October 22, 2016 admin 0Comment

The electric guitar — from the Resonator of the 1920s and Charlie Christian’s jazz playing in the 1930s, through Les Paul and the heyday of Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page — unfolds in the pages of “Play It Loud.” The book, subtitled “An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar,” tells its story through both technical developments and the inventors and musicians who made it all happen. We spoke to one of the authors — longtime Phoenix-based music writer Alan Di Perna — about Bob Dylan’s relationship to the instrument. The other author is Brad…

October 7, 2016 admin 0Comment

It seems like everything in the new music economy is a complex game of good news and bad news. Maybe that makes it no different from the old music economy, which was hardly perfect and sometimes led to musicians being caught in restrictive contracts with labels and managers. In any case, the new developments surrounding Nelly show just how strange things have become. The story starts out fairly routinely: The St. Louis rapper, best known for songs like “Hot in Herre,” “Just a Dream” and “Pimp Juice,” has run up a federal tax bill of $2.4 million, along with about $150,000 in…

September 13, 2016 admin 0Comment

Young Thug may not be a household name, but for rap fans who spend any amount of time on the internet, he’s become impossible to ignore. The 25-year-old Atlanta native, born Jeffery Williams, remains unclassifiable despite the industry’s best attempts to find a natural spot for him. Thugger first came to prominence under another internet rap sensation, the cult hero Gucci Mane. The two collaborated while he was still a part of Gucci’s 1017 Brick Squad imprint, and although they’re no longer labelmates, they continue to be friends today. After Brick Squad, Thug moved to Cash Money offshoot Rich Gang,…

September 3, 2016 admin 0Comment

To accompany the release of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography “Born To Run” is the companion album “Chapter & Verse.” The record consists of a dozen of his well-known songs, as well as five previously unreleased tracks from his early years, before the E Street Band. It’s a very specific collection, closely tied into the book, but aside from the early tracks, there’s not much here that makes it essential. The early tracks are definitely interesting, and unless you’re a diehard collector, it’s unlikely you’ve done more than hear these in passing. Having the tracks cleaned up and available for posterity is a…