Jimi Hendrix

'Everybody knew who she was': Farewell to The Butter Queen, Dallas' most famous groupie

It has taken a tragedy to conjure the name of the forgotten semi-legend who lived, quietly, in our midst: Barbara Cope, known long ago as the …


Hear Jimi Hendrix cover Muddy Waters’ Mannish Boy

He recorded the track with Band Of Gypsys in April 1969<p>March 9 sees the release of <b>Jimi Hendrix</b>‘s Both Sides Of The Sky, the final volume in a trilogy …


Merriweather Season Expected to Resume as Planned Despite Roof Collapse

Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission talks resilience of the legendary venue.


Vintage Vault: 1965 Guyatone LG-130T

A Bakelite-topped Japanese 6-string from a brand that charmed Cooder and Hendrix.


Jimi Hendrix’s Previously Unreleased Cover Of Muddy Waters’ Classic ‘Mannish Boy’ Is A Psychedelic Wonder

Though Jimi Hendrix only got 27 years on this Earth to create music, and only really spent four of them in the studio cooking up new compositions and freaky covers, he managed to pack a lifetime’s worth of material into that short space of time. On March 9th, the guitarist’s estate plans on …


The Welshman who's just been named the best new guitarist in the world

He's the unknown musician who first picked up a guitar as a teenager and has gone on to play on stage alongside his idol in front of thousands of …

News (Wales)

10 new reissues to add to your collection in early 2018

<b>Your essential guide to the year’s best new reissues.</b><p>While January tends to be filled with promises to embrace the future, look towards new horizons …

Vinyl Records

AudioStretch slows down songs and videos to make learning music easier

AudioStretch is a “music transcription tool.” It’s a universal iOS app that slows down music, and/or changes its pitch, so you can learn to play songs. We’ve covered another of these, Capo Touch, before on <i>Cult of Mac</i>, but AudioStretch is both easier to use, and — in a recent update — added the …


How the Art & Culture app went from dormant to viral: 4 lessons

It was a Google app that no one used—until they could take a selfie with it.Although Google launched the app in 2016, it hadn’t received much …


Can You Ever Love Jimi Hendrix Too Much? The Theater of Music Geekdom

Two plays, about the rock critic Lester Bangs, and about Jimi Hendrix, are brilliant for fans—but as pieces of theater labor under too much reverence …

Spike Lee

The Isleys are all about brotherhood — theirs and ours

True story, according to Ernie Isley: He’s been in hotel elevators that have stopped at floors where wedding receptions are being held, and he’ll …


Artist To Watch: Haley Heynderickx

To write "Untitled God Song," Haley Heynderickx had to get away from God's creation. "I was living with a friend and very self-conscious because we …

Nirvana, Aerosmith, Queen Recordings + More to Enter Grammy Hall

Here we are now, entertain us ... and for over two decades now Nirvana's <i>Nevermind</i> album has entertained us. The iconic, game-changing album from the …

Soul Music

Mixing Rap And Politics, MSNBC's Ari Melber Produces A Hit

On October 11, MSNBC host Ari Melber welcomed a guest on his show, <i>The Beat</i>, who was quite a bit different from the Washington insiders or law professors that cable news shows typically call upon. That guest was Joseph Antonio Cartagena—more commonly known as Fat Joe—and he discussed Eminem’s recent …

Bill Kristol

Stars believe what?

From alien abductions to leprechauns and Bigfoot, here are some of the strangest celebrity theories out there.


Bootsy Collins: “All this happened for real. You couldn’t make nothing like that up...”

<b>If you play any form of funk bass, you owe Bootsy Collins - the legend who’s played with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, like you didn’t know</b> …

Bass Guitar

50 years later, nearly-forgotten all-girl 'Summer of Love' band cuts their first album

Over fifty years ago, an all-female rock band based out of San Francisco played to "Summer of Love" crowds. The popularity of Ace of Cups grew …


Parakeets have landed in Bristol and they are thriving

Bright green parakeets have settled in Bristol – and it looks like they could be here to stay.<p>The tropical bird, which is officially the UK’s only …


Let Our Staff Tell You What To Buy In The VMP Store This Month

Every month, we ask a couple members of our staff to recommend a few items we’re carrying in our online store. Think of it like the Staff Picks …

Vinyl Records

Robert Plant to headline Bearded Theory Festival 2018

Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters have been unveiled as the headliners of Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering Festival.

Robert Plant

Here's Five Ways Artists Honored Martin Luther King, Jr.

William Ketchum III chronicles the different events in music history where artists placed themselves on a limb to honor the life + memory of Dr. …

Black History

Joe Satriani, then and now: Guitar star revisits questions from 1996 interview

Consistency has long been a hallmark for Joe Satriani.<p>A veteran solo artist and former member of Deep Purple and the Greg Kihn Band, he is one of the …


JOE SATRIANI Says 'G3' Tour Was Created Because 'Success Had Isolated' Him From Everybody

Guitar virtuoso <b>Joe Satriani</b> says his long-running <b>"G3"</b> tour was created because success had isolated him from his fellow musicians. The tour, which …


W. Kamau Bell picks a ‘Playlist’ for Oakland Symphony concert

W. Kamau Bell never expected to be sitting in with a symphony orchestra.<p>Yet Friday night at the Paramount Theatre, he’ll be center stage with the …


Ultraviolet: the make-up colour of the future

Chuck away those dull greys and moody charcoals, the hue we will soon be applying to our faces is purple<p>So, every year, the Pantone Colour Institute chooses a colour that symbolises the cultural mood, and this year it’s ultra violet. Ultra violet, as in Jimi Hendrix and Prince, and the endless …


Janis Joplin: the singer who screamed a very American pain

With her raw, anguished voice, Joplin – who would have been 75 this month – was a hippy icon. But on Piece of My Heart she became something darker still<p>When did pop first show that it had the capacity to feel bad? Not bad in the sense of feeling blue or worried or cross or <i>cray</i>-zee, or bothered by …

Women's News

Eric Clapton after his son's tragic death: 'I tried to heal myself'

He was left distraught when his four-year-old son Conor fell to his death from the 53rd floor of a New York skyscraper in a horrific freak accident …

Eric Clapton

Joe Satriani calls G3 Tour a 'mutual celebration of electric guitar' with Def Leppard, Dream Theater guitarists

Joe Satriani and Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen talk about the G3 Tour, on which they're joined by Dream Theatre's John Petrucci.


Eric Clapton ‘disgusted’ by past racist outburst

Eric Clapton has confessed he is still “disgusted” at himself for shouting racist and fascist slogans on stage at a 1976 concert.<p>More than 40 years …

Eric Clapton

Bass Transcription: Andy Fraser’s Bass Line on “Mr. Big” by Free

<i>This is the seventh in a series of transcriptions of the work of unsung British bassists, as prompted by conversations on the No Treble Facebook</i> …