Monthly Archive:: March 2010

Interview: Graeme Edge of the Moody Blues

For veteran cosmic rockers the Moody Blues, building the set list is A Question of Balance. Forty-three years after the release of the symphonic rock classic Days of Future Passed, the Moody Blues are still at it, regularly touring their music to concert halls worldwide. Three members of the classic era quintet still remain: Justin

Interview: King Khan and the Shrines

Note: the inimitable King Khan brings his crazed live act back to my town — Asheville NC — tonight. So I thought it would be a good time to re-run a story from a year and a half ago, the last time the band rolled through. If you’re in or near Asheville, DO NOT MISS

Album Review: Poco – Live at Columbia Studios, Hollywood 9/30/71

There are two truisms — well, maybe there are more, but I’m only interested in two at the moment — when it comes to country-rock. The first is: The Eagles suck. The second, a corollary, is this: Buffalo Springfield was brilliant. In between the two there was Poco. Closely related (in a Pete Frame sort

Album Review: Ray Charles – Genius + Soul = Jazz

Musical dilettantes sometimes dabble in a wide variety of forms for all the wrong reasons. Sometimes they do it simply because they can: maybe their status or financial wherewithal means they can try on different styles of music like a pair of pants, and then they can toss them aside when it’s no longer trendy

Concert Review: Moody Blues – April 21, 2010

Maybe you’ve been lucky. Maybe you’ve had the pleasure of attending a concert where the performer was truly, really, wholly into it. I was lucky the other night. I saw the Moody Blues in concert. Yes, the Moody Blues. I know what you might be thinking. A long string of hits, sure. But nothing in

Album Review: Various Artists – Next Stop…Soweto Vol. 2

South Africa in the 60s, 70s and 80s was becoming increasingly isolated. Culturally and politically, the minority-rule apartheid country faced increasing ostracizing. Many countries — in an all-too-rare-example of unified action based on widely held concepts of right and wrong — boycotted the country. Internally, the doors were closed as well. The minority leaders did

Album Review: Hoodoo Gurus – Purity of Essence

If you’re a fan of the Hoodoo Gurus‘ best work, you tend to expect a fairly high standard in terms of quality songwriting, arrangement and that elusive takes-your-breath-away factor. And that’s because on albums dating back to the Australian group’s 1984 debut (Stoneage Romeos) (and yes, the parentheses are part of the title), they delivered

DVD Review: Frank Zappa – The Freak Out List

Great artists are always more than the sum of their influences. But understanding the amalgam of influences that inform the sensibility of an artist can be a useful window into a fuller appreciation of that artist. On the 1966 debut LP Freak Out by the Mothers (of Invention), Frank Zappa listed 179 names in the

Album Review: Jonny Lang – Live at the Ryman

At this late date there’s less point than there used to be in calling Jonny Lang a young blues guitarist. Now in his thirties, Lang is a veteran performer and recording artist. He released five albums in just over eleven years, but he’s waited this long to record a live album. Live at the Ryman

DVD Review: No-man – Mixtaped

Steven Wilson is one busy dude. In addition to fronting Porcupine Tree (for whom he writes virtually all of the music and lyrics), he’s also involved in a number of other high-profile projects. His collaboration with Aviv Geffen (Blackfield) has resulted in a couple of albums and a live set. He’s at the center of