In just under three years, Robert Randolph is already breaking new ground within music circles that thrive on forging ahead. His unique playing style is certainly bending the rules of the pedal steel guitar, and his live shows are often powerful occasions, but his gifts go further than the notes. By taking the celebratory spirit of his church beginnings, and moving it from the pews into the clubs, Randolph, along with the appropriately entitled – The Family Band- is unleashing a fresh brand of “positive soul rock,” that strives on making people feel good.
Welsh rock act Super Furry Animals, whose sixth album “Phantom Power” is due July 29 from XL/Beggars Group, will link with Modesto, Calif.-based rock outfit Grandaddy for a fall U.S. tour, due to kick off Sept. 18 in San Francisco.
Grandaddy’s fourth album, “Sumday” (V2) debuted last month at No. 84 on The Billboard 200. The critically acclaimed four-piece will co-headline with Super Furry Animals on the trek, which stretches through an Oct. 3-4 stand at New York’s Irving Plaza.
For a complete list of tour dates, visit the article at Billboard.com.
Air guitar has gone high-tech, as Hollywood Records is using CD entertainment technology from MusicPlayground to bring karaoke into a whole new sphere. “The World’s Greatest Air Guitar Album” is the first full-length commercial release to offer the bonus, which enables consumers to play an instrument along with 24 different anthems, including Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Boston’s “More Than a Feeling.”
What makes this experience different from holding a tennis racquet while posing is MusicPlayground. Using either a computer keyboard or a separately available V-Pick “interactive guitar pick,” fans can play along with what the company calls an onscreen Rhythm EKG. This display shows cues and lyrics, turning consumers into a guitarist the same way a karaoke machine would make them a vocalist.
“Ah, David Harrington! Please come in.” David did his best to smile and shook hands with his host as he stepped inside. Mr. Viente looked as old but seemed much