It was one of those happy accidents. When I arrived earlier than expected for the San Francisco Noise Pop Festival at the Great American Music Hall on Saturday night, boy, was I glad. The aim was to catch the inaugural tour performance by Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, but little did I know that the other three bands on the bill would delight me just as much.
There’s good luck. There’s hard work. And then there’s Steph Macpherson, a case study in both — and in being in the right place at the right time. This Canadian singer/songwriter has just released her debut album, Bells & Whistles, and has been touring the West Coast in support. Her story goes like this ...
This past Friday, I did something I never dreamed I’d do. I hosted an awards show honoring women in the music industry. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life! As part of the production of the awards show, I also launched a new organization aimed at supporting and uniting female musicians, producers, engineers, executives, publicists, managers, teachers, students and everyone in between.
Orianthi is a triple threat. She looks good. She plays even better. And did I mention this girl can really belt it out? She's been touring throughout 2012 with Alice Cooper. She joins in on the onstage antics for his quintessential shock rock theatrics, sporting bloody guitars and more. But Orianthi isn’t new to larger-than-life stage shows.
Last week, I took a quick trip down to LA to attend the Fender Girl Rock Nation party and benefit for the Rock N’ Roll Camp for Girls of Los Angeles at the luxurious House of Rock in Santa Monica. When Fender throws an event, they know how to do it right! But this wasn’t just a party, it was part of their plan to change girls lives.
Some have it tougher and more painful than most. And some take that pain and create something kick ass. When Danielia Cotton faced the death of her unborn twins, and her own mortality, she could have shut down. Instead she dug deep and came up with a collection of songs that screams survival. This woman ain’t goin’ down without a fight!
The first time I heard Jessie Murphy and We Are The Woods, I thought maybe they were a bit too sweet and pretty for Guitar World. But on further inspection, Murphy has proved me wrong. She can enrapture and wail! Part rocker, part quirkster, part folky, part songstress. Murphy’s parts make a very delightful whole.
Rosie Flores has been touring and performing for decades. Literally. And yet this veteran of rockabilly guitar has a seemingly endless supply of musical energy. Case in point: Not only has she just released her 11th album, Working Girl’s Guitar, she’s also touring in support of The Blanco Sessions, a posthumous Janis Martin album she produced and helped fund.
When you sit down to listen to Kaki King’s new release, Glow, you’ll be struck by the pristine recording quality, the crystal-clear tone, the acoustic separation and the compositions that stem from masterful and moving arpeggiations. But it’s when you see King play live that you experience her true genius.
Equal parts badass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, Michelle Malone artfully balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection and vocals that range from sublime to raucous. On Malone’s latest album, Day 2, which is set to release on October 5, every facet shines.