Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday's Playlist: Happy Chuck Berry Day!

On what would have been Chuck Berry's 93rd birthday, we pay tribute to one of the pioneers of Rock and Roll with a playlist of some of his most famous songs as performed by some other great artists.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Durand Jones & the Indications @ le Trabendo, Paris - October 15th, 2019

The past year has seen the release of a number of great traditional Soul Music records, chief among which was Durand Jones & the Indications' sophomore LP American Love Call (check out our review HERE). Their traditional approach to the genre lends itself particularly well to the stage: like on their records, there are no tricks or gimmicks to their performances. Just great tunes performed with passion and craft.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Friday's Playlist - R.I.P. Ginger Baker

This week we got the news that Ginger Baker passed away so we concocted a long playlist celebrating his many accomplishments. Blues, Jazz, Psychedelic, proto-Metal, Afro-Beat, Funk, Post-Punk... Ginger Baker could play it all.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Greatest Hits Live (2011-2019)

We've just updated this page with some of our most recent favorite shots. There's quite a few legends in here... Click on the captions to check out the full galleries.

Friday's Playlist: Fictional Bands

This Friday's Playlist features songs that mention bands or artists that don't actually exist. Johnny B. Goode, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sultans of Swing, the Spiders from Mars...

Friday, September 27, 2019

Friday's Playlist: Last Week's Originals

I received a couple of emails after last week's playlist essentially asking about where the songs came from. So here's the companion playlist to last week's covers: the originals. The songs are sequenced in the same exact order, so the flow might not be as good as last week's (believe it or not, these playlists are usually pretty thought out) because what worked with last week's version do not necessarily work with these. Oh, well. It's a collection of great songs and any opportunity to listen to Cosmic Slop or Bastards of Young shouldn't be passed upon! Enjoy, comment, share!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Wilco @ le Trianon, Paris - September 22nd, 2019

Wilco's concert at the Trianon was an intimate experience despite the fact that it took place before 1500 people, many of them American expats. Jeff Tweedy was his usual endearing self, still displaying the demeanour of a shy teenager despite his gray hair. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Alice Cooper @ la Seine Musicale, Boulogne-BIllancourt - September 20th, 2019

Last time I saw Alice Cooper was just a little over a year ago in Los Angeles. It was my fourth show on the Paranormal tour after the London date in the fall of 2017 and the two Paris gigs at the end of that year (here and here). The shows were great but it was time for an overhaul. Of course, there are some staples that he can't do away with: songs like School's Out or I'm Eighteen and theatrics like the execution at the end of the second act of the show. But there is still a lot of room for change and creativity within those constraints and fans will be delighted to know that the new act is every bit as good as the previous one.

Black Stone Cherry @ la Seine Musicale, Boulogne-Billancourt - September 20th, 2019

I last saw Black Stone Cherry ten years ago when they were opening for Heaven & Hell. Back then their set had failed to impress me and the rest of the crowd, especially since they made the puzzling decision to feature not one but two guitar solos during their short 40-minute set. I'm glad to say they didn't make that mistake this time around, and they seemed much more professional.

Friday's Playlist: Awesome Covers (part one)

This long playlist gathers some of the covers I love. Are they better than the originals? Usually not, but they're awesome in their own rights. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday's Playlist: Back to School

OK, so school has been back for several weeks now. I'm still on vacation mode, however. It'll probably feel that way for a while. Reality will hit me eventually, but I'm in no hurry. This Back to School playlist is dedicated to all the truants, drop-outs and juvenile delinquents. You know who you are. Enjoy, share, comment.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday's Playlist: New Wave Of British Heavy Metal

In last week's Playlist we featured Britpop, so this week we figured we'd stay in Albion but go back a little further in time. Needless to say, this Friday's Playlist needs to be played LOUD.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Duff McKagan @ Trabendo, Paris - September 2nd, 2019

Duff McKagan's new record Tenderness, his first foray into Americana and country-tinged roots rock, is one of this year's best releases and that's why the Trabendo is sold out. It's quite a privilege to see such a big star in such an intimate setting: ever since the core trio of Guns N'Roses reunited over three years ago, he has mostly been playing enormodomes. But this isn't stadium rock: this is something much more delicate, and much more emotive.

Shooter Jennings @ Trabendo, Paris - September 3rd, 2019

Shooter Jennings is pulling double duty tonight: the country star and his band are backing Duff McKagan on his Tenderness tour as well as opening the show.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday's Playlist: Parkas & Bowl Cuts - 80's & 90's Britpop

As promised, this Friday's Playlist is a little more palatable than last week's. In fact, a lot of those songs have great sing-along choruses, catchy melodies and great hooks.

Britpop is arguably the last movement that produced a true blockbuster rock band: Oasis might have fizzled out fast, but their first two records still hold up to this day.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Patti Smith @ Olympia, Paris - August 27th, 2019


Although I've had several opportunities over the years, I''d never seen Patti Smith in concert until last night. I've enjoyed some of her albums, but was only a passing fan. For some reason I thought her concert performances might be austere. I expected a reverent, serious, overly literate event... boy, was I wrong. Sure, she tackled some topical issues such as the Amazonian forest fires. And yes, there was poetry. But the main vibe of the show was FUN.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday's Playlist: Post Rock, Noise Rock, Drone and Experimental

We like a good traditional song as much as the next person, but this playlist isn't about that. Not even remotely. Hell, some of it isn't even considered music by most people. Surely, Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music was him just taking the piss. Right? And Nurse with Wound... What the fuck is that, even?

Monday, August 19, 2019

10 Questions with Mark Kendall of Great White

Great White are still going strong thirty-five years after their debut. They have defied time, trends, addictions, lawsuits, catastrophes and lead singer issues but they are still out there putting out records and playing gigs all over the world.

Their guitarist Mark Kendall was kind enough to take some time off of his busy schedule to answer some questions about the band's past, present and future. Enjoy, share and comment!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday's Playlist: New York, NY

I'm in New York City today, and I absolutely love this city. Everything about it is exhilarating. The people, the culture, the tension, the weather. It's always vibrant and exciting and cool and fun. So in honor of this great city I've compiled a little selection of songs celebrating it.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Play It Loud @ Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY - U.S.A.

Play It Loud is a wonderful exhibition currently showing at the Met in New York City. The venerable museum, home to some of the world's most fantastic artwork, is showcasing some of Rock and Roll's most iconic instruments.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday's Playlist: Children of the Stones

Today we compiled a few songs that are obviously indebted to the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band (™). Not rip-offs necessarily, but songs that have almost every element of what has become the classic Rolling Stones sound.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Friday's Playlist: Best of 2019

We've been slacking off lately on the Album Reviews front... There's been a lot of great music we haven't had time to review and a lot that we haven't even had time to listen to. What can I say? Life gets in the way.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday's Playlist: Guitar Freak-Outs

This Friday's Playlist will test your patience. It's more like an endurance test. It's not exactly Metal Machine Music or Arc but there's some weird, far-out, dissonant shit in there.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday's Playlist: Symphonic Metal

I've been looking at the stars a lot in the past few nights. I was on vacation on the South West coast of France and the nights are incredible. Breathtaking sunsets, shooting stars, constellations reflected on the ocean... A wondrous sight for sure, but all of it can be quite intimidating. It can make you feel small, puny, like you don't matter. And the truth is you don't. So whenever you feel like you are merely an inconsequential speck of dust in the immensity of the universe, you can listen to some empowering, life-affirming, epic music.

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

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.