Archive for January 9th, 2012

Styx bursts back onto the scene with TV appearances, new DVD and series of shows

Styx is hitting the airwaves and the roadways again — even as Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman celebrate the upcoming DVD release of Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi diagnosed with cancer; work on reunion album continues

Guitarist Tony Iommi, currently at work on a reunion project with Black Sabbath, has cancer. The band issued a statement on its Facebook page confirming a diagnosis of early-stage lymphoma for the 63-year-old metal legend

Paul McCartney confirms new album title, reveals track listing and artwork

Many assumed, after Paul McCartney streamed a new song called “My Valentine” in December, that it would be the title track for his forthcoming new studio album of standards. Instead, McCartney confirmed a different title this morning: Kisses On The Bottom.

Gimme Five: Songs where Pink Floyd, well, sucked

Everybody went through a Pink Floyd phase, right? But, the child is grown; the dream is gone. Let’s face it, some of this stuff, well, sucked.

Half Notes: TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain (2006)

An unconventional combination of the sound of early solo Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, and touches of David Bowie with hip-hop and minimalist post-rock sensibilities of today, TV On The Radio doesn’t really sound like rock per se, yet doesn’t sound so esoteric that their music is a turn-off. Instead, the stew of sound they concoct is mesmerizing. It’s just soRead More

New Music Monday: Cool rocking reissues include Bo Diddley, Billy Joel, Dave Brubeck

Here’s a run down — with a few of our thoughts — on some notable music projects, both new and reissue, slated for release during the week of Jan. 9, 2012.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Something In The Night" (1978)

The weight of desperation infuses “Something In The Night.” But then again, in one form or another, it infuses the whole of Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

Wadada Leo Smith's Mbira – Dark Lady Of The Sonnets (2012)

Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Wadada Leo Smith, who celebrated his 70th birthday just last month, is as productive as he’s ever been, and I’m getting nearly exhausted just keeping up covering all his new releases.