If there’s one time every year I look forward to most, it’s Bethlehem, Pa., Musikfest. With more than 300 live acts presented for free (and a few biggies you have to pay for), it’s time to get your kicks walking from stage to stage and seeing the greatest variety of music of any such fest in the country. Ready to join me?!
Three distinct genres…three incredible bands…three great new CDs…from the jam-band glory of The String Cheese Incident and the Afro-Pop all-out action Of Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 to The Levon Helm Band, recorded at his Midnight Rambles over the course of many years with very special guests.
Four new releases spotlight four diverse visions of artistry, from the samba of Studio Rio to the synth-pop of Philadelphia’s Resistor to the pure clean organic country of Madison King to the jazz of Wolfgang Muthspiel. Feel like experimenting? You can’t go wrong with these four.
Bert Berns co-wrote “Twist & Shout,” “Hang On Sloopy” and “Piece Of My Heart.” He produced “Cherry Cherry,” “Cry To Me” and “Brown Eyed Girl.” Living on borrowed time, he lived life at 100 mph. The mob boys loved him. What a book! This is the ’60s NYC Music Industry at its most naked.
She was married to Mick Fleetwood. Her sister was married to George Harrison and Eric Clapton. The quotes she gets in her book are the type of quotes nobody would get from such legends! “It’s Not Only Rock’n’Roll” Rings True In Its 2013 Update
Whether solo or in a group, Ivo Perelman challenges listeners with his avant garde music. Plus, new CDs for Harvey Mason, Oscar Penas, Mike Montrey Band and George Marinelli.
You couldn’t get music any more diametrically opposed than the new releases of jazzers Noah Baerman and Michael Wollny next to singer-songwriters like Dan Masterson and Seth Adams. Yet the release of these 4 CDs makes for a quartet of gemstone that will tweak the ears, hearts and minds of adventurous music listeners.
One woman paved the way in 1984 for pop to progress, another woman has finally accepted her birthright, and a third woman makes a stunning debut that should attract major attention in various genres.
From West African Pop and California Hard Rock to Cuban Salsa and Hungarian Classical, two new releases stretch genre limitations to expand the vocabulary of jazz.
Today’s Fellaheen is a cross between Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Captain Beefheart. Yesterday’s Monk has stayed fresh and vital for 45 years…with no preservatives. Oh, and Daunielle rocks. Put ‘em all together and you’ve got one eclectic brew of super-stimulating proportions.