Hailing from Highland Park, New Jersey, the Grip Weeds are quite the family band. Comprised of brothers drummer Kurt and guitarist Rick Reil, Kurt’s wife Kristin Pinell on lead guitar, and good friend Dave DeSantis on bass, the group has since their formation two decades ago held sway as one of the finest bands to be had.
On this date forty years ago, Steely Dan released their third long-player Pretzel Logic, widely regarded as a pinnacle achievement for the premier jazz-pop rock band and one of those great classic rock albums of the 70s.
Ian Anderson is returning to the character of Gerald Bostock for a third time with his forthcoming solo album Homo Erraticus. The Jethro Tull frontman says speaking through this nom de plume has given him new creative freedom over the years.
A First Nations-inspired cadence heralds the start of a remarkable collaborative moment, a poignant tribute to a lost friend, and a striking new career path for Robbie Robertson. “Fallen Angel,” the opening track from his long-awaited eponymous solo debut, sounds at once like an archetypical Robertson song and like nothing he’d ever done before.
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.
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.
Check out “Derision,” a diaphanous preview track from Sanguine Hum’s forthcoming follow up to 2013’s well-received Weight of the World.
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.
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.
Brian May has been given a clean bill of health after his recent cancer scare — but he’s still suffering from the odd pain or ache, a situation that the Queen legend admits leaves him “baffled.” May ended up having a biopsy just before Christmas, when doctors feared the 66-year-old guitarist had prostate cancer.