Rant’n’Roll – Straightjacketed And Loving It, Emisunshine, Into The Red, Two Guitars And A Man Named Vijay

The MusikFest Café in Bethlehem, PA is throbbing for Los Straitjackets, an area favorite who have become, after 14 albums in 22 years, America’s finest instrumental surf-punk band (think The Ventures on steroids). They wear Mexican lucha libre wrestling masks and do the rock’n’roll complete with choreography. The experience …

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Rant’n’Roll – “What If,” Big-Band Beats, Berklee Professor Gets Wild, Jersey Rocker Heads South & Newman

What If (Rounder) by the Jerry Douglas Band is yet another milestone for this 14-time Grammy winner and three-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year. Guitarist/Composer/Producer Douglas joined bluegrass pioneers The Country Gentlemen right out of high school in 1974. There was a time he played in eight bands …

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Rant’n’Roll: Happy Juice, Guitar Hero, Beat Girls, In Praise of Oliver Nelson & Metal Death

On Happy Juice, pianist Jon Davis interprets the piano men who influenced him most: Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett. Five brilliantly creative originals flesh out the five covers. Davis has been in the bands of Jaco Pastorius, Stan Getz and Milt Jackson. Thirty …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Rant’n’Roll: Best Van Morrison Cover Ever, Smoking-Hot Blues, Croce by Croce, Jazz Vocalese, Big-Band Action and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Unique is the only word that aptly fits the Heliotrope debut (Radiko Records) of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/producer/documentarian Rabasi Joss. After over a decade making multi-media docs, Joss has turned her attention to her compositions and vocals, leaving the production to Baba Israel (DJ Logic/Jason Lindner), the engineering to Kabir Hermon …

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Eaglemania: Faux Eagles Rock

Eaglemania will headline the 29th annual Netcong Day on Sunday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Netcong, New Jersey (23 Maple Street), which also includes street food vendors, dessert specialties, a 5K walk and race, free parking, jewelry booths, puppet shows and a “civic exhibition” by the Marine Color Guard. …

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Art Exhibit Features Jersey Legends

Artist/drummer Gilson Lavis (seen here with Southside Johnny), of Squeeze and The Jools Holland R&B Orchestra, will have his drawings of the Jukes, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Wilson Pickett and stars of the ’50s and ‘60s exhibited at the Salomon Arts Gallery (83 Leonard Street in the Tribeca neighborhood of …

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Rant’n’Roll: Rare Noise, Irish Alternative, Isley Brothers Join Santana, Big Boy Blues, Guitar + Brass, Delightful Yelena, and Heaven

Magnetic (RareNoise Records) by London-based composer/producer/performer Gaudi is one crazy-sick slab of sound. He’s taken samples of existing Rare Noise fare—including Bill Laswell, Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin, Killing Joke’s Ted Parsons, King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto and even Buckethead—to mix ‘n’ match dub-centric electronica, rock, jazz and ambient stains into an …

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Rant’n’Roll: Memphis Stew, Melodic Intersect, Crazy Surf Punk, Remembering Nilsson, Alligator Blues

Author of Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, Tamara Saviano has become an important spoke of a big wheel, that of roots-rock, alt-country and Americana music, so much so that I’m all in on anything this woman puts her name on. As co-producer …

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ Sherman Theater

STROUDSBURG, PA—Troy Andrews, 31, better known as Trombone Shorty, brought his power-packed show to the Poconos and blew everyone away with a dramatic combination of soul-man strut, jazz-man chops, hard rock vengeance and the kind of inundating light show that dazzled, dizzied and drenched the dancing crowd in a veritable …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Oobie Doobie

(Photo by Mike McEntire)

When Wade L. Moore and Dick Penner wrote “Oobie-Doobie” as sung by Roy Orbison and then John Fogerty, I know they didn’t have the Doobie Brothers in mind. After all, the song was written 14 years before the Doobies started as the house band for the …

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