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, long-time leader of the newly reunited dB’s, joins us to discusss the band’s rocky early years, working with Mitch Easter and R.E.M., and how he and Chris Stamey eventually reunited the original lineup to produce the triumphal new release Falling Off the Sky … “AMPLIFIER,” with THE dB’s (REPERCUSSION, 1982): A rockabilly Holsapple number that ended up becomingRead More

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.