Tag: Review

Nai Palm & Hiatus Kaiyote: Australian Soul

[If you want to read about their show that “blew my mind” click here] Sometimes you can’t find soul. Soul finds you. Apparently it found a group of talented musicians in Australia. Last weekend I went to see Jose James at the Del Monte Speakeasy. I bought tickets for that show online on the venue’s website a few months ago.  I noticed that there was a … Read More Nai Palm & Hiatus Kaiyote: Australian Soul

Jose James | The Del Monte Speakeasy | 3/13/13

Earlier this year, a friend of mine posted a video clip on Facebook of a performance by a singer named Jose James. I liked what I heard, and started googling him and his music.  When I stumbled upon his amazing cover of Freestyle Fellowship’s “Park Bench People”, I nearly lost my mind.  I mean, I grew up with “Innercity Griots”, and I have always preached how that … Read More Jose James | The Del Monte Speakeasy | 3/13/13

Morrissey | Staples Center | 3/1/13

I remember when I was first introduced to the music of The Smiths.  It was the summer after 8th grade, and I was shipped off to a summer, boarding program called C.T.Y. [Insert nerd jokes here]. I always enjoyed spending the summers away from home (I went to my first summer boarding school after 6th grade). Studying asides, I saw boarding school as an opportunity … Read More Morrissey | Staples Center | 3/1/13

Album Review: Soundgarden’s “King Animal”

In anticipation of the Soundgarden concert I’ll be going to later today (2/16/13) at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, today’s album review will be that of Soundgarden’s latest album, “King Animal”. The picture above is the King Animal box set that I purchased.  No, the picture above isn’t the box set that I purchased.  Mine is still in its plastic shrink wrap.  I’m … Read More Album Review: Soundgarden’s “King Animal”

Album Review: Allen Stone’s “Last to Speak”

Allen Stone’s vocal style reminds me of the classic soul and R&B singers of the 60s and 70s.  Growing up in the small community of Chewelah, Washington (population 2,606 as of 2010!), it can be hard to imagine a voice as soulful coming from such an isolated city, especially since his dad was a pastor, and he grew up on gospel music, so you’d … Read More Album Review: Allen Stone’s “Last to Speak”