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Boz Scaggs Finds His Voice at Memphis’ Legendary Royal Studios
Published 07/17/2013 at 11:43 a.m.
Boz Scaggs has survived an impressive five decades in the music industry, first as an eager rock ’n’ roll sideman, then as a blue-eyed soul star, now as an unwavering elder statesman. But for all his commercial success—his 1976 smash, ...
Local Prog/Post-Rock Newcomers Mobility Chief Look to the Future With New Album, Tour
Published 06/19/2013 at 11:58 a.m.
Listen to any of Mobility Chief’s cosmic, shape-shifting jams, and you’ll likely find yourself perplexed. And that’s precisely the point.
James McCartney Slowly Emerges From His Famous Father's Shadow
Published 06/05/2013 at 11:09 a.m. 1 Comment
It isn’t easy for the son of a Beatle to throw his guitar in the closet and become an accountant.
Local Music Review: Wesley Wyrick
Published 05/15/2013 at 11 a.m.
Wesley Wyrick’s debut album, Second Nature, certainly isn’t an easy listen. It’s a psychedelic collage more than a collection of songs—10 eerie tracks built on left-field samples, electronic spasms, and droning, lo-fi synths.
Baz Luhrmann’s 'Great Gatsby': All Spectacle, No Heart
Published 05/15/2013 at 10:48 a.m.
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has quite a bit going for it: an epic soundtrack; eye-popping art direction; a titanic-sized (or Titanic-sized) budget, courtesy of co-producer Jay-Z; a number of radiant performances; and source material from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great ...
Nashville Garage-Rock Duo JEFF the Brotherhood Aim for the Big Leagues With Major-Label Debut
Published 05/08/2013 at 10:44 a.m.
Over the course of a decade, under the name JEFF the Brotherhood, Nashville brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall released six albums of fuzzy, tone-deaf stoner-pop, full of blistering punk-pop riffs and hungover power-pop melodies. Their goal? Pay the rent and ...
French Alt-Rock Stars Phoenix Rise Again With 'Bankrupt!'
Published 04/24/2013 at 10:40 a.m.
Bankrupt! (Glassnote) is a logical extension of their trademark style, playing like the woozy hangover after Wolfgang’s decadent night out.
Chris Thile Adds a Partnership with Brad Mehldau to His “Musical Fraternity”
Published 04/10/2013 at 11:28 a.m.
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile thinks of his career as one big audition, a quest to join the ranks of the upper echelon of musicians and composers—a group he calls the “musical fraternity.” He speaks about this journey as if it’s ...
L.A. Folk-Rockers Dawes Set a New Course with 'Stories Don't End'
Published 04/03/2013 at 9:33 a.m.
With their third album, the vibrant Stories Don't End, Dawes—singer and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, keyboard player Tay Strathairn, bassist Wylie Gelber, and drummer Griffin Goldsmith—have taken a bold leap into the 21st century.
Runaway Success: Cruz Contreras and the Black Lillies
Published 03/13/2013 at 3:18 p.m.
The Black Lillies played more than 230 shows in 2012, while also finding time to record their third and most fully developed album, Runaway Freeway Blues. They have earned spirited praise from all over the country, including from Nashville’s country-music ...