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 >>
While most people took some well-deserved time off to mark the Labor Day holiday, consummate Tempe blues rockers Quick Henry used the extended weekend to log in some time at the recording studio. Yesterday's session? Oh, it clocked in at around 13 hours. I walked into a swanky Paradise Valley studi ... More >>
Although it's been more than five years since Steve Conrad pulled a regular air shift on local public radio station KJZZ, the 38-year-old disc jockey still gets many chances to share his love of jazz, blues, and soul songs on vinyl. From time to time, Conrad says he helps out fellow KJZZ jock Blais ... More >>
See also: Joel Marquard Fought Cancer and The Indie Community Chips in To Help Him Out In this week's issue, Anthony Sandoval brings us the story of Gospel Claws/Through and Through Gospel Review songwriter Joel Marquard's battle with testicular cancer. We're happy to report that he beat it, and ... More >>
Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. If top selling lists and viral videos are any indicators of trend setting, don't be surprised if there's an outbreak of hip ... More >>
The Persuasions in 1972The idea of Scottsdale resident Jerry Lawson, onetime leader of The Persuasions, one of the most prominent a cappella group of '60s and '70s, competing on NBC's a cappella competition The Sing Off seems crazy. But that's exactly what happened last season, when the ... More >>
As an avid fan of Fall Out Boy (read: an avid fan of Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman, Andy Hurley and 5 percent of Pete Wentz), I am pretty damn stoked to watch Stump perform his solo act at the Martini Ranch ... More >>
I really wanted to drop some Randy Newman jams on KWSS this morning, but alas, time didn't permit. Newman will be in town this weekend, doing a two-night stand at the Biltmore. If you are only familiar with his soundtrack work -- or know him as simply as the butt of a Family Guy joke -- you're mi ... More >>
The guys in Every Avenue cite hometown heroes Jimmy Eat World and Gin Blossoms as influences, and it's evident judging by the band's sophomore album, Picture Perfect.
PictureGroup for FoxAmerican Idol finale: Out come the claws. Mee-yow!So, my American Idol-watching comrades, after several months (it feels longer though, doesn't it?) of the hard work and dedication it takes to be glued to our television sets for at least three hours every week, we finally get the ... More >>
Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town
Ten of the year's most timeless records
Ain't Nobody Worryin'
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Rodeo (Bloodshot)
Sam Cooke at the Copa (ABCKO)
Welcome to the age of nostalgia
With his latest star-powered release, Solomon Burke the King of Rock and Soul preaches to a new congregation
Local promoter stages a wild and woolly music festival
Gumbo gazes into his crystal ball and tells us what to expect in jazz, blues and heritage as we approach 2001
1,161 rock stars were fatally injured in the making of The Encyclopedia of Rock Obituaries
Face it, you don't really know what the Everly Brothers have been doing all these years, do you, Bird Dog?
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy sinks his Summer Teeth into the sugary pop he was always meant to play
Seagram's merger invites a look into how the suits took record labels away from the true music enthusiasts
Avenue X and Curves take entertaining pokes at society's "isms"
Legendary R&B saxman Grady Gaines stumbles into the fertile second act of his career
New collection brilliantly confirms Ray Charles' position as the architect of soul
Bobby Fuller billed himself "The Rock & Roll King of the Southwest." His reign was short. He dropped acid, died young and left behind some of the wildest rock guitar ever.
Rise up with the Al Green Anthology
A survey of recent soul, blues, R&B and roots reissues
It's not unusual to find we're still in love with him, woah woah woah woah, woah woah woah woah woah woah
Hereafter, tunes extolling departed musicians should assume they might have a chance in hell