Archive for February 2nd, 2012

Jam-packed week ahead for Paul McCartney, with new album, Hollywood Walk of Fame star, MusiCares award and Grammy appearance

Paul McCartney had best have on a pair of comfortable shoes. It’s going to be a busy week. His new standards album, Kisses on the Bottom, drops next Tuesday, of course. But that’s just the beginning.

Black Sabbath reunion hits snag as squabble erupts over Bill Ward's contract

The proposed reunion of Black Sabbath’s original quartet survived a cancer diagnosis for founding guitarist Tony Iommi, but may have hit a new snag over the deal to bring back drummer Bill Ward.

VH1 pays tribute to Don Cornelius with Friday airing of "Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America"

VH1 will pay tribute to “Soul Train” creator and founder Don Cornelius with a Friday, February 3rd re-airing of the Emmy-Award nominated documentary “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America.”

Thousands of legendary recordings from folklorist Alan Lomax will be available for streaming soon

Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his life making priceless recordings of some of the most important early figures in American music — from his famed recordings of Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter to Jelly Roll Morton, from Muddy Waters to Woody Guthrie.

William Shatner remembers disastrous performance of "Mr. Tambourine" on the Tonight Show

Fans of William Shatner’s work away from the bridge of the starship Enterprise will remember that 2011’s Seeking Major Tom wasn’t the former Capt. James T. Kirk’s first foray into music. His singing career (OK, insert joke here) actually began with the release of The Transformed Man

Inclined – Might Not Know It Now (2010)

Nearly 20 years ago, I dug furiously through a crate, one of what must have been hundreds under a tent set up in a parking lot, with a small, but growing pile of CDs by my side. All were a dollar or two dollars, the remnants of what wouldn’t sell the previous year at the store

Disgraced glam-rocker Gary Glitter's stadium favorite "Rock and Roll Part 2" banned at Super Bowl

NFL officials have banned the use of disgraced glam-rocker Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2″ — or, as it’s more commonly known, “The Hey Song” — in advance of this Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Groove55 – A la Carte (2012)

Groove55 sustains both interest and delight over the course of the terrific A la Carte through intelligent interplay and a deft ability to confound expectations. That starts with the musical symbiosis found within this Canadian band

Something Else! sneak peek: Van Halen, David Lee Roth play secret pre-tour show; see the highlights!

Van Halen played a secret show — well, not really: there were some 250 invited guests and media folks — at Henson Studios in Los Angeles overnight, as the band preps to tour again with original frontman David Lee Roth.

Forgotten series: Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders – The Best Of (1994)

Even those with minimal knowledge of rock and roll probably don’t have to be told the British beat boom of the early 60s still holds center stage as the genre’s most important and inspiring movement.