Archive: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

R.I.P. Levi Stubbs

News bulletin: "DETROIT (AP) -- Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs has died at 72." Reaction: One of 1960s soul music's greatest expressionists has been silenced. As the longtime lead singer for the Four Tops, Stubbs was known for his yearning vocals on some classic Motown sides, including "Baby I Need...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 17, 2008; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (15)

Who's Ripping Me Off Now?

It started off innocently enough. Back in July, Idolator ran an item titled "Please Explain The Appeal of Ray LaMontagne To Me." Of course, "Please Explain to Me ..." is a regular Post Rock feature, first appearing back in April. But that's a relatively minor transgression. And sorry, Idolator, we...

By David Malitz | October 17, 2008; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (11)

Live Last Night: Janet Jackson

'What have I done for you lately?'(Marvin Joseph/TWP) Another Janet concert, another no-show. Only this time, it was opening act LL Cool J who was inexplicably absent. Don't call it a comeback? Okay, LL, I won't. Last night at Verizon Center, Janet returned to the stage for the first time...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 16, 2008; 9:17 AM ET | Comments (71)

Live Last Night, On TV - Episode 6

Two-Minute Man was a much easier series. But the Globe isn't even the Globe anymore, so... 1. Beck - "Gamma Ray" (Letterman, Thursday) This is my favorite Beck song in a few albums. It's a taut garage rocker that also grooves. It just so happens that Jay Reatard covered it...

By David Malitz | October 15, 2008; 6:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Janet Jackson: She's Baaaaack*

(* Or plans to be, anyway.) Many questions coming in regarding the status of Janet Jackson's show at the Verizon Center tonight. As they should be, given that Janet (Miss No-Show, if you're nasty) has postponed nine consecutive concerts - and also pushed back an upcoming show at Madison Square...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 15, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (21)

Six Questions For ... Ne-Yo

So good, he writes hits in his sleep! Shaffer Smith is one cool cat. He's also one of the hottest figures in R&B. As a songwriter-for-hire, Smith has penned some monster hits, several of which have reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100: Mario's "Let Me Love You," Beyonce's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 15, 2008; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night (A Few Nights Ago): The Wedding Present

The Wedding Present takes a refreshingly no-nonsense approach to its shows. The reconstituted (as opposed to re-formed) Brit-rock icons led by David Gedge come armed with the sense of purpose you'd expect from a band that once released a single every month for an entire year. The set list is...

By David Malitz | October 14, 2008; 5:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Chasing Amy

Maybe Amy Winehouse is the next Nikka Costa. Ever think of that? One of my favorite entries in "The New Book of Rock Lists" was "100 New Dylans" by Greil Marcus. I was thinking about that last night, not because of the Malitz review of the latest entry in...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 14, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

Fleet Foxes Explained

Overheard last night in Food for Thought, a half hour or so before Ra Ra Riot took the stage at the Black Cat: One girl, a few years out of college I'd guess, talking to (well, more like at) her friend: "I haven't had a band crush since I was,...

By David Malitz | October 13, 2008; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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