My niece is 14, and she's been through about a dozen musical evolutions over the past two years. She sang a Taylor Swift song for her middle school talent show. By Christmas of last year, she was digging hard on some punk-ska band whose name I can't recall at the moment.
About a week ago, she clued me in to her new favorite band of all time: Mumford & Sons. So, I'm beginning to think her musical taste is veering away from what the media…Continue
photos courtesy of Annaliese Moyer
You can't walk off the Cayamo music cruise without Sixthman CEO Andy Levine thanking you - whether with a hug, a high five, or a simple "thank you." There, at the end of the hallway,…Continue
We're on day something-or-other and, since internet is a luxurious extravagance, as I write this, I'm not sure I recall where I left off. So, we'll just pick up the cruise at the point where Will Hoge rocked the salt right out of the air on the pool deck. Having only seen Will once or twice (solo), I didn't know what to expect from a full-length rock band show. But, it turned out to be another major highlight of the week. He was the first performer to break the night in when we re-boarded…Continue
One day, and my head is already spinning in a rhythmic whir of sunshine and great music. In the past 24 hours since we left port in Miami, I’ve seen Shawn Mullins (with Brandi Carlile sitting in for a song) on the pool deck. His set was a pretty even selection from his several albums, closing with his big radio hit “Rockabye.” Mullins has come a long way since that pop hit, and his songwriting has become much more lyrically complex. His voice and Carlile’s blended well – a lovely soulful…Continue
Second month of the year, and the CDs I've received in 2011 already fill an entire shelf on their own. So, here I go taking a stab at some first-listen reviews.
Natalia Zukerman - Gas Station Roses (self)
This is produced by Zukerman herself, along with Willy Porter. Instrumentalists include Todd Sickafoose, Garrison Starr, Patty Larkin, Meghan Toohey, Ray Bonneville, Porter, others. So, it makes sense that folks in this community should pay…Continue
The White Stripes (Jack White and Meg White) signed a note on their website today - announcing their official split - by saying, "The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want."
I guess this is big news, although Jack White has been working on, it seems, everything but the White Stripes for the past few years. As evidenced by his "side" projects the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, and more recently the fact that he…Continue