Monthly Archive:: April 2010

Skinny Legs and All – Despite Their Age, They’re Not Kidding Around

You can learn a lot about a band by attending their pre-show sound check. Plenty of veteran bands give short shrift to this pre-show ritual, and they pay the price in poor sound. But Asheville-based blues/funk/soul band Skinny Legs and All take sound check very seriously. There’s no clowning around, no time wasted noodling. In

Coming Attractions

So last night I traveled to Charlotte NC to see Bigelf and Porcupine Tree in concert. I had met, interviewed, and seen both acts onstage before, so this show was not to be missed. I’ll have a review of the shows soon. Hanging out after the show at the bar. Amos’ Southend, Charlotte NC April

Happy Birthday: Tommy James

Singer/guitarist Tommy James (most famous as leader of 60s pop group the Shondells) turns 63 today. During the 60s the Shondells racked up an impressive string of top 40 pop hits including “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover,” “I Think We’re Alone Now” and several others that people of a certain age will remember.

Album Review: Sinatra/Jobim – The Complete Reprise Recordings

This one’s a bit problematic. Sure, The Voice is in fine form: few singers before or since have been possessed of such seemingly effortless control over their instrument. Sinatra handles the subtleties of the music ably (for the most part). The music contained in these sides certainly sailed against the prevailing musical tides of 1967.

Five Years On, a Re-memorial

Five years ago today we held a memorial concert for my friend and band mate Dave Jones. It was pretty cool: even though the band we were in together had fallen apart in the wake of Dave’s untimely death, we reunited (and our rhythm guitarist learned all Dave’s parts to play the songs one last

New Psych Music: Ape Machine

I’m a pushover for groovy  modern takes on classic psych and heavy sounds of the late 60s/early 70s. That means I like Wolfmother, Nebula, Black Mountain and Bigelf. (I’m seeing Bigelf onstage later this week, matter of fact.) It also means that I dig this clip just sent to me by a promoter who tends

Feature: The New Mastersounds – Ten Years On in the USA

The New Mastersounds are a four-piece instrumental band out of Leeds in Northern England. The group plays an engaging brand of funk-soul-R&B in a style that makes knowing nods to great music of the past. The quartet includes guitarist Eddie Roberts on guitar and tambourine, drummer Simon Allen, Pete Shand on bass guitar, and Joe

Album Review: Anne McCue – Broken Promise Land

Play Loud, she says. It’s printed right there on the disc itself, in stressed type. Anne McCue‘s Broken Promise Land is a straight-ahead rock album from an artist more associated with other styles, but here it is nonetheless. So this reviewer is prepared to follow instructions and play the disc loud. The title is a

DVD Review: Riverside – Reality Dream

Sometimes a band’s name tells you something about the group. If you call your combo the Sex Pistols, you’ve successfully managed to telegraph the idea that you’re a provocative act. If the name of your band is A Place to Bury Strangers, Bullet for my Valentine, Funeral for a Friend, or some other polysyllabic non

Album Review: Otis Redding – Live on the Sunset Strip

Are you ready for Star Time? You’d better be. Three live sets of Otis Redding are — or should be — coming your way. Live on the Sunset Strip presents the incendiary onstage performance of Redding — clearly at the top of his game — live at the Whisky A Go Go. A fair amount