| Apr 4, 2013
| 8:25 AM
About 10 years or so ago, J.J. Grey and his band, Mofro, were a relatively private pleasure for music fans in the Sunshine State.
Now, we pretty much have to share the Jacksonville band's swamp-rooted funk with the world, with folks at the New York...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:15 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 6:23 PM
Decades ago, a trip to segregated Ocean City presented far too many challenges for African-American families. Instead they went to a sandy peninsula near Annapolis, known as "the beach," for a day's outing.
Carr's Beach — its proper name —...
| Mar 14, 2011
| 5:33 PM
Sharon Jones has been told what she is not so many times, she can’t help but laugh. And laugh she does: a deep, joyful noise that, like an outboard motor, sputters to life, catches briefly and then expires with a series of snorts and snickers....
| Feb 14, 2012
| 2:43 AM
A couple of years ago, the Daily Press' own music buffs Sam McDonald and Mike Holtzclaw shared some favorite tunes for setting that very romantic mood on Valentine's Day. Here are the songs they chose - as well as a few clunkers to avoid:
| Mar 15, 2011
| 1:00 AM
Most of us with a sense of tact know you don't joke about real, genuine human tragedy. You don't make light of a murder. You don't crack on someone who just got diagnosed with cancer. You generally don't say mean, nasty things about the dead or suffering....
| Apr 14, 2011
| 2:28 PM
President Barack Obama will dine at MK tonight, a campaign fundraiser designed to raise a tidy sum for the re-election effort.
The folks at MK are stoked, of course. So much so that chef/owner Michael Kornick has compiled a "2012 Re-election Campaign"...
| May 3, 2011
Reality-show vocal competitions are thought to be designed for newcomers just starting their careers.
For West Hartford's Javier Colon, who wowed the judges on NBC's "The Voice" last week, it was a return to the arena for someone whose first job out of...
| Jul 8, 2011
It's a hot, bone-dry, blue-skied day in the hills above Los Angeles — the kind of crystalline morning one might expect to see Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and the Byrds' Gene Clark relaxing on a redwood deck strumming acoustic guitars.
But the guys...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 2:47 PM
The 1960s are half a century old now, and as far as Matt Phairas is concerned, they haven't aged a day.
Phairas' band, Stone Soul, will play its latest monthly summer concert Friday at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. The eight-piece...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 12:04 PM
The combination seems unbeatable: Jay-Z and Kanye West teaming up over a blazing Otis Redding sample.
But “Otis,” a new digital single (streaming HERE) from the forthcoming West/Jay-Z album, “Watch the Throne,” is a bit of a...