At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity.
For Bob Marley to become a household name, he needed to posthumously conquer the suburbs.
The opening guitar lick and two furious snare blasts of the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun" are as classic a riff as "Smoke on the Water," "Smells Like Teen Spirit" or "You Really Got Me"--riffs that serve as salvos, as calling cards for their respective genres. Add to that the mystique of the ... More >>
In this week's Voice, Larry Blumenfeld reports from last month's Blue Note Jazz Festival and Vision Jazz Fest, taking in performances by Buika (above), Jason Moran and Herlin Riley, Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Grimes, and others. Congratulations to Larry, also, on being named the winner of the Helen ... More >>
Bryan HorowitzIn this week's Voice I talked about the new album by Kelly Clarkson, inaugural American Idol and the pop star who seems most likely to be a rip-roaring time at a coffee klatsch/Tupperware party/gathering of pals. The show that put her on the map, of course, is known for putting ... More >>
Picturesque Americana or pop-cultural moment waiting to be ripped off? It's your call! Halloween is coming! In case you're someone who doesn't have the time or moneyor patienceto head out to the costume shop and figure out what alter ego you're going to take on during this weeke ... More >>
Check out this hot new band! From 20 years ago! Now that clones of the social-DJing service Turntable.fm have started popping up around the Internet, and the service has started getting amounts of money that the musicians featured on it could only dream of for the most part, it's time to mayb ... More >>
via RickeyHey, The Voice! It's still pretty good! And right now, there's pretty much nothing else on TV except for Game of Thrones! On last night's episode, Carson Daly, you'll be happy to learn, moved on from the detestable suit-with-sneakers look he was rocking last week. Unfortunately, he ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. If you were here when we last embarked on this quest, you may remember the "Carlos Santana reworks the 'Black Magic Woman' riff while an overexposed singer warbles nearby" formula, which is one that Sony Music Enter ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Get your motor runnin'...head out on the fast track to synergyville.
Roswell Rudd's triumphant return to braying trombone excellence
God watches over sacred sea of bright-shirted Gomers
Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll From Here
A Great Day for America
Christopher Small Has Books in Him
James Miller Tries to Control What He No Longer Loves