Acoustic Blues: The Roots of Jack White, Zeppelin and the Stones
With just six strings and roughly 20 frets, the acoustic guitar has been able to conjure up limitless possibilities. The earliest blues musicians found that the guitar was the ultimate tool for expressing anguish, fear and love. Country blues, rural blues, folk blues . . . these are just some of the names for this music that drew from ragtime and gospel and turned hopelessness into something more lasting and transcendental. Discover the music that has made lifelong fans out of Jack White, Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan and more.
Metal Gear Solid: Friday Night Gamers
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” It’s that time of the week again: Time for a weekend full of gaming and this week we’re bringing you the perfect new playlist to listen to whilst playing MGS. Solid Snake, good luck to you!
Jazz New Releases, July 2014
Living legends Sonny Rollins and Bobby Hutcherson have come out with heralded new albums that have the vitality of such new lions as Joshua Redman, Danilo Perez and Marc Ribot. Melanie De Biasio and Jose James illustrate a new way forward for vocalists. Theo Crocker is a gifted teen with a long future in front of him while reissues from Stan Getz, Miles Davis and the Blue Note label show why classic jazz always stays in fashion.
The upper reaches of the 1984 US and UK pop charts made room for decade-defining superstars like Prince, Madonna, Duran Duran, Phil Collins and veteran performers like Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, and Chaka Khan. Plus, new wave, rap, R&B, and digital innovators like Art of Noise and Frankie Goes To Hollywood rubbed padded shoulders with back-to-analog indie agitators such as The Smiths and Echo and The Bunnymen.
Johnny Winter: Remembering The Blues Legend
12 bar blues legend Johnny Winter rocked the world for 46 years. His incredible career began with a mesmerising show at Woodstock, and 18 albums later his solos are officially carved into the history of music as well as the hearts and minds of all blues lovers. Let’s celebrate the life and work of a genius, a free spirit with slide guitars: John Dawson Winter III.
Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers once opined that the term “Southern Rock” was as redundant as the term “Rock Rock”. His thought being that rock ‘n’ roll is synonymous with the music of the South. Fair enough, but as an editorial voice, we’ll get specific and call Southern Rock a blues-driven sound that rose up out of the rootsier aspect of the ‘60s and really grew to prominence in the ‘70s with Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. It’s never truly fallen from fashion as its heartland-loving vibes have basically become reborn in the sound of contemporary country.
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