Backstage With The Struts

  I’m sitting in a backstage Philadelphia dressing room with singer Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies, known collectively as The Struts. They just may be the...

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These Two Guys     Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson are Temporary Kings on their new ECM Records record. It’s but those two guys on six originals by pianist Iverson (one of which, the grandiloque...

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R.E.M. at the BBC   The British Broadcasting Corporation always did love that little old band from Georgia, REM. Active from 1980 to 2011, you could make a convincing argument that Michael Stipe, Bill B...

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A Man Named Ilhan   As the fourth installment of his esteemed “Istanbul Sessions,” Solar Plexus (Nublu Music) by Ilhan Ersahin, is one of the most adventurous, satisfying, eclectic, cinematic, far-out C...

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Lucky Girl     Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Producer Carter Sampson’s fifth album, Lucky (Horton Records), is a died-in-the-wool traditional country gem but with alt-pop sensibilities. Her pe...

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Songs Of Illness and Death   Before The Devil Steals Your Soul (Coffeegrinds Music) by Blue Largo is a delicious slab of retro (their fourth). Vocalist Alicia Aragon and guitarist/composer Eric Lie...

Spotlight – Sister Sparrow

This Bird Has Flown   Sister Sparrow will rock the house -- as she always does -- with her barrage of horns and Soul Appeal Dec. 1 at Irving Plaza in Manhattan and Dec. 29 at the Levon Helm Studio in Wo...

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Holy Smoke!     Koko Mojo Records has put out a few dozen of these compilations of rare ‘50s rock ’n’ roll/bop ’n’ soul but none of ‘em has been completely devoid of clinkers. That’s not to sa...

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An Abundance of Cervini     Abundance (Anzic Records) by Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop has the wildly eclectic Canadian sextet reaching out simultaneously in numerous directions, oftentimes in t...

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The Maturation of Bonamassa     Redemption (J&R Adventures), Joe Bonamassa’s 13th solo studio album, is all-original and it burns like arson. He’s taken his blues-rock to creative new height...