Rant ‘N’ Roll: Spring Break

New Orleans, Louisiana. May 1, 2015—The Fair Grounds Race Course had first been dumped with rain at the outset of the April 24-May 3 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. My three days at the end were beautiful and as I made my way to the Gospel …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Trombone Shorty Grows Up, Gives Back

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—The whole night rocked like a big wheel on a Georgia cotton field. “Honey, hush,” said one husband as The New Breed Brass Band kicked things into high gear from the jump. With three stages and eight bands setting off a frenzied spinning wheel of kaleidoscopic action, it …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Weird New Jersey, Weird Blues, Real Country & New Jazz

Only in weird New Jersey could an album as unsettling as Space/Time * Redemption (TUM) be recorded. Drum’n’Bass music is usually the province of British electronica, its jungle essence geared towards the jamband or dancefloor scene. Not this. This is more like a giant troll sleeping under a bridge with …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Sound

He might have graduated from the Sonny Rollins school of tenor saxophone but as leader of the Rich Halley 4 on Creating Structure (Pine Eagle Records), Halley throws the jazz rulebook out the window to take his quartet into uncharted waters. It’s a sink-or-swim endeavor, different from his last 17 …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Zesty Tang, Sexy Samba, Blues and Rugged Wisdom

I never drank the Kool-Aid but I’ve been downing some Tang this week and loving it. Truth be told, I’ve always been a sucker for bassist Bonnie Parker who has, for me, epitomized the sexy hard-rockin’ glam bitch who I’d gladly let dominate me. She was front and center in …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Under The Radar

Shake Some Action by The Flamin’ Groovies was one of the best rock albums of the 1970s. Produced by Dave Edmunds, I remember totally freaking out to this San Francisco band’s Brit-Rock, loving “You Tore Me Down” and Groovie covers of “Let The Boy Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Lovin’ Spoonful), “St. …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Guys & Dolls & Fred

EASTON, PA—When “Guys & Dolls: A Music Fable Of Broadway” ran for 1,200 performances and won the 1950 Tony Award as “Best Musical,” Senator Estes Kefauver introduced his resolution calling for an investigation of organized crime. Boston thieves made off with two mil in the “Great Brinks Robbery.” President Truman …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Crazy Fire, Folk Music, Standards And Blues

Funny but I was eatin’ french fries and a falafel while freakin’ to Feufollet when I realized their En Couleurs was one of the best albums of 2010. Two Universes (Feufollet Records/Thirty Tigers) might lay claim to that honor in 2015. The band is from Lafayette, Louisiana. Their precious gumbo …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: State-Sanctioned Sizzle

EASTON, PA—They don’t wear stupid wigs or costumes representing each era of Beatle history. They don’t affect Brit accents and play the four unique characters. They simply play the music. And to hear this beloved music—the DNA of our lives—come thrillingly alive on a stage, is one of the great …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: 2015 Top 10…Already?

Top 10 2015 personal musical moments. Hey, why not?

1) Los Lobos at The Sellersville Theater February 28: Arguably America’s greatest current rock ‘n’ roll band rocked Pennsylvania with two sets of blistering bilingual joyousness including Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and their own barnburner “Kiko.” To …

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