"Valende" opens with a crackling acoustic number, and its second song is an all-out "Nuggets"-era rocker, complete with handclaps, a vintage keyboard and indefinable screeches. From here, Jennifer Gentle goes in a more atmospheric direction.
Amanda & the Marbles pulled critical praise for their 2002 album, "More Seduction," and fans dubbed their sound "neo new wave power pop punk." It's an accurate description for the dozen tracks comprising "Angels With Dirty Faces," particularly with the addition of keyboards that further flesh out the band's early-'80s roller-rink tunes.
The world of hip-hop lost Ol' Dirty Bastard last year, but it is certain that one of the genre's most outspoken voices won't soon be forgotten. To ensure that, ODB's mother, Cherry Jones, and his manager Jarred Weisfeld have launched JC Records.
Blues pianist Memphis Slim (aka John L. Chatman) was a fixture in the Chicago blues scene in the '40s and '50s (supplementing his music income by working as a bootlegger) before relocating to Paris in the early '60s.