Barbara Blue, From the Shoals (Earwig Music Company/Big Blue … – OffBeat Magazine

Barbara Blue, a blues and soul singer from Pittsburgh who performed on Beale Street in Memphis for nearly 25 years, recorded From the Shoals at Nutthouse Studios in Sheffield, Alabama. The album’s recording location explains its title, a reference to Muscle Shoals and the Alabama locale where many soul music classics were recorded in the ’60s and ’70s.
From the Shoals gets a powerful start with “The Shoals.” An original song co-written by Blue, it namechecks great singers who recorded in the Muscle Shoals area. Funky, soulful and brassy, the song serves its singer well, spotlighting her formidable voice. But the similarly vibrant remake of the Etta James’ 1968 hit, “Tell Mama,” and a warm rendition of another hit from Muscle Shoals, Jimmy Hughes’ country-soul ballad, “Steal Away,” are the only other songs on the 13-track From the Shoals that effectively showcase Blue and her session musicians. The latter include drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, bassist David Hood, organist Clayton Ivy and guitarist Will McFarlane, all storied musicians.
In the wake of “The Shoals,” “Tell Mama” and “Steal Away,” the remainder of From the Shoals is a bait and switch. Mostly atmospheric, heavy ballads, the other songs are co-written by Blue with either pianist Mark Narmore or guitarist Davor Hacic. Their songwriting skews to the ordinary. And Blue’s voice, undeniably strong though it is, can stray off pitch. From the Shoals has more misses than bullseyes.

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New Bootleg Series Installment Maps The Long Road To Dylan’s Resurrection – Rolling Stone

By David Browne
Most editions of Bob Dylan’s three-decades-and-running Bootleg Series focus on a particular phase of his career, but a few have zoomed in on the making of an especially hallowed record. As its title makes clear, that’s the case with Fragments—Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997), the 17th volume in the series. That one album is blown out into a five-disc package, which includes two full sets of unissued outtakes and another of live recordings from the Dylan-comes-alive tours that followed in the record’s wake.
As much as that sounds like overkill, Time Out of Mind deserves the under-the-microscope treatment, not merely because it copped an album-of-the-year Grammy (along with two others) in 1998. Even as it revealed a Dylan with an increasingly charred voice, the moody, dark-night-of-the-Bob record marked a reboot of his music after two albums of acoustic folk covers. This was his strongest set of songs since 1989’s Oh Mercy, and the sound of the album, aided greatly by producer Daniel Lanois, made you feel as if you were listening to Dylan and his musicians working their way through the history of American music in a deserted and very smoky roadhouse. It’s a sound and sensibility he’s adhered to ever since.

As Fragments chronicles, arriving at that point was far from effortless. The heart of the package are those vault outtakes, which reveal how the songs mutated and developed over the course of a year. In its early stages, Time Out of Mind could have been a far more conventional record. Next to the version that eventually emerged on the 2008 bootleg series set Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006, an early, almost unplugged take of “Red River Shore” wouldn’t have felt out of place on the soundtrack of a western, and “Love Sick”—brooding set to music in its final version—originally had a bit more of a bump and grind to it. Other early takes, like a “Dirt Road Blues” that sounds like a jam in a junkyard, feel even looser and goosier than the released takes, and a preliminary “Mississippi” is less like the stately version that made Love & Theft and more like a frisky Planet Waves outtake.

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But as the sessions moved to a new location, Dylan, along with Lanois and the various musicians brought in, seemed to realize that the songs merited something deeper, darker and more appropriate for the fiftysometing Dylan. That’s especially apparent in “’Til I Fell in Love with You”: An early take, which features a yelpy, somewhat more limber-voiced Dylan, gives way to a later version closer to the skulking one we’re familiar with. Dylan was also wise to discard a musically jauntier take on “Not Dark Yet” for the slower, crawly version on Time Out of Mind.
Fragments also features a remix of the original album (which wipes away some of the original’s sonic gloom), a disc of outtakes that have already been released, and those live cuts, which also demonstrate how musically reborn Dylan was feeling at the time. (Along with his acclaimed album, Dylan had also just recovered from a heart-related health scare). Living up to the title of the whole series, those concert tapes often sound like bootlegs; here and there, you can hear people in the audience commenting as the songs start up and end. But as with the developmental versions of the Time Out of Mind material, those tapes, with their increasingly aggressive and lively incorporation of jump blues and swing, were the blueprint of Dylan’s own resurrection—one that continues a quarter century later.

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Dave Rowntree‘s 'Radio Songs' is eclectic and excellent – Goldmine Magazine

DAVE ROWNTREE
RADIO SONGS
Cooking Vinyl (CD, LP)
★★★★
By John Curley
Dave Rowntree, best known as the drummer in the English band Blur, is something of a renaissance man. In addition to his duties in Blur, Rowntree has been a lawyer, soundtrack composer, pilot, animator and a county councilor for the U.K.’s Labour Party. One thing that he hadn’t done until now is release a solo album. The result, Radio Songs, is a wonderfully eclectic mix of atmospheric songs designed to exemplify the different types of songs that a listener hears while tuning in different radio stations. Static weaves in and out of songs to provide the radio tuning feel.
Opening track “Devil’s Island” is about the danger of viewing the past through rose-colored glasses. It has an off-kilter opening that features a chorus of children’s voices. When Rowntree’s vocal kicks in, it is accompanied by a dreamlike female backing vocal. It’s quite atmospheric and trippy. “Downtown” is a critique of the present-day post-Brexit U.K. It’s melancholy and concludes with the lyrics “There’s nothing to say / Move on.”
“London Bridge,” one of the album’s standout tracks, sounds like it could be a New Order song. It’s got heavy bass, synths and a slightly distorted vocal by Rowntree. The difficulty of maintaining a relationship while living the life of a traveling musician is the subject of “1000 Miles.” It’s a slower, bluesy, moody song. Rowntree’s vocals on the track are solid throughout and he closes the song by declaring “Love makes us vulnerable.”
Dave Rowntree (Photo by Paul Postle)
“HK” and “Tape Measure” seem like sister songs in a way. The former uses very brief clips of a sensual female voice scattered here and there throughout the song, with the longest of those clips stating, “Sensation of love.” Apart from those clips, it’s a moody instrumental. It is somewhat reminiscent of Massive Attack’s “Paradise Circus.” The latter also uses short clips of a woman’s voice and has a similar feel to it. But there is a lead vocal on the song featuring Rowntree trading off with a female singer.
“Machines Like Me” is a synth-driven track that brings to mind Gary Numan’s landmark album The Pleasure Principle. It uses a distorted female vocal in the spaces between Rowntree’s lead vocal. “Black Sheep,” another album highlight, makes very effective and quite beautiful use of the strings. “Volcano” is highlighted by its distorted lead vocal by Rowntree. Closing track “Who’s Asking” is a nice instrumental that has a classical music feel to it.
Rowntree is already planning a follow-up album, and he would like to perform the tunes on Radio Songs live.
The music video for “Devil’s Island” can be viewed below:
The music video for “London Bridge” can be viewed below:
The official visualizer for “HK” can be seen below:
The music video for “Tape Measure” can be viewed below:
Rowntree and his bandmates in Blur will reconvene this summer for large-scale concerts throughout Europe, including back-to-back shows at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 8th and 9th. Concert dates and locations as well as ticket-purchase links for the shows can be found in the Tour section of Blur’s official Web site at https://www.blur.co.uk/.
  
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John Curley is a Contributing Editor at Goldmine, writing album, book and DVD reviews, the occasional feature and contributing to 10 Albums That Changed My Life for the print magazine as well as writing live reviews, features and posts for the UK music blog Sounds From Across The Pond for Goldmine’s Web site.

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Fall Out Boy Release New Song 'Heartbreak Feels So Good' from … – Broadway World

GRAMMY Award-nominated and multi-platinum selling rock band Fall Out Boy are offering another glimpse into their highly anticipated new album So Much (For) Stardust with the drop of a brand new song “Heartbreak Feels So Good” – listen everywhere now and watch the music video below.
Tonight, the band will return to Chicago to play a sold-out show at Metro. The show sold out within hours of its announcement on Monday morning.
The release of “Heartbreak Feels So Good” follows Fall Out Boy’s announcement last week that their eighth studio album So Much (For) Stardust will arrive March 24, 2023 on Fueled By Ramen/Elektra/DCD2 Records. The record was produced by Neal Avron. Pre-order So Much (For) Stardust here.
In tandem with the album announcement, the band released the record’s first single “Love From The Other Side,” immediately setting off a global wave of unprecedented excitement and chatter from fans worldwide that shows no signs of slowing. Consequence hailed that the track “pushes guitars back to the forefront, while demonstrating the band hasn’t lost any of their flair for the dramatic.”
The band performed the broadcast debut of “Love From The Other Side” the night of its release on Jimmy Kimmel Live! – watch here. On January 31, the band will return to the show to perform the broadcast debut of “Heartbreak Feels So Good.” Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC at 11:35/10:35c, and is available next day on Hulu.
Anticipation for the So Much (For) Stardust started brewing last November, after a mysterious ad appeared in the Chicago Tribune and continued building with multiple teaser sites in December, the latter of which featured a clay animation video titled “A Claymation Fall Out Boy Celebration” on Christmas that included a quick audio preview of “Love From The Other Side” for eagle-eared fans.
On January 11, the band officially revealed the single’s release date just days before they took the stage at the 2023 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO on January 14 in Los Angeles, CA.
So Much (For) Stardust is Fall Out Boy’s first new studio album since 2018’s M A N I A, which garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Album and marked their third consecutive and fourth overall #1 album.
Most recently, Fall Out Boy embarked on THE HELLA MEGA TOUR in July 2021 alongside Green Day & Weezer, playing live in front of over 1 million fans on a sold-out global stadium tour. The U.S. leg included numerous sold out stadium gigs – including renowned venues like Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.
Critical and fan acclaim poured in, with USA Today hailing it “the most stacked line-up of any rock tour in 2021,” Billboard noting that each night was “serving up a buffet of hits in front of one of the largest concert crowds,” and Rolling Stone calling it “wildly entertaining.” The tour was nominated for both Major Tour of the Year and Best Rock Tour at the Pollstar Awards in 2021. The international leg of the tour took place throughout the summer of 2022.

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Fall Out Boy have cemented their position as one of rock music’s biggest-selling bands. In January 2023, Fall Out Boy announced that their eighth studio album So Much (For) Stardust will be released March 24, 2023 on Fueled By Ramen/Elektra. The album marks the band’s first new album in more than five years.
In July 2021, Fall Out Boy embarked on THE HELLA MEGA TOUR alongside Green Day & Weezer, playing live in front of over 1 million fans on a sold-out global stadium tour and marking the first time the three bands had headed out on the road together. The U.S. leg included numerous sold out stadium gigs – including renowned venues like Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.
Critical and fan acclaim poured in, with USA Today hailing it “the most stacked line-up of any rock tour in 2021,” Billboard noting that each night was “serving up a buffet of hits in front of one of the largest concert crowds,” and Rolling Stone calling it “wildly entertaining.” The tour was nominated for both Major Tour of the Year and Best Rock Tour at the Pollstar Awards in 2021.
The international leg of the tour took place throughout the summer of 2022. Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album M A N I A debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in January 2018 and garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Album. The record marked the band’s third consecutive and fourth overall #1 album respectively and featured the global smash “The Last of the Real Ones.
In 2015, Fall Out Boy released their platinum, sixth studio album AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #1 on iTunes in more than 22 countries upon its January 2015 release. The album’s first two singles “Centuries” and “Uma Thurman” have been RIAA-certified 4x and 2x platinum, respectively.
AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO followed the GRAMMY-nominated band’s gold-certified album SAVE ROCK AND ROLL, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on iTunes in 27 countries upon its April 2012 release and features the multiplatinum hit “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” and hit “Alone Together.”
SAVE ROCK AND ROLL was the band’s second #1 debut; Platinum selling “Infinity On High” topped the chart in 2007 which followed multi-platinum breakthrough album “From Under The Cork Tree” released in 2005.
They were most recently nominated for a 2019 MTV Video Music Award for BEST ROCK VIDEO (“Bishops Knife Trick”) and have won FAVORITE ARTIST: ALTERNATIVE ROCK at the 2015 American Music Awards, BEST ROCK VIDEO at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and BEST ALTERNATIVE BAND at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards.
Fall Out Boy has also written the song “Immortals,” featured in the Oscar®-nominated Disney hit movie Big Hero 6, which topped the box office upon its November 2014 release and has already surpassed $222 million at the domestic U.S. box office and topped $650 million globally.
Hailing from Chicago, Fall Out Boy-Patrick Stump (vocals/guitar), Pete Wentz (bass), Joe Trohman (guitar) and Andy Hurley (drums)-has appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone and other prestigious publications.
They have performed on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America and many more.
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Sanctuary Showdown music competition is back starting Sunday – Montgomery Advertiser

For original music artists looking for a cool place to play — plus a shot at cash and recording time — the return of a major opportunity is this weekend in Montgomery.
Yes, the Sanctuary Showdown is back at The Sanctuary, 432 S. Goldthwaite St. Sunday from 4-7 p.m. is the first of three monthly qualifying rounds to make it to the finals in April. It’s open genre, so perform what you want, as long as it’s yours. If you don’t make it into this Sunday’s lineup, don’t worry. They have rounds on Feb. 19 and March 19, before the final show in April.
For audience members, it’s pretty simple. Just show up and have fun. It’s an all-ages show, and it’s free to get in. Plus, you get to vote for your favorite acts to push them toward the finals.
Along with the music, they’ve also got treats:
Sanctuary Showdown began in 2019, and saw its first winner in Nashville singer-songwriter Kegan Ferrell — who would go on to compete in season 20 of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Thomas Bowers of Montgomery, frontman for “Sea of Fog,” won in 2020. He used his prize money toward a full length record, which is currently being mixed and mastered, and is expected sometime later this year.
Artists will be allowed to vote in this competition, but can’t vote for themselves.
Audience members will also be voting. If they really want their votes to count, they should stay for all the performances for the opportunity to double them.
So you want a shot at cash and recording time from Technical Earth Recorders?
Sign up online at https://my.cheddarup.com/c/the-sanctuary. There’s a $5 refundable deposit to save your act’s spot in the showdown.
The competition is original music only, and artists each have 15 minutes to do between one and three songs. You must check in at The Sanctuary at least a half hour before your performance time.
The link for signing up for Sunday’s showcase is still active, so you might be able to squeeze in. There may also be a sign up sheet on site Sunday if spots are available.
For more information, call 334-245-4546.
Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel covers things to do in the River Region. Contact him at sheupel@gannett.com

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