blues rock

Slash’s Orgy of Destruction [or] ‘Blues Your Illusion’

Slash’s Orgy of Destruction [or] ‘Blues Your Illusion’

Orgy of the Damned finds Slash and his many guests bashing through the most over-played blues standards with the subtlety and grace of Axl Rose in a china shop.

Straight from No Man’s Land: A Conversation with Texas Bluesman Scott H. Biram

Straight from No Man’s Land: A Conversation with Texas Bluesman Scott H. Biram

To encounter Scott H. Biram live-and-in-person, you’d figure Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister had kin in Caldwell County, a distant cousin steeped in Willie Dixon and Lightnin Hopkins.

Mdou Moctar Holds Nothing Back on Extraordinary ‘Funeral for Justice’

Mdou Moctar Holds Nothing Back on Extraordinary ‘Funeral for Justice’

Even by Mdou Moctar’s high standards, Funeral for Justice is extraordinary. Its music and lyrics are searing, and the messages are essential in 2024.

The Black Keys Hit the Bowling Alley with ‘Ohio Players’

The Black Keys Hit the Bowling Alley with ‘Ohio Players’

You can sum up the overall aesthetic concept of the Black Keys’ Ohio Players with two main points: It rocks and sounds great in a bowling alley.

The Black Crowes Soar with Fresh Tracks and Deep Cuts

The Black Crowes Soar with Fresh Tracks and Deep Cuts

This version of the Black Crowes are returning to the straight-ahead, swaggering rock and blistering blues that put them on the map in the early 1990s.

Charlie Parr Looks Inward and Upward for ‘Little Sun’

Charlie Parr Looks Inward and Upward for ‘Little Sun’

Charlie Parr remains aware of his blues tradition, but he mostly moves into his own space, building on his roots background with creativity for Little Sun.

60 Years On: The Animals, the Hollies, and British Beat

60 Years On: The Animals, the Hollies, and British Beat

As these 1964 albums from the Animals and the Hollies show, the music of the beat boom was characterized by excitement, reverence, and sound.

Delta Blues’ Christone “Kingfish” Ingram Will Rock Your Soul

Delta Blues’ Christone “Kingfish” Ingram Will Rock Your Soul

Blues powerhouse player Christone “Kingfish” Ingram knows how to swing, but at this week’s Extra Innings Festival, he won’t need a baseball bat to prove it.

Gov’t Mule Shine in Oakland With a Little Help From a Friend

Gov’t Mule Shine in Oakland With a Little Help From a Friend

In the second set, Gov’t Mule forgo their standard repertoire with what turns out to be a series of fan favorite cover tunes that celebrate their influences.

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Then Play On’ and Humble Pie’s ‘Town and Country’ 55 Years On

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Then Play On’ and Humble Pie’s ‘Town and Country’ 55 Years On

Fleetwood Mac and Humble Pie were a part of the progressive 1960s ethos that carried successfully into the 1970s and beyond. These 1969 albums tell the story.

The Satisfaction Index: Covers of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

The Satisfaction Index: Covers of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

Six generations of musicians cover the Rolling Stones’ zeitgeist-capturing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Some are good. Some bad. Some just have fun with it.

Susan Tedeschi’s Blues Still Won’t Burn

Susan Tedeschi’s Blues Still Won’t Burn

It’s been 25 years since her debut album made a big splash in the blues rock scene, and Susan Tedeschi’s fire is burning as bright as ever.