Archive for February 24th, 2012

Download: Four free songs from Andrew Bird, including his new single "Eyeoneye"

Noisetrade is offering a free download of a four-song EP by Andrew Bird in advance of the release of his new album Break It Yourself on March 6.

Should Queen continue without Freddie Mercury and John Deacon? Adam Lambert says: ‘It’s their prerogative’

The news that Queen will appear with yet another lead singer has some fans returning to what’s becoming an age-old conundrum: Is it Queen without Freddie Mercury? Heck, is it Queen without John Deacon?

Joe Perry to become latest member of Aerosmith to write an autobiography

Another day, another Aerosmith autobiography. Since 2009, drummer Joe Kramer and then frontman Steve Tyler have both penned their life stories. Next up: Guitarist Joe Perry

Black Sabbath adds unnamed U.S. stop; Bill Ward's status still up in the air

An August date has been set for a U.S. stop by the reunited Black Sabbath, though whether it will include all four of the legendary metal band’s original members remains to be seen.

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden (2012)

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, despite their rocket-ride to Grammy fame in 2010, hadn’t yet made an album that captured their live set’s boot-scooting, blues-belting string-band revivalist verve — until now.

Something Else! sneak peek: Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball (2012)

Bruce Springsteen’s much-anticipated new studio album Wrecking Ball is — much as all the advance hype has suggested — a somewhat radical left turn

Half Notes: The Mars Volta – Amputechture (2006)

After Frances the Mute, I honestly wasn’t sure if I particularly cared where the Mars Volta was going next. I found the album completely misguided — or maybe unguided is a more fitting word — and a sonic mess, as if the band simply threw together every chord progression and half-song idea they could muster, then stretched everything out forRead More

Metallica's Lars Ulrich on Lulu: Venture out of the box, and fans 'have a hernia'

Lou Reed’s recent collaboration with Metallica found its share of detractors, and that criticism was apparently hard for the veteran rocker to absorb.

Half Notes: Talking Cows – Almost Human (2012)

The Dutch quartet Talking Cows never take themselves too seriously—see video below—but the non-nonsense modern jazz they make is no joke.

The Friday Morning Listen: Bruce Springsteen, "This Depression" (2012)

It’s the emptying of a soul on a personal level. Or is it the soul of a nation, pleading to its citizenry?