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  • Boogie Chillun are back!

    Boogie Chillun are back!
    Funk upon a rhyme! In the days of the Funky bunch The concept of dropping Hip-Hop on the one Was firmly planted, Oops, upside your head To the boogie to the boogie-de-beat By the earthly funketeers in the heart of the Elm City Funky Haven—...
  • 75 Years Young: This is Buddy Guy

    75 Years Young: This is Buddy Guy
    If there's such a sound as "authentic" Chicago blues, there's one player, one man, one artist who still delivers that musical genre like no one else. Buddy Guy is now the nation's most influential blues guitarist. He's won six Grammys, he's in the Rock...
  • Contraband

    Contraband
    Critics are idiots. Now usually when I say that, it’s to complain about them praising a horrible French film. This time it’s for the bad reviews Contraband is getting. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a great picture. It’s...
  • One music fan's tale of Internet cloud hopping

    One music fan's tale of Internet cloud hopping
    For the Jan. 29 Good Life section of Daily Press, I wrote a story about the growth and popularity of music streaming services, companies such as Spotify, Rhapsody and Pandora that allow easy access to cloud-based collections of millions of songs. In...
  • Finally, a lot of Hooker in one place

    As one of the most respected figures in the history of the blues, John Lee Hooker should have been an early giant of rock 'n' roll, right? His "Boogie Chillen' " was a smash R&B single in 1949 — just about the time Elvis Presley and the other rock...
  • Laura Mae Gross dies at 89; club owner

    Laura Mae Gross dies at 89; club owner
    Laura Mae Gross, a strong-willed Mississippi woman who came to the West Coast and founded a club that became a staple of Los Angeles' blues scene, died Saturday of heart failure, according to relatives. She was 89. Gross, also known as "Mama," opened...
  • Yahoo music series draws eclectic artists who get to play outside the box

    Yahoo music series draws eclectic artists who get to play outside the box
    Musicians have learned to downscale their expectations for TV exposure these days. Those lucky enough to score any might get a song spotlighted in a TV show or commercial. If they make the cut for one of the late-night talk shows, it's typically one...
  • Alejandro Escovedo steps to the front

    Alejandro Escovedo steps to the front
    All comeback stories are unlikely, but Alejandro Escovedo's is more so than most. Five years ago, he was vomiting blood in a Tempe hospital. Several months ago, he was on stage with Bruce Springsteen, playing the first song on his new album to an audience...
  • Flutist And Saxophonist Hart McNee Dead At 66

    Flutist And Saxophonist Hart McNee Dead At 66
    Raspy-voiced bass flutist and baritone saxophonist Hart McNee, a longtime musical fixture in New Orleans, San Francisco and his native Chicago, has died at age 66. Family members said McNee, who played more than 40 times at the New Orleans Jazz &...
  • Facing the music

    Facing the music
    Song Man: A Melodic Adventure, or, My Single-Minded Approach to Songwriting By Will Hodgkinson Da Capo, 290 pages, $16.95 paper 'Stay uncommercial. There's a lot of money in it," said Jerome Kern, who did OK by himself when he added "Ol' Man River,"...
  • Long Beach Blues Festival goes on hiatus; Blues Bash planned instead

     
    Citing a tough economic climate, local jazz and blues standard-bearers KKJZ-FM (88.1) has announced that the long-running Long Beach Blues Festival will be going on hiatus this year, breaking a Labor Day tradition that lasted 30 years. On the bright......
  • Album review: Tom Jones' 'Praise & Blame'

     
    Tom Jones turned 70 in June and one listen to "Praise & Blame" leaves no doubt that he's finally decided it's time to stop kidding around. Musically, he's checked out of Vegas and set up shop in Memphis, or maybe......