As rap groups go, the Wu-Tang Clan family has included personalities that might charitably be described as “erratic”. 

Right now, as the band prepares the release of its latest record, A Better Tomorrow, you’ve got Raekwon declaring that he’s on strike because fellow Wu-Tang founder RZA is entirely out of touch with what’s going on in the trenches today. Talking to Rolling Stone in an interview posted today, Raekwon described RZA—who has carved out a career scoring Hollywood films—as follows: It’s like being a coach and you won rings back in the day, but now your team is in ninth place. It’s time for a new fucking game plan.”

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Caribbean-born American rapper Trinidad James at Venue. Aaron J. was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Trinidad James at Venue on April 16, 2014. Thanks Aaron.

What’s the capacity of the Rickshaw Theatre? Six-hundred-and-fifty, or so? That’s roughly how many horny people walked out after Goat’s performance in Vancouver last night (April 15). I hope the orgies commenced in all corners of the city.

Goat, if you don’t know, is a “collective” hailing from that noted centre of voodoo magic, northern Sweden. The music is a kind of afro-psyche hybrid if it was distilled through the roughest parts of Detroit in 1975 (ie. not northern Sweden). But more importantly, Goat is all goofy costumes and masks with the heaviest sex-cult vibe this side of Yahowha 13 and the Source Family. Only the music’s better, even if the set-opener “Goatman” (was it? I was drunk) came off more technically impressive than heat-inducing.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Montreal electrofunk duo Chromeo at the Commodore. RecordSlave was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Chromeo at the Commodore Ballroom on April 15, 2014. Thanks RecordSlave.

There's been a lot of rumour and speculation flying around the music world in the last few days regarding the status of legendary Aussie earbusters AC/DC.

Some media outlets were actually reporting the band's demise, claiming that rhythm-guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young had suffered a stroke recently and would never be able to perform again.

Then today the band made this announcement on its website and Facebook page:

After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the Paris-based electro-swing band Caravan Palace at the Commodore. Carolina Horna was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Caravan Palace at the Commodore Ballroom on April 14, 2014. Thanks Carolina.

Couldn't make it out last Saturday night? You missed the prog-metal quintet Dream Theater at the Queen Elizabeth. Psybrosis was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Dream Theater at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on April 12, 2014. Thanks Psybrosis.

During his sold-out gig at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver last night, Steve Miller talked about how he moved to Chicago as a young man and learned all he could about the blues jamming with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Buddy Guy.

That love of the blues came through loud and clear on his version of Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Further On Up the Road", although Miller himself wasn't the star of that show. His dancing-machine backup singer, Sonny Charles, took lead vocals on that number and made it clear that he was the one with the whole lotta soul in da house.

Any fan of the Drive-By Truckers is aware of how cool their merchandise is. A lot of it has to do with the southern-goth artistry of Wes Freed, whose work has long been a staple of the band's album covers, T-shirts, and posters.

I've got one proudly displayed in my home hallway, as a matter of fact.

But apart from offering some of the sweetest concert souvenirs on the planet, the Truckers also had one helluva guy selling those goodies to fans at shows. The group actually dedicated its new album, English Oceans—and the song "Grand Canyon" in particularto the memory of Craig Lieske, a longtime member of its touring family.

Twenty-five years ago today--on April 12, 1989--Steve Earle played the Pacific Coliseum, touring behind his new album Copperhead Road.

You bet your ass I was there. Here's my review.

 

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