Archive: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

Kevin Eubanks: Live Last Night

By Mike Joyce Freed from the constraints of late-night television, guitarist and former "Tonight Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks returned to his jazz roots at the Rams Head Tavern on Thursday night in ways that seemed both liberating and exhausting. "Where's a commercial when you need one?" he quipped, after...

By David Malitz | August 14, 2009; 1:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Les Paul and Rashied Ali, RIP

The world is down a couple of musical titans. Les Paul, the father of the modern electric guitar and inventor of multi-track recording, passed away this morning at the age of 94 from respiratory failure. His contributions to modern music simply cannot be overstated (duh); rock-and-roll would sound a...

By David Malitz | August 13, 2009; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

De La Soul: Live Last Night

By Sarah Godfrey De La Soul didn't have to formally recognize the 20th anniversary of its 1989 debut "3 Feet High and Rising." The group could've ignored the milestone, so as not to draw attention to its advanced age. But when a group looks, sounds and moves just as...

By David Malitz | August 12, 2009; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson: Live Last Night

By Juli Thanki From the days of Kitty Wells and Red Foley to the more recent efforts of Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell, duets have been a vital part of the country music tradition. The newest link in the chain is Australian husband-and-wife team Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson,...

By David Malitz | August 12, 2009; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brooks & Done; Elton John Is the Man in the Box?; Jackson Rehearsal Footage Coming to Theaters

Headlines: Superstar country duo Brooks & Dunn are hanging up their cowboy hats after nearly 20 years together. Perhaps the guys knew it was time to call it quits after their 9-year-run as winners of the Academy of Country Music's Top Vocal Duo award ended at the hands of...

By David Malitz | August 12, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Radiohead: Albums? We Don't Need No Stinking Albums; Them Crooked Vultures Debut; Lady GaGa's Not Really a Hermaphrodite

Headlines: Radiohead is always one step ahead. First, they gave away their album, "In Rainbows," for free. Now they won't even make anymore albums. Or so hints Thom Yorke in an interview with the Believer. "None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record...

By David Malitz | August 11, 2009; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lollapalooza Recaps; Hard Summer's Disaster in L.A.; Jeezy No Shows Nissan

Headlines: Lollapalooza was in Chicago this weekend. Even if you weren't there, you can re-live the three days of music and heat through all of the writers/bloggers/etc., that did make the trek to Chicago. You can start with the hometown coverage from Chicago Tribune, where Greg Kot headed up...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2009; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Fiery Furnaces: Live Last Night

By David Malitz The world doesn't need more bands like the Fiery Furnaces. The original will more than suffice. That's not an insult; it's just that one sister/brother-fronted band that plays wordy, inscrutable, schizophrenic songs that endlessly zig and zag in every possible direction is enough, and that in...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2009; 7:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

Erykah Badu: Live Last Night

By Sarah Godfrey For some artists, a summertime show offers the chance to perform breezy, feel-good hits to a friendly crowd fortified by booze and sunshine. For Erykah Badu, a summer concert is an opportunity to don a vinyl catsuit, rail about the government, and freak a guy playing...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2009; 7:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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