The Rock*A*Teens – Sixth House

Ask a music fan for one word to describe The Rock*A*Teens and you’ll likely get “reverb.” Ringleader Chris Lopez has bristled at that stereotype for years – not just the reverb part, but the notion that fuzz and production gimmicks were somehow masking songwriting deficiencies. Lopez already inched toward sonic clarity on his 2006 solo… Continue reading The Rock*A*Teens – Sixth House

Neko Case Gets Her Hell-On

Neko Case is blessed with one of the most sublime voices in modern times, and it’s been too danged long since we’ve been blessed with a new album from her. Sure, she did that thing with Laura Veirs and k.d. lang. And, you know, she was featured prominently on the last New Pornographers album, Whiteout… Continue reading Neko Case Gets Her Hell-On

Scott McCaughey Recovering From Stroke

Scott McCaughey is surely one of the friendliest and funniest fellows – young, fresh or otherwise – I’ve ever crossed paths with in my decades in the music biz trenches. He has been in my thoughts, in the thoughts of a lot of us here at S&S, since word spread that he suffered a major… Continue reading Scott McCaughey Recovering From Stroke

Alejandro Escovedo & Friends Feel the Burn

One of our longtime faves, Alejandro Escovedo returns to record bins on October 28th with a new album that finds him switching things up once again and working with a fresh group of collaborators ­– namely Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, who not only produced and play on Burn Something Beautiful, but co-wrote its 13… Continue reading Alejandro Escovedo & Friends Feel the Burn

Booker T. Jones

Born Under A Good Sign: Sound the Alarm, Booker T. is Back It’s been a long road from Memphis for legendary musician Booker T. Jones. Jones grew up there, attending Booker T. Washington High School alongside fellow future music giants songwriter David Porter, Earth, Wind & Fire frontman Maurice White, saxophonist Andrew Love of the… Continue reading Booker T. Jones

Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…

Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You [Anti-] Ms. Case sure didn’t spare the verbiage on this one, did she? The excessiveness of the title, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (which… Continue reading Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…

Kelly Hogan

Hogan Here When I call Kelly Hogan one recent afternoon, she’s sitting in her old car, Marge, staking out the Piggly Wiggly parking lot near her house in Wisconsin. “I’m gonna go in and buy some jalapeños,” Hogan says. “But I like to sit in the parking lot and see what people buy. Lots of… Continue reading Kelly Hogan