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Guy’s Guests Aren’t Just "Skin Deep" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:07

Buddy Guy - Skin Deep Special guests abound on two new CDs and a seven-inch single from a blues legend, a former pop superstar, and a one-hit Scottish songwriter. On tour now with George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Buddy Guy has just released Skin Deep on the Silvertone Records imprint. Featuring songs "Smell the Funk" and "Lyin' Like a Dog," the Chicago blues powerhouse is joined by Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Robert Randolph.

Debut Demands Attention PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2008 02:21

Samantha Crain - The Confiscation Right up there with such perfect-moment masterpieces as Tori Amos' Little Earthquakes, Mazzy Star's She Hangs Brightly, Suzanne Vega's self-tiled album from 1985, and Milla Jovovich's critically underrated The Divine Comedy from 1994, this coming Tuesday's first glimpse at a 21-year-old Choctaw native is as powerful, immediate, and gripping as it comes. With a voice like Billie Holiday's trippin' kid sister raised on T.Rex demos and Radiohead ballads, Samantha Crain's The Confiscation: A Musical Novella is a stunning introduction to a refreshing, metaphysical artist that demands attention. There must be something special about the mothering Oklahoma creek water that produces so many amazing singers/songwriters, from Woody Guthrie to the Flaming Lips. Tastefully packaged in a cardboard Digipak that mimics an old family photo album, the five-song EP is on the hip, old-timey Ramseur Records imprint - the perfect home for her national debut, also releasing the long awaited Second Gleam from the Avett Brothers next week.


Strummer Bio Hits DVD PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2008 02:12

Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten The Future Is Unwritten , last year's beautiful love letter to the life and passion of Joe Strummer, has just been released on DVD, packed with bonus material not seen in the original film. Even if you don't subscribe to the motto that The Clash was "the only band that ever mattered," I can't see how any beating heart couldn't tear up at director Julien Temple's salute to the purity and soul of a man who, despite his fame, walked with the common bloke in humble soles shared by Woody Guthrie and Bob Marley.

Book Offers a Trip to Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 June 2008 02:12

Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls Chronicle Books has just issued three fantastic new rock-and-roll books, aimed at teen and pre-teen girls who wanna rock, inspired graphic artists, and anyone who's bowed down at the sexy "graphic-ication" of rock-and-roll poster girls. Featuring a foreword by Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and contributions by Beth Ditto of Gossip, Hilken Mancini of Fuzzy, and Sarah Dougher of the SG's, Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls is an amazing companion to the not-for-profit Portland, Oregon, "summer camp" that began in 2001. Playfully illustrated and smartly empowering, the nearly 200 pages can take a young girl from rock dreams to putting out a CD and going on tour, holding hands through picking an instrument, writing your first song, forming a band, and booking an all-ages show.

Band Delivers a Punk Elvis PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 June 2008 02:08

Back from the Dead: A Punk Elvis Tribute Sporting their best quivering-lip sneer and alter egos as Elvis of Nazareth, Elvis '56, and "Has-Been" Elvis, members of the Bad Samaritans, NOFX, Ill Repute, and Stalag 13 have formed G.G. Elvis & the TCP Band. Next week Mental Records releases the fruit of their labors in Back from the Dead: A Punk Elvis Tribute, marrying the soul of the King and the punk-rock roar of G.G. Allin in a baker's dozen Elvis covers, from "In the Ghetto" to "Burning Love" to "Suspicious Minds."

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