The City of Berkeley, California will honor poet and writer, teacher and essayist, screenwriter, singer and professor Al Young next week. Tuesday, February 5 is Al Young Day in the progressive burg on the East Bay, which is a start, and a great one, for all the guys listed above. Indeed, Young was a ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>
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 >>
Flickr user inrsoulEveryday can be International Beer Day when you don't need an excuse to drink beer. In honor of the world's favorite amber-brown drink (screw you, rum) raise a glass and count down the Top Five songs about beer.
Summer here is bliss, better than anyplace else in the States
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.
Drummer DJ Bonebrake on how this X/the Blasters side project made it cool for punk rockers to like country
Mary BellFree Moral Agents at the Prospector, Jan. 8, 2011Free Moral Agents don't sound like anyone else, in the good kind of way. You wouldn't be wrong to say there's a distinct blend of trip-hop, funk, psychedelic, soul and rock at play in their vibe, but it's a fresh kind of take. The quintet ... More >>
B.B. King at the 12th annual Doheny Blues Fesitval in 2009The Long Beach Blues Festival, a 30-year-old tradition delivered by local jazz and blues station KKJZ-FM (88.1), is going on hiatus this year. The two-day fest, which has featured legends such as B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddle ... More >>
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Southside Johnny makes Bruce Springsteen his bitch
Hello, Jackie DeShannon
Picking on the Doheny Blues Fest headliners
John Hammond tackles the Tom waits songbook
The fourth OC Weekly local music sampler
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Alejandro Escovedo, true believer
Educate yourself with some Little Milton!
John Lee Hookers spooky tone poetry
And thank God for that!
Luther Allison smoked, died and bursts forth again on a live release
Sex, salvation, the French and the blues
Note to the GOP: Watch for the pee in the sun tea