Better Than: Frostbite.
When I go to a concert, I always want to like the bands. I really do. I wouldn't show up if I didn't think I was going to enjoy myself. There are plenty of other places I could be.
I approached Friday night's Bowery Ballroom show, headlined by Swedish neo-classic blues-roc ... More >>
By Katherine Turman
It's only taken Bettye LaVette 50 years to become an overnight success. Yet at 66, the saucy soul singer still laments, "That was my biggest grievance--I just want somebody to say my damn name. Even if you say something bad, just say my name."
Since her first single in 1962- ... More >>
Some DJs are quiet, let-the-music-do-the-talking types, but not Jonathan Toubin. Interviewed for this week's Voice profile, the 4Knots Music Festival Afterparty host was enthusiastic and opinionated, generating a novella's worth of transcript. More highlights from our conversation are below, as Toub ... More >>
SummerStage Honors the Music of Jimi Hendrix
Central Park SummerStage
Tuesday, June 5
Better than: Exercising, which is apparently what you're supposed to be doing in Central Park.
Hendrix was really into covershis live sets were littered with songs by Cream ("Sunshine of Your Love"), Dyla ... More >>
In the grandstand, away from the heat of the Fair Groundsthe horse-racing track that becomes a music stadium for each New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivalstood an exhibit of black-and-white photos that suggested much of the music going on outside. "Faces of Tremé," drawn from 30 years ... More >>
(Part One is here.)
So here we are on the once-unthinkable occasion of Dylan turning 70.
When Dylan was starting out, old white men--I mean older than Pete and Woody--were mostly on the wrong side of the Civil Rights movement. Older black men, if they were survivors like Howlin' Wolf or S ... More >>
"I've met RZA, Raekwon, and Ghostface. They were cool, man, but it was a lot of cursing!""I'm sitting in the house now that was built with the Wu-Tang money," says Syl Johnson from his home base on Chicago's South Side. Johnson began his career working under blues folklore heroes Howlin' Wolf ... More >>
They do a mean "Keep the Car Running," honest. More pics below. The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
Wednesday, September 1
It's tremendously cheering to see that people actually dance during Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra shows -- unadulterated, mildly erotic, not at all ironic sals ... More >>