Archive for February 17th, 2012

Queen set to appear at Brit Awards, even as Adam Lambert jump starts rumors of new collaboration

Here’s what we know about Queen at this hour … Brian May and Roger Taylor will appear at next week’s Brit Awards, scheduled for Tuesday, February 21. As for their on-again/off-again collaboration with American Idol finalist Adam Lambert? Not so much.

After years of fiery electric blues and Southern rock, Warren Hayes considers unplugging for next solo project

Warren Haynes has become known, through his associations with the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule, for playing uptempo, rollicking electric blues and Southern rock. His next solo project might be a little more low key.

Tony Iommi's continuing struggle with cancer has nixed the Black Sabbath reunion tour

Black Sabbath will not be able to follow through on a planned tour in the wake of founding guitarist Tony Iommi’s cancer diagnosis. The band, in an announcement today, said a scheduled performance at the Download Festival would now be its only summer concert appearance.

Now that Glass Hammer’s Jon Davison has taken over as lead singer with Yes, will he stay?

Though at first it appeared Jon Davison would only be a stop-gap replacement as Yes’ frontman, it’s since become clear that Benoit David is gone for good. The question then becomes: Does Davison continue as lead singer past this ongoing tour?

Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver – Family Ties (2012)

Ivo Perelman is currently on a creative spree, and this latest frenzy is comparable to the 1996-2000 period when he tore off 20 albums.

Half Notes: Mona – Mona (2012)

Their emblematic lead single, “Listen to Your Love,” is everything you need to know about Mona: A stirring, arena-rock riff; a howling, transfixing frontman; a propulsive, punky chorus. So, OK, this might be ground already well trod by Kings of Leon. Still, there’s something intriguingly authentic about this project, recorded in the band’s basement in Nashville, Tennessee. Originally conceived asRead More

One Track Mind: The Eddies, "Jungle Beat/ Don’t Know Where To Start" (2012)

I tell you, they just don’t make singles like this anymore!

Half Notes: Eddie Hazel – Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs (1977; 2012 reissue)

A lost gem by the late, great lead guitarist for Parliament-Funkadelic, Hazel’s 1977 debut album features a trio of well-selected covers set amidst of series of thunderously groovy originals featuring many of his fellow P-Funk All Stars. Highlights include the trippy reverie of Hazel’s take on the Mamas and the Papa’s “California Dreamin,’” then the darkly funky update of JohnRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas (2012)

Are there any positive aspects to a 90-minute commute? Usually … not. Though yesterday morning I encountered some surprise entertainment.

Half Notes: Cursive – I Am Gemini (2012)

Anchored by the longtime trio of vocalist/guitarist Tim Kasher, bassist Matt Maginn and guitarist/vocalist Ted Stevens, Cursive’s latest long player is a bit of surprise — a Big Idea Project. While the emo-punk band has always explored its share of thorny issues (religion, narcissism, drowning in hell’s flames), here they drill in on a song cycle involving twin brothers separatedRead More