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How does your Garden GROWL? Wednesday, April 26
I had flannel shirts in 1991, but I didn’t wear them to be cool (they were probably from The Gap). I wore them when I went to visit family north of the Mason-Dixon line. I was weaned on …
Out of Exile and BACK Wednesday, March 29
Though her upbringing was steeped in tradition, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Basya Schechter came to identify with her Jewish heritage by relatively nontraditional means. As soon as …
Sing & SWING Wednesday, May 31
Jazz vocalist Charles Turner might be a Young Turk but he has some old-school flavor, too, flipping through standards like “Honeysuckle Rose” and then riffing on Eddie Jefferson’s …
STILL Burning, Still Shining Wednesday, May 3
No honorable critic working in the Year of our Lord 2017 should ever make such an admission, but the truth is the truth—Ben Harper’s music changed my life. When I showed up at Flagler …
Alt-Rock HEROES Wednesday, May 3
Bona fide survivors of the Nirvana-era, alt-rock boom, since 1992 L.A. rockers Weezer have enjoyed a loyal following as they dig deep into their savvy catalog of tunes that touch on pop punk, power …
Single LETTER Beacon Wednesday, May 10
Forty years ago, three ex-pats born and raised east of the Mississippi—Baltimore’s John “Doe” Duchac, Tallahassee’s Exene Cervenka and Illinois’ Tyson “Billy …
A Good REASON to be Alive Wednesday, March 29
In this volatile Trump-dominated world, virtually all artists have become activists and antagonism is common creative currency. But what of those sonic experimentalists who’ve always made …
Loosely RAPPED Wednesday, April 5
Orlando-based hip-hop artist MidaZ the Beast keeps it on a progressive tip, adept on blending cerebral songwriting, tripped-out production and a strong, word delivery. Check out his “Graduation …
VICTORY Lap Wednesday, May 24
There's no more appropriate place on the planet for Tedeschi Trucks Band’s potent mix of swampy blues, soulful funk and sizzling Southern rock than Jacksonville. Derek Trucks was raised here …
Making DREAMS Reality Wednesday, May 24
In today's disjointed, digital-driven music world, what denotes true success? Does it come when a band christens and then dominates its own singular genre, with nary a real pretender to its throne? …