BJ Wilbanks – “I Can’t Help It”

Georgia native BJ Wilbanks explores his musical roots by digging deeply into Delta Blues and Motown sounds and channeling the emotional aspect of gospel music and the blues.  Wilbanks mixes this with a ‘70s Southern rock lineage and Americana for a potent genre-blending throwback concoction. Wilbanks is not only a solo artist, but also performs … [Read more...]

Scott Taylor – “Tennessee”

Washington, DC-born and based (after being raised in Virginia) blues singer-songwriter Scott Taylor is a veteran of the music field, having participated in a youth choir in his early years and then going professional, backing headlining artists on tour and collaboration with a variety of musicians including Cover Girls, Joyce Sims, and Little Louie … [Read more...]

Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

Micheal Kiwanuka emerged in 2012 in a whirlwind of critical support. He was the winner of the BBC Sound of 2012 poll and garnered a Mercury Award nomination in the UK for best album of the year for his debut Home Again. Introducing Kiwanuka's soul-infused brand of folk music and whilst Home Again was a good album it fell short of expectation. Too … [Read more...]

Lianne La Havas – Blood

When Prince died on April 21st, he left behind an enormous legacy of influence. Traces of his flamboyant performance, meticulous album-crafting, and dynamic musicality can be found in artists from D’Angelo to Justin Timberlake. But as integral to Prince’s artistic persona was his ability to create mood -- entire albums that felt sexy, wondrous, … [Read more...]

Short Takes (Pale Dian, Kylie Odetta, Wonky Tonk, & Luna Jamboree)

Pale Dian – “In A Day” …And Cocteau Twins is back!... Well, no, not really, but if you’re jonesing for a fix of that legendary band, check out Pale Dian, previously known as the Blackstone Rangers.  The dark pop shoegaze (or dream-pop noir, perhaps?) trio (Hey, more Cocteau Twins parallels!  Heck, they even look like early incarnations of Liz … [Read more...]

New Electric Parlor album

Los Angeles-based rock 'n' roll band ELECTRIC PARLOR (Monique Alvarez - vocals, Kris Farr - guitars, Josh Fell - bass, and Zachary Huling - drums) takes pride in creating music that has an honest, raw, and live feel to it that's relatable to music fans all over the world.  The band members are inspired by the past and the lessons they have learned … [Read more...]

Delta Deep – “Down In The Delta”

Phil Collen, lead guitarist and back-up singer in Def Leppard, has long been an enthusiastic appreciator and proponent of the traditional blues genre and he’s launched a resoundingly successful attempt to resurrect the blues on his new project Delta Deep.  Phil has enlisted the aid of the talented artists Rob DeLeo (bassist in Stone Temple Pilots), … [Read more...]

Debut album from Delta Deep

Phil Collen of Def Leppard has long been an appreciator and enthusiast of the blues genre and with the help of Rob DeLeo (bassist/Stone Temple Pilots), Forrest Robinson (drummer/TLC, India.Arie, Engelbert Humperdinck, Joe Sample & The Crusaders) and Debbi Blackwell-Cook (who formerly sang background vocals for Michael Buble, Gregory Hines, she … [Read more...]

Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast

Your attention please: I just bought tickets to The Afghan Whigs -  in 2014. These tickets, however, are considerably more expensive than door prices would have been at Sudsy’s - the bar and laundrette that hosted local legendary line-ups, and most probably the place where many of us first saw the whigs - their affectionate abbreviation at that … [Read more...]

Interview with Northern Lights

Hello Jonas, David, Tobias, and Jon!  It’s such a treat to catch up with you all and to find out more about you and your upcoming album.  For those who don’t know, who is in the band and what instruments do you play? Hello Jen! Northern Lights: Well, we're a bunch of guys who want to create something energetic; who want to express ourselves. … [Read more...]