The Dustbowl Revival
rides a third rail. The band is true to the original Jump Blues and
Swing groove, but the musicians also reserve the right to go off on any
musical tangent that they deem fun and workable.
Manchester Orchestra is loud and
rattling, both from the volume the group can unleash and from the depth
and emotion in its lyrics. Whether filtered through computer speakers or
amplified live from the stages of some of America’s best venues, the
group’s music has a way of making “all the feels” come rocketing to the
The film about Miles Davis that Don Cheadle has been trying to get made finally gets the green-light (with Cheadle as the Jazz legend), the premiere of a new Ol' Dirty Bastard documentary falls apart in classic ODB style after a cease-and-desist and Kendrick Lamar makes the cover of GQ but cancels a performance at the mag's party due to the cover story's questionable content.
The new Ubahn Fest showcases DJs, EDM and Hip Hop in a vacant transit tunnel near the riverfront this weekend. Plus, David Wolfenberger to play with old pal/bandmate Mark Olson, the first video from "The MidPoint Sessions" emerges and Freekbass kickstarts a new album project.
Rutgers University in (obviously) New Jersey launches new course that examines the biblical references in Bruce Springsteen's music, David Lowery and the National Music Publishers’ Association go after websites that host song lyrics without publishing licenses and Alanis Morissette announces plans to turn her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill into a (probably horrible) musical.
Dwight Yoakam is an enormously
influential figure for rescuing ’80s-era, Nashville, Tenn.,-based
commercial Country music from its reliance on cloyingly familiar,
Pop-oriented musical clichés and boring, hack storytelling truisms.
The personality known as Unknown Hinson
is portrayed by Stuart Danny Baker, a hell of a guitarist from North
Carolina who invented the tongue-in-cheek character so he could rip on
everything from Hendrix tunes to original songs like “Fish Camp Woman,”
“I Ain’t Afraid of Your Husband” and “I Cleaned Out a Room (In My
Trailer for You).”
Ben Knight and the Welldiggers play
American music. Kentucky Country music. A noble homage to generations of
toil and progress. The songs on the Cincinnati band’s debut release, Divining Rod,
are a frighteningly intimate introduction to Ben Knight, the
storyteller. He and the Welldiggers earnestly compose new and original
tunes that catch your attention with equal parts nostalgia and intrigue.