Last week Marley, the new Bob Marley documentary hit the screens in many countries. Naturally, the official release date was 4/20. The film is terrific and I have a small role in finally telling the reggae legend's story on film.
If 4/20 is the international day for celebrating marijuana, songs by Bob Marley and the Wailers would be the day's equivalent of carols on Christmas. But Marley was much more than a pot smoker and a purveyor of music for barbecues and pool parties.
Despite all the controversy fueled by the Grammys' elimination of categories largely received by people of color, there are a couple reasons why we can't be fully mad at the biggest award show in the music industry.
So I walk into the studio, and suddenly I'm in the presence of a rock god. Joe Perry is sitting on a big black leather sofa, casually strumming a sweet Guild for a blazing new cover of "Man of Peace" -- one of Bob Dylan's babies Chimes of Freedom.
Tom Morello: The Watchman features an intimate conversation with Morello about the "high-wire act" of embarking on a solo career, the impetus behind his storied musical career and how his definition of "heavy music" has changed over the years.
Beat the heat with a blast of Brit-rock cool, reggae rhythms, and air-conditioned vocal bliss. This week's releases cover the four corners of the musical world, traveling from heavy metal blues-rock to serious blue-haired schmaltz.