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V.22 No.31 | 8/1/2013
Willis Earl Beal, photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images
Willis Earl Beal, photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images

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Sound the Alarm: Willis Earl Beal still has juice

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Willis Earl Beal - “Too Dry To Cry”
I heard of Willis Earl Beal late … at least later than all of the indie/hipster music blogs that cause artists to catch on like a quick flame and spread their ashes into the atmosphere before anyone had a chance to know what was coming. It's a very ADD complex with music. Nothing gets a chance to settle, to simmer, to fully sink in … but Beal is separate from all of that. First of all, he doesn't really have an online presence, so the only thing people had to work with was his first album of experimental bedroom recordings, Acousmatic Sorcery. For those who have cable, you might have seen him on “The X Factor.”

But Beal is weird. His interviews boast a vagabond background mixed with rock star arrogance—because he doesn't bullshit. He knows who he is, and he truly doesn't care what anyone thinks, as long as he has room to make music at his own pace. Give the man some room so he can make magic happen. He recently shared a new track from his upcoming record Nobody knows. That song, titled “Too Dry to Cry,” showcases his poignant and forthright lyrics as well as his soulful, ridiculously good vocals. Seriously, this dude has the ferocious authenticity of Robert Johnson with an affinity for slowly slithering into your eardrum like Otis Redding.

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Willis Earl Beal - “Evening’s Kiss” on “Later ... with Jools Holland”

Comparisons aside, the guy is prolific. If you haven't seen his performance on “Later … with Jools Holland,” watch it immediately. If it doesn't bring a minor tear to your eye, there's no humanity left in you; all that's left is a shell, a flicker of what used to be a vibrant example of humanity. Okay, I'm being a little dramatic, but it's that good. If his new track is anything to go by, we can expect some great things from his new record. Nobody knows. hits stores September 10. So keep an eye and ear out.

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V.22 No.22 | 5/30/2013
Alice Cooper
Ross Halfin
Alice Cooper

Music

“You are worthy.”

Hearing the words referenced in the title of this blog from the legendary Alice Cooper may have done more for my self esteem than intensive psychotherapy ever could. See the Godfather of Shock Rock—along with some fellow named Marilyn Manson—in Burque this weekend, and read our uncut interview with the man, the myth, the “Cooper woman” in Infinitely More Mr. Nice Guy. Stream my favorite song from one of my favorite Alice Cooper albums, From the Inside, below. Isleta Amphitheater • Masters of Madness Tour • Alice Cooper • Marilyn Manson • Sat June 1 • 7 p.m. • $25-$112 • alicecooper.com

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Alice Cooper - “For Veronica’s Sake”

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Infinitely More Mr. Nice Guy

Alice Cooper talks Hollywood Vampires, God, golf and Marilyn Manson

We’re not worthy, but Alice Cooper graced us with some effervescent conversation anyway.
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