Archive for October 28th, 2012

‘Still in construction phase’: New Spock’s Beard project will include collaborations with Neal Morse

‘Still in construction phase’: New Spock’s Beard project will include collaborations with Neal Morse

Spock’s Beard is one again at a crossroads. Roughly a decade after original frontman Neal Morse left, successor Nick D’Virgilio has also departed. Now, the group is once again embarking on a new project with a new singer.

‘Just wish he had good things to say when Ronnie was alive’: Tim Owens rips into Vivian Campbell’s Dio project

‘Just wish he had good things to say when Ronnie was alive’: Tim Owens rips into Vivian Campbell’s Dio project

When Tim “Ripper” Owens began fronting Dio Disciples in 2011, he says former Dio drummer Vinny Appice questioned the move. And, of course, everyone is aware of the vicious feud that unfolded after Vivian Campbell left the original Dio band.

‘Van Halen will always be his priority’: Tremonti says Wolfgang isn’t leaving his dad’s band

‘Van Halen will always be his priority’: Tremonti says Wolfgang isn’t leaving his dad’s band

Fans shouldn’t worry that Wolfgang Van Halen’s new spot in Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti’s solo band means an end to Van Halen. Tremtoni says he’d like Wolfgang to stay, and they’ll work around any future commitments with his father’s group.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Snowbound” (1993)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Snowbound” (1993)

<<< BACKWARD (“Springtime”) ||| ONWARD (“Tomorrow’s Girls”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Like Simon & Garfunkel’s post-band breakup hit “My Little Town,” Steely Dan reconvened for a single, new original song with “Snowbound.”

Poncho Sanchez – Live In Hollywood (2012)

Poncho Sanchez – Live In Hollywood (2012)

Poncho Sanchez, who came fame to as a conguero alongside Cal Tjader, roars in all of his salsa-fired bebop glory here, recording live at the annual Hollywood and Highland KKJZ Summer Concert Series.

One Track Mind: Fabienne Delsol, “I’m Gonna Catch Me A Rat” (2007)

One Track Mind: Fabienne Delsol, “I’m Gonna Catch Me A Rat” (2007)

What a dynamite single from the lovely Fabienne Delsol. Although it was formatted by Damaged Goods Records as an A and B side release, I view this single as a double A-side. Both songs are that strong.

Crazy Lixx – Riot Avenue (2012)

Crazy Lixx – Riot Avenue (2012)

Maybe it’s a longing for simpler, better times, but I’ve found myself listening to a lot of 1980s-influenced hard rock lately, both comebacks from bands of the era and newer acts that play the style.