Archive for October 8th, 2012

‘The Beatles on steroids’: Gene Simmons says Kiss builds off Fab Four’s musical template

‘The Beatles on steroids’: Gene Simmons says Kiss builds off Fab Four’s musical template

In the run up to Tuesday’s release of Monster, Kiss’ Gene Simmons was asked to name some of the band’s principle influences and the answer — those lovable mop tops of yore? — might surprise some.

‘Never reached its potential’: Neil Young talks about the brief, but influential legacy of Buffalo Springfield

‘Never reached its potential’: Neil Young talks about the brief, but influential legacy of Buffalo Springfield

Neil Young still seems pained over the difficult times endured by the legendary 1960s band Buffalo Springfield, returning to the theme again and again in his new autobiography Waging Heavy Peace

Beth Hart – Bang Bang Boom Boom (2012)

Beth Hart – Bang Bang Boom Boom (2012)

Beth Hart has lived a thousand lives, it seems, from her beginnings as a Star Search stand out, to bottoming out on drugs, to rebounding again in a second-act triumph

Rez Abbasi – Continuous Beat (2012)

Always talented, Pakistani-born guitarist Rez Abbasi is a skilled musician who’s really come into his own recently as not merely an instrumental whiz, but as a complete artist.

New Music Monday: Jeff Lynne, Beth Hart, Kiss, Rez Abbasi, Don Felder, Dio and the Who

New Music Monday: Jeff Lynne, Beth Hart, Kiss, Rez Abbasi, Don Felder, Dio and the Who

Brace yourselves for the return of a trio of 1970s-era hitmakers: Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra fame, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and Kiss

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Born In The U.S.A.” (1984)

Bruce really did kind of blow up with Born In The U.S.A.. I’d just gotten out of college and was spending my first summer of true adulthood (read: lots of barbecues, beer, and time at the pool) with this album