Jan. 8, 2014 10:15
Kenny Roby presented his first album in seven years as if no one was going to remember the decade of creative stick and move that preceded the layoff. In classic Roby fashion, he’s come back with a haymaker from the blind spot. Ever the maverick, Memories & Birds....
Dec. 31, 2013 01:31
Aslan Freeman is no stranger to change. After bouncing from project to project for a few years, quietly honing his pop-rock chops, he finally settles into the project that could become “the one” in Future Ghosts....
Dec. 24, 2013 01:42
Forgot that Dave Koz ridiculousness: Al Jarreau’s cosmopolitan magic and Christian Scott’s declarative, often challenging assimilation of hip hop and indie rock dragged the Coltrane Fest into uncharted space in its third year....
Dec. 11, 2013 10:03
There’s a cold war going on between two of the Midwest’s finest purveyors of rare groove, and it’s for good reason (that won’t be explained here) that the Triad has a vested interest in the continued success of Chicago beat excavators Numero Group over Minneapolis archrivals Secret Stash....
Dec. 4, 2013 10:16
Bassist extraordinaire Victor Wooten and his brother, Roy “Future Man” Wooten share five Grammys as the rhythmic force that drives the virtuosic jazz fusion unit, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, but neither might be where they are without a certain teacher, or “Teacha,” as Regi Wooten is known....
Nov. 27, 2013 09:55
Culture jamming the Black Friday experience isn’t exactly a new concept; Buy Nothing Day arose in the 1990s as a means to subvert the retail equivalent of stocking away acorns for the winter. There has been, however, a more visceral rebuke of the traditional consumer call to action that’s ratcheted up exponentially in this abbreviated holiday season....
Nov. 20, 2013 09:58
Frey and Henley are just two cats strumming guitars and singing early hits on an unadorned stage (except this time before 14,000 people and with anonymous accompaniment playing offstage). Bernie Leadon emerges and starts to fill out their sound, adding the expert country picking that would distinguish them from the Breads of the ’70s....
Nov. 13, 2013 09:28
into the opening acoustic stanza of his summer visit to High Rock Outfitters, Cedric Burnside lifted his wine glass and recited just an infinitesimal fraction of the lore he’s absorbed over more than three decades next to the legends of the Hill Country: “Through my teeth and under my tongue, look out stomach because here it comes....
Nov. 6, 2013 10:35
Adopting the hashtag #GHOE — social media-speak for Greatest Homecoming on Earth — in October to brand Greensboro’s largest annual tourist event was a figurative throwing of the gauntlet by the North Carolina A&T; a challenge to their area HBCU brethren and sistren that there really ain’t no party like an Aggie party....

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