Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday's Playlist: Bastille Day

It'll be Bastille Day in two days so in celebration of that day we have prepared a little mixtape for all of you revolutionaries. Comment, share and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2018/2019 Concert Season Recap - Part 3: May-July 2019

This is the last instalment of this concert season's recap. Click on the links to access the full galleries and reviews and check out part one HERE and part two HERE. Comment, share, enjoy!

Friday, July 5, 2019

2018/2019 Concert Season Recap - Part 2: January-April 2019

Here is part two of our 2018/2019 Concert Season recap. Click on the links to access the full reviews and photo galleries. Click HERE for part one.

Friday's Playlist: Independence Day

Yesterday was July 4th, the anniversary of American Independence Day and for that occasion we've concocted a little U.S. of A. playlist.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

2018/2019 Concert Season Recap - Part 1: June 21st -December 2018

Well, here it is. It's July. Summer is upon us (has been for quite some time, too) and we're wrapping another concert season. 2018/2019 has been phenomenal on that front: lots of great gigs by veteran bands, the confirmation of major talents and the revelation of future greats.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Fantastic Negrito @ New Morning, Paris - July 2nd, 2019

This year is shaping up to be a great year for the Blues.

The 2018/2019 concert season has already delivered some of our lifetime's most intense Rn'B thrills: inspired and inspirational concerts by Ry Cooder, the Tedeschi/Trucks Band, John Mayall, Melvin Taylor, the Rockin' the Blues festival featuring Kris Barras, Walter Trout & Johnny Lang, Gov't Mule and an epic, triumphant set by Gary Clark, Jr.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Friday's Playlist - Sounds of Summer

Sunset on the San Francisco Bay
Right now we're in the middle of a heatwave here in France, and hopefully the weather where you are is a little more amenable. Also hopefully, you are able to enjoy your summer and indulging in some well-deserved time off from your daily grind. This playlist is here to accompany your vacation. Enjoy it with a cocktail or five, preferably somewhere warm (but not too warm), with your feet in the sand and your head in the clouds.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Greatest Hits Live (2011-2019)

We're about to go on hiatus for the summer and there likely won't be many more updates until late August, so in the mean time here are a some of the best shots from the site. If you click on the name of the artist it'll take you to the concert review/gallery the picture is taken from. Don't hesitate to comment and share. Enjoy your vacations!

Monday's Playlist: Jeff Beck - Sessions & Contributions

In honour of the great Jeff Beck's birthday, we've scrambled our routine and moved our weekly playlist from Friday to Monday. We've concocted this little playlist of some of the master guitarist's best sessions and contributions to other people's music. From his legendary solo on Tina Turner's Private Dancer (produced by Mark Knopfler!) to more obscure interventions like the one on Malcolm McLaren's House of the Blue Danube (featuring Bootsy!), this is a small sample of the man's talents. Jazz-rock fusion, Blues-rock, proto-Metal, not only can the man do it all, he's probably invented most of it! Now in his mid-seventies, he still has the best touch, the best phrasing, the best tone and he keeps moving forward and discovering new avenues for his music and his playing. Happy Birthday Jeff Beck, and many returns of the day!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Gary Clark, Jr. @ la Cigale, Paris - June 22nd, 2019

The last time I saw Gary Lark, Jr., he was still being touted as the up and coming hotshot guitarist destined to become the next big thing in the world of blues. He had already appeared in the Rolling Stones 50 and Counting pay-per-view special but he had yet to make good on the promises contained in his fantastic breakthrough album, Blak and Blu.

Friday, June 21, 2019

ZZ Top @ La Seine Musicale, Boulogne - June 21st, 2019

Today is Fête de la Musique here in France, and there is music everywhere. Musicians playing in the street, in cafés, in churches and museums... DJs blasting beats from their windows like in La Haine... All of it is free and fun.

Richie Kotzen @ Seine Musicale, Boulogne - June 21st, 2019

Opening for ZZ TOP last night was Richie Kotzen,  a name I hadn't heard in a long time. He is perhaps more famous nowadays for having replaced CC Deville in Poison in the early nineties when the band was trying to shed their glam-metal party boys image. He also replaced Paul Gilbert in Mr. Big for a few years, and he's been fronting The Winery Dogs with two other monster virtuosos, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy. So while I was always aware of him, I never really dug into his catalogue: my assumption was that he was just another shredder from the Mike Varney stable and I was never big into that scene. But last night's set showed me what I'd been missing: fronting a power trio of equally amazing musicians, Richie was simply fantastic.

Album Review: Hollywood Vampires - Rise

Hollywood Vampires is a supergroup comprised of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp. They used to be the world's most expensive cover band, and everyone thought the joke would wear thin after a couple of years. They released an album a few years ago but this is their first set of mostly original material and it's much better than it has any right to be coming from such seasoned veterans. Alice Cooper and Joe Perry haven't sounded this inspired in years, and the whole record just exudes dark, sick, mischievous fun.

Friday's Playlist: Fête de la Musique 2019

It's Fête de la Musique here in France. Today is the day where no matter where you walk, all around France, you are likely to hear a bunch of fourteen year-olds slaughtering Hey Joe in front of a café. But it's not just beginners and buskers: big events with major artists are being organised everywhere. I remember seeing INXS on Place de la République about 25 years ago and Joe Cocker the following year. I know James Brown played there too, although I didn't make it to that one.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Rob Zombie @ Bataclan, Paris - June 19th, 2019

It's one of the hottest days of the year and the 1500 gore hounds amassed in the Bataclan have turned the tragic venue into a fiery furnace. The freaks are out tonight and they have braved the heavy weather to pay homage to the leader of their cult: Rob Zombie is bringing his demented carnival to Paris.