Chances are, if you met me -- I'm a tall, goofy-looking, middle-aged white guy with a Canadian accent (it's actually North Dakotan) -- you wouldn't think, "Hey, I should get some recommendations on fantastic soul albums from this cat." Of course, I'm stereotyping myself, and you would be, too. I un ... 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 >>
Foster the People Comerica Theatre Friday, July 6, 2012 See also: Foster the People at Venue Scottsdale Foster the People played to a packed house at Comerica Theatre last night, along with opening act Kimbra and Detroit's Mayer Hawthorne and the County.
Kholood Eid Ben Folds Marquee Theatre Monday, July 18, 2011 Ben Folds has been writing piano rock oscillating between sardonic humor and commentary on the human condition since his beginnings with Ben Folds Five. Along the way, he's been cast as many things -- a father, a joker, a pis ... More >>
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Career Could be a Classic Hollywood Story
A few weeks back, a publicist with what I think was a British accent connected my cellular line with Zac Hanson's. Mid-morning coffee in hand, I wasn't sure which one of the three brothers I'd be interviewing, until he answered. The seemingly groggy drummer of the 90s teen sensation Hanson ... More >>
Hanson is Still Writes the Soundtrack to Good Times
While I took the weekend off to run away to Sedona and celebrate my birthday, several stories unfolded in national music news. Read on for the skinny about Metallica’s upcoming Phoenix concert, Jackson Browne’s lawsuit against presidential hopeful John McCain, and more.
Cheap laughs, lame cameos, and lifeless Cox
Dwight Sings Buck
(New West Records)
The Big Easy lives on in the music of the transplanted Treme Brass Band
By the time you read this, Stevie Wonder's first new album in 10 years may or may not be out. But no one's camping out waiting
Art, poetry, hip-hop and, as always, hot chicks set the roof afire at Wet Paint's Alpha Monster groove.
The Blind Boys of Alabama bring their brand of Southern gospel closer to the mainstream -- and help keep roots music alive
Black Theatre Troupe finds saving grace in its pitch-perfect production of The Gospel at Colonus
R&B legend Sam Moore finds serenity in Scottsdale
Three decades after the fact, L.A.'s Streetwalkin' Cheetahs make good on that old Detroit Rock City promise
Animated The Iron Giant earns its metals
Face it, you don't really know what the Everly Brothers have been doing all these years, do you, Bird Dog?
Being good wasn't always easy, but seven Dusty Springfield reissues prove that "the White Negress" never settled for less than great
Hall of Fame's recent induction of Billy Joel makes a bad idea seem that much worse
Legendary record producer Snuff Garrett turned his back on Hollywood for a piece of the Arizona cowboy myth
Trashman's neighbors take an alcoholiday in the sun
What future is there for rock without the Chairman of the Board to kick it around?
A year-end recap of the albums that made it worthwhile to own a stereo in 1997
Twelve Yuletide carols that'll put a lump of soul in your stocking
Twenty-eight years later, Randy Newman is still America's last great grumpy songwriter
Arizona native Betsy Pecanins dents the Mexican pop charts with American blues steeped in tequila
THE YOUNG RASCAL GROWS UP TO ADULT CONTEMPORARY. BUT HIS SOUL REMAINS PURE.