Musical Theatre: “A Night With Janis Joplin” at the Pasadena Playhouse

By Mike Finkelstein If you have even a kernel of curiosity about the legend of Janis Joplin or if you simply want to see some great rock-related live musical theater, you will want to get to the Pasadena Playhouse and see A Night with Janis Joplin before it closes on August 23. Putting this production… Read More Musical Theatre: “A Night With Janis Joplin” at the Pasadena Playhouse

A Twist of Doc – An Appreciation: The 43rd Anniversary Of The Death Of Jimi Hendrix

 By Devon Wendell September 18th, 2013 and all I can think about is Jimi. How his music and legacy has haunted me my entire life. Jimi Hendrix died 43 years ago today, over 5 years before I was even born. Yet every feedback drenched note, cascading soulful ballad, and harrowing wammy-bar dive bomb has almost… Read More A Twist of Doc – An Appreciation: The 43rd Anniversary Of The Death Of Jimi Hendrix

Blues CD Review: “True Blues” by Various Artists

True Blues (Telarc)  By Devon Wendell In a time when most practicing blues artists pay more attention to the overly guitar driven indulgences of late 60s blues-rock and, for the most part, have lost sight of the music’s richest traditions and subtleties, it’s refreshing to hear a compilation dedicated to the true originating masters of… Read More Blues CD Review: “True Blues” by Various Artists

Live Music: Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Last weekend at Royce Hall, CAP UCLA presented another intriguing show, as Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers delivered a unique clinic on how to make a musical point with a steel guitar.   I’m not sure how many of us knew that the Slide Brothers use four or five non-identical steel guitars… Read More Live Music: Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers at Royce Hall

Short Takes: LP Reissues from the Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters

Two Marvelous Double LPs in Vinyl from Eagle Rock Entertainment (With CDs tucked in each three-panel sleeve for the disadvantaged) By Brian Arsenault Last check, the Rolling Stones are still a very fine rock ‘n’ roll band but they aren’t what they were in 1978. Who is? And they can’t play any more with Muddy.… Read More Short Takes: LP Reissues from the Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters

CD Review: Lance Lopez “Handmade Music”

Lance Lopez Handmade Music (MIG Music)  by Devon Wendell Texas based blues six stringer Lance Lopez has already earned legendary status among his peers and mentors: B.B. King, Billy F. Gibbons, and Johnny Winter, to name a few. Before becoming front-man of his own band, Lopez also played with blues and soul giants Johnny Taylor, Lucky Peterson, and The Buddy Miles… Read More CD Review: Lance Lopez “Handmade Music”

Live Blues: A Mississippi Music Celebration with Homemade Jamz, Shannon McNally and Jimbo Mathus at the Grammy Museum

By Devon Wendell Mississippi is a birthplace of the blues, rock ‘n’ roll and some of the most influential gospel, country, and folk music. The Recording Academy, quite correctly if not belatedly, finally decided to pay homage to the great music from this state last Thursday with its Mississippi Music Celebration —  a program at… Read More Live Blues: A Mississippi Music Celebration with Homemade Jamz, Shannon McNally and Jimbo Mathus at the Grammy Museum