Archive for November, 2013

‘One that I fell in love with’: Adam Lambert’s favorite Queen song might surprise you

‘One that I fell in love with’: Adam Lambert’s favorite Queen song might surprise you

After performances going back to 2009 with rock legends Queen, Adam Lambert has to have developed a favorite song from their vast repertoire, right? The answer, however, might surprise you.

Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, others – An Unreal Dream: Soundtrack (2013)

A forthcoming documentary promises to retell the story of an innocent Texan unjustly jailed for his wife’s murder. The soundtrack for An Unreal Dream only adds to the tale’s complex story of redemption.

Dagoba – Post Mortem Nihil Est (2013)

Dagoba is that rarest of things: a metal band from France, where Gojira are almost the only ones to have gained international acceptance. Yet this neo-trash and metalcore group has thrived in the land of hip-hop and chanson.

‘I am amazed that it’s lasted’: Reissue projects allowed ELO’s Jeff Lynne to take stock

‘I am amazed that it’s lasted’: Reissue projects allowed ELO’s Jeff Lynne to take stock

ELO’s Jeff Lynne has had plenty of time to take stock recently, even as he’s hinted at the completion of some of his first new solo music since his often-overlooked debut Armchair Theatre.

On Second Thought: JaR – Scene 29 (2008)

It’s amazing how many artists look back for inspiration while their mentors have moved forward. A good example is the recently reviewed project from the band State Cows called The Second One.

One Track Mind: Twae-Left-Feet, “Guess into Frank’s Reel” (2013)

Beginning with a ruminative exploration on the fiddle, the Boston-based Celtic duo Twae-Left-Feet paint an enveloping portrait of old-world charm – before leaping with winking gusto into what might be best described as heel-clicking hootenanny. Meanwhile, Scott Burn’s layered, deeply intriguing work on the tambourine-like bodhran gives the tune both its ageless complexity and its joy-fueled propulsion. Turns out, “GuessRead More

‘We still enjoy what we do’: David Lee Roth confirms work on new Van Halen album

‘We still enjoy what we do’: David Lee Roth confirms work on new Van Halen album

David Lee Roth estimates that the newly reunited Van Halen could be finished writing a new studio album in 18 months, with another tour to follow.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “Airstream” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “Airstream” (1979)

Danny Gottlieb tosses in a quick drum lick before the introductory chord sequence takes off. For just a few bars, there’s a chance that the non-stop energy of (Cross the) Heartland will be maintained.

Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1969; 2013 reissue)

Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1969; 2013 reissue)

There had been, sprinkled amongst the nihilistic junkie-pop, moments of avant-garde noise on 1967’s Velvet Underground and Nico. But nothing, really, to prepare you for this ferocious cacophony.

Katy Perry – Prism (2013)

Katy Perry – Prism (2013)

A Katy Perry song is a lot like a fast food hamburger. Generally crafted by more people than necessary, it feels crafted a sort of bland perfect with just the right amount of pre-weighed toppings.

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