Blues


  • The Last Waltz: The Band’s Final Curtain Call

    On November 25, 1976, The Band took the stage at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom for what would be their final performance, an event that would come to be known as “The Last Waltz.” This concert, however, was more than just a swan song for one of rock’s most influential groups; it was a monumental celebration…

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  • The Night Bo Diddley Broke the Mold on National TV

    On the evening of November 20, 1955, the usual calm of Sunday night television was shattered by the electrifying strum of a square guitar. Bo Diddley stepped onto the stage of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” not just to perform but to ignite a cultural revolution. Scheduled to play Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons,” Diddley instead…

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  • Miles Davis: Eight Great Tracks

    Davis made over 50 studio records. Here are 8 cherry-picked tracks.

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  • TAF2023: Børresen, Axxess, Ansuz, Qobuz

    Prices listed in US$. Exhibiting in Canada for the first time at the Toronto Audiofest, importer / distributor Audio Group Denmark showcased the new slim, 2.5-way Børresen Acoustics X2 tower speakers ($8800/pair), which uses the same designed-in-house tweeter membrane as the higher-priced offerings in Børresen’s speaker line. Feeding the Børresen speakers were a 100Wpc Axxess…

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  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Rock’s Overlooked Matriarch

    Beginnings in the Delta Cotton Plant, Arkansas, 1915: Nestled amidst a sea of cotton fields, this town, where the Mississippi Delta begins its stretch, bore witness to the birth of Rosetta Nubin. It wasn’t just any place; the Delta was the cradle of American music, a melting pot of African rhythms, field hollers, and church…

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  • The Rolling Stones:  Hackney Diamonds Review

    The best Rolling Stones album since Lady Gaga was a toddler.

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  • Talkies Take the Stage: ‘The Jazz Singer’ and the Dawn of a New Era

    1927’s New York City, a hive of invention, jazz, and burgeoning cultural changes, played host to the premiere of a film that would shake the pillars of the entertainment industry. Released on October 6th, “The Jazz Singer,” headlined by the charismatic Al Jolson, was not just another movie – it was a clarion call announcing…

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  • Elvis Presley’s 1954 Opry Debut: A Pivotal Moment in Rock ‘n’ Roll History

    Elvis Presley’s 1954 Opry Debut remains an iconic moment in music history. While today we easily associate Elvis with his swiveling hips and captivating dulcet tones, the music world of 1954 did not immediately recognize the impending legend from Tupelo, Mississippi. Yet, on October 2nd of that year, he stepped onto the revered Grand Ole…

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  • The Grateful Dead’s Haight Street Concert

    The Dead’s free concert that day was more than just an enthralling musical experience; it was a statement, a beacon of unity in tumultuous times. The band delved straight into a compelling rendition of “Viola Lee Blues,” a piece that spanned over twenty-one minutes, taking the audience on a transcendental journey.

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  • Review: Little Feat / Sailin’ Shoes and Dixie Chicken 2023 Reissues

    Both Sailin’ Shoes and Dixie Chicken, freshly remastered, sound as relevant today as they did 50 years ago.

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