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Let's wrap up our Caribbean adventure aboard Star Clipper with stops in Antigua, the rarely-visited Iles de Saintes and Guadeloupe. This particular itinerary is so packed with exciting destinations relatively close to each other that no "at sea" days are experienced
- Read the full Tall Ship Star Clipper Part 3: Antigua, Iles de Saintes and Guadeloupe Road Trip article
This live set presents music from Townsends back catalog so maybe youve heard it before but you have never seen it like this before. Townsend has his trademark ear-to-ear grin in place throughout the show and no doubt most viewers of this film will have the same. (4 stars)
- Read the full Devin Townsend - Retinal Circus review
The argument could be made that any Rolling Stones show is more an event than it is a mere concert but that is truly the case for this show filmed at Londons Hyde Park before 100,000 fans earlier this year. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Rolling Stones - Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live review
This film was shot in Melbourne, Australia earlier this year as Sabbath began a tour to support their not-yet-released 13 album. Four songs from the bestseller are played and the crowd roars for each of the previously unheard songs like they are longtime favorites (4 stars)
- Read the full Black Sabbath - Live: Gathered in Their Masses review
Normally when Star Clipper sails into a port she's the center of attention. But in the harbor at Gustavia, St. Barts she has a little eye candy competition as luxury yachts, albeit motorized ones, ring the city's marina.
- Read the full Sail Into Sunshine Aboard Tall Ship Star Clipper, Part 2: St. Barts Road Trip article
This time out we take a look at a few of the collectibles that Legacy Records will be releasing in conjunction with the Record Store Day Back to Black Friday 2013 event, occurring at independent record stores throughout the land on Friday, November 29.
- Read the full Black Friday: Jimi Hendrix- Cheap Trick- Uncle Tupelo review
Imagine the best elements of Springsteen and KISS mashed up and you would have Pinks 2013 world tour in support of The Truth About Love, Pink may thrive on being a commercial entity, but make no mistake, being an artist comes first.
- Read the full The Best of 2013: Pink Concert Review review
One of the most distinctive voices in rock music, Ellen Foley, has returned after a 30 year absence with an excellent new record 'About Time' and Morley recently spoke with Ellen about the new release and more.
- Read the full Ellen Foley MorleyView
Tony has seen Lauper in a wide variety of venues and shes never been anything less than spectacular, however, onstage at the Chicago Theatre for this anniversary, he can say without a doubt that shes never been better
- Read the full Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual 30th Anniversary Tour review
The calendar will tell you that this time of year is known as fall or autumn but for fun-loving adventurers the season is known as Caribbean, mon! It's starting to get chilly in North America but down in the islands the only thing getting frosty is a fruity rum cocktail with your name on it.
- Read the full Tall Ship 'Star Clipper' Part One: St. Maarten, Nevis, Dominica Road Trip article
Every aspect of the bands attack has been redefined and sharpened to the point of pure excellence, as this is definitely their best release and one of the finest of 2013. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full In Solitude - Sister review
Space rock fans in Phoenix were given a rare treat as Nik Turner, founding member of Hawkwind and now front man of Nik Turners Hawkwind played a show at small venue The Rhythm Room.
- Read the full Nick Turner's Hawkwind Live review
While there are plenty of interesting sounds here for those who just want to listen, Conscription is meant to get the listener moving their feet. Either way fans can enjoy Conscription in true Sexican style- just stick on the free mustache that comes with the record.
- Read the full The Sexican - Conscription review
For this latest edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki tells about some new rock album releases including Cinderella frontman Tom Keifers new solo album The Way Life Goes and Jacky Vincents Star X Speed Story.
- Read the full Tom Keifer and Jacky Vincent review
For this latest edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki tells about some exciting new rock album releases including classic metal legends Saxons latest studio album Sacrifice and Queen Vs The Decade of Queen V.
- Read the full Saxon and Queen V review
Lita Ford has a new hits-and-favorites album out and after beginning the show with the brief Your Wake Up Call from her Stiletto album played the first four cuts from the new album in order and ended the show with crowd participation for two of her biggest hits.
- Read the full Lita Ford Live review
When putting on the new Ellen Foley record, About Time, for a split second you are transported to the mid 80s again. Her distinctive voice comes bubbling out, erasing the 30 year gap since 1984s Boys in the Attic (4 stars)
- Read the full Ellen Foley - About Time review
WOMEX, the World Music Expo that's held in a different country each year, took place this year October 23-27 in Cardiff, Wales in the UK. The event draws bands and solo performers from all over the world
- Read the full WOMEX - A World of Music Comes to Cardiff, Wales Road Trip article
Following up on last year's excellent 'Living Like a Runaway' record, Lita Ford has just released a live record called 'The B*tch is Back'. Morley spoke with her about the new album.
- Read the full Lita Ford MorleyView
In this latest installment of Quick Flicks Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new DVD/Blu-Ray releases including Bryan Ferrys Nuits de Fourviere: Live in Lyon and Willy Devilles Live in the Lowlands.
- Read the full Bryan Ferry- Willy Deville review
Saint Vitus funeral march is easily one of the best records these doom veterans ever released, pretty much on par with the bands classic offerings, and one of the most authentic doom metal albums around. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Saint Vitus - Die Healing review
In this latest installment of Quick Flicks Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new DVD/Blu-Ray releases including Santana & McLaughlins Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux 2011 and The Missions Silver.
- Read the full Santana & McLaughlin- The Mission review
Even if new Stone Temple Pilots vocalist, Chester Bennington, couldnt sing a lick, the bands fortunes would still be better with him than without. After all, former vocalist Scott Weiland spent about as much time in rehab and on the tabloid pages (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington - High Rise review
Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister has had some serious health scares lately. As far as new record Aftershock is concerned, Lemmy is as hearty and hale as ever. Some internet rumors have gone so far as to proclaim Lemmy dead, clearly nothing could be further from the truth. (4 stars)
- Read the full Motorhead - Aftershock review
Plug in your lava lamps and light the incense; heres the mind bending scoop on some of the best new psychedelic releases including Sky Picnics Paint Me a Dream, Black Hearted Brothers Stars Are Our Home and Aqua Nebula Oscillators Spiritus Mundi.
- Read the full Sky Picnic- Black Hearted Brother- Aqua Nebula Oscillator review
Rod Stewarts 2013 Live the Life tour is quite a sight to see inside an arena. A stage wrapped in all white with towering pillars that substitute for video screens amidst a back wall video screen and one that would occasionally drop from the center of the top rig focusing on Stewarts every move.
- Read the full Rod Stewart: Grasping the Passage of Time review
Blue Coupe released their sophomore record Million Miles More earlier this year and what a fantastic piece of work it is. Hard rock record of the year, says Morley who spoke to Dennis Dunaway a few months back and now talks with Joe Bouchard.
- Read the full Blue Coupe's Joe Bouchard MorleyView
In this edition of Passport, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new releases from across the globe including Deep Forest from Africa, Nashaz for the Middle East and exiled Tibetan musician and singer Techung.
- Read the full Deep Forest- Nashaz- Techung review
In this edition of Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new DVD releases Zakk Wyldes Black Label Societys Unblackened and the Balkan brass music documentary Brasslands.
- Read the full Black Label Society's Unblackened- Brasslands review
Much the way Steely Dan did it in the 70s, Rick Webster has found a way to blend jazz elements with pop music in such a way that it makes jazzy music so much more palatable - even for non-jazz fans. This also makes The Rick Webster Project one successful project. (4 stars)
- Read the full Rick Webster - The Rick Webster Project review
Despite their considerable achievements Ra has sort of bubbled-under with the masses, never quite reaching the height of popularity they truly deserve. That situation should be put to bed with the release of Critical Mass. (4 stars)
- Read the full Ra - Critical Mass review
Zach, Jacob and Nich Oswald decided a long time ago that they would work under the professional moniker OBB instead of the more obvious Oswald Brothers Band handle. But the choice of band name is about the only time youll catch the trio doing anything short and sweet.
- Read the full OBB review
In this edition of On The Record Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new vinyl releases from The End Records including Hey! Hello! (featuring Ginger Wildheart) self-titled debut and American Sharks new self-titled album.
- Read the full Hey! Hello!- American Sharks review
Due to his hectic schedule, My Ruin's Mick Murphy answered some questions by email recently when Morley wanted to find out more about the creation of the band's excellent new record 'The Sacred Mood.'
- Read the full My Ruin's Mick Murphy Interview MorleyView
The Fire Inside is full of heavy yet melodic radio-friendly metal, and thats whats causing the bands fan base to blow up rapidly. Whether you get the spiritual message or not the musical message comes through (very) loud and clear: rock out and have some fun.
- Read the full Righteous Vendetta - The Fire Inside review
Morley spoke with Julian about new record, Everything Changes. As usual, the songs are thoughtful, taking in a variety of topics from world issues to everyday relationships and they're packaged in some really ear-pleasing melodies.
- Read the full Julian Lennon MorleyView
During the course of our interview we discussed the current tour, All People, how he got Pink to duet with him, crafting a set list, working with the Matrix, why he admires U2, rearranging songs and how Factory Records artists New Order and Joy Division influenced his latest record.
- Read the full Michael Franti - The antiMusic Interview review
There's no stopping it; when the calendar says that fun-in-the-sun season is over, it's over. But in Columbia, Missouri there's no sadness as summertime slips into autumn; in fact there's a huge farewell party in the form of the city's annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
- Read the full Roots N Blues N BBQ Road Trip article
Conventional wisdom suggests that follow-up albums usually pale in comparison to an artists first recorded effort. However, Dog Societys story does not follow the conventional music business model at all. They say every dog gets its day. In this instance, one particular dog gets two days. (4 stars)
- Read the full Dog Society - Emerge review
In this latest Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look at new DVD releases including The Dutch Woodstock DVD and 2CD set from the Holland Pop Festival in 1970. He also tells us about the films Savages Crossing and Fear the Forest.
- Read the full The Dutch Woodstock, Crossing and Fear the Forest review
There is a dirty secret about Napster-the software was created with the intent purpose of wanting to pay artists and record labels. It has been over a dozen years since Napster has been a force, but their rise and fall is now been given a new viewpoint with great fervor in an eye-opening documentary Downloaded. (3 stars)
- Read the full Downloaded review
At a time when a lot of classic rockers are artistically spent or content to simply ride on past glories, Blue Coupe is reaching their creative zenith. Dennis Dunaway and Joe and Albert Bouchard released their sophomore record, 'Million Miles More' and Morley spoke with Dennis about the album.
- Read the full Blue Coupe's Dennis Dunaway MorleyView
Its difficult to remain unimpressed when listening to The Boston Boys Keep You Satisfied project. Theres so much variety and such inspired playing throughout, youre left wondering if theres anything these young men from Boston, Massachusetts cant do. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Boston Boys - Keep You Satisfied review
In this latest edition of Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look at new DVD releases including 1980s hit makers Rick Springfield and hit An Affair of the Heart and Christopher Crosss A Night in Paris.
- Read the full Rick Springfield and Christopher Cross review
Jimmy Needham is a Christian artist and its easy to tell, even with a quick listen, that hes passionate about his faith. What isnt so apparent from just a quick listen though is the depth of this young mans talent; grasping that requires a listen all the way through.
- Read the full Jimmy Needham - The Hymn Sessions Vol. 1 review
Morley spoke with Helix frontman Brian Vollmer about the band's career, his new solo intentions and his involvement with the Metal on Ice book/record that is coming out shortly.
- Read the full Helix's Brian Vollmer MorleyView
An absolutely captivating voice, tremendous songwriting abilities, stage presence to die for and stunning looks. With attributes like these, it's inconceivable that Anneke van Giersbergen is not a household name by this point. Read Morley's interview to learn more.
- Read the full Anneke Van Giersbergen MorleyView
Ward is not yet a household name but the young soul singers star has been ascending rapidly the past couple years thanks to a stellar debut album in 2012s Til The Casket Drops (Hollywood Records) and a penchant for playing intimate fan-friendly clubs
- Read the full ZZ Ward Live review
Talk about a distinctive voice. I remember hearing Jefferson Starship's Mickey Thomas for the first time and was riveted by his amazing vocals. Morley had the absolute pleasure to speak to Mickey recently to talk about the new record and a bit about his days with Jefferson Starship.
- Read the full Starship featuring Mickey Thomas MorleyView
Michael Franti is arguably Gods greatest gift to the concert stage since Bruce Springsteen and U2. If you differ with this observation, it is most likely because you are an atheist. From the front row to the last seat in the balcony, Michael Franti and Spearhead bleed genuineness. (5 stars)
- Read the full Michael Franti and Spearhead Live review
Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone are the hot new country duo known as American Young and if you notice that the two have a very comfortable camaraderie on stage while singing about love and all that goes with it, as they do on their just-released first single Love is War.
- Read the full American Young review
Scattered Horizons is the closest thing to a female-fronted Symphony X that the world will ever see. Fronted by one Katarina Bilak, Scattered Horizons makes the grass a little greener, the wings of tragedy a bit more divine. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Siren's Cry - Scattered Horizons review
With the release of Save Rock and Roll Fall Out Boy did not simply reunite, they were reborn. It is arguably Fall Out Boys finest triumph, if for no other reason than its plays like a perfect old school rock record with no filler (and their shortest record at eleven songs). (4 stars)
- Read the full Fall Out Boy: Reborn with a Bullet review
With so many fantastic records preaching individualism and intelligence already under the hand of this faction, Vermis shows evolution through pain, the iconoclastic clattering of a group at its apex. Terrific effort, one of the finest of 2013. (5 stars)
- Read the full 5 Stars: Ulcerate - Vermis review
Its no secret that many rock stars choose to live fast and hard, opting for a debauched existence where booze and drugs are consumed like mothers milk. Its no secret either that this way of living has led to a horrible way of dying for lots of musicians.
- Read the full Cemetery Gates: Saints & Survivors of the Heavy Metal Scene review
Chris Wyse has worked with Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne and Tal Bachman. antiMusics Anthony Kuzminski spoke with Chris about the current Electric 13 tour with the Cult, how he came to play with Ozzy, his friend Bob Rock and his time with Mick Jagger.
- Read the full The Cult's Chris Wyse Interview review
I may have walked in seeking a peak from the past but I walked away with a vivid picture of the present and the Cult proved themselves to be more than a band looking back but one still willing to share verbal and musical allegories that penetrate not just your ears but obscured feelings as well.
- Read the full The Cult's Electric 13 Tour In Chicago review
It's like stumbling upon Lovecraft's nameless city, only to find its mortifying race of reptilian monsters bickering about their favorite Kardashians and sporting Hoobastank merch. Disappointing? Yeah, a little.
- Read the full Necronomicon - Rise of the Elder Ones review
From whirlwind riffs to concrete-smashing grooves and even a cover tune cooked superbly, "Unnatural Selection" is a winner. They're a versatile bunch with a lot of performing power and chemistry
- Read the full Havok - Unnatural Selection review
Damnation Angels proves itself to be a very diverse and talented faction throughout "Bringer of Light," musically driving home a point built upon power and purpose. In a world of shadows, they bring the light.
- Read the full Damnation Angels - Bringer of Life review
One book focuses mostly on how to properly promote your band and your music and the other is a compendium of quotations uttered by musicians of all genres.
- Read the full Rock Reads: Starting Your Career as a Musician and The Little Red Book of Musicians' Wisdom review
To really have fun and get to know Frankfurt you need to spend at least a long weekend and there's no better time to do so than during the Museum Embankment Festival, the city's end-of-summer celebration which is taking place this week!
- Read the full Down by the River: Frankfurt, Germany's Museum Embankment Festival Road Trip article
In this latest edition of Passport, Kevin Wierzbicki explores new music from across the globe including Gondwana Dawn, Elemotos My Africa, Etienne Charless Creole Soul and Ana Alcaides La Cantiga Del Fuego
- Read the full Gondwana Dawn- Elemoto- Etienne Charles- Ana Alcaide review
The story of Metallica has been told many times before both in books and on film. Still, fans will find this book, another Metallica bio, a must-have. The bands history is here, from early 80s beginnings through to the poorly received 2011 Lulu collaboration with Lou Reed
- Read the full Metallica: The Thrash Stash review
Every summer when Lollapalooza takes over downtown Chicago for a weekend over 150 acts perform. Some are well-established artists, but many take the side stages at the festival with big dreams and open hearts. The 2013 edition was eye opening for the confounding musical endowment I witnessed.
- Read the full Twelve Greatest Discoveries of Lollapalooza 2013 review
Doyle is the name of the new band anchored by former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and rounded out by Cancerslug vocalist Alex Story and the rhythm section of bassist Left Hand Graham Reaper and another former Misfits member, drummer Dr. CHUD.
- Read the full Doyle - Abominator review
The first thing you need to know about this fanzine is that there is nothing in it about Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, or other current acts that appeal to the teen and tweens. To the contrary, the idea behind this mag is to make readers of a certain age flashback to their teen years.
- Read the full Rock Reads: Teenage News - Issue No. 1 review
Filmed at the Michigan Theater in the Stooges hometown of Ann Arbor about two years after the 2009 death of Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, this film presents both a typical Iggy Pop/Stooges show and a touching tribute to Asheton.
- Read the full Iggy and the Stooges - A Tribute to Ron Asheton review
Roxanne Delage is a singer-songwriter from Cornwall, Ontario Canada and her latest CD, The Way I Am contains a strong set of songs that individually evoke a painters pallet of moods and collectively fuel a great hours worth of entertainment. (4 stars)
- Read the full Roxanne Delage - The Way I Am review
The 2013 edition of Lollapalooza ended this past Sunday but not before it set free another ten hours of eclectic alternative music. The perfect summer day allowed one to maximize their time between the stages. Here are antiMUSICs twelve highlights from Sunday August 4th.
- Read the full Lollapalooza 2013 Day Three review
You can really have some fun with your friends when they find out that you're just back from your visit to Taos, New Mexico. Before you regale them with details of your adventure, tell them that while you were in Taos you had lunch with a llama.
- Read the full Loving the Llama (And Everything Else About Taos, New Mexico!) Road Trip article
Saturday surpassed all of the other days in terms of musical performance. Several acts in their first Lollapalooza performances validated not just their spot at the festival but Lollapaloozas overall relevance in showcasing up and coming talent.
- Read the full Lollapalooza 2013 Day Two review
Clapton himself may or may not actually see this book but if he does hell no doubt get a big kick out of it and so will the more fanatical of his fans. Day by Day is a chronicle of Claptons professional life broken down by date and focusing on live performances and recording sessions.
- Read the full Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Early Years 1963- 1982 review
For the ninth straight year, Lollapalooza has called Chicago home. Amidst the most beautiful skyline in the world and in a vast park with 80,000 of your closest friends, Lollapalooza has grown into more than weekend but possibly the defining music festival of the summer
- Read the full Lollapalooza 2013 - Day One review
Longtime Deep Purple fans may need a bit of time to warm up to NOW What?! but the album is a fine example of how a band can continue to evolve while also retaining familiar elements.
- Read the full Deep Purple - NOW What?! review
Heres a double dose of Moody Blues love for fans of this highly-influential prog band. The new DVD and CD releases Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 and Live at Montreux 1991.
- Read the full The Moody Blues review
A Token of His Extreme is a presentation that Frank Zappa put together at his own expense that was recorded before a live audience in 1974 and subsequently shown during prime time on a few stations in Europe but not in the States.
- Read the full Frank Zappa - A Token of His Extreme review
Morley speaks to Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton about their new live DVD, 'Rock for the Rising Sun', which is a documentary about the 2011's shows in Japan that took place after the earthquake and nuclear reactor leak and how concerned the band were about their safety.
- Read the full Aerosmith MorleyView
Walking up to a microphone with a cigarette in her hand, Courtney Love stepped in front, looked out onto the crowd and simply stated hey before she proceeded to pick up a Rickenbacker guitar to take the crowd into sensory overkill.
- Read the full Courtney Love Live review
Despite being advised not to go, Aerosmith went to Japan to tour shortly after that countrys 2011 tsunami disaster and nuclear plant meltdown. Aerosmith rocks hard and fans should not hesitate to add this excellent show to their collection. (5 stars)
- Read the full 5 Star: Aerosmith - Rock for the Rising Sun review
This is definitely a party record guaranteed to liven up any gathering but if youre trying to clean house or do some other mundane chore, spinning this one will help you get the job done in no time with a smile on your face.
- Read the full Balkan Arts 701 - Bulgarian Folk Dances review
Its no factual amplification to dub Sonderkommando not only The Meads of Asphodels finest opus, but also one of the best releases born in 2013. Lyrically majestic and musically entrancing, this is not to be missed. (5 stars)
- Read the full The Meads of Asphodel - Sonderkommando review
Despite the fact that shes had numerous country hits over the past decade, many still think of LeAnn Rimes as a pop singer thanks to her massive and evergreen hit How Do I Live. But the 15-year-old girl that sang that song is now a young woman about to turn 31 (4 stars)
- Read the full LeAnn Rimes - Spitfire review
Pearl Jam performed Friday evening at Wrigley Field in Chicago debuting two new songs from their forthcoming Lightning Bolt. The show was initially planned to stretch 40 songs however a thunderstorm made the band empty the fans on the field after only performing for 45-minutes.
- Read the full Pearl Jam Live In Chicago review
For a 23-year-old guitar goddess who just happens to be named Wilde, who better to go on tour with than the wild man of rocknroll, the Motor City Madman himself, Ted Nugent. Laura Wilde is warming up crowds for Uncle Teddy all across the nation all summer long
- Read the full Laura Wilde Live review
Woman Get The Blues too as we learn in Kevin Wierzbickis latest look at the recent blues releases where he gives us the lowdown on new releases from Rory Block, Candye Kane featuring Laura Chavez, Pam Taylor and Kara Grainger.
- Read the full Rory Block- Candye Kane featuring Laura Chavez- Pam Taylor- More review
Fans that relish the 1976 triple-live Wings Over America album can now enjoy its video counterpart with Rockshow, until now only available to those who could scrounge up an outdated Beta videotape copy.
- Read the full Paul McCartney and Wings - Rockshow review
Relatively few of the singers and musicians that dream of being stars actually hit the big time and almost none taste stardom twice. But Lisa Matassa has scored an impressive career two-fer, firstly back in the late 80s with a Top 10 dance hit and now with her new country music EP.
- Read the full Lisa Matassa - Somebody's Baby review
This 3-disc set is the Holy Grail for hardcore Eagles fans as it tells the bands story from inception to nearly present day, through lots of great vintage and recent interviews with band members and studio, concert and candid footage.
- Read the full History of the Eagles review
Heres the story of metal --- every kind of metal --- as told through the voices of those who made it and are still making it. The book is structured as a series of themed chapters consisting of brief (one paragraph) commentaries from the appropriate characters.
- Read the full Louder than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal review
Some feel that Dio got a little off track with this (originally released in 2000) ambitious concept album about aliens and magicians and the battle between good and evil, and relatively poor sales caused it to go out of print years ago.
- Read the full Dio - Magica (Deluxe Edition) review
In this latest installment of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Midnight Oils Essential Oils, Here Come the Mummies Cryptic, White Buffalo Womans The White Buffalo Woman EP and Another Lost Years Better Days.
- Read the full Midnight Oil- Here Come the Mummies- White Buffalo Woman- Another Lost Year review
Bands and labels love to remaster, remix, revisit and rejigger previously-released music and we love to listen to the new versions. Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new ones from Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck, Elvis Presley, Shuggie Otis and Swamp Dogg.
- Read the full Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck, Elvis Presley, Shuggie Otis and Swamp Dogg review
The Monks Of Mellowahs new Ghost Stories EP finds the group reaching for an unusual sonic juxtaposition. The title track begins by sounding like Bruno Mars-esque soul music, before ending with a guitar part worthy of Music. (4 stars)
- Read the full Monks Of Mellowah - Ghost Stories EP review
Shes barely 20-years-old, blond and beautiful and with a penchant for writing and singing hook-laden country tunes that are radio and CMT ready, so its only natural that Morgan Frazier is being labeled the next Taylor Swift.
- Read the full Morgan Frazier: Life on the "Yellow Brick Road" review
Fans that like forceful 4-minute rockers that you can sing along to should not hesitate to accept this invitation to a Black Tie Love Affair.
- Read the full 3 Pill Morning - Black Tie Love Affair review
While fans have adored the heavy Beatles sets, the Wings era sadly has been overlooked on almost all tours since then, which is why the 2013 remaster of his triple 1976 live album Wings over America is such a delight to listen to. (4 stars)
- Read the full Paul McCartney & Wings - Wings over America (Reissue) review
Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about reissues or revisiting of previous classics from Mad Season (Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and members of Screaming Trees and the Lamont Cranston Band), Dust and Styx.
- Read the full Mad Season- Dust- Styx review
The Sacred Mood shows the band in their best light and reinforces their two best attributes, the riveting vocals/lyrics of Tairrie B Murphy and the riff-master, Mick Murphy. On this, their eighth studio record, they seem at the top of their game. (5 stars)
- Read the full My Ruin - The Sacred Mood review
This documentary finds director Brett Morgen telling the story of how the Rolling Stones transformed from an upstart band with a hooligan image to one of the most respected and successful bands of all time.
- Read the full The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane review
Fans will hear hints of classic songs like Iron Man and Paranoid throughout the album but this is no rehash. Some will call 13 a return to form but really it is a new form- a zenith-reaching work that may never be bettered. (5 stars)
- Read the full 5 Stars: Black Sabbath - 13 review
It is not so much about dancing or the stylized moves you can make but it is specifically part of a larger community. DJs like Martin Solveig do more than merely recreate existing musical landscapes, but journey out into the unknown and reinventing it, taking us along for the ride through our fantasies, desires and dreams.
- Read the full Martin Solveig Live in Las Vegas review
On his current hit single, a sexy slice of modern country called Makin This Boy Go Crazy, Dylan Scott works himself into a bit of a froth as he anticipates the next time hes able to meet up with his special lady. Sure, its just a song, but the tables are about to be turned.
- Read the full Dylan Scott - Dylan Scott EP review
For this latest installment of Passport Kevin Wierzbicki takes us to the land of reggae and takes a listen to Sizzlas The Messiah, Ragga Ragga Ragga 2013, Soca Gold 2013 and Morgan Heritages Here Come the Kings.
- Read the full Sizzla- Ragga Ragga Ragga 2013- Soca Gold 2013- Morgan Heritage review
Morley recently spoke with legendary Eagles guitarist Don Felder about his acclaimed new solo album, Road To Forever, some of the trials and tribulations of recent years, as well as his upcoming tour with Peter Frampton.
- Read the full Don Felder MorleyView
Metallica has always challenged themselves with their performances, their albums and now the Orion festival by never letting go of that inner fan. From muscle cars to horror memorabilia to movies, Orion is the place for them to share these hobbies along with the music they love.
- Read the full Metallica's Orion Music + More: Day Two review
Long time Dio fans may have a crusty old VHS copy of this film somewhere in their archives but this newly restored version of Finding the Sacred Heart presents the entire concert for the first time, and with remastered sound.
- Read the full Dio - Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 review
"Down Among the Deadmen" is an astounding masterpiece in every regard, a true example of a timeless heavy metal classic. It is the pinnacle of Slough Feg's songwriting, artistic ability, and likeability. It is to metal what Breaking Bad is to network television.
- Read the full Slough Feg - Down Among the Deadmen review
Metallica make a surprise appearance on the first day of the Orion Music + More festival and performed their debut album, Kill Em All in its entirety. And that was only part of the highlights for the first day or the festival. Tony K has a full report.
- Read the full Metallica's Orion Music + More: More Than A Festival, But A Family review
Morissette recently put out a studio album and several songs from Havoc and Bright Lights are featured in this live set but Morissettes strength lies in her early work, and to that end the bulk of this show is packed with more familiar tunes.
- Read the full Alanis Morissette - Live at Montreux 2012 review
Dark Moor has flown under the radars of the power metal scanning systems for years. Their efforts, often compared to the likes of Rhapsody of Fire and Blind Guardian, are mostly fresh, riveting pieces of fantastic power metal.
- Read the full Dark Moor - Ars Musica review
Iced Earths Jon Schaffer had the idea to stage a show in the 6000-year old Kourion Theater where all the power to run the tons of equipment and lighting had to be supplied by generators the band brought in, not to mention the fact that the concert was held on a hot summer day.
- Read the full Iced Earth - Live in Ancient Kourion review
In the States O.M.D. was more known as a singles band than they were an album band but in their U.K. homeland it was the sublime synthpop album Architecture & Morality that first garnered major attention
- Read the full Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Live: Architecture & Morality & More review
With this solid set of honest and memorable tunes, polished to a fine sheen by star producers Stan Lynch (Tom Petty, Don Henley) and Billy Chapin (Backstreet Boys), the Villains are singing a significantly different tune now.
- Read the full The Villains - Velocity review
It was only a few years ago that names like Timbaland and One Republic ballads were at the top of every major contemporary hit rhythmic radio stations playlists.
- Read the full Nervo: The Emergence of the DJ Artist Happened 'By Coincidence' review
This is a Jamaican feature film starring Everton Dennis (musician E Dee) as an aspiring dancehall artist who gets in trouble in Jamaica and gets shipped off to the imagined safety of America by a benevolent uncle.
- Read the full Out the Gate review
However you describe the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, one thing it almost always is is breezy, and thats how this live show begins with energetic and airy numbers Have You Heard and And Then I Knew.
- Read the full Pat Metheny Group - We Live Here: Live in Japan review
Some of you will know Christina Kartsonakis as one half of the rock duo The Sugar Dames. What you might not know is that she is also a well-rounded musician / producer who also writes her own symphonic music.
- Read the full Christina Kartsonakis MorleyView
Heres a solid show from these campy disco poppers. The concert opens with Night Work, a buoyant pop tune where singer Jake Shears cranks up the falsetto vocals Bee Gees style.
- Read the full Scissor Sisters - Live in London review
There's always a guy or a gal ready with a guitar and a serenade, the tigers and lemurs that live in the area would like to meet you and flying machines of all vintages are standing by to show off as well. And there's a pretty good chance that you're gonna get bushwackered too!
- Read the full Alabama Getaway: Hangin' Out in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Road Trip article
This film is an absolute hoot for anyone who remembers Williams 70s heyday when he was a fixture on TV and his songs were all over the radio, performed by stars like the Carpenters, Three Dog Night and more.
- Read the full Paul Williams: Still Alive review
Each year millions of visitors fly into McAllen, Texas where they are generously provided with lush accommodations at no charge. They eat for free too, 24-hours a day if they wish. And when they depart not a single one of these visitors offers a thank you or a tip.
- Read the full Texas Top to Bottom Part 3 - McAllen: It's For the Birds! Road Trip article
Turunen is best known for her work with Finnish prog-metal band Nightwish but here she steps about as far away from that genre as you can get. Filmed around Christmastime in Lahti, Finland, this show finds Turunen in diva mode
- Read the full Tarja Turunen & Harus - In Concert: Live at Sibelius Hall review
Superior musicianship and showmanship is on full display, the light show and pyrotechnics and the roaring crowd loves every minute of the high-energy show. Fans will quickly put Epitaph in the must have category. (5 stars)
- Read the full Judas Priest - Epitaph DVD and Blu-Ray review
Matt Hensch caught up with Michael Keene of the Faceless while the band was touring with the Dillinger Escape Plan and Royal Thunder to discuss their latest album, Autotheism, the evolution of the band and their upcoming covers album project.
- Read the full The Faceless Interview review
Gramm doesnt say this directly in the book but its easy to see here how his roller coaster of a life as the singer and front man for Foreigner prepared him for the serious personal problems he would face later.
- Read the full Lou Gramm's Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock'n'Roll review
Cathedral's end has come. "The Last Spire" is the final album released by this legendary congress of British doom metal, and I must say it's somewhat of a whirlwind of bittersweet emotions reviewing this mammoth.
- Read the full Cathedral - The Last Spire review
Imagine being denied the possibility of doing what you absolutely love doing, for the rest of your life. That's what faced Tom Keifer when he first started having throat problems. Today Keifer rocks on with his new solo album and Morley caught up with him to discuss the past, present and future!
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Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Skid Rows United World Rebellion Chapter One, Prospect Hills Impact A Criminal Risks The Art of Dropping Names and Vestibules Through the Surface.
- Read the full Skid Row- Prospect Hill- A Criminal Risk- Vestibule review
It's ironic that a tour featuring heavy metal greats Death is so focused on life. This year's Death to All tour celebrates Death's founder Chuck Schuldiner. Created as a tribute to his vast legacy, Death to All reunites Death's classic lineup and attempts filling Schuldiner's absence.
- Read the full Death, Exhumed and Anciients Live review
Because of the giant (commercial) shadows cast by bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Mudhoney is often out in the dark when it comes to conversations about rocks grunge era even though the band was one of the most active on the late-80s Seattle scene.
- Read the full I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney review
Carolyne Mas has a story that is as fascinating as it is tragic. Morley became an instant fan when he heard her debut album but a series of setbacks followed. Morley recently spoke with Carolyne to learn more about her past, present and hopeful future.
- Read the full Carolyne Mas MorleyView
Ringo has taken to the road with various versions of his All Starr band over the past couple of decades and the format is a good way to keep fans coming back to see his shows time and time again
- Read the full Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band 2012 - Ringo at the Ryman review
Lists that are bound to provoke heated discussions among metal fans while also in many cases turning them on to bands, individual players, songs and albums that they have not yet discovered.
- Read the full The Merciless Book of Metal Lists review
Mark Hensch had the chance to recently speak with Holy Grail vocalist James-Paul Luna while the band is on their current tour. They talked about the past, present and future of his band's heavy music
- Read the full Holy Grail Interview review
One of the most interesting things about Todd Rundgren is that you never really know which version of him will show up for a new album. Rundgren is always in motion and he moves the listener to lots of gratifying places here. (4 stars)
- Read the full Todd Rundgren - State review
Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Legacys Record Store Day plans including special releases from Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, Sly Stone, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, Mad Season (Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam), Cypress Hill, Dust and more.
- Read the full Record Store Day Edition review
If heavy metal has an essence, it's thrash. Pure thrash requires that perfect mix of chaos, violence and speed for success. It's a fact proving itself wildly apparent on the aptly-named Metal Alliance Tour thus far.
- Read the full Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall and Holy Grail Live review
If "The Last Spire" is the funeral of Cathedral, "Anniversary" is its final celebration of life. The title of the first and last live album from Cathedral marks twenty years in the business of delivering doom to your doorstep
- Read the full Cathedral - Anniversary review
Crack open a bottle of Jack, let out a rebel yell and turn the stereo up loud- southern rock is back! Fans of the rowdy side of southern rock as made by groups like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, the Outlaws and Blackfoot will absolutely love Haywire Riot (4 stars)
- Read the full Skinny Molly - Haywire Riot review
In this edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Beatallicas latest melding of The Beatles and Metallica on their new album Abbey Load plus Blowsights Life & Death and Spokens Illusion.
- Read the full Beatallica- Blowsight- Spoken review
A lot of artsy people have so much creative spark, they refuse to be pigeon-holed into one corner and you can count A Brokeheart Pro (aka Jeannette Kantzalis) in that category.
- Read the full A Brokeheart Pro - Josephine the Outlaw King and The Summer EP review
This isnt Flogging Molly- theres nothing rowdy here. But if you want to hear Celtic music as its been traditionally played for generations you cant do any better than Clannad.
- Read the full Clannad - Christ Church Cathedral review
It's presumptuous to say that a record released in early January could be the Record of the Year but The Paul Raymond Project's latest release is an absolute jewel of a record. Morley caught the UFO keyboardist/guitarist between tours for a quick interview.
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For this installment of On the Record, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to the 12 colored vinyl Red Jacket Mine release Someone Elses Cake and Heavy Glows Mine All Mine b/w Headhunter colored vinyl 45-RPM single.
- Read the full Red Jacket Mine- Heavy Glow review
"I Love the Dead", "Welcome to My Nightmare", "Only Women Bleed", "I Never Cry" are only some of the classics that feature guitar guru Dick Wagner. Dick recently penned his autobiography and Morley had the pleasure to speak with him to talk about the book and his many experiences in the rock and roll world.
- Read the full Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper Band) MorleyView
Doug Prescott is a jack of many musical trades. Usually, that phrase is followed by, but master of none. However, it would be a disservice to suggest Prescott is not a true musical master, however, because almost any style he touches, he gets right. (3 stars)
- Read the full Doug Prescott - Blues in the Key of Sea review
Founding member Thijs van Leer, the bands keys and flute player, continues to come forth with new Focus music and theyre back with nearly an hours worth here after a six year hiatus.
- Read the full Focus - X review
Darling Parade has had measured success in the recent past including with their 2011 E.P. Until We Say Its Over, an effort that landed them in the Top 10 on Billboards Next Big Sound chart. They are now poised to fulfill Billboards prediction with their new album. (4 stars)
- Read the full Darling Parade - Battle Scars and Broken Hearts review
Whatever questions one may have had before the lights went out, by the time them came on over two hours later, it was apparent that Green Day wasnt just back, but had returned to the concert stage with the strength and fortitude to be as best theyve ever been.
- Read the full Green Day Live: Tour Kick Off In Chicago review
Like many cities all over Europe, Geneva is steeped in history; in fact Geneva is Switzerland's largest historic city and with 2000-years under its belt there's plenty to keep a real history buff occupied for a long time.
- Read the full Geneva- Having Fun with Science! Road Trip article
Laying claim to international credentials is cool and all, but it would be little more than worthless boasting if the music wasnt also fantastic. This album rocks hard, and puts a lot of wimpy bands (are you reading this, Nickelback?) to shame. Therefore, for those that rock, namely Cojones, we salute you! (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Cojones - Bend to Transcend review
As the lead singer for the Moody Blues Justin Hayward not only helped shape the direction of prog rocks most important era (late 60s/early 70s), he also literally became the voice of the generation through such hits and underground standards (3 stars)
- Read the full Justin Hayward - Spirits of the Western Sky review
Searching for Sugar Man is a film that makes you believe in miracles, hard work and being the best at what you do because even if it is not noticed instantaneously, somewhere over time, someone will find a way to bring you and your talents to the forefront. (5 stars)
- Read the full Searching for Sugar Man Blu-ray and Soundtrack (5 Stars) review
Those who have chosen to judge a book by its cover have missed out on a deep and rich body of work that still fills theaters and amphitheaters to this very day.
- Read the full Tom Keifer Live review
In this latest installment of Psychedelic Shack Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Jacco Gardners new release Cabinet of Curiosities and tells us about what fans will find on the Psych Trail Mix Music Zine, Vol. 7.
- Read the full Jacco Gardner- Psych Trail Mix Music Zine review
Dawn Marie caught up with Jeff Campbell, this years winner of Guitar Centers Singer Songwriter Artist Discovery Program, to learn more about his big win, his career, the music scene in Philly and more.
- Read the full Jeff Campbell (Winner of Guitar Center's Singer Songwriter Contest) review
Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to recently Blues releases Doug MacLeod's Theres a Time and Scott Rammingers Advice from a Father to a Son and gives us the low down.
- Read the full Doug McLeod- Scott Ramminger review
Let us offer you a dream of Ireland this St. Patrick's Day in the form of a second helping (we first published this in 2009) of travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki's feature about his visit to the southwestern part of the Emerald Isle including the gorgeous Ring of Kerry area
- Read the full Ireland Road Trip article
Doing this job definitely doesn't suck. Why do I say that? Because for the second time in two years, I recently got to spend some phone TIME with one of the world's greatest voices, and one of my personal favorite musicians, Bunny Rugs, vocalist with reggae superstars Third World. I'm still wearing a smile.
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Its been three decades since Stevie Ray Vaughan stunned both the rock and blues worlds with the release of debut album Texas Flood and fans really have an excellent reason to pick up this 30th anniversary Legacy Edition: the inclusion of a full, previously unreleased live show from the era
- Read the full Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood Legacy Edition review
Its impossible to get around the point that singer Dierdre Kroener is the aural focal point on Grown Up Avenger Stuff tracks. This band has been positively compared to Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and for good reason. Each has assertive lead singers that demand the listeners full attention. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Grown Up Avenger Stuff - Sparkleton review
In this latest installment of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on new releases from Anthrax (their new covers album), Orianthi (Alice Cooper guitarist), Ricky Byrd (from the Blackhearts) and Adrenaline Mob.
- Read the full Anthrax- Orianthi- Ricky Byrd- Adrenaline Mob review
The beauty of the Internet is that in terms of exposure, it creates a level playing field for established artists and newcomers alike. I was perusing MySpace back in 2005 when I came across a voice and song that took my breath away. (4 stars)
- Read the full Janeen Leah - Right In Front Of Me review
The original version of the album, included here with a few bonus cuts appended, is performed with a full band but the material really has a chance to shine performed solo and acoustically as it is on the included CD Live at McCabes and DVD Live in London.
- Read the full Shelby Lynne - Revelation Road Deluxe Edition review
Grant Lyle is a Canadian blues singer thats got the whole blues performance deal down pat. So There is an album of slick blues songs. Lyle is doubly talented, though, as he can both sing and play guitar well. This is truly one professional offering. (3 stars)
- Read the full Grant Lyle - So There review
You've heard the old saying "there must be something in the water" and in certain places, like the city of Bad Nauheim in Germany's Frankfurt Rhine-Main region, the adage rings completely true.
- Read the full Good Water, Bad Nauheim! - Germany's City Of Health (And Elvis) Road Trip article
The Primitive in Primitive Evolution is a bit of a misnomer because this Canadian band is anything but primitive. The Prize is an album of slick, cosmopolitan rock & roll, instead. Singer Brett Carruthers sounds a bit like Ian Astbury on the rockers, albeit a little less rocking. (2 stars)
- Read the full Primitive Evolution - The Prize review
Aaron Lee Tasjan should be on your radar. If he isnt, youre not just missing out on some of the best talent that has caught the collaboration of The New York Dolls, Jack White, BP Fallon, and a number of other rock luminaries, youre denying yourself some of the best guilt-free listening pleasure on the planet.
- Read the full Aaron Lee Tasjan Interview review
Circle Of Unexisted is what The Cure might have sounded like, had Robert Smith been smitten by krautrock and much more industrial music. Instead of Smiths girlish whine, though, this Russian collective puts noisy percussion and clank-y melodic lines over their depressing grooves. (3 stars)
- Read the full Circle Of Unexisted - Crossroads review
If there was an overriding theme in 2012 throughout cinema, it was the search for ones purpose. The drive and desire to feel like their lives mattered drove the best flicks of the past year from CIA agents to parents in impossible circumstances to teenagers all too aware of what matters.
- Read the full The Best Films of 2012 review
It used to be unheard of when rock music and Las Vegas were put in the same sentence. A few bands have taken the plunge however in the last few years and the latest to do it is Def Leppard. Morley spoke with guitarist Phil Collen recently to find out all about it.
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It doesnt come as much of a surprise that the Hendrix estate has come up with yet another albums worth of material to release but it is somewhat startling how good People, Hell and Angels is. (4 stars)
- Read the full Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and Angels review
You know his songs, Welcome to My Nightmare, The Black Widow, I Never Cry, and of course, Only Women Bleed, as modern day classics recorded by Alice Cooper. Guitar enthusiasts will his guitar from work with Lou Reed, KISS, Aerosmith, Meat Loaf and many more. Michigan rock and rollers in the late 60s and early 70s will remember him as a cult hero as leader of the bands The Bossmen, The Frost and Ursa Major. That person would be Dick Wagner. (5 stars)
- Read the full Alice Cooper Band's Dick Wagner - Not Only Women Bleed review
Over the course of his solo career Schenker has experimented a little with changes to his sound but what his fans have always appreciated the most is the stuff that sounds like his early work with the Scorpions and UFO.
- Read the full Michael Schenker - Temple of Rock Live review
As we head into Grammy weekend, Tony K takes a look back at the 25 albums that made the biggest impression on him in 2012 and the ones he thinks that deserved to be recognized and listen to!
- Read the full The Best Albums of 2012 review
Head is now recording under the band name Love and Death and is back in the mainstream with the release of Between Here & Lost. Those who miss Heads work with Korn will be delighted from the albums get-go. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Love and Death - Between Here & Lost review