Fifty-four-year-old guitarist, bandleader and lead singer, Warren Haynes, can be described as a ‘rockaholic’. Haynes fronts his own southern blues-rock band, Gov’t Mule; he played lead guitar and sang for The Allman Brothers Band (in two stints: from 1989 to 1997; and again from 2000 to 2014 when the band retired); he regularly plays with a host of other bands, including Phil Lesh and Friends, The Dead (which is a vestige of the original Grateful Dead), and The Derek Trucks Band; besides, he also records and performs solo. Read more

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At the fag end of 2014, came a musical blast from nearly 50 years ago. If you’ve been a Bob Dylan fan then you’d probably know of his sessions with a bunch of musicians who later came to be known simply as The Band. Those sessions in 1967 were recorded mainly in the basement of a house nicknamed the Big Pink in a small town called Saugerties, not far from Woodstock, in upstate New York. Read more

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It’s almost the middle of December and a good time to take a look back at the albums of 2014 that caught the ear – the ones that spun around on my playlist for longer than just a casual listen. Here are six.

First up, Annie Clark’s fifth album, simply titled St. Vincent, which also is the name under which she records and plays. The art-rock exponent’s latest has 11 tracks, several of them with the potential of becoming ear-worms. Read more

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Earlier this month, while listening to Pink Floyd’s new (and, probably, final) album, Endless River, I realised wistfully how long it has been since I last heard the albums by that iconic British band who were the pioneers of a genre that got named progressive rock. Read more

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My newest discovery of a bluesman is a 34-year-old harmonica player and singer who has been creating ripples—some of it still subterranean—in California’s Bay Area but whose story began in Mumbai. Aki (full name: Akarsha) Kumar was born in Mumbai and moved to the US only in 1998 when he was 18, ostensibly to study like thousands of Indian students do. Read more

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I’m not sure how I missed out on Luna during the band’s heyday in the early 1990s. Of course, discovering new music wasn’t easy then.

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If I were to say that Let It Be is an album you’ve probably never heard, I’d instantly be the recipient of tons of bricks and a good measure of ridicule. Who hasn’t heard Let It Be, the last studio album released in 1970 by The Beatles after the legendary band decided to break up? Read more
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In Jon Favreau’s enjoyable new film, Chef, Favreau is the writer, lead actor and director all rolled in one. The film is about a reputed chef in an LA restaurant who loses his job after he falls out with his boss, the owner of the restaurant, and after an ugly confrontation – on Twitter and also in person – with a renowned newspaper’s food critic.
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Benjamin Booker, the sensational new singer whose self-titled debut album of 12 songs was released last month, has such a whiskey-marinated and vintage-sounding voice that you’d never for a moment guess that he’s barely in his mid-twenties.

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Metal is not my usual go-to musical genre. I find most head-banging musical styles repetitive, unnecessarily loud and even headache inducing. Yet, that door is not firmly shut to me.

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