November 2015 Archives

DVD/CD Review: Black Stone Cherry - Thank You: Livin' Live, Birmingham, UK October 30, 2014

Black Stone Cherry thanks their British fans with a high-energy live DVD/CD set.
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Black Stone Cherry has always had a special relationship with their British fans. The fans showed their love by making it possible for the band to go from playing 200-seat clubs to headlining an arena tour in under a decade. On October 30, 2014, the group returned the favor, documenting a gig at Birmingham's LG Arena. The high-energy show makes up the new DVD/CD Black Stone Cherry - Thank You: Livin' Live, Birmingham, UK October 30, 2014. A wild light show behind the curtain precedes the melodic modern metal of "Rain Wizard." Backed by heavy guitars and a military-style drumbeat,

Blinded By Sound Exclusive Song Premiere: "Sock Boo Ga Loo" by Bobby Rush

Bobby Rush is set to release a career-spanning box set and Blinded By Sound has the exclusive premiere of a song making its digital debut...
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Bobby Rush has played with the likes of Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf', Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed and his career has lasted over 50 years. Now Rush is being honored with a box set celebrating his long and varied career entitled Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History Of Bobby Rush. The box includes five hours of music from 20 record labels and runs the gamut from blues to soul to R&B and even disco. Blinded By Sound had a chance to check out "Sock Boo Ga Loo," which makes its digital debut on this collection. The song is a sizzling slice

DeepSoul: Allen Toussaint - "Yes We Can Can"

The New Orleans songwriter, producer, pianist, and singer leaves a vast legacy through his timeless compositions.
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The music world recently lost a giant in the industry: Allen Toussaint, the gifted songwriter, producer, pianist, and singer who became a New Orleans legend. Compositions such as "Working in a Coalmine" and "Mother-in-Law" remain soul classics, while his productions of Dr. John's "Right Place, Wrong Time" and La Belle's "Lady Marmalade" became huge hits. Until his death he continued recording albums and collaborating with artists such as Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello. While Toussaint wrote and performed too many tracks to list here, one deserves particular mention: "Yes We Can Can," a 1970 composition most famously covered by the

Blu-ray Review: Just Let Go - Lenny Kravitz Live

Lenny Kravitz's fall 2014 European tour is showcased in this fine live Blu-ray.
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Lenny Kravitz has always maintained a special bond with his European fans. They were supporters from day one and he has returned the favor by documenting his 2014 European tour. Filmed over three months Just Let Go - Lenny Kravitz Live captures Kravitz and his tight band delivering great performances for enthusiastic crowds. The Blu-ray also includes numerous backstage interview clips with Kravitz and the band, intended to show the camaraderie between this solo artist and his touring musicians. The show opens with a strong version of "Fly Away." The bass, courtesy of Gail Ann Dorsey, is featured prominently in

Blu-ray Review: Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced 'Leh-Nerd 'Skin-'Nerd & Second Helping - Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre

Lynyrd Skynyrd delivers album sets of two of their most celebrated releases in this new Blu-ray.
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In recent years, many classic rock acts have taken to playing their classic albums in their entirety in concert. Lynyrd Skynyrd is the latest to join this crowd, performing their first two albums Pronounced 'Leh-Nerd 'Skin-'Nerd and Second Helping at two special concerts in their hometown of Jacksonville, FL. The shows were filmed and make up the new Blu-ray Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced 'Leh-Nerd 'Skin-'Nerd & Second Helping - Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre. The Pronounced set begins with "I Ain't The One," a track that finds the band locked into a tight, southern funk groove and one

DVD Review: Frank Zappa - Roxy The Movie

Video of Frank Zappa and the Mothers' killer 1973 Roxy shows finally sees the light of day.
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When Frank Zappa announces, "something terrible has happened" at the beginning of the excellent new Roxy The Movie DVD, he wasn't kidding. The audio equipment had malfunctioned, making it virtually impossible to synch the audio to the video. Four cameras were used and four shows were recorded, making for a massive amount of footage that just couldn't be synched properly using 1973 technology. So the show sat. For four decades. Now, some 15 years after being promised all the shows, one performance has been edited together, and it is a revelation. The show opens with "Cosmik Debris," which is a

Blu-ray Review: Rage Against The Machine - Live At Finsbury Park

Rage Against The Machine keeps their promise and delivers a potent, free set in London.
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Rage Against The Machine came on in the early 1990s like a musical sledgehammer. The band mixed heavy metal, punk, killer grooves and featured the fiery, socially conscious rapping and singing of Zack de la Rocha. They were a force, both musically and lyrically. After breaking up in 2000, the band reformed in 2007, going on occasional tours. In 2009, English DJ Jon Morter and his wife Tracy started a campaign in England to get a different group's single to become the all-important Christmas Number 1 as it had been dominated by X-Factor winners for several years at that point.

DeepSoul: Atlantic Starr - When Love Calls

Best known for the ballads "Always" and "Secret Lovers," Atlantic Starr's earlier roots lay in funk and soul.
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Say the name "Atlantic Starr," and most people think of their two best known hits: "Always" and "Secret Lovers," both from 1986. The tracks defined the band as a "quiet storm," ballad-driven act. However, their roots lay solidly in R&B, their earlier material balancing ballads with dance and funk. Anchored by original lead singer Sharon Bryant, the 1978-1983 Atlantic Starr lineup still wins over fans such as Erykah Badu, who covered their 1983 single "Touch A Four Leaf Clover" on her debut album. Their breakthrough track "When Love Calls" combines funk, the lingering effects of disco, and smooth R&B, proving