A few last minute gift ideas, featuring 2012 boxsets and from The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Heart, Strange Euphoria, Bob Dylan, The English Beat, Elvis Presley, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Los Lobos and Taj Mahal.
One of the real changes in how Ani
DiFranco approaches live performing these days may be something that, in
a strict sense, isn’t actually part of what she does on stage. But rest
assured, DiFranco says, it’s
making a difference in her performances.
If there’s a recurring theme that seems to
sum up the events of the past few years for Texas trio Girl In A Coma (including
the trio’s latest album, Exits & And All The Rest) it boils down to one word — growth.
Revitalized by a new album, Perry Farrell now has decades of experience
“putting on a show,” especially with the work he’s done with his
trailblazing Lollapalooza, which continues to have a big influence on
today’s ever-expanding multi-act music festival scene, including
this weekend's Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati (which Jane's headlines Friday).
Music always makes a great holiday gift,
and this year the record industry has again put together a wide
selection of box sets and other collections to please fans of just about
any style of music. Here are some excellent options if you’re stuck and
looking for a last-minute present.
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
usually get compared to classic R&B, Soul and Blues artists like
Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and Wilson Pickett — obvious enough
touchstones considering the group plays a hard-hitting blend of Soul,
Rock & Roll and Blues.
Like many of today’s bands, Umphrey’s McGee has found itself debating the question of how to best release new music into the market. Some musicians and industry professionals have gone as far as to declare the album a dying format. Especially with younger music fans, the iPod and similar devices has changed the way they listen to music.
Like many of today's bands, Umphrey's McGee has found itself debating the question of how to best release new music into the market. Some musicians and industry professionals have gone as far as to declare the album a dying format. Especially with younger music fans, the iPod and similar devices has changed the way they listen to music. They want to download their favorite songs and aren't as interested in buying full albums by their favorite artists. %u2028
This wasn't a plentiful year for CD and DVD box sets, but there weren't many misses in this year’s crop of releases, either. Here are the best of the bunch to my ears and eyes, from Springsteen and Hendrix box sets to DVDs of legendary 'Soul Train' and 'T.A.M.I. Show' performances.