Even if it didn’t benefit a good cause, Graciously, A Gulf Relief Compilation contains enough interesting nuggets to be a worthwhile purchase no matter what. West coast alt-country rockers Richmond Fontaine contribute “The Gits”, an ode to the seminal Riot Grrl band. The ringing slide guitar of Tony Furtado’s “Waste Away the Night with You” is a beautiful roots rock plea to “let the whole world slip away / At least until we’re through… I’ve nothing left to prove / Till we have to face the day.” Amelia White’s “Skeleton Key” is another star performer. Co-written with Furtado, this bluesy romp is complete with a Jimmy Page-riff and more rock-than-folk lyrics (“You’re so bad that you’re perfect / Like a two dollar bottle of wine / I wanna drink you all up, baby / Until you know you’re mine”). Of course, there are some puzzlers in the mix. Although Howe Gelb and Scout Niblett turn in a medley of “I Want Candy / I Know What Boys Want / Who Do You Love / Not Fade Away” that confounds more than captivates, it does begin to stick in your head.
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"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.READ the article