Posts Tagged: rock
Today, the so-called British Invasion of the ’60s is remembered primarily for its flagship band, The Beatles. Another English group called The Animals—widely known for their international hit version of the folk song “House of the Rising Sun”—are unfortunately obscured by the long shadow of the former, but their screaming fans knew and loved The Animals’s gritty rock....more
While promoting his new show Roadies, Cameron Crowe was asked to recount the most ridiculous tour story he’d ever heard. Of course the story had to do with a crazy demand made by Axl Rose:
There was a guy that worked with Guns N’ Roses, and there was a show and Axl Rose needed a yellow jacket that he’d left in England before he would perform.
Perhaps no other blues artist in history, along with contemporaries like Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, and Lightnin’ Hopkins, had such an influence on later generations of musicians as Blind Lemon Jefferson. After growing up in Texas and reputedly playing on the streets from eight at night until four in the morning, Jefferson was one of the first to record solo blues performances in the early 1920s....more
The incredible cacophony of the bridge on Wilco’s definitive ballad “Misunderstood” is all the more striking because of its contrast with the rest of the tender, harmonious song. The brilliance of songwriter Jeff Tweedy is on full display here as the speaker laments his own bad attitude with a self-deprecating tone....more
Charles Moothart has played in plenty of great projects out of the California garage revival—Fuzz, Ty Segall, GØGGS, and Charlie and the Moonhearts, for instance—and now has a record coming out for his solo debut, CFM. Backed by Thomas Alvarez (Audacity), Michael Anderson, and Tyler Frome, Moothart’s CFM released its first song this past week in anticipation of the upcoming record, Still Life of Citrus and Slime, which will be out on April 8th via In the Red....more
The formative LA group started talking about a tour with all original members at the end of last year, later coming out with a teaser trailer and plans for a documentary in the works. Sure enough, it’s all happening: tour dates are official, cover a lot of ground, and tickets might not be available for long, so get on it now if you want to catch this all-female lineup that inspired like-minded women to make riot grrrl happen....more
The newest (and third) LP from SF Bay Area’s Swiftumz came out in mid-May on local label Melters, and as time’s gone on, more and more people have great things to say about it. Everybody Loves Chris is turning out to be aptly titled, if we’re to judge from the range of reviewers who are digging the record: bloggers worth their words, record store sages, even the massive cataloguer that is All Music is down....more
The 13th Floor Elevators are one of those groups that seem to perfectly articulate their genre; a psychedelic band that disbanded in 1969 but whose records have a place in the core catalog of any kid trying to get to know that decade today....more
Multi-talented artist and writer Patti Smith has influenced groups disparate as Sonic Youth, R.E.M., and Madonna. Her seminal 1975 album Horses helped to spur the early punk movement in New York City. Smith was an important member of the scene which spawned punk heroes The Ramones, Television, and The Sex Pistols....more
It’s hard to imagine rocking out for more than twenty years, without much of a respite, but that is exactly what Spoon have done. The difficult-to-label rock group that formed before Kurt Cobain’s death recently released their eighth studio album, titled They Want My Soul....more
The 2009 music release schedule is winding down, so people have started making their arbitrary top-whatever lists.
While such rankings might be more potent some years from now, when we see which albums are actually still in rotation (like tomorrow’s Leonids meteor shower, where “trails laid down by the [meteor’s parent] comet in 1466 and 1533 are expected to be the chief contributors to whatever happens”), some late-season releases and tours guarantee that this presidentially revolutionary year will be known as the year of the resurrected voice....more
“In the 1980s, arguments about the Rock Hall reflected many people’s discomfort with the insider mood of those dinners and the idea that pop music (and especially rock) could support an elite at all. The squabbles shifted in tone in the 1990s....more