JD McPherson heads out on tour this week in support of his widely acclaimed Let the Good Times Roll. JD’s approach to music clearly comes from a deep research and enjoyment of rock ‘n’ roll of all kinds. There’s plate reverb, dastardly fuzz, echo in the vocals and snares, the drawl of loud American blues […]

by Sean Jewell :: Charlottesville‘s Sons of Bill return to Seattle still flying high on their 2014 release Love and Logic, a record with Virginia roots, fleshed out by champion of Americana producer Ken Coomer (Wilco). Love and Logic somehow managed to blend roots music’s multi stringed attack with the upward inflection of psychedelic rock. Immediately into their record […]

by Sean Jewell :: Let’s get this out of the way: when I first heard Left Lane Cruiser, ZZ Top came to mind immediately (stay with me here). Not, like, Eliminator, synthesizer period ZZ Top, but Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons ZZ Top’s 1st Album ZZ Top. Like, sandstorm of guitars, speed and weed, rhinestone […]

by Sean Jewell :: I didn’t really know I was a Little Richard fan until I started looking into this box set coming out on June 2nd. Did you know he was inspired to play piano the way he did by Esquerita in New Orleans when he heard him play “One Mint Julep” (and that Esquerita […]

Fox And The Law‘s rhythm section is heavy. I mean, Geezer Butler, John Entwistle heavy. As in, these are some of the nicest bass tones you’ve ever heard. They anchor the band quite well so frontman Guy Keltner can frantically get out his groovy, abrasive rock tunes. Earlier this year I caught them playing Neumo’s […]

gun club

This one is an all rock ‘n roll version of the show and it’s available for listening via the KEXP audio link (below) until April 30th. Sometimes you just wake up in the morning wanting to rock. And then roll. And then play said cuts on the radio. That happen to me this week as I pulled together […]