Archive for January, 2013

Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob (2013)

Leave it to a pair of twins from Canada to provoke listeners in such joyful fashion. With Heartthrob, a contagious chunk of pure pop bliss, Tegan and Sara Quin have taken apart the apparatus

‘It’s staying true to what made Kiss great': Tommy Thayer defends decision to copy Ace Frehley

‘It’s staying true to what made Kiss great': Tommy Thayer defends decision to copy Ace Frehley

Tommy Thayer first appeared on a Kiss project in 1998, as a sideman on Psycho Circus. Yet, even when he officially took over as guitarist in 2002, Thayer stuck primarily to echoing founding member Ace Frehley

Jimmie Vaughan suffers heart attack before Mumbai show, will be off the road for a month

Jimmie Vaughan suffers heart attack before Mumbai show, will be off the road for a month

Jimmie Vaughan, co-founding guitarist of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, has suffered a heart attack and will be off the road for as long as a month.

Steve Slagle – Evensong (2013)

Every time I’ve surveyed a Steve Slagle record, it’s always been in the context of the Stryker/Slagle Band. This ace alto and soprano saxophonist’s latest project Evensong is under his own name

Stephen Lawrenson – Obscuriousity (2013)

Although the name of Stephen Lawrenson’s new album is certainly clever, let’s hope it doesn’t become an obscurity or curiosity — because songs this good deserve to be heard by everyone who appreciates first-class pop cuisine.

One Track Mind: Depeche Mode, “Heaven” from Delta Machine (2013)

One Track Mind: Depeche Mode, “Heaven” from Delta Machine (2013)

Dimly foreboding, funereal in the most intriguing of ways, Depeche Mode’s new single “Heaven” moves with a delicious deliberateness. It’s all atmosphere, all feel, completely enveloping.

Don Henley talks about possibility of another Eagles world tour, and his upcoming country album

Don Henley talks about possibility of another Eagles world tour, and his upcoming country album

Don Henley says the Eagles are in the early planning stages for a possible world tour — though “it very well could be our last.” He is also readying a new solo project, his first studio effort since 2000’s Inside Job.

‘We never really thought much about the cowbell': An infamous SNL skit’s impact on Blue Oyster Cult

That legendary “more cowbell” sketch on SNL in 2000 didn’t just introduce Blue Oyster Cult to a new generation, it changed the band’s touring requirements. Now, co-founder Buck Dharma says, BOC doesn’t go anywhere without one.

‘He’s suffered some significant brain damage': A tragic update on ailing ex-Wings guitarist Henry McCullough

‘He’s suffered some significant brain damage': A tragic update on ailing ex-Wings guitarist Henry McCullough

Guitarist Henry McCullough is unlikely to make a meaningful recovery after suffering a heart attack last November, says Denny Seiwell, his former bandmate with Paul McCartney and Wings in the early 1970s.

Richard Thompson – Electric (2013)

Richard Thompson – Electric (2013)

Richard Thompson amps up the dying-light rage that has always made for his best albums, while smartly avoiding the studio trickery that sometimes muted his gift during the Mitchell Froom years.