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Pardon me if I was not sweating by the end of Jack White’s rip-roaring 105-minute set on Sunday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland; it was a nippy 55 degrees by show’s end. The nearly sold-out crowd was certainly in a heated frenzy from start to finish as White orchestrated a set that spanned his two solo albums, The White Stripes, Dead Weather and The Raconteurs.
Notorious for moody and eccentric behavior, White seemed nothing but pleased to be playing on a Sunday night. From the first notes of the show-opening White Stripes’ song “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” onward, the crowd was on its feet. Lit exclusively by blue lights, White, with a new hairdo that appeared inspired by Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, did what he does best: paint an aural landscape of sublime rock ’n’ roll with his guitar brilliance and bluesy vocals. Continue reading →
Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.
Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.
The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →
Last week Jack White announced he was releasing a new album, Lazaretto, on June 10th. The first song from the record that he’s released is an instrumental, “High Ball Stepper,” a bluesy, psychedelic guitar jam. White will release the title song of the album on April 19th as part of Record Store Day. He’s billing it as “the world’s fastest released record in the history of mankind.” According to his web site:
At 10am in the morning, Jack will take the stage in Third Man’s blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will then be rushed over to United Record Pressing, who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans.
Below, listen to “High Ball Stepper.”
Watch Rap City, the WHYY documentary on Philly’s hip-hop scene circa 1988. [link]
Jack White released his first solo record, Blunderbuss, earlier this year, and fans immediately latched on to the all-out rock tracks like “Love Interruption” and “I’m Shakin’”. In the new video for the latter single, White faces off against himself (and beatboxes) in a warehouse in the midst of rockin’ out compatriots. The color scheme might be the same as “Love Interruption” but the energy is definitely kicked up a notch.
More than half a century after she released her Top 40 single “Let’s Have A Party” in the late ’50s, Wanda Jackson is apparently still partying. Last month, the 73-year-old “Queen Of Rockabilly”—who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009—released The Party Ain’t Over, a covers collection produced by The White Stripes’ Jack White. It’s an interesting pairing, to be sure—and one that has some people hootin’ and hollerin’ for Jack White’s head. For a good laugh, make sure to check out a couple of the indignant online reviews from longtime superfans who simply can’t believe that a hipster hotshot like White was even allowed in the same studio as Wanda Jackson. Who cares if it was actually White’s own studio in Nashville (or if it was his initiative that led to Jackson recording her first album in five years—and only her third album in the last 20 years)? How dare White add a raucous horn section to Wanda’s music? HOW DARE HE? Her vocals are, like, totally buried in the mix! It’s an outrage, I tell you! Wanda Jackson performs with The Lustre Kings and Delco Nightingale at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $30–$55.