Jazzing It Up In Monterey
If the Monterey Pop Festival was the precursor to Woodstock, then the Monterey Jazz Festival is the outdoor concert pioneer. In its 57th year, the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) brought together something old and something new to the 30,000 plus people in attendance.
Monica Heldal Molds the Soul
On her American debut album, Boy From The North, Norweigan Grammy Award recipient Monica Heldal exercises your heart muscles with smooth vocals and warming guitar. Part Americana, part Bluegrass, part Irish Folk – Heldal’s acclaimed debut album, Boy From The North, spent 21 weeks on the Top 40 albums chart in Norway
KISS Makes a ‘Monster’ New Album
As we approach the 40th anniversary of the “Hottest Band in The World,” KISS unleashes their latest album, Monster, their first since 2009’s fantastic Sonic Boom. Being a KISS fan for almost 30 years, I could not wait to hear what the boys had in store for us in 2012.
In Praise of the Opening Act: Cheap Trick Captivates New Jersey
I’ve seen Cheap Trick in concert 10 times in the last decade, and nine of those performances were in different ZIP codes. Why? Because they’re one of the best live acts out there.
Where have all the good times gone? No where dumbass! Fun times are sitting pretty in San Jose through the high hat hitting blast of angst known as Point of View. With a punk base similar to old Green Day and NOFX, the group leans toward the Bay Area pop-punk sound and brings a hook-laden attitude to the genre. After meeting in middle school, bassist Michael Bragg, drummer/vocalist John Wallace... [Read more]
“One thing that might excite fans of the album is that we were able to go back and locate elements from the original sessions that were stored digitally, but never used; such as some of the brilliant work done by Bon Harris. In that fresh mixes have been commissioned, shedding new light on not only the songs hidden foundations, but their futuristic nature as well. “ The 6-disc set features... [Read more]
Festivals today are a huge business. As events like Coachella, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Outside Lands pop up in cities around the country it is hard to imagine these outdoor shows as descendants of 1969’s seminal Woodstock Music & Art Fair. One of the most memorable moments of Woodstock was Jimi Hendrix’s iconic performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Prior to amazing audiences at Max... [Read more]
On her American debut album, Boy From The North, Norweigan Grammy Award recipient Monica Heldal exercises your heart muscles with smooth vocals and warming guitar. Part Americana, part Bluegrass, part Irish Folk – Heldal’s acclaimed debut album, Boy From The North, spent 21 weeks on the Top 40 albums chart in Norway and is the culmination of Heldal’s many musical influences that allows... [Read more]
Details about The Endless River, the new Pink Floyd album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, were revealed today as the album artwork appeared on buildings in ten International cities, including New York and Los Angeles. The album will be released on Columbia Records on Monday, November 10, 2014 and is produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson. David... [Read more]
The recordings comprise radio broadcast and private recordings which have previously been available in a patchy and piecemeal fashion, this is the first time that a substantial body of the material recorded during the tour has been brought together in one collection, providing listeners with a coherent appreciation of the extraordinary creative alchemy that the two front men delivered on a nightly,... [Read more]
One of the longest standing independent labels to emerge from the UK rave explosion in the early 90s, RAM Records, has grown to become the leading DnB imprint in the world. To celebrate 20+ years of musical success, the internationally acclaimed label has curated an all-new, 3-part compilation series to be released exclusively in the U.S. this summer- RAM Drum & Bass USA. Following the release... [Read more]
Chuck Inglish, co-founder of The Cool Kids and one of Esquire’s “15 Bands to Watch,” has released his highly anticipated and widely praised debut LP Convertibles today via Federal Prism/Sounds Like Fun. The 13-track album was recorded at Truth Studios in Los Angeles and co-produced by Inglish and Incubus’ Mike Einziger (Avicii, Frank Ocean). Convertibles features collaborations with Mac... [Read more]
The New EDM Club Scene at the Heart of the Poker and Casino Capital Las Vegas has always been known as the casino and poker capital of the US, if not the world. But now it’s becoming a new venue for a much-talked about and continuously growing community that is the Electronic Dance Music scene. This September, poker aficionados will be treated to a big wave of EDM artists that have made... [Read more]
“Monster” is the 20th studio album by KISS. (Universal Music Group) KISS is one of those bands you either love or hate. There’s no middle ground when it comes to them and, to be honest, that’s the way they like it. Some of their albums over the years have been loved (Destroyer, Love Gun, Creatures of the Night) or despised (Music from “The Elder,” Hot in the Shade, Carnival... [Read more]
Cheap Trick pose with the Classic Album Award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour at the Roundhouse on November 10, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) Full disclosure: I’ve seen Cheap Trick in concert 10 times in the last decade, and nine of those performances were in different ZIP codes. Why? Because they’re one of the best live acts out there. For a band that... [Read more]
It was a good Friday the 13th for 10cc. Absent from the American live scene since the late ’70s, the British pop-art band played its first New York date in 35 years at the Concert Hall this past July. With a 40-year career and 30 million albums sold worldwide, the current 10cc lineup, led by co-founder Graham Gouldman, has been together for a decade and recently toured Australia, Japan and Europe,... [Read more]