In a Facebook post by his friend Bootsy Collins, it was announced that soul legend Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with Stage 1 colon cancer.
“”He Wanted You All to Know That He Loves You & Thxs for the Prayers,” says Collins. “Docs Says He Is In 1st Stage of Colon Cancer, He is Very Up Beat About His Future, we laughed & joked before we hung up. Thxs Funkateers, we will get him Back on the One!” This was following a previous post revealing that the singer had been hospitalized for pneumonia.
Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and recently announced the release of his first studio album in 13 years. The record, entitled The Bravest Man In The Universe, is set for release on June 12.
When they first come on stage, it is easy to mistake Dry the River‘s aloofness for detachment rather than focus. Lead singer Peter Liddle steps onto the stage first, silent and grungy in the DIY haircut he says makes him look like something out of Monty Python, and the rest of the band stands silent with him. But as soon as they begin to play, they leave no doubt as to the intensity behind their music. Their resonating harmonies capture you immediately in songs such as “Shaker Hymns,” “Bible Belt,” and “Weights and Measures,” while still managing to get the crowd excited with heavier, more upbeat songs like their finale, “Lion’s Den.” Their banter, with each other and with the crowd, grows lighter and more natural as the set goes on. If you can catch them live, Dry The River is sure to surprise and excite you, their easy-going flow bringing you back to the days of basement shows and garage bands.
After a short intermission, headliners Bowerbirds stepped onto the stage, and already there was a sense of something organic about them. Acoustic guitars, cellos, violins and accordions in hand, their sound was not unlike the rolling ballads of old, faraway lands. Like their music, their interaction with the audience was mellow and simple. But what was perhaps most striking about their set was the sense of wonder -in both melodies and lyrics- that singer Phillip Moore communicates through his voice. The accordion in particular gives them a fuller sound, and still does not diminish the airy nature of their songs. For longtime fans of the band, the evolution of their sound has certainly become evident, as they chose to play from their insightful, emotional new album, The Clearing.
Both bands reeled the crowd in with the sheer power of their music. In a business where first impressions are often everything, these bands manage to confound expectations and put on a great show. We hope to hear from them more in the future.
Like Lupe Fiasco, Billa Camp hails from Chi-Town, loves skateboard culture and is an exemplar of alternative hip hop. And here’s another similarity”both appeared in the video for Fiasco’s song Kick, Push.” Still, Camp’s got his own thing going on, like an encyclopedic knowledge of rock, for starters. On Grateful Dread, the rapper name checks dozens of artists, starting with Sublime, Radiohead and Nirvana before moving onto Talking Heads, MC5 and Flaming Lips. Even Phish gets a shout-out on the hypnotic track, which combines lashes of cymbals and droning textures that sound like a deviant version of Aphex Twin’s Windowlicker. Stylistically, Camp’s music runs the gamut”from surf guitars on California to a crackling samples of the 1950s hit Why Don’t You Believe Me on Show Time to the banging Beat Street with its hefty dose of Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa. You don’t know where you’re going when you put on a Billa Camp track, but you can be sure you’re gonna have a good time.
Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, Where are they now? You may not know it, but many artists you’ve loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more. Fortunately, you now have Second Coming to reintroduce some of your favorite acts of the last few decades and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future.
THEN: Husband-and-wife blues/garage rock duo The White Stripes made their debut in 1997. With Jack White on guitar and vocals and Meg White on drums, the band became well-known for their lo-fi aesthetic and strange tendency to tell the media they were brother and sister (actually, Jack took Meg’s last name when they married). The White Stripes had a few indie releases around the turn of the century, but it was 2001’s White Blood Cells that brought them into the alt rock limelight. Though the couple divorced in 2000, the band continued on, a decision that would turn out to have some pretty awesome results. With hits like “Fell In Love With A Girl” “Seven Nation Army” and “Icky Thump,” The White Stripes quickly became one of the most prominent alternative bands of the early 2000’s. Jack also became involved in successful side project The Raconteurs, whose song “Steady, As She Goes” was a smash hit, and was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2007. Additionally, he was tapped to produce and perform on Loretta Lynn’s album, Van Lear Rose. The album proved to be the most successful crossover record of Lynn’s career.