Shannon McNally still prefers to write narratives that favor punch lines over actual choruses or refrains, but on Coldwater, her songwriting is tighter and more disciplined than ever. Lyrically (“Lonesome, Ornery And Mean”) and musically (“Lovely”) her songwriting style still owes a lot to late-’70s Bob Dylan (she even closes out this album with a […]
Monthly Archives: July 2011
L.A. punk-rock band X has announced plans for it first-ever South American tour. The band will visit various parts of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico City this November as the guests of Pearl Jam. Prior to the tour, X will take to the road for a series of dates across the U.S.Starting in Philadelphia on […]
The daughter of Tommy Tucker (of “Hi-Heel Sneakers” fame) has been playing the blues circuit for years. As a vocalist, she has made a name for herself with her brassy delivery and original lyrics. All of that is featured on her latest release, with cuts like “Ain’t That the Blues” and its tale of woe. […]
Maybe it’s the name, maybe it’s the band’s insistence on turning everything from Michel Legrand to Sonny Bono into an epic, but Vanilla Fudge has never gotten the respect it deserves. But in its short span (forming in late ’65, splitting in ’69), the Fudge was as huge as its bombastic sound – headlining shows […]
The Pigtronix Class A Boost uses a Class A J-FET design and discreet transistor topology to boost a guitar’s pickups or line level signals up to 20db without clipping and with a flat frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz. It runs on a 9-volt supply or Pigtronix 18-volt adapter. See more at pigtronix.com.
Axl’s Badwater 1216 Jr. has a contoured neck heel, set mahogany neck, mahogany body, and an Alnico P-90 pickup with controls for Volume and Tone. Read about it at axlguitars.com.
G&L’s ASAT Deluxe Carved top has a bound, maple-topped mahogany body, 25-1/2” scale C-shaped maple neck with 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and 12” radius, a G&L Saddle Lock bridge, G&L Alnico humbuckers. It is available in Trans Red or Trans Black. Learn more at glguitars.com.
Coinciding with ELP’s recent reunion show is this quadruple-CD box set containing 40 years of unreleased live tracks. The anthology is nicely arranged and annotated with one distinct era per disc – early-’70s, late-’70s, the ’90s, and a CD devoted to bootleg recordings. Disc one opens with the band’s debut gig at the Isle of […]
Debates will forever rage regarding the dawn of jazz-rock fusion – its birth attributed to everyone from vibraphonist Gary Burton (and/or his guitarist, Larry Coryell) to Cream. There were definitely examples prior to Miles Davis embracing the hybrid, but when the jazz icon “went electric,” it shook up jazz much as Dylan had turned folk […]