Pharoahe Monch has been a top tier emcee for over twenty years now. He’s practically “vocally unmatched,” and he’s been that way since he was with Organized Konfusion. Listen to a track like “Bring It On” to hear what I mean. And he’s killing it today as much as he was back then – more […]
Have you heard of Big Grams? It’s a hip hop/electronic rock super group – Big Boi and Phantogram mixed together. Big Boi is from the legendary Outkast, and Phantogram is a popular electronic rock group. They first worked together on Big Boi’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors album, on the track “CPU”. It worked well enough […]
The open question going into these first few Dead & Company shows was how John Mayer would fit into the mix. The answer turns out to be “pretty well.” He’s a remarkable guitar player, and brings an energy to the songs that’s infectious. Bobby, Mickey, and Bill are having a great time. You could see it on […]
“Here Comes My Girl” is the third single from Tom Petty’s 1979 album Damn The Torpedoes. If you were exposed to early MTV, you’ll remember the video. Damn The Torpedoes turned 36 yesterday. It was the first album from the man and the band to break the Top 10, and Rolling Stone considers it one […]
“Rocket Man” was a fixture of the classic rock station I grew up listening to. It’s one of Elton John’s greatest songs, powerful enough to still move me after 30 or so years of listening to it. Back in 1984, John played Wembley Stadium at the end of his European Express Tour. The show was also […]
“City Of Immigrants” is from Steve Earle’s 2007 album Washington Square Serenade. It’s a feel good song about the immigrant melting pot that is New York City. In this version on the Late Show With David Letterman, Earle plays it with a band that includes Paul Shaffer on harmonium and Earle’s wife Allison Moorer on background vocals.
“When I Paint My Masterpiece” is one of the many classic songs that Bob Dylan bestowed upon the world. The Grateful Dead started doing a cover of it in June 1987, and played it close to 150 times before Jerry Garcia died in 1995. Garcia also covered it with the Jerry Garcia Band, but I always preferred […]