All That Jazz
They took this musical genre to the next level with such influential albums such as Davis' Kind of Blue and Coltrane's My Favorite Things, but while these albums are polished and meant for mass consumption their live recordings possess the bulk of their creativity.
Road Trip through Sonic Highways
In 2011, along with Nirvana's Nevermind producer Butch Vig , the band embarked on an ambitious project to record an album in Grohl’s garage using only analog equipment. That endeavor became the Grammy award winning album Wasting Light, and the follow-up to that commercial success is an even bigger project known as Sonic Highways.
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.
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.
Scratchgod 1 showcases turntable scratchologist RUCKAZOID, a vocalist, innovator, turntablist, producer, and inventor signed to DJ Shadow’s Liquid Amber label. Although he’s been in the game for 15 years, his ‘Scratchgod 1′ EP is the first record to have a vocal performance with music recorded live entirely from a turntable thanks to the Controller One, a music turntable... [Read more]
Miles Davis and John Coltrane are some of the most iconic figures in jazz music history. They took this musical genre to the next level with such influential albums such as Davis’ Kind of Blue and Coltrane’s My Favorite Things, but while these albums are polished and meant for mass consumption their live recordings possess the bulk of their creativity. Thanks to the nice folks at Trapeze... [Read more]
Foo Fighters is what I call a “phoenix” band. Not because they got a degree online, but because they have risen from the ashes of a band that faded too soon. Like New Order came from Joy Division, Foo Fighters was born in the wake of Nirvana’s end. In the 20 years since its inception, Foo Fighters have become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Selling millions of albums in... [Read more]
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]