Dave Mason was disappointing. That's the bottom line, though many in the audience would say otherwise -- particularly during the "Dave set," which would be telling enough in itself. Billed as Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, the idea of Mason playing Traffic tunes -- the band he was a founding member of, ... More >>
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 >>
Clint KirkIt's not unusual to be an 18-year-old kid in a rock 'n' roll band, playing all-ages shows and house parties while still learning exactly what to do with that stringed thing in your hands. It's less common to be an 18-year-old in a band that's huge in Europe, and get whisked away to tou ... More >>
Cage the Elephant In 2009, it was nearly impossible to go a day without hearing "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" by Kentucky band Cage the Elephant. It was featured on video game soundtracks, movie soundtracks, and it was on heavy rotation on many rock radio stations -- it's probably on the radio ... More >>
Miriams Well Portland is a city that's known for its amazing music scene. So much so that it's starting to give Los Angeles and Brooklyn a run for their money as a place bands looking to get discovered relocate. In such a crowded scene it can often times be difficult to stand out amongst the cr ... More >>
The Legendary Sideman Is an Imposing Presence
Joe Cocker: This asshat set the standard for the terrible, awful, ridiculous cover song.For me -- and I suspect for you -- a truly great song is three-to-five odd minutes of pure, unadulterated bliss. The state of euphoria you attain when listening cannot be tampered with. You would never want ... More >>
Guitarist Dave Mason, a founding member of Traffic, comes to The Compound Grill in north Phoenix on Saturday, February 13. Mason penned the rock and roll anthem "Feelin' Alright" which has been recorded by a number of artists, including the famous Joe Cocker version. Tickets here. We Just Disagr ... More >>
A lot of big indie shows -- but not big, big shows -- in last week's concert announcements. Lucero, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears are coming to Rythm Room in May, as are Margot & the Nuclear So and So's. St. Vincent plays Modified on Sunday, May 31, which is right about when it'll be starti ... More >>
I have to admit, before New Times music editor Martin Cizmar asked me if I wanted to review O.A.R.'s show at the Birds Nest, I was only peripherally familiar with the band. "Aren't they a hippie jam band?" I asked. Fortunately, the chicks in my life came to the rescue to give me a crash course: My g ... More >>
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