Following its 2013 festival run, the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All is By My Side, written and directed by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), will see its US release on September 26th. The film stars the versatile and underrated actor André Benjamin (of OutKast fame) as Hendrix; he is joined by Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, and Andrew Buckley. Ridley’s narrative focuses on the years prior to Hendrix’s rise to global attention with albums like Are You Experienced?.
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Trigger Hippy is a tour de force collaboration of established rock heroes. The group was created by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, who is joined by Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene on dual vocals, Tom Bukovac on guitars, and Nick Govrik on bass. Trigger Hippy, the quintet’s full-length, self-titled debut, has the homey feel of a great classic rock record.
The record label Six Degrees has taken on an ambitious task with Psychedelic Planet, its latest compilation. Dubbing the project “globetronica”, the album brings together remixes of tunes Bombay Dub Orchestra, Jeff Stott, and Vieux Farka Touré into a cohesive and creative collection of world music re-imagined by today’s leading electronic artists, including Bassnectar.
Those who like their dream pop with real substance—that is to say, dream pop that doesn’t get obsessed with its own dreaminess—ought to jump right on the latest LP by the Brazilian artist SILVA, entitled Ocean View. From the subtle pulse of “Okinawa” to the full-on ‘80s saxophone blast of “Janeiro”, SILVA has crafted a batch of songs that are equally fun as they are beautiful. The music has all the familiar dream pop traits, but most importantly it’s unafraid to emphasize the latter of the two words in that genre designation.