Monday, February 18, 2013

Gary Clark, Jr. @ New Morning, Paris - February 18th, 2013

A great set from this young man who is evidently the future of blues guitar. The playing and the singing are as raw and intense as the groove is relentless. His current record Blak & Blu is one of the genre's best releases in a long time and most of tonight's setlist consists of tracks from that LP, with a few choice covers peppered in for good measure.

Seeing him in such an intimate setting is privilege: it is obvious that he will be headlining much bigger venues very soon. It's not often you get to witness the inception of a future legend.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Wilko Johnson @ le Divan du Monde, Paris - February 5th, 2013

When an artist announces a farewell tour it's usually met with skepticism at best. The Who "retired" in 1982 and have embarked in hundreds of tours (and even a record) since. Ozzy had famously named his pseudo-retirement trek "No More Tours" in 1992 and he's still at it (and still a tit) twenty years later. KISS did the same around the turn of the century and Frank Sinatra, well Frank pretty much invented this scam didn't he?