Posts Tagged ‘Blues’

Blues Guitarist Bobby Parker Dies at Age 76

Bobby Parker, the massively talented but under-recognized blues-rock guitarist known for his landmark 1961 cut "Watch Your Step," died last Thursday at Bowie Health Center in Bowie, Md. He was 76.
Besides Parker's claim to fame as the inspiration behind surely dozens of rock songs in the 1960s and beyond—including The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" and [...]

Openings: Ron K. Brown and Evidence, Iranian Film Festival

What's new this weekend in local arts
Brooklyn-based choreographer Ron K. Brown brings his company, Evidence, to perform to the music of Stevie Wonder. Wonder and Brown have collaborated before, and this modern troupe promises a unique interpretation of Wonder's works, including "You and I" and "Jesus Children of America." The company performs Feb. 1 at  8 [...]

Don’t Be Bored: The War on Drugs

Slave Ambient, the latest from The War on Drugs, is adorned with hazy blue-and-red artwork that suits the album’s warm, swirling sound. The Philadelphia band places a premium on production: Soupy, Spiritualized-esque atmospherics surround Adam Granduciel’s Tom Petty sneer, and even the tunes themselves meld together at times, softened by Eno-like sonic washes. Yet Slave Ambient [...]

This Week in Music: Jack Rose’s Luck in the Valley

The posthumous release of Jack Rose's Luck in the Valley is a return to American roots music. Made up of Cajun, country, blues, and jazz influences, Rose's album is characterized by acoustic fingerpicking and ample use of slide. Guest artists on the album (including a banjo player, junkyard percussionist, and harmonica player) seem superfluous when [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Justin Trawick, Honor By August, T-Model Ford, and More


State Radio, Big D and the Kids Table. 9:30 Club. $20.

Justin Trawick. Strathmore. $10 in advance, $12 at door.

Christian Tetzlaff Trio. Wolf Trap. $35.

Powder Kegs, The Torches. The Red & The Black. $8.

Juniper Lane, Melodime. IOTA Club & Cafe. $12.

US Royalty, Phil Ade, Poor But Sexy. Rock and Roll Hotel. $12.

Curbfeelers. Bangkok Blues. Call for [...]

This Week in Music: Field Music’s Measure

Sunderland-based bandmates Peter and David Brewis' latest release Measure is a 20-song double album rife with rock. Three years after the pair's previous (self-titled) CD failed to make a splash, Field Music is back with a vengeance on its 70-plus-minute return. Measure sees the group breaking away from its standard post-punk minimalism and experimenting with [...]

One Track Mind: “Just Die Young” by Daddy Lion

When searching for a tune to accompany your adolescent depression, put down the emo albums and look no further than Daddy Lion's bluesy "Just Die Young." Fresh off its free self-titled EP, the song concerns the horror and stagnant nature of American suburbia and the suicidal thoughts of young adults. Piano, synths, and guitars make [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Haiti Benefits, Sockets Records Showcase, a Night With Thievery Corporation


Haiti Benefit Concert for the Red Cross Relief Effort: Brother Shamus, The Walkways, No Second Troy, Boxcar Collision, Bobby Thompson and more. IOTA Club & Cafe. Donations based.

Sockets Records Showcase (with The Cornel West Theory, Hume, Imperial China, Buildings and Big Gold Belt). Black Cat. $12.

Mike Terpak Blues Explosion. Bangkok Blues. Call for [...]

Music in Review: Experience Music Project

What can we say? Our Music in Review issue required a lot of drinking.
Taking a look at the Numero Group label's new Light: On the South Side release, Jason Cherkis also took to some tippling. At the suggestion of the label's co-founder, Ken Shipley, he dug into the hefty book-and-LP set—featuring songs and Michael L. [...]

Tonight: Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam @ Birchmere

If having your first name added to the name of your band is a bellwether for burgeoning celebrity, then you could say 22-year-old Davy Knowles has arrived. A British blues guitarist with a soulful baritone, Knowles has sort of an Stevie Ray Vaughan-meets-Richie Havens thing going on. His band, Back Door Slam Davy Knowles and [...]