Channeling the spirit of Jeff Buckley high on 1980’s chamber rock and the power of the Fender Telecaster set to a decent amount of reverb, Anna Calvi’s debut self titled record is the fly on the wall that captures the next great record by a relatively unknown raw talent stateside
The Band’, July 17, 1976, on KBFH, is a bootleg recording deserving a spot in everyone’s collection. Captured during their final year together in 1976, it serves as another historical document why these 4 Canadians (Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel) and 1 American (Levon Helm) should be celebrated for their versatile musicianship in the studio or on the road as well as their overwhelming influence on modern American music.
The Old 97s continue a colorful, recording resurgence with “The Grand Theatre Volume 2”. The follow up to 2010’s ‘Volume 1’ finds Rhett, Ken, Philip and Murry at the top of their game in the studio, revisiting an electric, mid-to-late 90s “Too Far Too Care”s fountain of youth. 13 studio performances that define their live rep to a ‘t’, Rhett Miller and Murry Hammond’s compositions also double as rock radio hits that should beâ€“and never are, unfairly. Grand Theater 2 is loaded with 97s swagger and sweet melodies that are sure to soak your summer brain for weeks on end. READ MORE
A short list selection of releases (albums & songs) that have caught our staff & contributing writers ears more than once during the first half of 2011.
In 1964 Johnny Cash released the often-overlooked, protest masterpiece, “Bitter Tears Ballads of the American Indian)”. Feeding off of pop culture’s desire for protest songs, Cash teamed up with Peter La Farge, a Native American songwriter, to write and record 8 cohesive folk songs focusing on historical struggles of the American Indians.