• My favorite new CD of the moment is When Cupid Meets Psyche by the enigmatically monikered (The Real) Tuesday Weld. Just picturing the actress Tuesday Weld in Thief with James Caan or Sex Kittens in College is enough to make me tingle warmly all over, but this newly released Kindercore Records CD isn't reaching back into 1960s and 1970s iconology; it takes a much deeper time trip into the 1920s and 1930s big-band swing of your grandfather's 78 RPM records with modern-day loops and electronic beats.
When the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) takes the stage for its season-opening performances next weekend, the audience will have several new experiences - one piece in tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, and another that few people anywhere have heard.
In the past two years, the Quad City Symphony (QCSO) under the direction of musical director and conductor Donald Schleicher has demonstrated its ability to program diverse, compelling concerts. Old reliable pieces have been buttressed by less-traditional works, resulting in concerts that are both enjoyable and enlightening.
Walter Trout's voice and guitar playing have a desperation to them, a sense of need that fuels the songs. It's easy to read a bit much into them, perhaps, because while Trout is revered in Europe, he's still searching for his deserved reputation in his native States.
• This coming Monday, October 1, the TNT cable channel will broadcast the much-anticipated John Lennon tribute concert live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall. The event was originally scheduled for this past week, but the horrific events of September 11 put the honor on hold, and it has now emerged with additional artists and renamed Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words & Music, Dedicated to New York City & Its People.
High-energy blues often come off as a touch disingenuous; if one’s truly stuck in the blues, one’s more likely to be in a torpor than firing off lightning-quick licks. The Quad Cities’ own Whatever Blues Band seems to understand this.
• The seminal funk record of the 1980s gets an upgraded reissue this Tuesday. Motown's recent "Deluxe Edition" program is hitting all the bells again, with their introduction of Rick James' Street Songs to a new bounce generation.
When the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) and Donald Schleicher took to the bandshell in LeClaire Park on September 8, ominous rain clouds hovered overhead with the promise of rain. That didn’t keep an estimated crowd of nearly 8,000 from trickling in, spreading their picnic munchies, and readying themselves for a Quad Cities late-summer staple: the annual Riverfront Pops concert.
• Phish is following Pearl Jam's venture into beating the bootleggers to the punch this coming week as they unveil the Live Phish series on the Elektra label. Five full-length concerts - simply titled 01, 02, 03, 04, and 05 - were selected by the band from the years from 1994 to 2000 and mastered by sound engineer Paul Languedoc.
• My big pick of the week is this Tuesday's release of And The Word Became Flesh, the new album from Public Enemy's architect of sound, Professor Griff. The new Right Stuff Records album, his first in three years, is a fantastic return of the beat believer and system cheater, extending his legacy of ground-shaking boom-bastics into a new territory of smooth R&B and mature, jazz-flavored grooves.