rock

Before there was Elvis, there was Big Mama Thornton. Before there was Jerry Lee Lewis, there was Big Maybelle. And before there was The Sonics, there was Richard Berry and the Pharaohs. For tonight's program, we take a look (and a listen) at the distinctively black origins of Rock 'n' Roll - from the genres that it developed from like gospel and jump blues, to the early and lesser known black pioneers of the uptempo, fast paced sound that we know know as rock music.

An illustration by Stephen Gammell from "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"

It's a couple days before Halloween, but why not start getting into the mood? Tonight's show is a collection of various dark-themed tracks - find something for your Halloween party or to play in the back while you pass out candy to all the eager trick-or-treaters.

Is there a filmmaker with better soundtracks than Quentin Tarantino? As his new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is set to release tomorrow, we take a look back at the whole of his repertoire to showcase some of the best tunes from Tarantino's flicks.

Sometimes the most powerful form of protest is music. In light of protests here in Hawaii, as well in places like Hong Kong, Puerto Rico and generally all over our tumultuous world, we'll be taking a look at protest in song - spanning genres, generations and social causes.

For tonight's Bridging the Gap, Harrison Patino explores some of the most exciting new releases in indie, folk, world, punk and much more. All new music from across the musical spectrum.

Michael McGrath
Michael McGrath

Sometimes keeping up with music, especially rock and roll with all it's different genres and history can be a little like pushing Sisyphus' rock up the hill.  Simply because there's always so much being released, and one really has to wade through a lot of rubbish and judgement to get to the good stuff. But once in a while it's nice to take a break from the norm and do a rock show.  Hopefully it's as refreshing as it's heavy.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

When legendary promoter, Tom Moffatt, passed last month, eyes turned to the team at Bamp Project as the most likely successors in the very important task of booking Hawai‘i’s entertainment offerings.  If that’s the case, the guys at Bamp say they have several decades ahead to prove themselves.  Meanwhile, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there’s quality and diversity so far in the 2017 line up.

Darrah of Yozamusic

Change is a constant in Hawai’i’s music scene, with artists coming up the ranks, moving here, or taking off to possibly greener pastures.   At Yoza’s recent CD release party, it was a mix of all the above,  featuring some of Honolulu’s best bands.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Yoza will perform tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 28th, at Amuse wine bar.  Find out more:  

http://www.yozamusic.com/about/

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