The Story of Sonny Boy Slim and his upcoming new album is fused with hard rock and hip-hop and delivered with a controlled raw power that’s heavier than grunge without devolving into cheesy metal. Also Monday, Nov. 12; Wednesday, Nov. 14; and Thursday, Nov. 15.
By now, it should be clear that Gary Clark Jr. is more than just a bluesman. The native of Austin, Texas, can play circles around most other modern blues guitarists. Unlike so many technicians, though, Clark doesn’t only dazzle with speed or resort to reverential mimicry; instead, the notes pour out of his ax with a loud, dirty, palpable ferocity that punches you in the gut with a physical presence. He’s jammed and/or recorded with The Rolling Stones, ZZ Ward, Childish Gambino, Alicia Keys, Tech N9ne and even the gently innocuous Dave Matthews Band, but Clark is no sleepy revivalist. His own music on such recordings as