Every once in a while in the rock 'n' roll timeline, a band comes along and blows the lid off the conventional definitions of "loud" and "fast." Most folks remember names like the Ramones, the MC5, and the Stooges but the legendary Tacoma, Washington, garage band the Sonics predated all of them. In ... More >>
Martha Reeves and the VandellasJanuary 11, 2012Dakota Jazz ClubAs we pulled up for another night of amazing music at the Dakota Jazz Club the cab in front of us came to an abrupt stop. "Wow! that's Martha!" I said to my date for the night, as she and a guy in a suit carrying boxes of CD's jumped ... More >>
When I last passed through Memphis, TN, in 1998, the place where the legendary Stax studios once stood was a grassy, empty lot. Today the Stax Museum of American Soul Music stands there, with the adjoining Stax Music Academy serving youth in the surrounding (and still impoverished) neighborhood of S ... More >>
Two decades after his death, Elvis lights out for the territory.