Tag Archive | rock

Feature Review: Admiral Fallow, Tree Bursts in Snow

Admiral Fallow Tree Bursts in Snow [Nettwerk (2012)] Admiral Fallow‘s Tree Bursts in Snow is a versatile record thoroughly entrenched in modern British folk rock. The 5-piece begins the record with a surprisingly sparse male-female duet, “Tree Bursts,” and the first voice you hear is Sarah Hayes, though nearly all of the leads afterward on […]

Travelogue: Festival In the Desert 2012

Festival In the Desert 2012 Photos and Essay by Ezra Gale In January of 2012 I travelled with a friend to Timbuktu, Mali, for the legendary Festival in the Desert. The trip was a long-planned for pilgrimage to the breeding ground of some of my favorite music on the planet—the crossroads of West African rhythms, […]

Review: Chicha Libre, Canibalismo

Chicha Libre Canibalismo [Barbès Records (2012)] Chicha is Spanish for any variety of fermented beverage. In the late 1960s, it was also a fermentation of various musical styles that were “loosely inspired by Colombian cumbias but incorporated the distinctive pentatonic scales of Andean melodies, some Cuban guajiras, and the psychedelic sounds of surf guitars, wah-wah pedals, farfisa organs […]

Feature Review: Stew & the Negro Problem, Making It

Stew & the Negro Problem Making It [Tight Natural Productions (2011)] For nearly 15 years, singer-songwriter Stew and bassist/arranger/composer Heidi Rodewald were a couple as well as musical partners in two groups—the Negro Problem and Stew. After the pair’s successful collaboration on the Tony winning musical Passing Strange, their personal relationship started to unravel, and […]

Review: The Bangles, Sweetheart of the Sun

The Bangles Sweetheart of the Sun [Model Music Group (2011)] Surprise (probably): The Bangles are back! Well, technically, they were gone by the late 1980s, then came back for Doll Revolution in 2003 and stepped away for a bit. But now they’ve delivered Sweetheart of the Sun, and it is a sweetheart of a disk, […]

DVD Review: Peter Gabriel, New Blood: Live In London

Peter Gabriel New Blood: Live In London [Eagle Rock (2011)] I so admire musicians who stretch and push the envelope. It might be Springsteen bringing The Seeger Sessions to the world, or Metallica collaborating with the San Francisco Symphony, or perhaps jazz great Diane Schuur lovingly interpreting country classics. Growth and validity as an artist […]

Review: June and Jean Millington, Play Like a Girl

June and Jean Millington Play Like a Girl [Self-released (2011)] Thirty-some years ago, sisters June and Jean Millington were breaking new ground with Fanny, one of the first hard-rocking, self-contained “all-girl” rock and roll bands (with a band name cheekily supplied by George Harrison). Rounded out by keyboardist Nickey Barclay and drummer Alice de Buhr, […]