Of Note

Blackberry Smoke likely to fill Belly Up

Southern rockers road-dogging their way up the food chain

Blackberry Smoke looks like they just stepped out of a 1960s promo photo shoot — wardrobe, hair, and all — that one where the band Blue Cheer posed on a pier with their mountain of ...

Cowsills still happy together

Reputed Partridge Family template lives and rocks

“It’s the quintessential classic-rock tour.” Paul Cowsill checks in by phone from his home in Oregon. He and the band are on a little break from the Happy Together tour, a road show that travels ...

The Roots' inventory of sounds

They'll take Observatory stage in service of the groove

Hip-hop, yes, but with a tuba player. Not many acts working the genre use live instruments like the Roots do, but then again, I love bands that focus more on groove than form. The main ...

Little, loud, and brilliant Rosie Flores

Tex-Mex soul-stress to take Soda Bar stage

Los Angeles used to be the center of the music industry, back when there was one. Now, that distinction in the post-digital era belongs to three towns: Austin, Nashville, and Brooklyn. And you’ve got to ...

Has large hair, check. Takes on weight of world, check.

But check Ron Gallo's music before you judge

“Let’s get a house/ you and me/ and your 12 cats,” sings Ron Gallo. “You’ll gird my mattress with nails/ one for/ every time something psycho came out of your mouth.” Remember Neil Young and ...

Grimy Black Lips to smack the Belly Up

The high school remains in these boys

How these things sometimes get started: in the case of the Black Lips, from Dunwoody, Georgia, the lo-fi garage-rock band may have never come to exist if two of the founding members had not been ...

North Mississippi Allstars at Belly Up — a prayer for peace

More dead in the Tallahatchie?

In 1996, when Luther and Cody Dickinson started the North Mississippi Allstars, blues-festival promoters and record-label hacks alike saw the band as the potential salvation of a very stale blues scene (i.e., better ticket and ...

Chris Potter will toy with you

He'd transcribed and memorized Parker's work by age 13

Imagine the world Chris Potter saw when he stepped into the role of Next New Jazz Tenor Saxophonist. He was 18 when he broke out in New York and by then there was virtually no ...

Holla Pointe lets 'er rip clean out of the socket

Roots electric harmonica-guitar duo goes extreme

Pass This Way, the new Holla Pointe song collection, reminds me a little of the John Spencer Blues Explosion: guitars frying on overdrive that melt away into the larger grip of some concussive, sexy, groove-blues-rock ...

The future is Robin Trower

Brit better at power-rocking than when he was younger and hairier

Three years out of a stint with Procol Harum, Robin Trower in 1974 released an album that would accomplish many things all at once. Bridge of Sighs introduced pop culture to the actual prison bridge ...

Tattooed Lady to stomp through Gator by the Bay

Marcia Ball's been playing it her way for a while

The pedigree is deep and jam-packed with true musical genius for this genre in which Marcia Ball specializes, meaning roadhouse New Orleans swamp boogie. It’s a music that comes out of another time and place ...

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