As a teenage metal head, I was convinced that all things electronic in music were evil. Then, a roommate in college introduced me to Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine.
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Brian May, who worked for decades alongside Freddie Mercury in Queen, knows a thing or two about vocalists. So when he talks about Adam Lambert, with whom the band just made its U.S. debut, it resonates.
The lead-off track from an album heralded as a return from born-again proselytizing, “Jokerman” found Bob Dylan using themes both Biblical and secular to tear down political charlatans.
The Police, Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground, Television, the Stooges, MC5, Blondie – CBGB (2013)
The irony, of course, was that Hilly Kristal originally wanted to open a roots-rocking Bowery bar — thus, the name: CBGB, which stood for “country, bluegrass and blues.” Lucky for us, that’s not how it turned out.
We introduced Italian-born piano virtuoso Tonino Miano in this space earlier this year while examining his FluiDensity encounter with trumpet player Brian Groder. Here’s another one-on-one meeting with another trumpeter, fellow Italian Mirio Cosottini.
New Music Monday: Dave Stewart, Martin Barre, Alice Cooper, Rush, Tim Berne, Nirvana, Metallica, Soulfly
Dave Stewart continues to absorb Americana and roots influences into his work, with terrific results — while Martin Barre sticks his toe in the warm waters of a post-Jethro Tull solo career.
Tidal Sound arrives has if in a rush of thought, of inspiration, of emotion. This trio, friends at Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy, create as if utterly compelled to do so.
With its theme of angry economic disappointment, the pairing of “Youngstown” with “Murder Incorporated” has become something of a tradition at E. Street Band shows.
Dream River is the fourth album released under Bill Callahan’s name, and further explores the introverted landscape mapped by his previous releases. It is not the most cheerful of places, to be sure
Beginning roughly with 2007’s Alison Krauss collaboration Raising Sand, Robert Plant began working in a quieter, more confidential manner that was completely alien to his Led Zeppelin style.