Review of new Trombone Shorty Record -For True

In early 2010, after years of slugging it out in clubs, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews released his acclaimed national debut, “Backatown.” In the frenetic year that followed, he and backing band Orleans Avenue logged some 200 performances across five continents in a furious globe-trotting tour. He’s the kind of relentless road warrior that rolls his sleeves up and chisels out a name for himself one venue at a time. The high-energy and...

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Sweet Leda Put The “Hot” In Hot August Blues”

For my money it’s the side stages at any festival that present the most surprise. Such was the case at this year’s Hot August Blues Festival. Annapolis, MD based band, Sweet Leda, rocked the crowd from the get go of their set. Just as last year’s festival provided for me the discovery of heavy funksters Higher Hands [also from Annapolis], Sweet Leda was this year’s delightful find for me. I am convinced now that the Maryland...

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Innocent Flannel w/ The Black Cadillacs, & more – Nashville, TN

Nashville’s music scene has begun to branch out in recent years. Country, pop artists and singer songwriters still liter the streets of Broadway, but dark dingy clubs like The End and The Basement are thriving in Nashville as it grows into the big city it always wanted to be. Last night Nashville band, Innocent Flannel and company proved songwriters can develop a sound separate from the typical Nashville Hoo-Ha and break through to...

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Twenty Wonder (A Carnival Of The Mind)

Last night in Los Angeles, I was witness to some amazing Rock and Roll. I am constantly impressed by the support Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) lends to non-profits. They volunteered their time to perform at The Twenty Wonder Festival, hosted by the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, in support of The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles. Twenty Wonder (A Carnival Of The Mind), featured an amazing array of circus-type performers,...

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R.I.P. Die Antwoord DJ Leon Botha

Die Antwoord collaborator Leon Botha passed away on June 5th after a lifelong battle with the rare disease progeria. At the age of 26, the South African DJ  was the oldest progeria patient documented. Watch DJ Leon Botha in the Die Antwoord video for “Enter the Ninja” below:

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