With the holidays right around the corner, there isn't much time to get that last-minute shopping done. But just in case you’re in a generous mood, here are some things that make my musical heart go pitter-patter. Check out these 12 wishes, ranging from simple to sumptuous, and then pick up a guitar and play a few bars in honor of the holiday season.
Leave it to the ladies to handle the bass with flair. Check out these eight pros who have stepped up to hold it down. From jazz to metalcore, and just about everything in between, these eight artists boldly go where few women have gone … before, now or ever!
Dropped by her label and discouraged from years of touring, O’Connor took a break and went into a funk that she’s come out of in grand style. I Want What You Want was released November 8 (on her birthday, no less). Produced by Tom Beaujour (editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine and owner of Nuthouse Recording), O’Connor draws you in with her introspective lyrics and sincere delivery.
The CMJ Music Marathon blew through lower Manhattan (and Brooklyn) last week like a private, you-gotta-know-someone monsoon. With hundreds of showcases, workshops, panels, parties and more happening daily for five days, there was no shortage of fun, talent and good-to-know info.
Ever dream of a room full of guitar pedals that you can try for as long as you like with no sales pressure and all your questions answered? So did New York’s The Deli Magazine, so they put together their CMJ StompBox Exhibit, a sort of petting zoo for pedal-files.
There’s one word for Carolyn Wonderland’s show last night at Joe’s Pub: Tasty. When a guitarist truly lives and loves what they do, it shows, and it was shining like a beacon during Wonderland’s performance. To say that her live show is better than the record is no exaggeration. And her tone…hell yeah!
Shelby Lynne doesn’t want to talk. Not about gear, not about songs, not about the why, when, and how. She just wants you to listen and draw your own conclusions. But my first pass through her new, aptly titled album, Revelation Road, left me with a million questions!
They’ve got the hair. They can rock tight pants. And lord knows, they’ve got the balls to think they can do justice to the songs of the legends. Yep, they’re all-female tribute bands, and they are kicking ass across the globe. These six bands are made up of seasoned musicians who are not only serious about laying down an authentic performance of classic rock and metal, but they also bring their own artistry to the table.
Carolyn Wonderland’s new Bismeaux Records release, Peace Meal, ranks high in the never-ending quest for the perfect road trip soundtrack. In fact, I spent a couple of hours on Northern California’s windy mountain roads grooving to her rich, bluesy voice and driving (pun intended) blues-rock arrangements of classic and new material. I can’t decide whether I like her raspy, lush-toned vocals or soulful and skillful guitar playing better, but luckily I don’t have to choose!
When I was writing our last Exposed column, I couldn’t resist including Blare N. Bitch, formerly of the ever-stupendous Betty Blowtorch. But I came up short when I tried to uncover what she was up to today. Luckily, Blare jumped in to give us the lowdown on what she’s been doing for the last couple of years.