To think, not long ago Rush was talking about slowing down. Instead, the group has issued a return-to-form concept album, launched a smash tour and earned long-awaited entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retirement? These guys?
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Reedman Nik Turner of Hawkwind fame is making the most of his on-going trip to America, laying down tracks for new studio projects, making a series of appearances at SXSW and, tonight, appearing live with a former member of Megadeth.
Though his bandmate Neil Young is more often fetishized for his contributions to Buffalo Springfield and CSNY, this set makes clear Stephen Stills’ creative depth — as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and as a singer.
Much bigger in their native Canada than in the States, mainstream rockers April Wine still made some hay south of the 49th Parallel, especially with the mushy slow dance power ballad “Just Between You And Me” back in 1981.
There has been, over the last months, much more chatter about Robert Plant’s private affairs with Patty Griffin than anything they’ve done in the studio. “Ohio,” from Griffin’s upcoming release American Kid, changes that.
As a insatiably open minded guitarist and composer, maybe it was inevitable that someday Sean Moran would make a record featuring his nylon six-string guitar in a setting alien to that instrument.
Most metal fans are probably looking a little more forward to another album titled 13 later this year from a barely known band called Black Sabbath. Me, too, but I was also quite intrigued by Suicidal Tendencies’ album of the same title.
Thirty years ago today, a “big bang” of sorts occurred on television. This moment would profoundly affect R&B, rock, pop, MTV, and general pop culture.
Both Depeche Mode and the Waterboys are back with equally improbable returns to form. They get there by recalling everything you loved about their work in the late 1980s.
Prior to gaining the reputation as an ace jazz guitarist, Larry Coryell honed his skills playing in blues and rock bands. But the Free Spirits were the first band he ever recorded with.