Fans of rap genius Tyler the Creator must've scratched their head in confusion when he released a music video this month for his equally head-scratching song "Tamale." What exactly could a hip-hop head possibly know about this quintessential Latin American meal, and why would he craft a song based o ... More >>
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It's fair to say George Thorogood has been around the music biz a little while. When he was in his 20s, the blues/rock guitarist best known for being "B-b-b-buh-bad to the bone" briefly moved to England just so he could play guitar 12 hours a day without any distractions. In 1973, the Delaware-br ... More >>
C Taylor Crothers It may be hard to believe, but Big Head Todd and The Monsters just sprinted past their 25th anniversary. For many, it feels like Midnight Radio was just released yesterday, yet it was released in 1990. In tribute to their best known work, the band is embarking on their first tou ... More >>
This is for all you midnight tokers: Omega Events announced today that Gregg Allman and the Steve Miller Band are headlining the Doheny Blues Festival 2012 for the festival's 15th anniversary. The two blues legends epitomize the festival's roots, and it's extra exciting because Georgia nat ... More >>
Bo CarterAs we discovered in an earlier post, many songs about food are mostly about trying to get laid but it would appear for a lot of early blues musicians every song about food was about sex. Now perhaps it's just my prurient imagination and I'm misinterpreting these great blues classics but ... More >>
[Locals Only] The reconstituted bluesy-rock band now have more master's degrees and more of a pop sensibility
Voodoo Fix, made up of Abe Rivers, Scott P, Captain Willy, Demario Dunn and Doc Russell, mixes blues, folk, and funk in their debut, Not For Nothing. There's a record release party in Irvine's Anthill Pub (4200 Campus Dr.) today; check out how it was made and a pretty cool video after the jump.
www.myspace.com/johnnymastroandmamasboysJohnny Mastro is performing at the Irvine Lake Annual Blues FestivalIrvine Lake just announced the lineup for the 13th Annual Blues Festival, to be held on Saturday, June 26. The Annual Blues Festival kicks off the lake's summer concert series which include ... More >>
The term "blues jam" sends douchechills down my spine. Typically, a blues jam is a few old white guys who've never met running through haphazard versions of some of the genre's most well-known tunes. This always (and I do mean always) is a problem because, for example, the bass player might know "Ba ... More >>
The Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, passed away Wednesday in Chicago due to complications following a May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. She was 80 years young.The woman born Cora Walton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1997, was nominated for eight Grammys and one won i ... More >>
Spencer Kornhaber / OCWElvin Bishop came into the crowd! He's old.Last Weekend: Doheny Blues FestivalBetter Than: A cloudy day at the beach without alcohol.As mentioned in the brief preview, I don't know anything about blues music. High-brow critic types like to say that pop and rock are where "The ... More >>
If you read my story on Instagon's 500th show (and I know you did), you know that Instagon head honcho Lob plans on bringing a slew of guests to play with him. I hate to spoil the surprise, but Lob sent out an email with a list of people he expects to take the stage. And because ... More >>
Transplanted Southerner James Harman has 46 years of blues to lay on ya
One Cell In The Sea, the latest from A Fine Frenzy starts out with a dainty chipperness that may lead you to believe the overall mood of the rest of the album may be continuously delightful. But singer/songwriter Alison Sudol is a tricky girl. By the third song "Whisper", she’s got you hooked an ... More >>
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