Archive for January 31st, 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.