Archive for February 19th, 2014

Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans (2014)

Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans (2014)

The evolution of the Drive-By Truckers from a hillbilly punk band of the Pizza Deliverance days to an eloquent, unfiltered voice for the rural South by Brighter Than Creation’s Dark transformed them to rugged poet laureates of modern Dixie.

‘Careful what you show your kids’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth back for Season 2 of The Roth Show

‘Careful what you show your kids’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth back for Season 2 of The Roth Show

David Lee Roth kicked off the second season of his webcast series The Roth Show with another round of free-associative ramblings filled with personal memories, giddy riffs and strangely resonant connections from across his life. All of it, through a strange series of turns, usually leads back to his time in Van Halen.

Something Else! sneak peek: Sanguine Hum, “Derision” from Live in America (2014)

Check out “Derision,” a diaphanous preview track from Sanguine Hum’s forthcoming follow up to 2013’s well-received Weight of the World.

‘Planned to be even more spectacular’: Steven Wilson gets to work on follow up to Raven

‘Planned to be even more spectacular’: Steven Wilson gets to work on follow up to Raven

Even as he takes stock of the most celebrated album in his burgeoning solo career, Steven Wilson is looking forward to his next project. The former Porcupine Tree and Blackfield frontman says he’s got big plans for 2014.

One Track Mind: John McLaughlin, “Abbaji” from The Boston Record (2014)

One Track Mind: John McLaughlin, “Abbaji” from The Boston Record (2014)

It’s easy enough to focus on the initial dry-ice fluidity that guitarist John McLaughlin brings to this advance track from the forthcoming Boston Record, recorded live at the Berklee College of Music. Instead, take a moment to let Etienne Mbappe’s chocolatey sweet bass line envelop you.

Something Else! sneak peak: Dale Bozzio, “Hello Hello” from Missing in Action (2014)

Something Else! sneak peak: Dale Bozzio, “Hello Hello” from Missing in Action (2014)

Dale Bozzio returns with an appropriately titled new album, since Missing in Action is the former Frank Zappa and Missing Persons singer’s first solo album since 2010.

Download: Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, “Close to My Fire” from Live in Amsterdam (2014)

Download: Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, “Close to My Fire” from Live in Amsterdam (2014)

Here’s your chance to sample the forthcoming concert recording from Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, with a free download of the scalding “Close to My Fire” from 2013’s Seesaw. Hart handles the lyric, originally from the German electronic duo Slackwax, with a dangerous passion, while Bonamassa plays with a tasteful economy

WTF?! Wednesday: Krzysztof Penderecki, “Polymorphia” (1961)

WTF?! Wednesday: Krzysztof Penderecki, “Polymorphia” (1961)

The name Krzysztof Penderecki indeed belongs to the film score hall of fame. His uber-creepy “Polymorphia” has been used in The Exorcist, The Shining, and more recently, 1993’s Fearless.

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

Though he was in Chickenfoot by the time his old band reunited for 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth, Michael Anthony has seen almost all of Van Halen’s dizzying highs — and the awful lows.

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