After four years together, Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson's "second act" may actually have become stronger than his first.
As thousands of fans descended upon the Scottrade Center to see reigning queen of pop Taylor Swift Tuesday night, across town at the Pageant, a different kind of diva took the stage. While ZZ Ward may not yet possess Swift-level global fame, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist certainly possesses the talent and charm to get her there.
Spanning the decades and musical genres, the annual secret concert series An Under Cover Weekend raised the bar yet again and brought out the best in local musicians over three ambitious nights.
Denny Laine holds a unique place in rock 'n' roll history. He's got footnote written all over him. This is something that happens to a lot of fine musicians whose paths cross that of the Beatles or a Beatle.
Let us not beat around cardinal-shaped bushes: LouFest 2015 did little to galvanize anything but a dilettante's hope for next year.
Led by keyboardist Dan Hastie and guitarist Sergio Rios, Orgone represents everything good with music -- from wildly funky lyrics, to tightly coiled musicianship, to authentic grooves and equal spotlight for each member, including powerhouse vocalist Adryon de León, the group carried us to another planet with their brand of soul, funk and afro-disco.
Hard Working Americans may just be the best supergroup you've probably never heard of. The powerhouse sextet is a side project for its impressive roster that includes alt-country singer/songwriter Todd Snider; guitarist Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood and (formerly) Ryan Adams' band the Cardinals; bassist Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, as well as its recent interim drummer Duane Trucks (nephew of Butch and brother of Derek); keyboardist Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi; and guitarist Jesse Aycock.
Perhaps success is the best revenge. The August 22 Gesher Music Festival performance at the 560 Music Center amply demonstrated the remarkable accomplishment of “degenerate” composers who fled Nazism yet achieved success in Hollywood.
Jim James, frontman of rock group My Morning Jacket, has been (or at least should be) running on fumes lately. Last year he contributed music to “Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes,” a collection of unreleased songs from Bob Dylan. He also co-produced “That’s It!,” the recent album for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.