There's a glorious sense of mystery, a rightfully rarefied air, reserved for the masters of American soul. It's not just that the genre is called "soul," although that's got to be part of it. The greats of the music are held in special regard because playing soul well is something akin to magic, a l ... More >>
Solomon Burke in the '60sPour one out for one of the all-time greats of soul music, self-proclaimed King of Rock 'n' Soul Solomon Burke, who died yesterday in the Netherlands, according to CNN and others.Burke, 70, died of natural causes early Sunday morning on a plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol Air ... More >>
King Khan & BBQ November 18, 2009 The Independent Better Than: Kentucky jail After driving 1600 miles and missing five shows, King Khan & BBQ rejoined its US tour Wednesday in San Francisco at The Independent. The duo was famously accompanied by their mosh pit and rage-bones (connected ... More >>
Nobunny (w/ Jay Reatard, Bare Wires)Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009Photos by Scott CarisBetter than: A drunken Thumper.Just three songs into his set, Nobunny's guitarist had broken a string. His bassist had broken his instrument--stopping the show to borrow another band's bass. And this was after the Oakland- ... More >>
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