Of Note

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 ...

Diva Muffin and Moon Unit's brother minds his own business

Dweezil will play his dad's music

Who the hell names their brand new little baby boy Dweezil? That’s a rhetorical question. I know the answer, and so do most of you. Frank Zappa and his wife Gail is who. The two ...

There was Elvis and then...the Wedding Present

Chart-topping Leeds band rolls well-oiled machine into the Casbah

The Wedding Present is all about David Gedge: he’s been the one constant member of that band. It’s been 35 years since he and a friend plugged in their amplifiers and began making records that ...

The Richie Kotzen songs people love and expect

Dual-octave, scorched-earth-voiced Pennsylvanian says to expect a show

“Where’s that place in San Diego where they have all those little galleries and restaurants — is it the Gaslamp?” Richie Kotzen asks. “Is that what they call it?” He checks in by phone from ...

Pond from Perth

Nihilistic Beatles-ish punk psych band to lather Casbah

They’ll be here a couple of weeks ahead of the release of their latest full-length album The Weather when they next play San Diego. Pond is a band out of Perth, Australia, a gene pool ...

A swing-meets-bebop joint for Athenaeum series

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet — a band that honors the basic structures set forth during the Golden Age of jazz music

You’ve got to wonder about that mind of Joe Lovano’s. He wanders onto a stage with the rumpled demeanor of a grandfather or a favorite uncle and for a spell, if the mood strikes him, ...

Don't call him Billy Bob

"W.R." Thornton his rockabilly band the Boxmasters play Belly Up

A band with a couple of directions: one is old-timey country-western and one is swayed by the look and feel of the rock-and-roll music that Great Britain exported to the U.S. 50 years ago. The ...

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