Friday, March 24, 2017

The Return of Gorillaz celebrated with album news; hear four tracks now

Great news for a Friday with yesterday's announcement that Gorillaz are set to return with a new full-length album on April 28, 2017! Titled Humanz, the new album features the "virtual band" led by Blur leading man Damon Albarn and collaborator Jamie Hewlett.

Gorillaz has been mostly quiet since 2011, so it's fantastic to see their official return is now official. The icing on the cake of the news about the upcoming album is a six-minute video titled "Saturnz Barz," which not only features that song but parts of three other album tracks too!

Here is the official standalone video for the cosmos-minded song "Andromeda":

The album was recorded in Paris, London, Chicago, New York and Jamaica. For those lucky enough to be on the other side of the Atlantic, Gorillaz will headline their Demon Dayz Festival in Margate, England on June 10, 2017. There are a number of notable big names who guest on the new album too. 

Here are details about the track listing for Humanz:

Track listing:
1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples
2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
4. Momentz feat. De La Soul
5. Submission feat. Danny Brown and Kelela
6. Charger feat. Grace Jones
7. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
8. Busted and Blue
9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples and Pusha T
11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz
12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth
Deluxe edition bonus tracks:
15. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz, and RAY BLK
16. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett
17. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz, and Imani Vonshà
18. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon and Kali Uchis
19. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmes 
Get more information via the official Gorillaz website.

Aimee Mann's 'Mental Illness' streaming on NPR First Listen; new album out March 31

The wait is over; fans of Aimee Mann can get a listen of her much-anticipated new album 'Mental Illness' on NPR First Listen...


Aimee Mann
Photo credit: Sheryl Nields/Courtesy of the artist

Aimee Mann’s highly anticipated new album Mental Illnessout on March 31 via her own SuperEgo Recordsis exclusively streaming now on NPR First Listen, who proclaim “…these songs are buoyantly catchy in their own way, with calmly dispensed beauty that consistently outweighs their dourness,” while the Los Angeles Times furthers “Every doomed syllable is sacred and every tragic rhyme fits, as though each song were a puzzle to which only Mann knows the solution.” Additionally, Mann will perform her track “Goose Snow Cone” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday, March 27. Mental Illnesscan be pre-ordered now at
Mental Illness shows off Mann’s rich, incisive and wry melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a “finger-picky” style inspired by some of her favorite ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock records, augmented by haunting strings arranged by her longtime producer, Paul Bryan. Additional players includeJonathan Coultonon acoustic guitar and backing vocals, Jay Bellerose on drums, Jamie Edwardson piano, John Roderick as a co-writer and Ted Leo (who recently joined her in a joint side project, The Both) as a background singer.
On this eleven-track album, the Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer remains a student of human behavior, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends. “I assume the brief on me is that people think that I write these really depressing songs,” Mann says. “I don’t know—people may have a different viewpoint—but that’s my own interpretation of the cliché about me. So if they thought that my songs were very down-tempo, very depressing, very sad and very acoustic, I thought I’d just give myself permission to write the saddest, slowest, most acoustic, if-they’re-all-waltzes-so-be-it record I could…I mean, calling it Mental Illness makes me laugh, because it is true, but it’s so blunt that it’s funny.”
In support of the release, Mann will play a headlining North American tour this spring with stops in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and more. Tickets can be purchased here: See below for complete tour details.
After several albums with Til Tuesday, Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo Records. In addition to her solo albums, she has appeared on many film soundtracks, most notably the score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, with “Save Me” landing her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Song.
In 2014, Mann joined up with Ted Leo for a more rock-oriented duo project, releasing a self-titled album under the name The Both. Other extracurricular activities since her previous record Charmer ranged from playing herself on the hit TV series Portlandia to performing for President Obama and the First Lady at the White House. Named one of The Huffington Post’s “13 Funny Musicians You Should Be Following On Twitter,” Mann has gained a diehard social media following for her quick wit and stinging observation.

  1. Goose Snow Cone 
  2. Stuck In The Past
  3. You Never Loved Me
  4. Rollercoasters
  5. Lies Of Summer
  6. Patient Zero
  7. Good For Me
  8. Knock It Off
  9. Philly Sinks
  10. Simple Fix
  11. Poor Judge

April 20—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre
April 21—Philadelphia, PA—Keswick Theatre
April 22—New York, NY—The Town Hall
April 23—Boston, MA—The Wilbur Theatre
April 25—Albany, NY—The Egg Center For The Performing Arts
April 26—Toronto, ON—Danforth Music Hall 
April 28—Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark
April 29—Chicago, IL—Park West
April 30—Milwaukee, WI—Pabst Theater
May 2—Madison, WI—Barrymore Theatre
May 3—Saint Paul, MN—Fitzgerald Theater
May 5—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theater
May 6—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room
May 8—Missoula, MT—The Wilma
May 9—Seattle, WA—Neptune
May 10—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall
May 12—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
May 13—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Rolling Stones' 'Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America' set for release on May 26, 2017

I know, it's only rock and roll, but I like it. This forthcoming release looks fantastic, and it's coming to both DVD and Blu-ray...

The Rolling Stones Proudly Present
Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America
Out via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray
~May 26, 2017~

On May 26, 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America by The Rolling Stones -- a documentary film by Paul Dugdale. Released on DVD and Blu-ray [MSRP $26.98 Blu-ray, $21.98 DVD], the film was given a strictly limited theatrical release around Europe in September 2016 and broadcast on Channel 4 in December 2016. Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America makes the perfect companion piece to the Havana Moon release from Autumn 2016. This DVD and Blu-ray release will also include seven exclusive bonus live tracks from the tour with a running time of over 50 minutes.
Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America follows The Rolling Stones on their 2016 tour through ten Latin America cities while at the same time trying to stage their first ever concert in Havana, Cuba, a colossal once-in-a-lifetime open air free show the likes of which Cuba had never seen before. The film captures the unique chemistry that exists between The Rolling Stones and their Latin American fans, a bond that has stretched across many years.
As well as the full film, the Bonus Features on this release offer a collection of incredible full-length performances from the Latin American tour:
1) Out Of Control (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
2) Paint It Black (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

3) Honky Tonk Women (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

4) Sympathy For The Devil (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

5) You Got The Silver (Lima, Peru)

6) Midnight Rambler (Lima, Peru)

7) Miss You (Lima, Peru)
Featuring electrifying live performances, intimate moments with the band members, anticipation and reaction from the fans and all the twists and turns of staging the Havana concert, Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America is a portrait of a vital band still at the very top of their game.

KAABOO Del Mar Announces 2017 Music Lineup, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Garbage, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Muse and many more

Wow! What an amazing lineup! I wouldn't mind heading down to San Diego the weekend of September 15-17, 2017 for 3rd annual KAABOO!




Tom Petty performing at Irvine, CA in October 2010.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
March 23, 2017 (Del Mar, CA) - KAABOO Del Mar is excited to announce the 2017 music lineup for its third annual music and entertainment experience happening September 15-17, 2017. Alternative Rock icons  Red Hot Chili Peppers, trailblazing Pop songstress P!nk, American treasure Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and international stadium rockers Muse will headline.  They will be joined by previously announced California favorites Weezer, plus Jane’s Addiction, David Guetta, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Jason Derulo, Logic, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Andy Grammer, Kesha, LīVE, X Ambassadors, Garbage, Michael McDonald, and many more. A confirmed lineup is listed below.  

Garbage will bring their groundbreaking rock
sound to KAABOO this summer.
Three-day passes are on sale now via Hang Loose (GA) passes are currently $259, while HANG FIVE and HANG TEN (VIP) passes are currently at $799 and $2799, respectively. At KAABOO, all guests receive an amenitized experience with access to the HUMOR ME comedy club; an on-site Contemporary Arts Fair in the indoor ARTWORK area, plus a display of outdoor murals and installations; PALATE gourmet food tastings; spa and relaxation reservations at INDULGENCES; CLUB ELEVATE late night dance party (18+); and the ability to lounge poolside with a BASK upgrade at the GRANDVIEW Stage. HANG FIVE and HANG TEN (VIP) passes include additional access to AMPLIFY zones which provide premier stage viewing areas, access to the Thursday Night kickoff party, and more.   

“I am thrilled with this year’s extraordinary lineup and proud to be building on the success of our last two KAABOO Del Mar events,” says KAABOO founder and CEO Bryan Gordon. “We strive to curate an event that is multigenerational and diverse - something for all of our fans. When you look at this lineup, we have everyone from Alt Rock legends and bucket list icons, to today’s hottest hitmakers and incredible up-and-comers.”  

"We have expanded our existing partnership with Virgin Produced, the entertainment arm of the Virgin brand, as the official content partner of KAABOO,” says Bryan Gordon, Founder and CEO of KAABOO.  "Virgin Produced has augmented our content platform, starting with last year’s inspiring recap video (link), followed by this year’s official lineup video (to be released on 3.23.17), and they will continue to cultivate exclusive content to showcase the unique experiences of KAABOO. As a multi-award winning production company, Virgin Produced will also utilize their agency/branded entertainment expertise to amplify our brand sponsor/partners experience both at KAABOO and throughout the year.   In addition, Virgin Produced will power and oversee our Artist Relations program, which is essential to cultivating and executing a positive and fun experience for the 100 artists who perform at KAABOO. Sir Richard Branson, Jason Felts and I have a very similar mentality in terms of shifting the paradigm and pushing the limits within the industries that they operate, making this partnership a natural fit for both brands.”   

In only its third year, KAABOO Del Mar has carved out its name among national and destination music festivals by offering a curated feast for all senses. Featuring equal parts music, contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, and hilarious comedy, the highly-amenitized event is conveniently located at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds in Southern California. Celebrated as San Diego’s largest multi-day major music and entertainment festival, KAABOO Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean and enjoys pristine weather, ocean breezes, and numerous easy to access lodging options. 

For tickets and information on KAABOO Del Mar visit  

KAABOO Del Mar Full Lineup:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Jane's Addiction
David Guetta
Ice Cube
Jason Derulo
Alanis Morissette
Jackson Browne
Andy Grammer
X Ambassadors
Milky Chance
Michael McDonald
The Wallflowers
DJ Diesel (Shaquille O'Neal)
Machine Gun Kelly
Pete Yorn
The Magpie Salute
Smash Mouth
The Knocks Dave
Toad The Wet Sprocket
Eric Burdon and the Animals
Lost Kings
Le Youth
The Him
The Tubes feat. Fee Waybill
Trevor Hall
The Motet
The Shadowboxers
Little Hurricane
Sam Sparro
Kap Slap
Martin Jensen
Led Zeppelin 2
Emily Warren
The Stone Foxes
One Drop
The Last Internationale
Ages and Ages
Moonsville Collective
Luna Aura
Jared & The Mill
Ethan Tucker Solo Acoustic
The Steppin Stones
Lost Beach
Josh Arbour
Zeal Levin
Kira Lingman
Trouble in the Wind
Barenaked Ladies  - AMPLIFY VIP ONLY

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Doheny Blues Festival to mark 20th anniversary, May 20-21, 2017

Chris Isaak is coming to Dana Point.
Photo: Robert Kinsler
Attending and covering the annual Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA is always a highlight of my concert-going calendar. This year the event will mark its 20th anniversary on the third weekend in May. I can't think of a better combination than two full days of great music and terrific food enjoyed along the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Orange County, California.

Saturday, May 20, is a day geared toward rock fans with Joe Walsh, Robin Trower and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience set as headliners. Sunday, May 21, is decidedly going to appeal to fans of soul with Melissa Etheridge's Memphis Rock & Soul (a tribute to Stax Records), gospel great Mavis Staples, JJ Grey & Mofro, and the Marcus King Band set to perform.

Other notables set to perform at the festival include singer-songwriter/guitarist Chris Isaak, singer-guitarist Samantha Fish, classic blues rockers Canned Heat, country guitar great Junior Brown, killer ensemble Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, dynamic blues duo Moreland and Arbuckle, and France-based singer-guitarist Nico Duportal.

There are three stages featuring music, and there is a real positive spirit among the fans who attend the event every May. 

Mavis Staples, seen here performing in 2011,
is set to perform at the upcoming 2017 Doheny
Blues Festival. Photo: Robert Kinsler
Single Day tickets are on sale now! Please note that VIP and GOLD Weekend Passes are Sold Out!


Robert Kinsler

The Legacy of Chuck Berry; new "Big Boys" single, MUSIC WORTH BUYING tribute to the rock 'n' roll legend

All kinds of big news as it relates to Chuck Berry. You can hear the first single off Berry's forthcoming album Chuck here. It's a fantastic song titled "Big Boys":

Here is the media release issued today about Berry's forthcoming album, his first new studio release since 1979!


ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 22, 2017 -- Dualtone Records (an Entertainment One Company), has set a June 16 release date for 'CHUCK,' the final album and first new recordings in nearly four decades by founding rock and roll legend Chuck Berry, who passed away last week at the age of 90.

Comprised of ten new recordings, eight of which were written by Berry, 'CHUCK' is his first new album since 1979's 'Rock It.' It was recorded and produced by Berry in various studios around St. Louis and features his longtime hometown backing group - including his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (vocals, harmonica), plus Jimmy Marsala (Berry's bassist for forty years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums) - which supported him for nearly two decades on over two hundred residency shows at the famed Blueberry Hill club. The album also includes guest performances from Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Chuck's grandson Charles Berry III. Acclaimed author and historian Douglas Brinkley contributes liner notes.

Both Morello and Rateliff appear on album track "Big Boys," which Brinkley calls "a guitar player's national anthem" in his notes. The song is streaming now; listen and share here:

"Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought him a great sense of joy and satisfaction," the Berry family said in a statement posted to Facebook earlier this week. "While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that he had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music."

Some of the songs on 'CHUCK' were originally conceived as far back as the 1980s, with Berry developing them in his home studio in St. Louis over many years during down time between tours. He worked on the album through 2014. When health concerns forced him to stop touring and recording in 2015, Berry continued to oversee production and planning for 'CHUCK,' enlisting his family and close friend Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill, to fulfill his wishes that the album be completed and released. And from album highlight "Lady B. Goode," a spiritual sequel to the iconic "Johnny B. Goode" featuring ripping solos from three generations of Berry guitarists, to the poignant country balladry of "Darlin'," a duet with his daughter Ingrid, 'CHUCK' truly is a family affair.

"Working on my Dad's record has been one of the best experiences of my life," said Charles Berry Jr. "I will forever treasure the musical conversations we had, and the time we spent together completing it."

Chuck Berry's passing on March 18, 2017, prompted an outpouring of support and condolences from fans, fellow musicians, and world leaders - from members of The Rolling Stones and Beatles, to former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Rolling Stone claimed that Berry "defined rock & roll during it's early years and for decades to come." The New York Times called Berry rock's "master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves," adding that after 60 years, his earliest music "still sounds reckless and audacious."

'CHUCK' Track List:
Wonderful Woman
Big Boys
You Go To My Head
3/4 Time (Enchiladas)
Lady B. Goode
She Still Loves You
Jamaica Moon
Eyes Of Man

On the new episode, TJR and Robert discuss the legacy of Chuck Berry, who passed away on March 18, 2017. He was 90:

Monday, March 20, 2017

On the latest episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING co-hosts Robert Kinsler and TJR discuss Robert Randolph and the Family Band's Got Soul and the new Old 97's album Graveyard Whistling:

New music: Gary Clark Jr., Depeche Mode, Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer

Although the latest titles featuring Austin bluesman Gary Clark Jr., British trio Depeche Mode, and a wonderful reissue teaming Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer couldn't be more different, all are terrific and showcase stellar music making.

Artist: Gary Clark Jr.
Title: Live / North America 2016 (Warner Bros.)
You might like if you enjoy: Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke
Tell me more: Seeing Gary Clark Jr. in concert is always a thrilling experience so it's no surprise his new collection Live / North America 2016 is so astonishing. The title features 12 tracks recorded last year, with a wide range of Clark's original material visited across the disc. Heavy guitar-centered acid rock ("Grinder," "When My Train Pulls In"), Chicago blues ("My Baby's Gone," "Shake"), semi-acoustic Americana folk ("Church") and soul ("Our Love," "Down To Ride") are perfect musical mates in Clark's versatile universe. The jewel on the set is "The Healing," a confessional exploration at the power of music where Clark delivers a top-flight R&B vocal performance while unleashing guitar work that alternates from shimmering one-note fills to a fervent Hendrix-like attack that closes out the song. Information:

Artist: Depeche Mode
Title: Spirit (Columbia)
You might like if you enjoy: Erasure, Color Theory, Depeche Mode
Tell me more: Depeche Mode's newly-released 14th studio album Spirit blends the trio's simmering heavy synthpop sonic territory with original material aimed against right-wing targets ("Going Backwards," "Where's the Revolution," "The Worst Crime") at times or revisiting romance-minded themes elsewhere ("You Move," "Cover Me," "So Much Love"). Depeche Mode is one of the most influential and enduring artists to emerge in the 1980s and it's noteworthy that singer Dave Gahan, singer-keyboardist Martin Gore and keyboardist Andy Fletcher have created an immersive album that will please the faithful with material that is inspired and relevant. Information:

Artist: Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer
Title: Two of a Kind (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, Billy May
Tell me more: Some albums sound great in their time, and ultimately for all time. Such is the case with the fantastic deluxe reissue of Two of a Kind, a 1961 album that teamed a young Bobby Darin with famed singer-songwriter/composer Johnny Mercer. The original 13-track collection has been reissued with seven additional selections (including two songs recorded for the album but left off the original release) making for a breathtaking look back at the winning big band sounds and pop vocals that shine across the set. A key ingredient here was the backing of Billy May and his orchestra. There is an obvious chemistry and joy in the delivery of the timeless songs delivered here, including "East of the Rockies," "If I Had My Druthers" and several rousing versions of "Two of a Kind." Information:

Robert Kinsler

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry Remembered

Chuck Berry performing at Hootenanny Festival in July 2010.
Photo: Robert Kinsler
Chuck Berry performing at Hootenanny Festival in July 2010.
Photo: Robert Kinsler
Sadly, rock 'n' roll has lost one of its truly great founding fathers. Chuck Berry died at his home outside of St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, March 18, 2017. He was 90.

I saw Berry perform a number of times between 1980 and 2010. His influence as a singer, songwriter and guitar player was profound. Here are a number of photos I took when Berry, then 83, performed at the Hootenanny festival in Orange County, CA over the 4th of July weekend in 2010.

Here is a link to my review of his appearance at that festival posted on The Orange County Register website. Although I was disappointed with Berry's performance that day, I did praise his large and significant legacy in the review. I still recall the first time I saw him in 1980; that show was a wonder with Berry unleashing rapid fire guitar work while doing his famous "duck walk" across the stage!

Those wanting to catch Berry in his prime should seek out the Shout! Factory release of the T.A.M.I. Show, a 1964 concert film that was captured at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in October of that year; it features Berry performing a number of his original classics including "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene,"  "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Nadine (Is It You?)."

The good news for fans of the artist is that they can look forward to new music from Berry, who used his 90th birthday celebration in October 2016 to announce the release of a new album (titled Chuck), which will mark his first new studio album release since 1979's Rock It. Read all the details here. Additionally, Billboard has an article with thoughts from someone who has heard tracks off the highly-anticipated forthcoming album.

Here is the statement from The Recording Academy regarding Berry:

Chuck Berry was arguably the founding father of rock 'n' roll. Not just because he was one of its greatest songwriters and established some of the electric guitar's earliest and most memorable riffs, but also because he was one of music's most palpably exciting entertainers and biggest personalities. His influence on the giants that followed him, such as the Beatles,  Beach Boys and many others, is well documented. Chuck received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy in 1984, our formal acknowledgment of his immeasurable contributions to American culture. He will be greatly missed, but the gift of his music will live on forever.
Neil Portnow

Chuck Berry shared the joy of music making with fans of all ages at his performances, including
at the Hootenanny Festival in July 2010.
Photo: Robert Kinsler

Post and photos by Robert Kinsler