Rant’n’Roll: Steve Winwood and Steely Dan Provide The Countdown to Ecstasy

Holmdel, NJ—The 100-degree temperature permeated the sides of the open-aired PNC Bank Arts Center to the point where during Steve Winwood’s epochal set—of Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and solo hits—we wandered like Jews in the desert searching for shade. They say the music you grew up with still …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Svetlana And Wycliffe Are The New Ella And Louis

New York, NY—Ella Fitzgerald [1917-1996], born in Virginia and raised in New York City, came out of Yonkers to join Chick Webb’s big band before hitting stardom as a solo. Louis Armstrong [1901-1971], born and raised in New Orleans, hit stardom in Joe “King” Oliver’s band in Chicago. Their 1956 …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: You Never Know Who You’re Sitting Next To On The Bus

Whenever The Coloursound puts out new music, I listen. The Pennsylvania alterna-pop sophisticates—for 11 years running—boast a singer in Doug Batt whose voice rivals early Nilsson and Garfunkel in how it takes flight. Plus, the dude’s a high school teacher…and that makes him a hero in my book. Speaking of …

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Epoch Failure: Summer Carnival Time

Epoch Failure’s rap version of “Livin’ On A Prayer” is a pretty damn terrific hiphop anthem (I like it better than the Bon Jovi original but don’t tell anybody) and even Jon himself likes it. The hiphop duo will be performing it and other songs off their self-titled debut July …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Southside Johnny’s On The Phone

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes will perform Sunday, July 3, 5:30 p.m. in Asbury Park at the Stone Pony Summer Stage on Ocean Avenue. The phone rings. When Southside calls, you answer.

Aquarian Weekly: Hold on, I gotta get this new-fangled digital thing going. I miss my old Radio

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Jersey Blues, Jewish Jazz, Texas Country, A Kick-Ass Power Trio & More

Singer/songwriter (and ex-Aquarian Weekly Editor) Mike Daly is “Broken” on Backroom Blues Volume #2 (Bongo Boy Records) as he leads his Planets on a driving track of blues-rock fit to crank up and immensely enjoy. It’s only one of 10 such tracks by such “international recording artists” as it …

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Svetlana & The Delancey Five: Prohibition-Era Jazz Into ’30s Swing

Svetlana & The Delancey Five is one of the most unique combos around. The Russian chanteuse fronts a hotly smoking unit that will, as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival on June 24, pay tribute to the 60th Anniversary of the release of Ella and Louis (Verve Records). …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: One-On-One With Carmine Appice

Stick It: My Life Of Sex, Drums & Rock ‘n’ Roll by Carmine Appice with Ian Gittins (Chicago Review Press, $26.99) is a double-dong doozy. I spent many a late night/early morning because I just couldn’t put it down. And it was over all too soon. Suffice it to say, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Chico, Yelena, Garaj, Spencer & Brian

Saxophonist Chico Freeman, 66, son of saxophonist Von Freeman [1923-2012], originally from Chicago where he played in the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), left the U.S. to live and work in Europe as an expatriate for the last 10 years. In so doing, he followed the …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Delbert

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania—He can do it all: honky-tonkin’ red-blooded Americana soulful R&B alt-country jazzy balladry backwater blues rock ‘n’ rollin’ hillbilly Tex Mex gritty funky horn-laden party music. To actually see this 75-year-old legend sing without having to go on one of his cruises is a rare and wonderful thing. He …

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