Sat July 26, 2014
Music Interviews

Eric Clapton And J.J. Cale: Notes On A Friendship

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 5:29 pm

Eric Clapton's new album, The Breeze, honors the late J.J. Cale.
Brian Rooney Courtesy of the artist

There are, you could argue, two strands of Eric Clapton fans: those who love his scorching electric solos and groundbreaking fusions of blues and rock, and those who prefer his mellow, unplugged pop songs from later years. The two groups might just find common ground on his latest album.

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Sat July 26, 2014
marc on the blues

Rory Block: Perhaps Today's Most Important Delta Blues Artist

"Today she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide."

-The Blues Foundation

Princeton, New Jersey, born and Manhattan raised, Rory Block grew up surrounded by the Greenwich Village folk scene, but it is the Delta Blues that she has made her own. She truly knows the genre.

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Sat July 26, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Highasakite: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:37 pm

Highasakite performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

My first time seeing this Norwegian band was at a fairly soulless convention center in Austin, Texas. They transformed that big, open room into an intimate affair. So having them perform at the Tiny Desk, an already intimate space, was a thrill. It was also the first appearance of a flugabone here. Kristoffer Lo plays that mournful horn and Ingrid Helene HÃ¥vik compliments the yearning with words that are mysterious, somewhat dark and contain surprising twists.

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Fri July 25, 2014
Music Interviews

Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:40 pm

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who goes by Gurrumul, released his self-titled debut album in the U.S. this week.
Adrian Cook Courtesy of the artist

The Australian musician and singer-songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who goes by simply Gurrumul, is an international star. He has sung a duet with Sting, performed for Britain's Royal Family and President Obama and even graced the cover of Rolling Stone, who called him "Australia's most important voice." That's remarkable for a man who was born blind, is extremely shy and doesn't speak much English.

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Thu July 24, 2014
Microphone Check

YG: 'I Gave Y'All What I Seen'

Courtesy of the Cashmere Agency