Posts Tagged ‘rock and roll’

RIP Joe Cocker: Saying Goodbye With A Little Help from Our Friends

RIP Joe Cocker: Saying Goodbye With A Little Help from Our Friends

Today’s regularly scheduled feature has been preempted for a retrospective and celebration of the late Joe Cocker. In the final analysis, Joe Cocker’s formidable talent and musical significance can be expressed in a single sentence: The man out-Beatled The Beatles. Cocker’s 1968 cover of “With a Little Help from My Friends” not only reached #1 […]

The Dead’s First “Best Of” Re-Vinylized at Last on New Audio Fidelity 180-Gram LP Available Today

When the Grateful Dead left Warner Bros. to form their own label in 1973, after six years and eight albums, they delivered their first live “best-of” anthology, HISTORY OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD VOL. 1 (BEAR’S CHOICE). The album, which will be reissued by Audio Fidelity on July 10 on 180-gram virgin vinyl, documents the band’s […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

At Long Last: SxSW 2012 FIRST, an apology to my readers: real life sometimes gets in the way of my music journalism. These reviews come more than two months after the fact, but I hope that being untimely in no way distracts from the enjoyment that reading brings or the great music and performers it […]

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

When I first set foot on the street for any given night of South by Southwest, I never know what exactly the evening has in store for me. Sure, I have a list of bands I want to see, but that’s not the same thing as knowing what to expect. Friday night of SxSW 2011, […]

The Jon Black Report: SxSW 2011 Day Two – A Look Back at the Mishmash

The Jon Black Report: SxSW 2011 Day Two – A Look Back at the Mishmash

DAY TWO: OUT OF THE COUNTRY — Irish Rock and Roll — Classic Punk — Balkan Gypsy Rock Cabaret — Afro-Columbian World Funk Fusion — Alternative Marching Band — Tennessee Garage Rock — West African Traditional Folk/Blues/Rock On the second night of South by Southwest 2011, I gained an asset I have never had in […]

Elvis Costello Performs National Ransom at NY Public Library

Elvis Costello Performs National Ransom at NY Public Library

Back in November, Elvis Costello performed an exclusive show at the Celeste Bartos Forum in The New York Public Library’s world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The evening was a celebratory kickoff for his latest effort, National Ransom (our choice for #1 Album of 2010), and, along with The Sugarcanes, Costello ran through most of the […]

Conan O’Brien & Jack White on Upcoming Live Album

Conan O’Brien & Jack White on Upcoming Live Album

Conan O’Brien’s “Polk Salad Annie” is bullshit! Umm…that’s not us, that’s from the man himself. Never mind that original songwriter Tony Joe White got the name wrong — it’s actually poke salet, as in pokeweed and the 14th century English spelling of salad. But who cares; Southerners sure don’t. Nevertheless, Conan’s live version actually rocks […]

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

Ponderosa Stomp, Day Two: More Stompin’ through History

STOMPIN’ THROUGH HISTORY: The Ponderosa Stomp and America’s Musical Legacy Day Two As the second night of America’s premier annual roots music festival, The Ponderosa Stomp, kicks off at the House of Blues in New Orleans, I am excited by two things. First is the Stomp’s line-up itself. While Day One focused strongly on Cajun, […]

Free CD Giveaway: Robert Plant’s “Band of Joy” – (Rounder)

Free CD Giveaway: Robert Plant’s “Band of Joy” – (Rounder)

CONGRATS TO ADAM S. !! He won the Robert Plant CD! Everyone else can scroll to the end of this review to hear sample tracks from Band of Joy. There is, of course, that unmistakable voice. Call it The Mystical Pipes of Plant. Although slightly deepened with age, Robert Plant’s vocals still have that compelling […]

Video: Heartless Bastards – “Out At Sea”

Video: Heartless Bastards – “Out At Sea”

Everyone we’ve ever known from Ohio exudes a rockin’ cool vibe. Stands to reason that Ohio natives Heartless Bastards (who call Austin home now) would rock our faces off, and Erika Wennerstrom’s presence and vocals command and demand attention (and the guys in the band aren’t bad either: Dave Colvin, Jesse Ebaugh, Mark Nathan). Erika […]

Album Review: Marshall Chapman – “Big Lonesome” (TallGirl Records)

Album Review: Marshall Chapman – “Big Lonesome” (TallGirl Records)

People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad. — Marcel Proust Dedicated to […]

Live Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX 9-24-10

Live Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX 9-24-10

By Luke Winkie (photos by Annie Fichtner) Sharon Jones might be the hardest working woman in showbiz, until you see the party-dressed, 50+ singer prowl back and forth across the front of the stage making eye contact with everyone she could see. With the well-dressed Dap-Kings blasting out some of the pulpiest notes in soul, […]