Noah Love: We need more artists like Jack White and Morrissey. No, not temperamental megalomaniacs prone to having tantrums on stage every now and then. I’m talking about solo artists who embrace their entire catalog. Stephen Malkmus drives me crazy in this respect. His refusal to include Pavement songs in his solo sets is nonsensical at this point. If he’s willing to tour with Pavement, he obviously still holds some affinity with the music, so why not? Conversely, Morrissey drops numerous Smiths songs into his sets. And Jack White? Well, he has/had three bands and one solo record, and on Wednesday at the Sony Centre, songs from each and every one took a whirl in the spotlight. [Photos by David Leyes Photographer]
It’s hard to overstate the nine-time Grammy winner’s importance on the past decade of music and culture, but The White Stripes helped usher in the popular look and feel of indie garage rock that introduced everyone from Michel Gondry to The Black Keys. White, famous for his minimalist aesthetic, falsetto and love of the blues, is finally releasing an album under his own name April 24. The new disc is called Blunderbuss and White has invited media from all over the world into his lair to catch an exclusive performance and talk about how it was made. We were there!