Steve Earle and the Dukes Bring the Blues to Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios

John Peabody for the Village Voice
Steve Earle at Electric Lady Studios
WFUV (90.7 FM) treated a select group of Steve Earle fans to a super-intimate set February 25 at the historic Electric Lady Studios on West 8th Street. Earle, who said he came down with a cold shortly before the show, didn't show any signs of ailment whatsoever as he and his band the Dukes kicked through an hour-long set featuring songs from their new blues album, Terraplane.

Earle switched effortlessly from harmonica to mandolin to acoustic guitar and a wailing electric for the band's last songs of the night, which included a supreme version of "Hey Joe," an obvious ode to the original proprietor of the studio. Jimi Hendrix commissioned the psychedelic mural on the back wall, Earle told the crowd, though sadly he wouldn't live long enough to see it completed or record much in the studio. "He went to play Isle of Wight and never came back," he said wistfully.

As for how Earle liked playing in the space?

"It's got ghosts in it," Earle said. "But I'm not opposed to that."

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100 & Single: Three Rules To Define The Term "One-Hit Wonder" In 2012

You could hear the sigh of relief among pop fans a couple of weeks ago, when Carly Rae Jepsen's single with Owl City, "Good Time," broke into the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100.

In his weekly chart roundup, veteran columnist Paul Grein remarked, "'Good Time' is an appropriately positive title for a song that guarantees that neither act can (fairly) be referred to as a one-hit wonder." (Emphasis mine.)

Hang on a sec: The week before it leapt to No. 9 on the big chart, "Good Time" was sitting at No. 13. What if it had gone no higher than that? Would it have been fair to call Jepsen, famed for the 2012 Song Of The Summer "Call Me Maybe," or Adam "Owl City" Young, owner of the 2009 bedroom-pop megahit "Fireflies," one-hit wonders? Didn't the rise of "Good Time" into the Top 20 already preclude that ignominy for both of them? Heck, didn't the one-hit wonder tag go away the minute the song appeared on the Hot 100 two months ago?

I know what some of you are thinking, though: C'mon... of course she's a one-hit wonder. She's always gonna be Ms. "Call Me Maybe."

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Live: The Roots, Living Colour, And Others Pay Tribute To Jimi Hendrix At SummerStage

Adam Macchia
SummerStage Honors the Music of Jimi Hendrix
Central Park SummerStage
Tuesday, June 5

Better than: Exercising, which is apparently what you're supposed to be doing in Central Park.

Hendrix was really into covers—his live sets were littered with songs by Cream ("Sunshine of Your Love"), Dylan ("Like a Rolling Stone"), the Beatles ("Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"), and Howlin' Wolf ("Killing Floor")—so it always feels in the spirit of the Experienced One to kick out his jams. On the other hand, it's a bit redundant to do Jimi; the man's influence as a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and fashion icon is still so widespread that everyone's already sort of performing Jimi all the time anyway. In any event, any event devoted to the music of James Marshall Hendrix is sure to at least be fun, and SummerStage Honors the Music of Jimi Hendrix, a Michael Dorf-produced fundraising gala to keep SummerStage's other shows free, was no exception.

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Ten Crucial Fourth Of July Jams, As Chosen By "Along The Watchtower" Author Constance Squires

Along The Watchtower, the debut novel by Constance Squires, is a story of an Army brat whose tumultuous upbringing was kept steady in part by her discovery of rock and roll. It's published Tuesday, and in honor of its impending release and the coming holiday—don't forget, Monday's America's birthday!—we asked her to select 10 songs that, were she to program the music for this country's celebratory pool parties and barbecues, she'd put on everyone's playlist.

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