Archive for June 14th, 2012

'A no-fly zone over the amphitheaters': Paul Stanley previews upcoming Kiss tour

Paul Stanley knows just what fans expect from a Kiss concert, after decades of explosions and ear-splitting rock. That’s why they’ll be upping the ante on an upcoming tour with Motley Crue.

'Really good love in there': Beach Boys discuss their unique vocal harmonies

Even as the Beach Boys’ long-awaited reunion project That’s Why God Made the Radio bows at No. 3 on the Billboard charts — the Hall of Fame band’s highest debut ever — a sense of mystery surrounds their unique musical bond.

Paul McCartney plans reissue of Wings Over America, and a new album in 2013

Paul McCartney’s ongoing reissue series has already produced sparkling new archival takes on McCartney, Ram, Band on the Run and McCartney II. Up next: His sprawling triple-album Wings Over America

Return to Forever – The Mothership Returns (2012)

Return to Forever, as Lenny White proudly told me, was a “jazz quartet on steroids” — with all of the muscular virtuosity and boisterous flourishes implied. Enter violinist Jean-Luc Ponty

Forgotten series: The Cryan’ Shames – Sugar and Spice (1992)

Hailing from Hinsdale, Illinois, the Cryan’ Shames not only attained monumental local success, but were a mere hair away from making it on a national level.

Peter Holsapple on the dB’s, Mitch Easter and R.E.M.: Gimme Five

Peter Holsapple on the dB’s, Mitch Easter and R.E.M.: Gimme Five

Peter Holsapple, long-time leader of the dB’s, joins us to discuss the band’s rocky early years, working with Mitch Easter and R.E.M., and how he and Chris Stamey reunited.

Chris Smither – Hundred Dollar Valentine (2012)

It used to be, a new Chris Smither album was a rare event. Thankfully, they’re not so much anymore, but Chris Smither remains a rare quality.