city U.S. tour beginning in June, which stops in Glendale on Friday, June 26. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 23 at 10 a.m. through LiveNation.The duo teamed up at the Chicago Crossroads Gu ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    What's Age Got to Do with It?

    Superfly songstress is still rocking it at 68

  • Music

    August 14, 2008

    David Sanborn

    Here & Gone
    (Decca Records)

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    March 8, 2007

    Eric Clapton

    He don't want to fade away

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    December 28, 2006

    Cream Cropped

    Very special features

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    July 14, 2005

    John Hiatt

    Forced to keep it real

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    September 18, 2003
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    June 26, 2003

    The Yardbirds

    Taking flight once more

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    June 19, 2003

    John Hiatt and the Goners

    Beneath This Gruff Exterior (New West)

    Various Artist

    It'll Come to You: The Songs of John Hiatt (Vanguard)

  • Music

    April 3, 2003

    The Black Keys

    Thickfreakness (Fat Possum)

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    December 19, 2002

    The Roots

    Phrenology (MCA)

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    August 8, 2002

    Various Artists

    The Osbourne Family Album (Epic)

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    April 4, 2002

    Red Alert

    Blues expatriate Louisiana Red finds a home, and an audience, in Germany

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    May 3, 2001

    Reservation Blues

    Indigenous' rock springs from the deepest roots in North America

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    June 4, 1998

    Forever Man

    At America West Arena, Eric Clapton's bloated ensemble proves too much of a good thing

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    January 15, 1998

    Season's Gratings

    Trashman gets a hangover for Xmas

  • Music

    October 17, 1996

    Solo Coco

    Albert Collins' protg Coco Montoya is out on his own--he's thinner, but his sound is still fat @

  • Music

    July 25, 1996

    Hope You Die Before We Get Old

    The reunited Who and Sex Pistols cheat death one more time

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    January 12, 1995
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