July 25, 2013 |
What does it mean to insult an all-female rock band as “too serious?” That's one undercurrent that bothered me at Savages' incendiary set at the El Rey Theatre on Thursday night. The public face of the London quartet is this: four young women who play a live-wire kind of experimental punk. They wear a lot of black and have stares that could re-freeze a melting Arctic; the music plumbs new depths of minor keys, and they prefer guitar playing that sounds more like sticking a guitar cable in an electrical socket.
July 18, 2013
Alabama Shakes' first album, "Boys & Girls," is an electric jolt that anyone who loves blues-based rock music should track down immediately. Consisting of three men and one young explosion named Brittany Howard on vocals and guitar, the group, which formed in northern Alabama in 2009, offers stripped-down truth, minus any affectation, histrionics or irony. Rather, the Shakes make rock 'n' soul music as if the last 40 years of popular sounds had never happened. Songs, instead, suggest that sweet period from 1966 to 1974, when electric blues and rock music were intermingling.
June 25, 2013 |
The heart of rock 'n' roll may be in Cleveland, but Miami, Fla., residents have purchased more music per capita from Amazon.com Inc. than any other major U.S. city in the last year, the online retail giant said Tuesday. Pulling together sales of MP3s, CDs and vinyl records, the Seattle company said Miami also has remarkably diverse music tastes. Miami customers bought more Latin, dance and heavy metal music than any other city. It also topped sales rankings for children's music.
June 7, 2013 |
This post has been corrected, please see below for details. In March, the Sunset Strip music venue the Key Club announced that it was closing for good. Few local music fans were especially surprised. The venue had operated in various guises since the '60s - first as Gazzarri's, where it hosted such rock 'n' roll royalty as the Doors, Guns N' Roses and Van Halen - and as the Key Club since 1998. It closed briefly in 2009, but 2013 was to be the final curtain for the club's monthly slate of heavy metal, hip-hop and stuffed local bills where bands sometimes had to prepay for blocks of tickets.
June 7, 2013 |
Rock 'n' roll fans should have a blockbuster summer at the Arizona Biltmore , where room rates start at $109. Elton John , Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen , to name a few, have all vacationed at the Phoenix resort, which is capitalizing on its music connections with its "Rockin' Summer" events. Headlining the program is "Rock On! The Exhibit," a showcase of more than 30 images by photographer John Robert Rowlands that traces the history of rock music (through Sept.16)
April 5, 2013 |
Nineteen years ago Friday, the singer for the most important American rock band of the '90s died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Seattle home. Kurt Cobain was only 27, leaving behind his wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain. His legacy includes recording one of the most influential catalogs in rock music, upending the music business by proving an indie-inspired act could become a blockbuster, defining a generation's style and proving that the loudest, heaviest band in rock could also be one of its most feminist and introspective.