No Doubt removes music video after outcry over its use of Native American stereotypes, Dave Mustaine says he learned a lot this year, including how easily his foot fits in his mouth and Death Grips' antics (giving away their new album early, putting an erect penis on the cover, etc.) finally get them dropped from Epic.
Since his emergence from the San Francisco Jazz scene
nearly two decades ago, Charlie Hunter has defined his stylistic
direction by resolutely refusing to be tagged as any one thing,
preferring to embrace and explore whatever captures his imagination.
As time trots forward, the number of Rock & Roll
dudes who self-identify as monarchs only increases. With King Tuff's
arrival, King Diamond, King Krule, King Khan and King Charles welcome
another to their regal ranks.
Sharon Van Etten’s first two albums revealed an emotionally visceral songwriter and performer who wasn’t afraid to explore love gone sour via a voice that’s as moving and expressive as any on the current landscape
Very few people fit the true definition of prodigy, but
Joe Bonamassa could be the poster child for prodigies. By age 7, after
three short years of playing guitar, Bonamassa was regurgitating
note-perfect renditions of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.
Hating on the haters is one of those hobbies musicians will never get sick of. With “Execrator” off its latest album, Apocryphon, Heavy Metal four-piece The Sword climbs into this increasingly packed clubhouse.
R. Kelly has taught me a lot of things over the years. On his song, “I Believe I Can Fly,” he taught me “if I can see it, I can
do it.” Then on his alleged sex tape, he also taught me that rule only
applies to women over the age of 18.
The Cincinnati-based quartet Hickory Robot is known for its acoustic music,
blending Bluegrass-influenced grooves with other Roots music fare.
However, on the recently released album titled Sawyer, the group opens up its sound by occasionally using electric instruments and percussion to bring new songs to life.
Local acts Rumpke Mountain Boys, Majestic Man, Jetset Getset and Noah Wotherspoon & Jessi Bair promote new albums this week. Plus, Ironfest presents its annual benefit concert for the daughter of the late Mike Davidson and The Medicine Men and Cheryl Renee bring Blues and R&B to the circus.
Paul McCartney says we can all stop blaming The Beatles' breakup on Yoko Ono and start pointing fingers at Allen Klein, the song The National donated to the Obama campaign four years ago gets co-opted by a college pro-Romney group and court transcripts reveal that Courtney Love is at least considering a Broadway musical based on her late husband's music.
Unlike the similarly named bands She & Him and The
Dutchess and the Duke, the current version of He's My Brother, She's My
Sister is not a duo featuring
one member from each gender. Instead, it’s a five-piece led by founders/siblings Rachel and Rob Kolar,
who initially ran the project as an acoustic twofer.
Bluegrass has always been embraced by the Jam community,
thanks to Jerry Garcia’s abiding love of old-time music and the unique flavor he brought to his own translations. Native Virginian Larry Keel plays a similar role in the current Jam/Bluegrass scene as a flatpicking acoustic guitarist.
These days, it’s hard enough for a Punk band to remain a
cohesive unit for 26 months, let alone 26 years. But guitarist Chris
Hannah and drummer Jord Samolesky have managed to keep Propagandhi
active and relevant since launching the band in 1986.