Breaking old patterns
"Our fans remind me of people who are fans of 'Lost"
In a time when overly formulated cookie-cutter pop-rock bands dominate the airwaves, it is rare to encounter a band that completely sidesteps the commercial trap and forges an identity all its own.
The Mars Volta is one of these exceptions, which means its progressive sound is ever-evolving as the band constantly continues to experiment with and push its musical limits.
The band, with guitarist/producer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and lyricist/vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, keyboardist Isaiah Ikey Owens, bassist Juan Alderete, drummer Thomas Pridgen, percussionist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, woodwind player Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez and guitarists Paul Hinojos and John Frusciante, recently returned to the U.S. for a 17-city North American tour that began April 1 to promote its new album on Universal, 'The Bedlam in Goliath.' Read more
Hendrix, Page, Townshend ... and Vini Reilly
Man of mystery ... Durutti Column guitarist Vini Reilly The term "axe hero" has been applied to all sorts of rock guitarists. via MediaGuardian.co.uk
Weathers serves up sweet 'Serenade'
"It feels like a chapter in the book has now closed and a fine work will forever be in the memory of people"
The Josh Weathers Band, a fearsomely talented quartet that calls Fort Worth home, gets sticky-sweet soul all over its agreeable pop-rock to fantastic effect. These nine tracks, which comprise the foursome's sophomore CD, The New Serenade, are steeped in a variety of sounds, and the fellas wisely shy away from leaning too heavily on any one influence -- everything from Al Green to John Frusciante inspires 'em. The rockers have also developed quite the reputation for leave-it-all-out-there live shows, racking up lots of experience at area clubs. Weathers, whose gritty, emotive vocals belie his 23 years of age, also relies on the flawless musicians backing him up: Drummer Sammy Boe, guitarist Justin Elliot and bassist Kevin Rennels. The New Serenade is a strong showing, a disc that feels fresh even as it acknowledges a considerable debt to the past. In a nice touch, the group is donating $1 from every disc it sells in 2008 to the recently formed Carter Albrecht Music Foundation. The Josh Weathers Band will celebrate the release of The New Serenade, along with Hurt Street and the Campaign, Friday at Lola's Saloon in Fort Worth. Read more
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