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Blues Legend B.B. King: Dead at 89

The King of Blues is gone. After an iconic career spanning nearly seven decades that influenced countless musicians after him, B.B. King passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday evening at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old. Raised in poverty in the Mississippi cotton fields, Riley B. King learned to sing in church, and reportedly learned to play guitar from a great uncle. His signature […]

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Pop Rewind: Bonnie Raitt “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

Interestingly enough, most of us are familiar with blues/R&B legend Bonnie Raitt, not because of her longevity, but because of what could best be described as a comeback. Although Raitt first came on the scene in 1971, she didn’t see her first real breakthrough record until she was 50 years old, or her first Top-10 single until two years after that. While she achieved critical acclaim and sporadic commercial success […]


Bob Dylan Unleashes a “Tempest”—Album Review

Columbia (2012)

One thing I’ll say off the bat about Bob Dylan’s new record Tempest—I’ve never heard an album by a 71-year-old musical icon sound less like someone trying desperately (and in vain) to hang on to past glories. At the very least, the 35th (!) album by America’s dark troubadour presents the listener with the same amount of passion, color and oomph as the early work that first established Dylan as […]


Melissa Etheridge Returns to Her Roots on “4th Street Feeling”

Island Def Jam (2012)

For some artists, a “return to roots” simply means the artist has returned to his/her musical roots—in other words, the music style that first put that artist on the map. However, on her new record 4th Street Feeling, rocker Melissa Etheridge takes this idea much deeper by returning to her roots in a much deeper sense—as in, returning to her upbringing, to her biographical roots. The end result is a […]


Alabama Shakes “Boys & Girls”: Album Review

Hailing from northern Alabama, blues-rock outfit Alabama Shakes is creating quite a stir with their debut release Boys & Girls—and with good reason. With about a dozen songs, this previously little-known band has recaptured the spirit that has driven American rock music for the past 50 years, garnering public praise from the likes of Jack White, Robert Plant and Bon Iver, and shout-out tweets from Neko Case and Haylee Williams. […]