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Adore is a disconsolate album birthed out of incertitude and lament which is blended beautifully amongst electronic weeps and vocals so hushed that haunt you even when the music fades away. (5 stars)
- Read the full The Defining Reissue of 2014: Smashing Pumpkins Adore Deluxe Reissue review
The Divination of Antiquity is the first of Winterfylleths albums to create a dominating presence, crushing expectations and shattering creative barriers that had slightly impeded the bands journey on The Threnody of Triumph. (5 stars)
- Read the full Winterfylleth - The Divination of Antiquity review
The second part of Virgin Steeles rightfully-lauded The Marriage of Heaven and Hell epic is not only the finest cut of the groups excellent zenith, but a timeless classic whose obscurity among the herd is unpardonable. (5 stars)
- Read the full Classics: Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part 2 review
Melana Chasmata is profoundly deep and compelling, for darkness itself is mysterious and unpredictable, and if it had a soundtrack, it would look upon Triptykon and look no further. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Triptykon - Melana Chasmata review
Pacanomad is a soulful quartet from London, Ontario in Canada, even though the words soulful and Canada dont often naturally play together well within the same sentence. However, vocalist Chantel Rivard leads this outfit through five punchy tunes. (3 stars)
- Read the full Pacanomad - Restless review
Michael Cullen is a songwriter almost as open and honest as Nick Cave, with a singing style nearly as low registered as that famous Australian- albeit with more ability to remain on key. If anything, Michael Cullen is a true believer, primarily in sad romantic songs (3 stars)
- Read the full Michael Cullen - True Believer review
Theres always been a debate about what exactly constitutes Southern rock but here Bomar posits that the term was coined to refer to the Allman Brothers Band, and accordingly they get far more in depth coverage here than anyone else. (5 stars)
- Read the full Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock review
In this latest Get To Know feature, Kevin Wierzbicki talks to Stone Foxes lead singer Shannon Koehler about their new album, Twelve Spells, the unusual way they are releasing it, Jack Bruce, and more.
- Read the full Stone Foxes review
Hearts 2013 concert to welcome the holiday season begins with a beautiful reading of Joni Mitchells The River that features, with minor exceptions, just Ann Wilsons voice backed by a symphony orchestra. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays review
This is the second record since the return of vocalist Michael Sadler (who left for several years to devote more time to his young family) and I can only surmise that the time away from the band has revitalized both singer and band as these tracks are sizzling! (4 stars)
- Read the full Saga - Sagacity review
Rather than repackage the beloved bands hits again, the songs found here were selected because they all reflect significant moments in Queens development. (4 stars)
- Read the full Queen - Forever review
Sadly, IX is not prime Trail of Dead but rather a revisit of the Century of Self / Tao of the Dead era. There is nothing here that could stand with the best of the bands catalog of songs. (2 stars)
- Read the full ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - IX review
On this self-titled debut, John Bassetts one-man band puts forth a body of dark, bleak, and apocalyptic sound (Bassetts own spot-on description of the music.) (4 stars)
- Read the full Arcade Messiah review
Soulburn is a band whose genre can best be identified as blackened death doom metal, obviously the formula for a unique sound. But Soulburn never really achieve the potential of any of their influencing genres. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full Soulburn - The Suffocating Darkness review
The 7 Deadly Sins is, needless to say, as tight and fulfilling a record as Necrodeaths knowledge and abilities within the sector of their black/death/thrash metal style will allow. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Necrodeath - The 7 Deadly Sins review
A staunch continuation of the Nevermore sound, this is a fairly underwhelming experience that adds just a smidge of relevancy to the Sanctuary brand, an album based more on a few prime moments than its actual songs. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full Sanctuary - The Year The Sun Died review
Heres the collection that Stevie Ray Vaughan completists have long desired: a 12-disc box set containing every official album thats ever been released plus rarities and a live concert recording that has until now been unavailable commercially. (5 stars)
- Read the full Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - The Complete Epic Recordings Collection review
Bands like The Oxford Coma likely get lumped in with contemporary metal, simply because the guitar riffs are thick and loud. However, if you listen to Morphine youll hear that something much deeper is going on. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Oxford Coma - Morphine review
Its uncanny how much RxGFs Angeline Schaaf sounds Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees during Any Other Way. This is actually a good thing, because that Goth pioneers vocals always grabbed your attention. (4 stars)
- Read the full RxGF - Any Other Way review
Make no mistake about it, Unfathomed of Abyss is Kevin Prices baby. This project is described as an apocalyptic symphonic black metal album, which provides an imaginative view into the cosmos. (3 stars)
- Read the full Unfathomed of Abyss - Arisen Upon Oblivion review
Its easy to forget just how enjoyable a fine blues band can sound until a really good act crosses your path. Cold Blue Water (with its self-titled release) is just such a worthy act. (3 stars)
- Read the full Cold Blue Water review
Roberts has a cynical-sounding voice that comes out more like The Dream Syndicates Steve Wynn - with and extra dose of Lou Reeds cynicism added in - than anything we in America might call country. (3 stars)
- Read the full Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders - The Last of the Originals review
One imagines Dimestore Prophets appreciate sunny days more than most, as theyre from Moses Lake, WA, a place where it likely rains a lot. However, if these guys can celebrate the sunshine, why cant the rest of us? (3 stars)
- Read the full Dimestore Prophets - Be Yourself review
Witham has a way of drawing you into his musical scenarios that his irresistible. Storytelling is quickly becoming a lost art in contemporary music, and that leaves Witham one of the treasured endangered species. (3 stars)
- Read the full Michael Leonard Witham - A Scandal in the Violets review
These Are They are a supergroup of sorts from Chicago containing members from Novembers Doom, Loudmouth, and Hurtlocker. On this, their third and best album, the group bursts back from hiatus offering a slab of double-bass blasted death metal (4 stars)
- Read the full These Are They - At the Feast of Seven Funerals review
Neal Smith of Alice Cooper Band fame and well-traveled guitarist Steve Hunter are spotlighted in our round-up of new music from performers with an Arizona connection.
- Read the full Neal Smith- Steve Hunter review
For fans of bands like Century and Black Breath, and with elements of Converge and Botch, Norways Timeworn represent a lot of whats good in hardcore music. Timeworn manage to keep it interesting and never meander into the cheese-metal zone. (4 stars)
- Read the full Timeworn - Luminescent Wake review
Theres a new artist on the Americana scene, but Shelly Waters is not a beginner. A native of Louisianas Cajun country, Waters previously worked in the genre known regionally as swamp pop.
- Read the full Shelly Waters - Drive review
Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about 7 45-RPM record releases from Baby Jaymes (21 Questions b/w The Visit on colored vinyl) and The Hooten Hallers (War with Hell/Missouri Boy b/w Holy Moses).
- Read the full Baby Jaymes- The Hooten Hallers review
Front Country is a six-piece modern bluegrass outfit with a strong-voiced female lead vocalist in the person of Melody Walker. For fans of groups like the Steep Canyon Rangers and the also female-fronted Run Boy Run.
- Read the full Front Country - Sake of the Sound review
Theres a little bit of a joke involved in this albums title which implies that theres going to be plenty of hot fiddle playing going on here. Actually, Strings is a guitarist and Julin plays mandolin
- Read the full Billy Strings & Don Julin - Fiddle Tune X review
Exodus has re-entered onto earth from the stratosphere still on fire, still ready to beat the hell out of you and probably better than ever. The great thing about this album is you can tell from beginning to the end, it is ALL Exodus. (4 stars)
- Read the full Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out review
This spoken word film finds Scott Ian reflecting on his role as the guitarist for fabled thrash band Anthrax as well as going off on a couple of tangents, one of which is uncharacteristically poignant (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Scott Ian - Swearing Words in Glasgow review
Who would you expect to meet if you were up in the cold far north above the Arctic Circle? Santa Claus? The chilly location is the home stomping grounds of melodic metal monster band Lordi. (4 stars)
- Read the full Lordi - Scare Force One review
If you know all the lyrics to "Come Sail Away" by Styx, you know that the classic rock hit ends with spacemen sailing away in their starships. Styx fans who recently saw the band perform the song aboard the Carnival Breeze cruise ship didn't get whisked off into the ether but went somewhere heavenly.
- Read the full Styx Rocks Cozumel, Mexico Aboard The Carnival Breeze Road Trip article
When bands agree to appear live part of the paperwork involved is called a rider, a list of stipulations from the band or performer that must be met by the show producer. (4 stars)
- Read the full Excess All Areas: Demands and Idiosyncracies of Rock Icons on Tour review
Ever since 1975, Riot has been rocking with the best of them. With a sound reminiscent of Riots Thundersteel era, Unleash the Fire serves its purpose as an old-school metal call to arms and should have you head-banging in no time. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Riot V - Unleash the Fire review
Quality records have been the law for Anubis Gate. Silently and without much to-do they have coughed up a number of enjoyable releases without dropping the ball over singer swaps and the general grind of time. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Anubis Gate - Horizons review
Riffs that churn slowly are recurrently strewn over strange black metal parts lurking deep in the chasm of Oblique to All Paths, while samples and feedback augment this forlorn world to make it feel uneasy and calamitous. (3 stars)
- Read the full Culted - Oblique to All Paths review
World of Tombs is perfectly listenable, sure. The problem I have with it is that it is so conservative, so foreseeable, so willing to take the easy way out when things get hairy. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full Horned Almighty - World of Tombs review
UB40 singer Ali Campbell left that group six years ago but with UB40 founding and core members Mickey (keyboards) and Astro (additional vocals) on board here you may as well go ahead and think of this as a UB40 record. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Ali Campbell (UB40) - Silhouette review
There was a barn-burning at The Observatory as Hank 3 came to town. As you may or may not know Hank 3 is Hank Williams Jr.s son and of course the great Hank Williams grandson. So there is huge pedigree involved here.
- Read the full Hank 3 Live review
With the book I Am Ozzy Osbourne has already written his memoir but fans have a chance with this 2-DVD set to see some of his solo career play out through performance and also hear Ozzy being candid in interview segments (5 stars)
- Read the full Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs of a Madman review
Is the last bite as good as the first? Well, Invictus has the decency to rightfully accept its place as the weakest chapter in Virgin Steeles three-part The Marriage of Heaven and Hell saga. (5 stars)
- Read the full Classics: Virgin Steele - Invictus review
The style and general execution are commonplace, but Strikers focus is on unloading a good time of heavy metal without trend-whoring their dignity to death. City of Gold is solid as steel, nothing like the run-of-the-mill plastic crap. (4 stars)
- Read the full Striker - City of Gold review
Esoteric Warfare is in its own little world-one owned by Mayhem, of course. The big elephant in the room is the departure of Blasphemer, who proved to be an integral part in the bands creative avenues during his tenor. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare review
These are the kinds of sounds that must be stretched out and fully developed to have maximum impact. Darrin James has a fantastic thing going on, and these two tracks are a pair of perfect samples of his sound. (4 stars)
- Read the full Darrin James - Bombs Away/Covert Mission Anthem single review
Manilow is surely an ironic name for this London rock band. Vocalist Dean Moston is far closer to Johnny Rotten than crooner Barry, thats for sure. Its four-song EP may remind you of early Sex Pistols. (4 stars)
- Read the full Manilow - Cease and Desist review
If all you think about is Krafwerk when you consider Germany, The Society Islands may cause you to makes some serious reconsiderations of your German music knowledge. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Society Islands - The Big Sleep review
When you imagine music from Brooklyn, you picture hipsters playing complicated, deeply lyrical songs for the enlightened few. You dont expect a whole lot of angry, political punk to come out of that scene. (3 stars)
- Read the full EndAnd - Fun Times with Sh-tty People review
Coming up with somewhat of a clever idea, Sister Hazel celebrates their 20th anniversary here by presenting a set of 20 songs filmed at 20 different venues. Some of the songs are performed in very unique settings. (3 stars)
- Read the full Sister Hazel - 20 Stages review
Bryan Adams pays tribute to his musical roots here with cover versions of 10 songs. Catering to his memories instead of his fans may be worthy of respect but the end result is that many will find Tracks of My Years very dull. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years review
Morley once again speaks with St. Madness vocalist Prophet. This time they discuss the band's 20th anniversary release Carnimetal and St. Madness, its past and its future as well as whole lot more.
- Read the full St. Madness MorleyView
Part One is a masterpiece, no debate. And you know what? This isnt even Virgin Steeles best album. From its whispers to its screams, Part One is as good as it gets. (5 stars)
- Read the full Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part One review
The Swedes know how to do heavy metal-no big secret there. Crossroads is heavy metal at its absolute best and a superb moment in the evolution of this wonderful band. A masterpiece? You better believe it. (5 stars)
- Read the full Portrait - Crossroads review
The Pagan Manifesto, in some ways, changes the game for Elvenking. Im not going to call the record a masterpiece, because its not, but clearly there were huge improvements in nearly every category that needed work. (4 stars)
- Read the full Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto review
Full of powerful and memorable songs, Hymns for the Broken has been built to last. And for those who have a need and who listen closely to Englunds words and take them to heart there might even be a way here to get things on the mend. (4 stars)
- Read the full Evergrey - Hymns for the Broken review
For the bulk of Bowie fans that cant make it to see the fabulous exhibition called David Bowie is, featuring items from the David Bowie collection in person, this film, also called David Bowie is, is a very nice consolation.
- Read the full David Bowie is review
FLRTA have all the trappings of a Nightwish or a Within Temptation. Morley spoke with VK Lynne recently to talk her involvement with this band, following her stint as vocalist for a critically-lauded record last year with stOrk.
- Read the full From Light Rose The Angels MorleyView
Big on the thrash metal/crossover motifs of Suicidal Tendencies, Cro-Mags, D.R.I., and Cryptic Slaughter, Split Image created ample room for Excel to stand up next to the big boys (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Excel - Split Image review
Three brilliant songs and unnecessarily redone oldies. Thats the story of A Fallen Temple: from excellent to excessive, debatably redundant; a bit of a weird one. Nice Paradise Lost cover, though. (3 stars)
- Read the full Septicflesh - A Fallen Temple review
Plodding, monotonous doom numbers crammed alongside FOUR useless instrumental tunes stack up to almost forty-five minutes of these American doomsters asleep at the wheel. (1.5 stars)
- Read the full Pilgrim - II: Void Worship review
It's not very often that you get a chance to stand almost right on the edge of an active volcano as steam rising swirls around you. Amazingly that's something you can safely enjoy when you take a cruise to Nicaragua on the Star Flyer.
- Read the full Under the Volcano: Fun Erupts on Star Flyer Cruise to Nicaragua Road Trip article
The famous line "Elvis has left the building" was first uttered in 1956 in Shreveport, Louisiana at the end of an Elvis performance for the Louisiana Hayride radio program. Presley had indeed left the building immediately after his set but he never, in spirit at least, really left Shreveport
- Read the full Elvis in Shreveport: Still in the Building Road Trip article
Our spotlight on new vinyl releases focuses on 7 singles this time out including The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection and Skylar Gudaszs Car Song b/w Dream Lover.
- Read the full The Turtles- Skylar Gudasz review
Its been a long wait. A Very long wait to get deliverance on something new from Godsmack. Just a little over 4 years since their last album release of Oracle in March of 2010 and they have brought an early Christmas. (4 stars)
- Read the full Godsmack - 1000hp review
The great thing about Leprosy is that its not necessarily the seminal Death album, but for several reasons the seminal Death album of a certain era of the group when the band was undoubtedly at its peak. (5 stars)
- Read the full Death - Leprosy review
Lightning strikes twice for these Greek magicians, and Im rather fond of visiting the land of Oi Magoi, where the non sequiturs make a frightening amount of sense and the cogs of perdition tick, tick, tick on clocks. (5 stars)
- Read the full Hail Spirit Noir - Oi Magoi review
A Skeletal Domain sounds exactly how any death metal journeymen will picture it, and it comes away winning over the carved-out hearts. An abattoirs delight. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain review
Titan gets its dagger in the heart through mundane songwriting and lethargic performances that have absolutely nothing to say or show on their own and instead lean on the huge symphony to carry the weight.
- Read the full Septicflesh - Titan review
Osbourne told his life story quite nicely about five years back with his I Am Ozzy memoir and it is not Popoffs intention to repeat or try to best what was included in that tome.
- Read the full Rock Reads: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day- Teenage News Issue 2 review
With water, when it hits the boiling point it turns into steam and disappears into the ether. Boiling Point the band also lives high up in the ether but theyre quite visible, or maybe that should be audible, and the heavens is their beat for a couple of different reasons. (4 stars)
- Read the full Boiling Point - More review
This film has been around for years and has been released by various companies that couldnt manage to keep it in print- it is now where it belongs in the catalog of powerhouse music and music documentary film imprint Eagle Vision. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story review
The Men Who Make the Music hit the recording industry where it hurts by presenting a tale of how bands are (sometimes ruthlessly) taken advantage of by big business with little regard for anything but their bottom line. (4 stars)
- Read the full Devo - The Men Who Make the Music review
Exposed! We reveal all the dirty little secrets of Arizonas Voodoo Sex Cult (and youre gonna love it!) Everyone from bikers to metal heads will dig A Year and a Day, and if the band can get on a national tour, so will everyone else.
- Read the full Voodoo Sex Cult's A Year and a Day review
Anthrax has a history of drawing especially rabid crowds in Santiago so they decided that the Chilean city would be the perfect place to shoot this film as their tour to support their Worship Music and Anthems releases neared its end in 2013. (4 stars)
- Read the full Anthrax - Chile on Hell review
The first question here is how Rick James wrote an autobiography since he has been dead for a decade. The book was put together by David Ritz who had been interviewing James for quite some time prior to his death. (4 stars)
- Read the full Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James review
Theres plenty of social commentary here, but hey, the band is called the Chimpz. Theyre having fun and they want you to have fun too. And with this EP its not a difficult task; turn it up as loud as you can and rock out till the cops come. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Chimpz - Self Titled EP review
This time out for On The Record our vinyl spotlight shines on Brooklyn-based synth poppers Kodacrome and their newly released 12 LP, 180 gram vinyl entitled Aftermaths.
- Read the full Kodacrome - Aftermaths review
This set shows that the String Cheese Incidents Kyle Hollingsworth refuses to be pigeonholed but the funky instrumental stuff is the best of whats on offer here with his third solo effort Speed of Life. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Kyle Hollingsworth - Speed of Life review
It is good to know and very refreshing to see that some of the up and coming new bands that are hitting the alternative hardcore scene actually GET IT. Its only the bands that have true passion for what they do that will be successful. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Meridian - The Awful Truth review
In this show the former Jethro Tull front man revisits the bands 1972 concept album Thick as a Brick as well as its 2012 follow-up, Thick as a Brick 2. There are a few differences in the performance from the sound of the studio version. (4 stars)
- Read the full Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson - Thick as a Brick - Live in Iceland review
ZZ Top are so polished at this stage of the game that they make the show seem effortless, and its nice here that they rock out from start to finish with a minimum of stage patter. (4 stars)
- Read the full ZZ Top - Live at Montreux 2013 review
A ballistic barrage of heavy metal goodness but better than "Glory of Chaos," which was better than "The King of Hell," which was an impressive yet contemporary return from one of heavy metal's darlings
- Read the full Helstar - This Wicked Nest review
Hagen Grohe, Andrew The Bullet Lauer, Alex Landenburg and Marco Wriedt have logged zillions of hours on the road as members of acts like the Joe Perry Project, Rhapsody, Axxis and Paul Gilberts band. Now the four have formed 21Octayne.
- Read the full 21Octayne review
The album title, Be Careful What You Wish For..., nearly begs the question: What if I wished for a rejuvenated Ozzy Osbourne? If you made such a wish, it may be granted in the form of AUG. (3 stars)
- Read the full AUG - Be Careful What You Wish For... review
Hot in the City loves the Arizona music scene and with bands putting out releases like the ones we profile this time out, we have good reason. Come along as we check out some of the summers, well, hottest releases.
- Read the full Best Dog Award- Consider Me Dead- Mallevs review
"Ruining Lives" deserves neither a trophy nor a fistful of egg to its face, but it's clearly a depreciated version of the records that came before it-take that how you will.
- Read the full Prong - Ruining Lives review
A ballistic barrage of heavy metal goodness but better than "Glory of Chaos," which was better than "The King of Hell," which was an impressive yet contemporary return from one of heavy metal's darlings
- Read the full Helstar - This Wicked Nest review
The EP best captures the group identifying its unique surroundings while implementing what is the most 'primitive' sounding foundation of the Septicflesh epic.
- Read the full Septicflesh - Temple of the Lost Race review
The Steady as She Goes is guitarist/singer Tal Wallace and impending doom is an overarching theme in his work on Dangerous & Dead- it doesnt hurt that Wallace has a voice and vocal styling that recalls Jim Morrison.
- Read the full The Steady As She Goes - Dangerous & Dead review
Despite the depressing subject matter that Decoup explores on Pain the songs are fun, uplifting even, thanks to hook-filled arrangements built around lots of screaming guitar licks. (4 stars)
- Read the full Rob Decoup - Pain review
No cover versions, no imitators, and no famous singers paying tribute to the Godfather of Soul. This soundtrack to the recent James Brown biopic wisely features only music performed by Brown himself- 5 stars! (5 stars)
- Read the full James Brown - Get On Up Original Motion Picture Soundtrack review
How does one start a review when you think what you are gonna get (based on past experience) is a bunch of throw back 80s BS from a band that had loads of hits back then that dont matter at all today... or so you might think.
- Read the full Echo And The Bunnymen Live review
The title of this film is a reference to the fact that Gabriel performs the music from his breakthrough album So in its entirety and in order here. But the So material only accounts for about half of the concert. Gabriel likens the shows three distinct segments to that of a meals starter, entree and dessert (4 stars)
- Read the full Peter Gabriel - Back to Front review
Minneman is an accomplished guitarist and synth player and demonstrates this throughout Eeps but he is first and foremost a drummer and this set will appeal to fans of fellow skins men like Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford and Terry Bozzio (4 stars)
- Read the full Marco Minnemann - Eeps review
Lollapalooza 2014 came to a climax amongst a series a pulsating rain showers which made the day a muddy mess, theres no way to sugarcoat it. Miraculously, it didnt diminish the sets of any of the performers and may have helped a few as they had to up their game to ensure the crowd wouldnt run for shelter.
- Read the full Lollapalooza 2014: Day Three review
The second day of Lollapalooza 2014 may not have reached the emotional heights of day one, but it contained the single best set I witnessed all weekend (thank you to Fitz and the Tantrums).
- Read the full Lollapalooza 2014: Day Two review
The first day of Lollapalooza 2014 was an extraordinary one, quite possibly the single greatest day of music Ive ever been witness to. For each of its ten hours, I roamed stages across Grant Park in the search of enlightenment, discoveries and surprises and I found it all.
- Read the full Lollapalooza 2014: Day One review
It's an essential piece of death metal history for enthusiasts hunting for the great classics of a bygone era and another guaranteed snapshot of the superiority of one of the most astonishing metal scenes to ever grace the world.
- Read the full God Macabre - The Winterlong review
Sonically PM5K has returned to the sound their fans have always preferred too, a pummeling electronic version of metal that earned the band a platinum award for sales of their breakthrough record Tonight the Stars Revolt! (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Powerman 5000 - Builders of the Future review
Metallicas landmark sophomore album Ride The Lightning celebrates its 30th anniversary this week and to celebrate we revisit Tony Ks previous in-depth look at the album that we published 5 years ago. (5 stars)
- Read the full Metallica's 'Ride the Lightning' Turns 30 review
The box set of Feast features the original album, the 15-song Re-Kill album and a bonus DVD featuring the bands show from Germanys Wacken Open Air festival in 2013. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Annihilator - Feast Box Set review
California Breed is a new power trio featuring hard rocks go-to vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) along with rock royalty drummer Jason Bonham and relatively unknown young guitar hotshot Andrew Watt.
- Read the full California Breed- Pistol Day Parade review
Fans who have maybe shied away from the band since long time singer Jon Anderson left the band can comfortably come back now since Jon Davison, handling lead vocals since 2012, sounds virtually identical to Anderson. (4 stars)
- Read the full Yes - Heaven & Earth review
In this edition of Rock Pile, Kevin tells us about the Broods, the latest entry in the pop sweepstakes to hail from New Zealand and their self-titled release. Plus the Steely Dan-esque esoterica of Neomythics More Protection.
- Read the full Broods- Neomythics review
Looking for something new to let your ears nibble on? There is a cool new Alt/Punk trio out of Cumbria, UK that seems to be lighting it up out there a little bit called Colt 45. (3 stars)
- Read the full Colt 45 - The Tide Is Turning review
The big concern for longtime fans with a Toto show filmed in 2013 is the Bobby Kimball factor: the bands original (and some would say best) lead vocalist was not on hand for this show that coincided with the bands 35th anniversary. (4 stars)
- Read the full Toto - 35th Anniversary Tour Live from Poland review
Zombie is perhaps as well-known for his filmmaking these days as he is for his music and in consideration of that it is surprising that he has never put out a concert film until now. (4 stars)
- Read the full Rob Zombie - The Zombie Horror Picture Show review
Counting Down Bruce Springsteen is an entertaining and informative read but its greatest value probably lies in the fact that by books end readers will have a newfound craving for the music whether they try to pick favorites or not. (4 stars)
- Read the full Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs review
Over the last few years Franti has managed performing shows across the globe in a variety of functions as headliner, opener, festival circuit and now his own mini yoga festival entitled Soulshine, the name taken from a song on his 2001 album Stay Human.
- Read the full Michael Franti and Spearhead's Soulshine Tour review
Any longhaired rocker who released a record between 1985 and 1991 regrettably has the hair metal label linked to them. Some of the acts merit it, as they had limited talent relying on all style and no substance. Then there are acts like Cinderella, led by Tom Keifer. (4 stars)
- Read the full Tom Keifer - The Way Life Goes review
This is the rare summer package that offers the fans a great bang for the buck as they are given the opportunity to see two bands arguably both at the peak of their powers.
- Read the full Live: Fall Out Boy and Paramore Monumentour review
Not too many places can tout the fact that they're home to a famous outhouse. But such a thing can be found deep in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region, where they also know a little something about fried chicken and bourbon.
- Read the full Kentucky's Bluegrass Country- Don't Miss These Five Attractions Road Trip article
There is a reason that Shes So Unusual made Rolling Stone magazines list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and its now been remastered and reissued in an elaborate and deluxe package for your rediscovery. (4 stars)
- Read the full Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual 30th Anniversary Special Edition review
What do the Allman Brothers Band, Jason Aldean, Young Jeezy, Otis Redding, Lucinda Williams, James Brown and Little Richard have in common? They have in common a strong link to Macon, Georgia.
- Read the full Rock Candy- Macon, Georgia's Music Tour Road Trip article
If somebody happens to tell you to "Get lost!" while you're visiting Odysea in the Desert, don't get upset. They're just wishing you a good time in the Odysea Mirror Maze, one of three attractions at Odysea in the Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona.
- Read the full Odysea in the Desert- Scottsdale's A-Maze-Ing New Attraction Road Trip article
Besides the natural beauty and fun-in-the-sun attitude of Key West, there's something of significance everywhere you look, much of which is unexpected.
- Read the full Key West: Where Florida Ends and the Fun Begins Road Trip article
There's no stopping it- it happens every year in late spring in Shreveport, Louisiana, right around Memorial Day. Mudbug Madness! The whole city comes down with it, and folks in the outlying regions too. And visitors...
- Read the full Mudbug Madness- Shreveport, Louisiana's Salute to the Crawfish Road Trip article
This is the first all new studio album from Nugent in seven years but fans neednt worry that hes changed his sound; hes made a lengthy career out of playing loud and proud blue collar guitar rock and, without being too derivative, theres more of the same here. (4 stars)
- Read the full Ted Nugent - SHUTUP&JAM! review
When NBA superstar LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010, fans residing in Cleveland were devastated. They were also angry and many continue to hold a grudge against the Cleveland area (Akron) native to this day.
- Read the full Losing LeBron review
Vans Warped Tour invaded Pomona, CA on Friday June 20th at the Fairplex. Living up to its reputation as one of the longest running and largest tours of the summer.
- Read the full 2014 Vans Warped Tour review
We recently gave this Alice Cooper documentary a 5-star rating, our highest, earlier this year when the film was only viewable in theaters. Now Eagle Rock has released the film on DVD and Blu-ray so fans can enjoy in the comfort of their homes (5 stars)
- Read the full Super Duper Alice Cooper DVD and Blu-Ray review
Because this band features the pedal steel playing of Tucker Jackson prominently, they are inevitably going to be pegged as an Americana band. But this is no hoedown record
- Read the full The Delines - Colfax review
In this installment of On the Record, Kevin tells us about new vinyl releases including Eyehategods The Liars Psalm, Florida = Deaths Post Information and Vallenfyres The Great Divide.
- Read the full Florida = Death- Eyehategod- Vallenfyre review
A super group consisting of Wally Palmar from the Romantics, Clem Burke from Blondie, Elliot Easton from the Cars and Andy Babiuk from the Chesterfield Kings, the Empty Hearts certainly have the knowhow to make a great record
- Read the full The Empty Hearts review
It boggles the mind to think that this is the bands first live concert film in 22-years. The upside is that Appetite for Democracy is so good that fans will probably never have to wait for another concert film- this is the definitive performance right here (5 stars)
- Read the full Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Democracy 3D review
He's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and no wonder. The harmonica playing style of late bluesman Little Walter was so unique that it's been compared to the genius of Jimi Hendrix or jazzman Charlie Parker.
- Read the full The Little Walter Music Festival: Alexandria, Louisiana Gets the Blues Road Trip article
This is the quintessence of Queen and its heart is still beating loud and proud. It may be too much for you to bear to hear these songs sung by someone other than Mercury, but I hope you brave it, because Queen + Adam Lambert is pure majesty. (5 stars)
- Read the full Queen + Adam Lambert Tour Opening Night review
The album title, Be Careful What You Wish For..., nearly begs the question: What if I wished for a rejuvenated Ozzy Osbourne? If you made such a wish, it may be granted in the form of AUG. (3 stars)
- Read the full AUG - Be Careful What You Wish For... review
Its fitting that boxer, mixed martial artist and sometimes actor Kimbo Slice appears in the video for Rock Bottom, the first single from Xombie of its Capital X album. This bands music is like the soundtrack to a street brawl (3 stars)
- Read the full Xombie - Capital X review
When you consider Larusso you may likely be thinking to yourself, Can any good punk band come out of Salt Lake City? Not the first place youd think of when looking out for great new punk rock music (3 stars)
- Read the full Larusso - Life in Static review
Science tells us nebulae is the plural of a nebula, which are interstellar clouds of dust, hydrogen, helium and other gases. That doesnt sound very musical, though. (2 stars)
- Read the full Heylel - Nebulae review
The performances, songwriting, sound quality, and other vital facets of the musical experience are refined but undeniably marked by the Freedom Call stamp. Credit is earned when credit is due- "Beyond" isn't too shabby.
- Read the full Freedom Call - Beyond review
This album is pretty much the completion of Cynic's conversion over to the progressive rock station. It seems in a lot of ways that the ethereal ingenuity and complex algorithms of Cynic's yesteryears have gone from a million screaming spirits to a feeble creative whisper.
- Read the full Cynic - Kindly Bent to Free Us review
The fact that Grave Digger is sixteen albums deep and they can create twelve fiery tracks and have not one of them be disposable is pretty outstanding. Consistent and brazen, "Return of the Reaper" is everything one could ask for in a Grave Digger record.
- Read the full Grave Digger - Return of the Reaper review
Bombs of Hades members were once involved with a handful of Swedish death metal bands that are historically legendary to the development and spread of the genre during its formative years-important factions like God Macabre, Abhoth, Utumno.
- Read the full Bombs of Hades - Atomic Temples review
At first I really, really enjoyed "All Hell's Martyrs," because it's an epic, colossal display of stomps and dark atmosphere. However, subsequent listens have not been too kind.
- Read the full Dread Sovereign - All Hell's Martyrs review
Lovesick Saints sure sound a lot like Social Distortion. However, instead of coming off like a rip-off of that fine band, they instead sound more like a really nice chip off the old block. (4 stars)
- Read the full Lovesick Saints - Dia De Los Muertos review
Below is a fitting name for this Swedish doom metal export. Sweden has established itself the capital of classic heavy metal worship, as high levels of quality continue to pour out of bands like Portrait and In Solitude.
- Read the full Below - Across the Dark River review
Keith Alan Mitchell may not be the strongest vocalist - he tends to drift off key now and again. However, theres one song on this folk-y 12-song collection, Swaying, which makes this album above average. (3 stars)
- Read the full Keith Alan Mitchell - This Clumsy World review
If you think Gothic music died with the demise of Bauhaus and the like, The Lost Poets may prove you wrong. Led by vocalist/guitarist David Rosengren, this act sings a lot about death, and other dark subject matter. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Lost Poets - Insubordia review
Wetwood Smokes Earth Tones & Red opens with the catchy A Better Man, which combines a Kings Of Leon-esque vocal in some places, with a world music-y Local Natives groove. Lyrically, though, it fails the truth test (3 stars)
- Read the full Wetwood Smokes - Earth Tones & Red review
Stylistically, Colour may remind you of 80s new wave pop. Such is certainly the case with Save Our Souls. You can also catch a bit of Weezers influence on the lumbering groove of Liar -- especially its big guitar intro. (3 stars)
- Read the full Sulu Babylon - Colour review
These Canucks play a nifty style of heavy/speed metal, which is cool, but that's all that can be said about the group's music, frankly. It's cool. It's fun. It's energetic and frenzied. But truth be told Skull Fist is a one-trick pony.
- Read the full Skull Fist - Chasing the Dream review
Like the bulk of the revivalist refugees trying to illegally cross over into Thrashistan, Suicidal Angels' outings have been mostly unremarkable-typical worship of Slayer, Exodus, Kreator, and so on.
- Read the full Suicidal Angels - Divide and Conquer review
If all you heard by The Falling Birds was Darling, you might suspect this trio was attempting to become the second coming of Nirvana. However, most of the rest of this EP is far less rocking. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Falling Birds - Native America review
The Age of the Universe has drawn comparisons to Muse. And when singer/guitarist Isaac Reese pours on the electric guitar riff-age during Alive, the opening song for the album, you realize such a RIYL is not at all unfounded. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Age of the Universe - Singularity review
If youre looking for something a little out of the ordinary that will force you to pay extra close attention, Dinah Thorpes Lullabies and Wake-Up Calls will reward you with a satisfying, creative listening experience (3 stars)
- Read the full Dinah Thorpe - Lullabies and Wake-Up Calls review
Mangoseed is a four member funk-rock-reggae band from London. Led by vocalist Nicholai La Barrie, who originally formed the act with guitarist Karlos Coleman, has titled its album Basquiat. This group is all over the map, stylistically. (3 stars)
- Read the full Mangoseed - Basquiat review
Vocally, Dishart is a little bit of an acquired taste, in that he combines the un -Velvety, off key vocal tone of Lou Reed-inspired Dean Wareham singing, with the permanently depressed attitude of Sun Kil Moon (and former Red House Painters) Mark Kozelek. (2 stars)
- Read the full Books on Fate - Memory review
Iron Savior is like a dog that can only do one trick, but that trick happens to be the ability to throw up titanic power metal covered in crispy riffs, bombastic choruses, and an authentic degree of raw sound quality.
- Read the full Iron Savior - Rise of the Hero review
Life can get a little dull when there are so many (too many) predictable guitar/bass/drum bands making simplistic hard rock. But Bridges is like an ever so slightly exotic meal, in an otherwise generic fast food world. (3 stars)
- Read the full Direct Divide - Bridges review
Last summer someone suggested to me to spin an album from a local indie artist named Jeff Morris. I reluctantly accepted having only recently taken a self-imposed break from listening and reviewing unknown artists. (4 stars)
- Read the full Jeff Morris - Original Songs On a Borrowed Guitar review
"Darkness Unbound" is enough death metal destruction to whisk away even the blackest of hearts and make them blasphemous, profane warriors in the order of Demonical's eternal army of doom. No need to fix what's not broken.
- Read the full Demonical - Darkness Unbound review
The demolition of Hail of Bullets makes "III: The Rommel Chronicles" a surefire product of noisome, wreckful, annihilative death metal cooked up by the most credible musicians around.
- Read the full Hail of Bullets - III: The Rommel Chronicles review
"Obsideo" mostly has the right idea and overrides many of the issues that plagued "Doctrine," but Pestilence is still caught up in an accustomed arduousness which ultimately makes "Obsideo" a wash.
- Read the full Pestilence - Obsideo review
It occasionally provides a tune greater than the sum of its parts, but the whole package generally leaves the local yokels feeling disappointed, like a Sunday without a case of Busch Light.
- Read the full Glorior Belli - Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls review
Most of "Legions" delivers multitudes of admirable guitar work with an unparalleled power of thrashing heavy metal goodness. This isn't a wasteful investment or redundant in the least- Artillery lives up to the hype.
- Read the full Artillery - Legions review
"VI" is actually a fairly decent album, and I'm thrilled to see a thrash band from the early 1980s like Onslaught make a slab of atrocity this homicidal and savage. A winner in my book.
- Read the full Onslaught - VI review
Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, otherwise known as The Milk Carton Kids, are one of the most popular acts on the neo-folk scene and here in this live performance film they present a generous selection of songs mostly drawn from their 2013 The Ash & Clay album. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre review
School is out for summer and thousands and thousands of young music fans are descending on Warped Tour. This is the Warped Tours 20th Anniversary and the tour is a bigger freight train than it has ever been.
- Read the full 2014 Vans Warped Tour Preview review
Labels continue to scour their archives for any previously unreleased Ronnie James Dio material they can dig up and why not, Dios fan base remains ravenous for anything having to do with the late rock god, and this concert film from 20-years ago fits the bill nicely (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Dio - Live in London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993 review
When Tony was told Superunknown was the first rock album ever to be mixed in 11.1 sound and it was available as an app on your phone, he just couldnt imagine how the listening experience would be overpowering.
- Read the full Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' in DTS 11.1 Headphone: X Format review
This album IS a Metal Masterpiece. There is absolutely no doubt about that. Ice-T and the band have put their feet in the ground and are firmly planted and are ready to charge. This album gets 5 out of 5 stars on hardcore scale. Get this record period. (5 stars)
- Read the full Body Count - Manslaughter review
Gustavo De Beauville is a brilliant guitarist, with a successful track record of contributing music for games, films and even other bands. However, Volume 1 represents his brave move of stepping out as a solo artist. (3 stars)
- Read the full Gustavo De Beauville - Volume 1 review
This 1973 title is re-issued now because it features Angus and Malcolm Young on guitar, who would go on to fame with AC/DC. Fans should not expect the music here to sound like early AC/DC. (2.5 stars)
- Read the full The Marcus Hook Roll Band - Tales of Old Grand-Daddy review
The news surrounding this album, the 23rd from Nazareth overall, is that it is in all likelihood the last to feature the whisky-soaked vocal styling of Dan McCafferty, the bands long-standing lead singer who is now experiencing ill health (5 stars)
- Read the full Nazareth - Rock 'n' Roll Telephone (5 Stars) review
Bruce Springsteens hit album Born in the U.S.A. celebrates its 30th anniversary this week and to celebrate we take look a back at Tony K's feature about the album from our Bruce Springsteen month in 2009.
- Read the full Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. review
Empire of the Undead is Gamma Rays The X Factor (the Iron Maiden album for the unacquainted). Im not being facetious: the similarities are striking. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead review
Whats in a name? For the Nearly Deads, lots of tongue-in-cheek fun but little truth in advertising. Contrary to their moniker, indie rockers the Nearly Deads are very much alive and ready to rock summertime playlists with Invisible Tonight. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Nearly Deads - Invisible Tonight review
In this edition of Psychedelic Shack tells us about the new releases A Psych Tribute to the Doors, Telekrexs Leap and the 4-way split single from Triptides, Frankie & the Witch Fingers, The See See and The Young Sinclairs.
- Read the full A Psych Tribute to the Doors- Telekrex- More review
This is a real treat for fans of 70s era Little Feat as Live in Holland presents a hot set list drawn primarily from the Sailin Shoes, Dixie Chicken and Feats Dont Fail Me Now albums. (4 stars)
- Read the full Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976 review
Eron Falbo is an enigma. Hes from Brazil, but youd never guess that by the way he sings. He vocalizes with Leonard Cohens cynicism, yet he combines this emotional approach with a Lou Reed snarl. (4 stars)
- Read the full Eron Falbo - 73 review
This year's GABBF, the 25th edition of the event, takes place June 5-8 at various outdoor venues in the downtown Danville area and at several locations just outside of town.
- Read the full The Great American Brass Band Festival Road Trip article
Theres a lot here that gives the Slough Feg moniker justice, but a huge chunk of the album holds little substance and sounds like a band hinged to its sound because thats just what people expect: Digital Resistance is Slough Fegs Death Magnetic. (3 stars)
- Read the full Slough Feg - Digital Resistance review
Rise Up is Salivas best effort ever. And that includes their debut album which came out in 2001 entitled Every Six Seconds - Us metal heads know that to be the album with the infamous single Click Click Boom. (4 stars)
- Read the full Saliva - Rise Up review
Comparisons to the Argus-era are inevitable. Longtime fans really have a treat in Blue Horizon and new fans will be inspired here to go back and start buying the oldies. (4 stars)
- Read the full Wishbone Ash - Blue Horizon review
Plastic Yellow Band (which reads an awful lot like John and Yokos Plastic Ono band, intentionally), is pretty much Gerry Jennings one-man-band. Similarly, there is the obvious influence of the Beatles - on both World Party and Plastic Yellow Band. (4 stars)
- Read the full Plastic Yellow Band - Breathe Air review
For this special edition of Root 66, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the standout new releases from Dolly Parton (Blue Smoke), Kelley Hunt (The Beautiful Bones), Patti Parks (Cheatn Man) and Hannah Aldridge (Razor Wire)
- Read the full Ladies Edition - Dolly Parton- Kelley Hunt- Patti Parks- Hannah Aldridge review
We wrap up our Cruise to the Edge 2014 coverage with a conversation with Roger Dean, the renowned English artist who designed the iconic Yes album covers including Close to the Edge, the celebrated prog rock classic.
- Read the full Cruise to the Edge Part 3 - Roger Dean Interview Road Trip article
The late Ronnie James Dio is beloved for many reasons, primary among them is for his powerfully evocative voice. With that in mind, fans should go into this tribute album knowing that the contributing artists are not trying to do the impossible and outdo Ronnie with their takes on his songs (4 stars)
- Read the full Ronnie James Dio - This is Your Life review
Greetings, heh-heh friends. Its wonderful to have you join us tonight at the Cutting Edge Medical Centre for this autopsy of a legend. I know how excited most of you were to hear that we would be digging into this groundbreaking FIGURE known as Alice Cooper. (5 stars)
- Read the full Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (Hybrid SACD edition) review
Astute fans may recognize the two men who make up 7Horse, guitarist Joie Calio and vocalist/drummer Phil Leavitt as being longtime members of the band Dada (Dizz Knee Land.) But the guys have changed horses, er, musical styles. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full 7Horse - Songs for a Voodoo Wedding review
Eagles legend Don Felder is part of the Soundtrack of Summer tour, also with Styx and Foreigner. Morley was lucky enough to have another go-round with Don this week to talk about it and the extended edition of The Road to Forever.
- Read the full Don Felder MorleyView
Our fun aboard the MSC Divina continues as the Cruise to the Edge sails into sunny Cozumel, Mexico. The event's name is actually a play on the title of the epic prog rock album Close to the Edge by Yes, the stars of the massive floating music festival.
- Read the full Cruise to the Edge Part 2 -Yes and Cozumel Road Trip article
Its been a long... long time since Black Francis and Co. came out an albums worth of material. But here it is. After 23 years we waited... and waited for the next album after Trompe le Monde. (3 stars)
- Read the full The Pixies - Indie Cindy review
"Empyrean Realms" sounds like Armory breaking out of its shell and soaring high above the clouds, proudly dynamic and boasting explosive, mighty feathers of elegance and poignancy.
- Read the full Armory - Empyrean Realms review
The bands penchant for spot-on radio rock was recognized early on by guitarist Clint Lowery of Sevendust who not only produced this debut full-length for 3 Years Hollow but also co-wrote a handful of the songs and performs on the, you guessed it, surefire radio biggie For Life. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full 3 Years Hollow - The Cracks review
2nd annual Cruise to the Edge, starring the legendary English band Yes and featuring Marillion, UK, Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited, Renaissance, Strawbs, Queensryche, Lifesigns, the Pineapple Thief and many others.
- Read the full Cruise To The Edge Part 1 - Rockin' the Caribbean Road Trip article
In this edition of Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new DVD releases 83 US Festival, Days 1-3 which features performances from the iconic music festival featuring U2, Judas Priest, The Clash and more and he tells us about Punk in Africa, which looks at the punks legacy on the continent
- Read the full '83 US Festival, Days 1-3- Punk in Africa review
If you like that AC/DC style
You are gonna love this record. Simply put, this is a FUN live album. You can sense it in the music. In the crowd. In the overall vibe. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From The House Of Rust review
Currently showing in theaters, Super Duper Alice Cooper chronicles the band and the man over about a 20-year period, from early-60s beginnings to a fresh start in the 80s. The story begins with Vincent Furnier and Dennis Dunaway meeting in high school in Phoenix. - 5 Stars (5 stars)
- Read the full Super Duper Alice Cooper review
If you occasionally like to spend the day just horsin' around, have I got a place for you! Saddle up and head to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky where you can interact in all sorts of fun ways with the equine creatures.
- Read the full Horsin' Around: A Visit to the Kentucky Horse Park Road Trip article
In this edition of Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new DVD releases Concert for Ronnie Montrose which showcases the all-star tribute show to the legendary guitarist and Joni Mitchells Woman of Heart & Mind/Paintings with Words and Music.
- Read the full Concert for Ronnie Montrose- Joni Mitchell review
Its been twelve years since Will Hoge released his first album. Some listeners and reviewers will say Hoge is rock, others say he is more country. With the Fall 2013 release of Never Give In classification lines of genre become very blurry.
- Read the full Will Hoge review
At times, this act sounds like early new wave electronic acts, such as Pet Shop Boys, Erasure and the like. In other moments, though, they sound closer to a folk pairing - one that just happens to apply electronic elements to its folk-ish songs. (4 stars)
- Read the full no:carrier - Wisdom & Failure review
After contributing vocals to the last Ephel Duath record and EP, Karyn Crisis has now turned her attention to her long-awaited solo record. Written by her and her husband, Ephel Duath's Davide Tiso, it is coming out later this year under the band name of Gospel of the Witches.
- Read the full Gospel Of The Witches (Karyn Crisis) MorleyView
The wait is over! Record Store Day 2014 is this Saturday and indie record stores all over the nation will be celebrating with sales on tons of limited edition vinyl titles as well as special edition CDs and even a handful of releases on cassette.
- Read the full MGMT - Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations review
Godheads The Shadow Realigned is a friends-with-benefits kind of thing because it includes 14 unique remixes provided by 14 different producers. Headed up by Jason Miller (the acts lead singer and songwriter), Godhead first came to the publics attention via its relationship with Marilyn Manson. (3 stars)
- Read the full Godhead - The Shadow Realigned review
Have you marked your calendar and saved your pennies? Record Store Day is April 19 and that means your favorite indie record store will have lots of limited edition collectible vinyl releases up for grabs including these two titles from 311.
- Read the full 311 and Evolver review
In this latest installment of the Remake/Remodel series, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about The Alan Parsons Projects The Complete Albums Collection, Crows The Best of Crow and Adrian and the Sunsets Breatkthrough
- Read the full The Alan Parsons Project- Crow- Adrian and the Sunsets review
If youre a fan of vinyl then a holiday just for you is right around the corner: Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19! This week well be telling you about a few of the RSD titles that weve had an advance look at. Today we look at special releases from Outkast and The The / DJ Food.
- Read the full Outkast- The The/DJ Food review
Sebastian Bach has a new record coming out (Give 'Em Hell - Frontiers Records) and to these ears, it's the best thing he's been a part of since the first Skid Row. Morley spent a fun half-hour with Mr. Bach recently to talk about the new record.
- Read the full Sebastian Bach MorleyView
Heres the latest in Eagle Visions two-fer series, holding both a full-length documentary examining Reeds Transformer album and a stellar performance recorded in Montreux. (4 stars)
- Read the full Lou Reed - Transformer/Live at Montreux 2000 review
Heres an interesting pairing of Queen guitarist May and musical theater performer Ellis. The connection for the seemingly oddball duo is that Ellis was one of the performers in the London stage version of the Queen musical We Will Rock You. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Brian May & Kerry Ellis - The Candlelight Concerts review
Gabriel Olteanu was born in Romania and now lives in Montreal, Canada, but just as you cant always exactly tell Scorpions are from Germany, this hard rock guitarist/singer pretty much sounds like a classic American metal performer, rather than one with multiple international backgrounds. (3 stars)
- Read the full Gabriel Olteanu - Gabriel Olteanu EP review
In his song "Blind Willie McTell" Bob Dylan honors the late bluesman with the line "No one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell." Similarly there's nothing on earth that celebrates McTell's legacy like the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival
- Read the full Thomson, Georgia's Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival Road Trip article
Last summer someone suggested to me to spin an album from a local indie artist named Jeff Morris. I reluctantly accepted having only recently taken a self-imposed break from listening and reviewing unknown artists. (4 stars)
- Read the full Jeff Morris - Original Songs On a Borrowed Guitar review
Greg Maechlings delicate, Ray Davies-esque voice, is the first aural element announcing itself on the title track of Particle Waves new Grand Unifier album. This unique vocal sound, however, can be both a blessing and a curse. (2 stars)
- Read the full Particle Wave - Grand Unifier review
Currently enjoying a hit single and counting the days till their new album World on Fire drops, 28 North is in the fast lane headed for Big Time and theres not a cop in sight. Kevin Wierzbicki gives us a look at this band as they prepare to release the new album later this month.
- Read the full 28 North review
Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to new blues releases including John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers Stories + Road Dogs + In the Palace of the King, Mark T. Smalls Smokin Blues, Terry Gillespies Bluesoul and Annika Chambers & The Houston All-Stars Making My Mark.
- Read the full John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers- Mark T. Small- More review
Whereas in the past Josh Matthews minimalist approach to music has sometimes been just a little too minimal for its own good, this latest effort includes just enough musical spice to keep the aural feast interesting. (3 stars)
- Read the full Josh Matthews - Co-Patriot review
Happy birthday Elton! In a nice touch from the record label this excellent celebration of the 40th anniversary of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is being released on March 25, Sir Eltons 67th birthday. And while release day is Eltons special day, it is his fans who with this set get to load up on presents. (5 stars)
- Read the full Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set review
Who are these brave men of the fluffy jacket, living with but one purpose in mind, to fight demons? Fighting rocknroll demons that is, and bringing on the good times? Chances are that you have heard all of these musicians before. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Fluffy Jackets - Fighting Demons review
1984 saw many significant album releases and for the rest of the year we will occasionally take a look back at some of them. We kick off with a look at Princes Purple Rain which celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer.
- Read the full Flashback: Prince's Purple Rain review
Its that fun time of year once again when everybodys Irish! And how better to enjoy St. Patricks Day than with some Celtic music? So load up a plate of corned beef and cabbage, pour yourself a Guinness and turn up these new releases- theyre leprechaun approved!
- Read the full Passport St. Paddy's Day Special review
Germanys Wacken Open Air Festival is sort of the holy grail of live events for metalheads: each year the festival presents an astonishing line-up of established and up-and-coming metal and hard rock acts from all over the world. (4 stars)
- Read the full Live at Wacken 2012 review
This time out we listen to reggae releases by artists checking in from Jamaica, London and South Africa . Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on the new albums from U-Roy, Follow Jah, Eek-A-Mouse and The Skints.
- Read the full U-Roy, Follow Jah, Eek-A-Mouse and The Skints review
On the Blue cruise charters has announced the 2nd annual Moody Blues Cruise, a rockin six-day adventure to be held aboard the new ship MSC Divina. Kevin spoke with Moody Blues singer and bass player John Lodge to ask about his memories of the Isle of Wight show and the upcoming Moody Blues Cruise.
- Read the full The Moody Blues Cruise: An Interview with Moody Blues' John Lodge review
For most fans there wasnt a whole lot of thinking that needed to be done when The Who released their destined-to-be-a-classic rock opera Tommy in 1969. Fans needed only to listen casually to recognize the effort as a masterpiece. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Who - Sensation: The Story of Tommy review
the songs on Missing in Action hit the ears as directly as the hits did, thanks to the contributions of producer/co-writer Billy Sherwood (ex-Yes) who also played every instrument on the record. (4 stars)
- Read the full Missing Persons - Missing in Action review
With the Oscars officially over, pick up where lasts weeks best of 2013 film list left off starting with number twenty-six. Some may wonder why put any focus on these films, but 2013 was an astonishing year and every one of these are worth your time.
- Read the full The Best Films of 2013 - Part II review
The world of cinema got off to an honorably slow start in 2013. Post-summer very few films had truly shaken me to my core but then came the fall and year-end lists and as it stands right now, 2013 will go down in the books as one of the finest in the history of cinema.
- Read the full The Best Films of 2013 Part I review
Morley was completely bowled over by Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy's new album Stratosphere, which he found to be a gorgeous, fantastic, engaging piece of work. So Morley was excited to speak with Matt to learn more about the project.
- Read the full Matt Sorum MorleyView
The Satanist is the portal into which Behemoths evolution, trials, tribulations, and triumphs all remain in dark meditation. The Satanist is just fantastic from start to finish- it is Behemoths finest endeavor. (5 stars)
- Read the full Behemoth - The Satanist review
This documentary about English punk/hard rock band The Cockney Rejects does an excellent job of telling the bands story and in doing so goes way beyond just talking about the group. This is sort of necessary if you want to understand what the guys were all about. (4 stars)
- Read the full East End Babylon: The Story of the Cockney Rejects review
Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new rock releases from Trauma, Marco Iacobini, Days Between Stations and Silvertung in this new installment of his Rock Pile series.
- Read the full Trauma- Marco Iacobini- Days Between Stations- Silvertung review
"Possession" isn't much more than another slab of heavy metal goodness. Crystal Viper is still awesome, and the band's fifth full-length record lives up to the quality standard of the Crystal Viper brand with the same harsh bite and brawn.
- Read the full Crystal Viper - Possession review
Filmed at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2012, The Secret Policemans Ball - U.S.A. was a benefit show for Amnesty International that featured a stellar line-up of comedians and a couple of musical acts. (4 stars)
- Read the full Quick Flicks: The Secret Policeman's Ball - U.S.A. review
Being one of the premiere security professionals in the music business for over 21 years, Sean Guthrie has enabled fans to experience glimpses and snippets of life on the road through his Facebook & Twitter. (5 stars)
- Read the full Go Beyond The Barricade review
This latest effort finds the act mixing in new, welcome elements into an already solid musical base. Listen to Escaping Alcatraz, and dont be surprised if Muses epic rock reputation doesnt come immediately to mind. (4 stars)
- Read the full Monks of Mellonwah - Turn the People review
What happens musically when you transport brothers from Italy to Austin, Texas? In the case of Piqued Jacks, you get something a little like an angrier Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The album Just a Machine, is a lot like early Red Hot Chilli Peppers, sans all the lyrical silliness. (4 stars)
- Read the full Piqued Jacks - Just a Machine review
Theres no questioning the prowess of veteran guitarist Michael Schenker but hes also earned a reputation for putting out uneven albums with songs that tend to lack memorable hooks. Thats not the case here though. (4.5 stars) (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock - Bridge the Gap review
Often regarded as one of the most important metal bands to have ever hailed from Chile and South America in their underground circuits, Pentagram lived and died in the arms of old-school thrash/death metal.
- Read the full Pentagram Chile - The Malefice review
Scorpions have released a lot of live efforts but none until now has been bombast-free. Yet the words stripped down dont apply to MTV Unplugged in Athens- there is far more here than you would get had the same set been played through a stack of Marshalls. (5 stars)
- Read the full 5 Stars: Scorpions - MTV Unplugged in Athens review
If you think Arcade Fire is completely original, just take a listen to Defiantly Loved by Stoney, which is a dead ringer for early Arcade Fire music. Although Stoney, a Brit, can be a little on the derivative side, his full-length More Than Animals is nevertheless a strong album. (4 stars)
- Read the full Stoney - More than Animals review
Blacklite District plays modern metal music thats influenced by vintage hard rock sounds, enhanced with up-to-the-moment electronic styling and awash in melody and the kind of hooks it takes to get on the radio, a perfect example of which is the new Blacklite District single With Me Now.
- Read the full Blacklite District review
Despite carrying on touring in many incarnations over the years, Missing Persons is set to release their first new record of original material in over 25 years and Morley spoke with Dale Bozzio about the new album.
- Read the full Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio MorleyView
The capital city of Wales is only 2 and a half hours from London's Paddington Station by rail and there's an express train to Paddington from Heathrow Airport so travelers freshly arrived in the U.K. need only endure one transfer on the way to Cardiff, making the journey extremely easy.
- Read the full Cardiff, Wales: A Time Traveler's Delight! Road Trip article
Author Pavitt is the co-founder of the Sub Pop label, the imprint that Nirvana recorded for in their nascent days. Hes also a photographer and this coffee table-style book is packed with photos he took of Nirvana and Sub Pop acts Tad and Mudhoney during a European tour in 1989. (4 stars)
- Read the full Experiencing Nirvana review
For this installment of On the Record Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new vinyl releases from The Technicolors (double vinyl Listener Deluxe Edition and Again picture sleeve single) and The Silent Comedys Friends Divide.
- Read the full The Technicolors- The Silent Comedy review
Theres a plant that grows in Africa called Iboga that when ingested causes psychotropic effects that are believed to have the ability to cure serious addictions including those to drugs like heroin. Believers in Ibogas powers indulge in a ritual called Bwiti that culminates in the taking of Iboga.
- Read the full Sick Birds Die Easy review
Its red hot! Its burning up the charts! Man, it has really caught fire! DJs around the country are having some fun with the latest hit single from LeAnn Rimes, the incendiarily-titled Gasoline and Matches.
- Read the full LeAnn Rimes, Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck - Gasoline and Matches review
When grunge started a shift that eventually almost killed off hard rock and metal by the mid '90s. Refusing to adopt flannel work shirts as their new uniform, Varga did not want to jump on any trend to promote further success. They are back and Morley speaks with Dan Fila.
- Read the full Varga MorleyView
R - Evolution is a collection of 19 clips featuring the Doors performing on various television shows and in brief music films, designated as such because many of them pre-date the MTV-style video era. (4 stars)
- Read the full The Doors: R - Evolution review
Kevin Wierzbicki continues his special Eagle Rock week with a look at the new home video release of Morrisseys 25 Live, which was filmed in the rather intimate confines of the auditorium at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles.
- Read the full Morrissey - 25 Live review
Kevin Wierzbicki is kicking off 2014 with a special look at recent home video releases from Eagle Rock. Today he tells us about UB40s Live at Montreux 2002 and Neil Sedakas The Show Goes On: Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
- Read the full UB40- Neil Sedaka review
Kevin Wierzbicki is kicking off 2014 with a special look at recent home video releases from Eagle Rock. Today he tells us about Ritchie Blackmores Rainbows Black Masquerade which was filmed in Germany in 1995 during the tour to support Stranger in Us All.
- Read the full Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Black Masquerade review
Kevin Wierzbicki is kicking off 2014 with a special look at recent home video releases from Eagle Rock. Today he tells us about Peter Gabriels Live in Athens 1987 which was filmed during the tour to support the So album and is nothing short of electrifying.
- Read the full Peter Gabriel - Live in Athens 1987 review
Perhaps Step Outside might be a better title than Step Inside for Kevin Jenkins soulful new album. With it, Jenkins steps outside his usual sideman role, one hes fulfilled for such artists as Roberta Flack and Cyndi Lauper. In fact, his current employer is Shemekia Copeland. (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Kevin Jenkins - Step Inside review
The bands Rewired album was new when this 2004 concert was filmed and the show opens with Carrack out front playing acoustic 12-string guitar and lending his soulful vocals to that albums Falling. Several other cuts from Rewired are scattered throughout a set that also includes favorites (3.5 stars)
- Read the full Quick Flicks: Mike + the Mechanics + Paul Carrack - Live at Shepherds Bush London review
Its blasphemy for mainstream country singers to admit they love both the Ramones and George Jones in the same breath, but Heidi Howe doesnt have any hesitation in pointing to these two sonic opposites as being equally inspirational to her. (4 stars)
- Read the full Heidi Howe - Be Good review
Kevin Wierzbicki gets the year off to a rockin start with his latest Rock Pile where he tells us about Annihilators Feast, Ephel Duaths Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness, plus new self-titled releases from Trash the Brand and Roses Unread.
- Read the full Annihilator- Ephel Duath- Trash the Brand- Roses Unread review
At this point in time few people think of Neil Young in the context of being an ex-member of Buffalo Springfield but he was only a couple years removed from that group when these songs were recorded in late 1970 during a series of solo acoustic shows in Washington, DC at the now-defunct Cellar Door. (4 stars)
- Read the full Neil Young - Live at the Cellar Door review
The superb arena show, named The Night We Stole Christmas, featured nearly five-hours of music on the Allstate Arena stage where more than ten-thousand fans watched five of the best and brightest bands lighting up the alternative airwaves currently.
- Read the full The Night We Stole Christmas With Queens of the Stone Age and 30 Seconds To Mars review
Jonathon Freeman Anderson sent over his latest syndicated interview where he talks to Mikko Siren of Apocalyptica about their new live release Wagner Reloaded and a lot more!
- Read the full Apocalyptica Interview
Knowing that the end was approaching, Walker focused his time and attention on the EP Peachtree Battle in the hopes his father could hear the completed work before he passed. Big Butch died shortly thereafter but not before Walker was able to play the songs to his father holding his hand. (4 stars)
- Read the full Best of 2013: Butch Walker review
This installment of Psychedelic Shack features a Christmas freak-out and some super-psych for your new year including Psych-Out Christmas, Luders Adelphophagia, Okta Logues Tales of Transit City and Chris Forsyths Solar Motel.
- Read the full Psych-Out Christmas- Luder- Okta Logue- Chris Forsyth review
The idea behind Backbeats If You Like series is not to provide an in-depth band bio or tell you what a particular group sounds like. This book is for folks who already know and enjoy and want to explore options for obtaining music thats in some connected to the Ramones
- Read the full If You Like the Ramones... review
Slack Armada proves how inventive creating instrumental music can truly be. Unlike, say, smooth jazz, which is the ultimate in compositional laziness, Hrabak is like a child with a Lego set where the skys the limit when it comes to inventiveness. (4.5 stars)
- Read the full Slack Armada - Slack Armada EP review
Santas on the way but hes made a quick stop at Legacy Records; the jolly elf wanted to make sure he had plenty of the labels latest Classic Christmas Album releases on hand for when he makes his rounds on Christmas eve. Lets peek into Santas bag and see if we cant find a couple were really gonna like.
- Read the full Classic Christmas Albums From Johnny Cash, George Jones, Gladys Knight, Neil Diamond and more review
Last summer in downtown Chicago, Lollapalooza was taking place with the Cure, Mumford and Sons, Nine Inch Nails and the Killers headlining the three-day event. What no one could have anticipated was how a sixty-five year old soul crooner would steal the weekend: Charles Bradley.
- Read the full Best of 2013: Charles Bradley Live- A Spiritual Soul review
With the popularity of vintage soul singing, from the likes of Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, it makes sense for Littlejohn to record an album that reminds you that 70s soul was, indeed, some mighty fine glory days, indeed. (4 stars)
- Read the full Ron Littlejohn & The Funk Embassy - Shining On review
In this edition of Get The Blues, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new releases from Eric Bibb (Jericho Road), Sheba (Butter on My Rolls), Bryan Lee (Play One For Me) and Sean Chambers (The Rock House Sessions).
- Read the full Eric Bibb- Sheba- Bryan Lee- Sean Chambers review
Hunter has played and toured with the likes of Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Mitch Ryder David Lee Roth, Peter Gabriel and many more. Steve put out his latest solo album, 'The Manhattan Blues Project' earlier this year and Morley caught up with him to discuss it and other topics.
- Read the full Steve Hunter MorleyView
While this book is about Pantera as a whole it necessarily focuses on Darrell Dimebag Darrell Abbott, the late guitarist whose playing caused the band to get noticed in the first place and eventually propelled the band to fame.
- Read the full Reinventing Metal: The True Story of Pantera and the Tragically Short Life of Dimebag Darrell review
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!
- Read the full Tom Keifer MorleyView
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.
- Read the full Paul Raymond Project MorleyView
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.
- Read the full Bunny Rugs MorleyView
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.
- Read the full Def Leppard MorleyView
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