Cool Spins

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Review: Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite Get Up (Stax)

Ben Harper is a modern champion of American roots and soul, and blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite is one of Harper’s heros. These two artists met at a blues festival in Australia in the mid-’90s, beginning a friendship that resulted in several one-off collaborations....

Review: The Mavericks In Time (Valory/Big Machine)

The Mavericks' first studio album in a decade, In Time, is as euphoric as any of the alt-country group's early albums, and exhibits many of the same musical influences......

Review: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: The Jazz Age (BMG)

I trust Bryan Ferry. He has impeccable taste and is consistently imaginative. So when word came down that his new album would consist of a baker’s dozen of his Roxy Music and solo songs re-arranged in the ’20s jazz style of early groups spearheaded by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and King Oliver, and presented as instrumentals, I was psyched....

BLAIR'S DVD WATCH: A Potpourri of Music DVDs

DVD Reviews: A Potpourri of Music DVDs

Culled from two performances at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in late October 1964, the legendary TAMI (Teenage Music Awards International) Show film—which was released theatrically in December ’64, been excerpted often through the years for various videos about pop music, but never released in its entirety until now—is a fascinating glimpse of the teen music scene at a pivotal moment. It features representatives from the still-new British Invasion (Rolling Stones, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas), Motown (The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles), the SoCal surf movement (Jan & Dean, The Beach Boys), a rock ’n’ roll pioneer (Chuck Berry), a top pop singer of the day (Lesley Gore), and the (still young) King of Soul (James Brown)....


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