Although hints of growled dirty vocals
sometimes form an undercurrent to the proceedings and even push to the
forefront, The Contortionist seems detached from the Deathcore/Death
Metal proponents with which it is often grouped.
If any old fogey tries to tell you there is no soul
left in modern music, sit him (or her) down in his favorite reclining
chair and tell him to shut up and listen while you give him a juicy
taste of The Main Squeeze.
With a birth name like Troy Beetles, a
career in music would seem to be a given. But the Canadian
artist/producer/label honcho has no interest in letting it be or going
on a magical mystery tour with Sgt. Pepper down Abbey Road.
Life is a circle and it’s come back
around full force for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, who began
his legendary career nearly 50 years ago as co-founder of Traffic and
now revisits those halcyon days with his latest touring concept/project,
A cursory spin of Joanne Shaw Taylor’s debut album, 2009’s White Sugar,
reveals an artist with a soulful understanding of the Blues and
possessed of a husky vocal instrument that perfectly exemplifies the
genre’s weary joy and therapeutic exuberance.