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  • Beatles' First Recording Contract Up For Auction

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    Vintage Rock
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:05 pm
    The Beatles' first recording contract was signed in Hamburg, Germany, where the band honed its craft playing gigs in the city's boisterous nightclub district.The 1961 recording session produced the single "My Bonnie." It was released on the Polydor label in Germany only and never hit the top charts. But the tune led directly to the Beatles' discovery back home, a contract with EMI the following year and their first hit, "Love Me Do."Heritage Auctions will auction the six-page contract in New York on Sept. 19 for an estimated $150,000. It's the centerpiece of a Beatles collection spanning the…
  • Paul McCartney: "I Feared For My Own Life After John Lennon Was Killed'

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    Vintage Rock
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Paul McCartney has admitted that he feared for his own life after John Lennon was killed.The former Beatle said he was on "high alert" when Mark Chapman gunned down Lennon outside his New York home in 1980.But McCartney said his own home in rural south England was still largely unprotected and in a remote woodland location.He said he was left terrified days after the killing when he spotted several armed men advancing on the property.McCartney told Uncut:"It was weird because in the days that followed it, I was sitting in the house. We had a little perimeter fence, mainly to keep foxes out,…
  • Rare Paul McCartney sketches to auction for $15,000 + MORE

    Stars & Catz » Mainstream & Indie News
    Oliver Braithwaite
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Spotlight: Brandi Carlile – www.relix.com It has been three years since singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s last release—just enough time to make some wholesale changes in almost every facet of her life. With The Firewatcher’s Daughter, those changes have materialized in the most positive ways—a new label, a new child and […]
  • Whitesnake Salutes Deep Purple Aug. 15 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, Ark.

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    drtdale
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    Photos & Story by Scott A. Smith Aging like the finest of all wines,... The post Whitesnake Salutes Deep Purple Aug. 15 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, Ark. appeared first on Real Rock News.
  • Deep Purple, Foghat Rock The PacAmp

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    Vintage Rock
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Review by Shawn PerryPhotos by Ron LyonWho’d have thought that in 2015, you could see Foghat and Deep Purple together on the same bill. At the fair, no less. Before a full house of some 5,000, both bands reignited the hard rockin’ 70s with strong sets of their greatest anthems. Foghat and Deep Purple have played the OC Fair many times in recent years, so their match-up was dripping with inevitability. Foghat tour the States constantly, whereas Purple, until recently, only paid occasional visits to America, choosing instead to clean up on the European festival circuit where they are…
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  • CD Review: Welshly Arms S/T

    Matheson Kamin
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
    In the short amount of time that Welshly Arms has been together, the Cleveland-based band has made a lot of noise in the music scene.  Comprised of Sam Getz (vocals/guitar), Brett Lindemann (keys/vocals), Jimmy Weaver (bass/vocals), and Mikey Gould (drums), Welshly Arms is a band that has been shaking the music world off its foundation. Since coming together, the band has created one EP called Welcome; a 3-song release that simply features the band creating new versions of well-known tracks from the likes of Deep Purple, The Chamber Brothers and Roy Orbison; and the band’s newest…
  • CD Review: Tim Kirker “Shallow End of a Deep River”

    Matheson Kamin
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    It was in the city of Cleveland, Ohio that Tim Kirker got his start as a musician. Among other things, Kirker shared the stage with lead Nine Inch Nails member Trent Reznor. Reznor and Kirker were part of the same group called Slam Bamboo who had a Top 40 hit song in the Cleveland area called “House on Fire”. Reznor would later go on with NIN and Kirker would go in his own direction, forming other bands. Years later, the now New York-based Tim Kirker has returned to music after taking some time off and has since released two solo albums after returning to music with the help of…
  • CD Review: Killer Boogie “Detroit”

    Matheson Kamin
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    There are many styles of Rock And Roll out there today. And there are many different bands from different countries who are adding to the history of Rock And Roll, as well. One country that has a large amount of underground bands that are adding strong Rock And Roll sounds to the genre is Italy. It is in Italy that you find the record label Heavy Psych Sounds, a label that brings you some of the hardest bands out there today. From Heavy Psych Sounds comes the band Killer Boogie. Killer Boogie is a four-piece which features the band members Gabriele Fiori on guitars and vocals (Black…
  • CD Review: Brent Kirby and His Luck “Patience Worth”

    Matheson Kamin
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    Whether on his own or as part of the many different bands he is a part of, Cleveland, Ohio’s Brent Kirby is constantly performing on stage in many of the music venues in town. He is also constantly writing new material to freshen up his musical performances. Currently, Kirby is promoting his newest release which was recorded under the name of Brent Kirby and His Luck and features a band that also includes Keyboard Player Chris Hanna, Electric Guitarist Ben Nieves, Bassist Kevin Johnson and Drummer JJ Juliano. With this group, Kirby finds himself creating tracks that make use…
  • CD Review: The Kavanaghs “Pop Power”

    Matheson Kamin
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Through its history, Rock And Roll has had a long and wild path that has made its way into many different cultures. While England and America are the most widely accepted locations for where new music comes from, countries such as Germany and Canada have also added their share of history to the music genre. And with more and more people becoming familiar with the sound of the music, Rock and Roll has found its way into almost every country on the planet, including down in Argentina. It’s in Argentina where you find the band The Kavanaghs, a band of four musicians (Tiago Galíndez…
 
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  • Roger Waters' 'Wall' Pig, Inflatable Freddie Mercury Headed to Auction

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The giant pig head that adorned the stage of Roger Waters' 1990 Berlin performance of The Wall, as well as other large-scale inflatable props and models used by the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Queen are headed to auction, the BBC reports. David Gilmour on New Solo LP and Why Pink Floyd Are Finished The items come from the Halesworth, England workshop of Air Artists and its creator, Rob Harries, who dug them out after changing his creative direction from inflatables to clay. "I'm sad to see them go but they very rarely see the light of day and so I would be quite happy for someone else…
  • Toro y Moi Drops Free, Surprise 'Samantha' Mixtape

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick has dropped a surprise 20-track mixtape titled Samantha as a free download, just four months after the singer released his new LP What For?. "'Samantha' out 8-28-15," Bundick wrote on Instagram before posting a Dropbox link routing fans to the 20-track collection, Pitchfork reports. The mixtape features collaborations with Nosaj Thing, Rome Fortune, Das Racist's Kool A.D. and Washed Out. Q&A: Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick on Being 'Straight-Up Tired of Music' Samantha features loose tracks that Toro y Moi have dispersed in recent months…
  • Hear Cee Lo's Soulful New Song 'Sign of the Times'

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    "Why can't we open our eyes to the sign of the times?" Cee Lo Green pleads on his soulful new song, which samples Bob James' flute-and-keys groove from the classic TV series Taxi. The laid-back "Sign of the Times" – available to purchase via iTunes – is the singer's latest tease of his upcoming album Heart Blanche, out November 13th.  Journey Inside Cee Lo Green's Treehouse Studio Last month, Cee Lo released an interactive lyric video for Heart Blanche lead single "Robin Williams," which he described as an "homage to our humanity, centered around the…
  • After 'Compton' Success, DJ Premier Eyes Gang Starr Biopic

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    The overwhelming success of N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton may cause Hollywood execs to start digging around for more hip-hop backstories to plunder. If veteran producer DJ Premier, who worked with Dr. Dre on the latter's "Animals" track for new album Compton, has his way, his former group Gang Starr will be next on the slate for a biopic. DJ Premier Talks Dr. Dre's Incendiary 'Animals' Verse The producer has begun working with the sister of Keith "Guru" Elam, the rapper who worked with Premier on six albums before passing away in 2010, to turn his…
  • Weekend Rock: What is the Best Elton John Deep Cut?

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Forty-five years ago this week, Elton John played his first U.S. concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. "Tuesday night at the Troubadour was just the beginning," Los Angeles Times pop critic Robert Hilburn wrote. "He's going to be one of rock's biggest and most important stars." Elton John: Sir Bitch Is Back Now we have a question for you: What is Elton John's best deep cut? We're going to count anything that wasn't a hit when it came out or went on to become a widely-loved classic. That means that about 95 percent of his catalog is fair game. Feel free to vote for…
 
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  • Film Review: Turbo Kid (Dir. RKSS)

    Neurotic Monkey
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Turbo Kid Dir. RKSS [Epic Pictures; 2015] by Neurotic Monkey Rating: Back when video stores were still a thing (Christ, that makes me sound old), you could get lost in the aisles staring at fantastic box art that promised adventure and amazing sights. Of course, the films rarely lived up to those incredible images; occasionally, the box art had nothing to do with the film it contained. Instead, they were just an artist’s vision of what the film could be. Because of this, many a store browser’s dreams were crushed when bringing home a subpar sci-fi or action flick that never lived…
  • Column: Favorite Mixtapes of August 2015

    TMT Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Favorite Mixtapes of August 2015 by TMT Staff on 08-28-2015 With a daunting cascade of releases spewing out each day from the likes of DatPiff, LiveMixtapes, Bandcamp, and SoundCloud, it can be difficult to keep up with the overbearing yet increasingly vital mixtape game. In this column, we aim to immerse ourselves in this hyper-prolific world and share our favorite releases each month. The focus will primarily be on rap mixtapes — loosely defined here as free (or sometimes simply free-to-stream) digital releases — but we’ll keep things loose enough to branch out if and when…
  • Mix: Guest Mix: JCCG - Selecção, Edição e (+) alguma Fusão parte 2½: A (re) collection from, through & to friends

    C Monster
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    (MP3 DOWNLOAD) - (PODCAST) I’m a big fan of all JCCG’s projects because of the way each release’s production is curated with sound, much like the label-discography under the musician’s fingertips. We’ve been in contact for a good-minute, but just started going a bit deeper in January when my full-length review writing began heavier, and I put a couple words to the newest Strange Mountain tape. And then Media In Res and +you. But Selecção, Edição e (+) alguma Fusão parte 2½: A (re) collection from, through & to friends came a to me on a whim, as JCCG was…
  • Film Review: Prince (Dir. Sam de Jong)

    Greer Cloots
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    Prince Dir. Sam de Jong [FilmBuff; 2015] by Greer Cloots Rating: Dutch director Sam de Jong’s feature-length debut Prince feels familiar in all the wrong ways. A coming-of-age story relying on a series of clichés, the film uncomfortably pairs what at first promises to be a social critique of poverty and race in contemporary Amsterdam with shimmering synthesizers, intricately-manicured fashion, and suavely-composed cinematography. Occasionally deliberately jarring, and constantly deliberately 80s, Prince’s style-over-substance feel betrays de Jong’s previous work as a music video…
  • ♫ Listen: FUGITIVE - “No Key”

    C Monster
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    Prepare yourselves listeners. It’s time to let FUGITIVE enter your mind with “No Key.” As the track is the first (of many to come) from the Bootleg Tapes owner and Swim Team all-star, newly named FUGITIVE dawns a new era of production for the NYC club scene, breaking into some belligerently controlled beats and skyscraper zones in “No Key” that demands dance participation. Burning background bass paired with a melodiously melted bell spirals along-side a snare and tom-hat delirious rythm that’s composed in an evolving increase of sound that levels it self…
 
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    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Weekday highlights...Thursday 20:00 Stuart Hamilton - Rockin' The Country...22:00 Peter Ross (AOR)...23:00 Andy Howard - The Hive (Prog)...Friday 20:00 Pete Feenstra - Rock and Blues...22:00 Assume The Position with David Randall...All times GMT.
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    21 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    You can now listen again to selected shows and features including interview specials with Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter) and Kevin Godley
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  • AC/DC stadium tour will feature jerseys for (almost) every city

    Francois Marchand
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    As TSN’s BarDown blog reports, rock titans AC/DC have made sports jerseys for almost every city they visit during their tour, which brings them to Vancouver at BC Place on Sept. 22. The Vancouver jersey is made to look like the B.C. Lions jersey, while other cities will see variations of the AC/DC logo appear on football (Edmonton, Winnipeg), hockey (Montreal, Quebec City), and baseball (Toronto) jerseys. There are cities left out of the loop. Moncton is M.I.A., while Ottawa, which has both a hockey and football team, is egregiously omitted. American cities included in the lineup are…
  • Tales from Highway 61: Bob Dylan's Masterpiece Turns 50

    rmbray
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    When Harvey Brooks got a call from his longtime friend Al Kooper about sitting in on a studio session in the summer of 1965, he took it. Work was work, and Brooks, who was playing six nights a week in and around New York City, wasn’t inclined to pass on the paycheck. He stopped by Columbia Studios, where behind the console stood a skinny, short, frizzy-haired man he had never met. This was nothing new, he recalled. After all, studio musicians typically walk into sessions without knowing much about what they are walking into. But even by that loosely defined caveat, this was different.
  • Saxon - Rock the Nations (Review)

    Heavy Metal Overload
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    Saxon – Rock the Nations (1986) Saxon had aimed for the big time with the slick, streamlined Innocence Is No Excuse but fell short. The band put on a positive face, pointing to their improved US chart placings and successful tour but the album was basically an expensive flop. So for their follow-up, 1986’s Rock the Nations, Saxon went back to basics and recorded quickly and cheaply with producer Gary Lyons. Minus departed bassist Steve Dawson, vocalist Biff Byford took on the bass-playing duties for the recording of the album.* It would be the first and only Saxon album recorded by a…
  • Mic Test

    Warpedpig#1
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    This is the result of testing equipment during a time when I was trying for vintage guitar tones.  I used an MXL condenser pencil mic.  It was about 6 inches back, straight on, pointed 3 inches left and one inch down from the cone.  I wanted to capture a balanced, smooth sound. The amp was Ch 2, Vintage Mode, Bold, Tube diode, with two tubes pulled.  My guitar had the volume turned down a couple of notches.  The playing could be better, but that wasn’t the point of the test.  A lot of people think of the Dual Rectifier as being a “Metal” or “Grunge” amp,…
  • Fleetwood Mac Friday #13: Why Did You Do It

    The Tusk
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    Most Fleetwood Mac fans know about the domestic drama surrounding the 1977 album Rumours— the dissolution of the McVie marriage as well as the uncoupling of Buckingham and Nicks. But all past is prologue, and all transgressions reach down through the ages like a butterfly landing on some dominos that are somehow floating atop a rippling body of water, and so we can look back earlier in the band’s existence and see that in the wake of Peter Greene’s departure from the band, Jeremy Spencer leaving to go “get a magazine” then disappearing and joining a religious…
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  • Paul McCartney: "I Feared For My Own Life After John Lennon Was Killed'

    Vintage Rock
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Paul McCartney has admitted that he feared for his own life after John Lennon was killed.The former Beatle said he was on "high alert" when Mark Chapman gunned down Lennon outside his New York home in 1980.But McCartney said his own home in rural south England was still largely unprotected and in a remote woodland location.He said he was left terrified days after the killing when he spotted several armed men advancing on the property.McCartney told Uncut:"It was weird because in the days that followed it, I was sitting in the house. We had a little perimeter fence, mainly to keep foxes out,…
  • Walter Trout To Headline Inaugural Urban Blues Festival In Los Angeles

    Vintage Rock
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Blues guitarist Walter Trout is set to headline the inaugural Urban Blues Festival in Los Angeles this Saturday, August 29. The event, which benefits Ascencia, will be staged at Raleigh Studios (5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038), and begins at 11:00 AM.  Joining Trout will be Guitar Shorty, Trout Brothers Band, Arthur Adams, The Americans, The Scorch Sisters, Little Faith, and Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton. "You know we are all struggling in this life,  trying to do well, " Trout says. "Some people have it better than others. This is a great cause for the folks who have…
  • Beatles' First Recording Contract Up For Auction

    Vintage Rock
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:05 pm
    The Beatles' first recording contract was signed in Hamburg, Germany, where the band honed its craft playing gigs in the city's boisterous nightclub district.The 1961 recording session produced the single "My Bonnie." It was released on the Polydor label in Germany only and never hit the top charts. But the tune led directly to the Beatles' discovery back home, a contract with EMI the following year and their first hit, "Love Me Do."Heritage Auctions will auction the six-page contract in New York on Sept. 19 for an estimated $150,000. It's the centerpiece of a Beatles collection spanning the…
  • Deep Purple, Foghat Rock The PacAmp

    Vintage Rock
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Review by Shawn PerryPhotos by Ron LyonWho’d have thought that in 2015, you could see Foghat and Deep Purple together on the same bill. At the fair, no less. Before a full house of some 5,000, both bands reignited the hard rockin’ 70s with strong sets of their greatest anthems. Foghat and Deep Purple have played the OC Fair many times in recent years, so their match-up was dripping with inevitability. Foghat tour the States constantly, whereas Purple, until recently, only paid occasional visits to America, choosing instead to clean up on the European festival circuit where they are…
  • Family Of Jimi Hendrix Settle Feud

    Vintage Rock
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Jimi Hendrix's sister Janie has settled a long-running legal battle over merchandising rights with a company founded by her brother Leon.The late rocker's siblings became engaged in a court dispute in Washington in 2009, when Janie, who serves as Hendrix's estate executor, took issue with products being made and distributed by staff at Leon's Hendrix Licensing firm.She claimed they had no right to use the "Purple Haze" icon's image and signature as the merchandise violated the copyright of the estate's Experience Hendrix LLC company, which also oversees the use of the rock legend's music, and…
 
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  • Rare Paul McCartney sketches to auction for $15,000 + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Spotlight: Brandi Carlile – www.relix.com It has been three years since singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s last release—just enough time to make some wholesale changes in almost every facet of her life. With The Firewatcher’s Daughter, those changes have materialized in the most positive ways—a new label, a new child and […]
  • Chris Brown’s New Head Tattoo Is A Work Of Art + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Kanye West to be given VMA lifetime achievement award – and people want Taylor Swift to present it – www.independent.co.uk Kanye West’s “prophetic” talents are finally getting the recognition he feels they deserve. Continue Reading On www.independent.co.uk » New Music: Fetty Wap “Trap N*ggas (Freestyle)” – www.missinfo.tv Rocking over […]
  • Shirley Collins: The ’60s Folk Scene Could Be Pretty Nasty + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Album of the week: The Weeknd – www.usatoday.com The gloomy bedroom singer embraces pop radio on second outing ‘Beauty Behind the Madness.’          Continue Reading On www.usatoday.com » David Gilmour Covers "Here, There & Everywhere": “I Wish I’d Been in the Beatles” – www.guitarplayer.com Below, you can hear David […]
  • ‘Unhappy’ Charli XCX’s songs over + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Members of Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Mudhoney team up as Stooges covers band Raw Power – consequenceofsound.net Streets around Seattle’s Pike Place Market were shut down on Sunday as the building’s roof played home to a one-off supergroup. Mike McCready of Pearl Jam/Mad Season, Barrett Martin of Mad Season/Screaming Trees, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, […]
  • Maroochy Music Festival, 22/08/15 + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Brent Black turned 'Waterloo' into a win in 'Mamma Mia' run – www.nydailynews.com Mamma Mia! He’s belted ABBA nonstop for 14 years! Continue Reading On www.nydailynews.com » Catch this fire: Marley sons will be blazing at SummerStage – www.nydailynews.com The Catch a Fire Tour 2015, starring reggae great Bob […]
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  • Trágár János epigrammája

    Trágár János
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:02 am
    paskainak csuhája megyen mán a kukába
  • Céh ‘Youth is Impossible’

    falsestuff
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    Two fine young Hungarian craftsmen have just came up with a damn noisy DIY record called Youth is Impossible and you’ll love it if you have some Anger to release. Céh is a wild new sonic experiment from Gabor Kovacs from derTanz and Raymond Kiss and it’s coming straight out of the Brain Fatigue brand –  a recently founded virtual shelter home for crazy visual, sonic and verbal art. When I asked if Brain fatigue is a label, a magazine or… simply an attitude, Gabor told me that it’s probably more like a platform. OK, might have been a stupid question…
  • Trágár János epigrammája

    Trágár János
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:10 am
    czeizel endre / megy verembe
  • SONIC JESUS is the name of the new… neo-psychedelia, I guess

    falsestuff
    8 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
      This is Sonic Jesus from Doganella Di Ninfa, Lazio, Italy. And these are three (otherwise) great bands to which they are teaching a serious lesson: -Wooden Shjips -Crystal Stilts -The Black Angels Wake up, men. Psychedelic rock is not about counting people down to sleep or merely jerking off with a musical instrument.   How about making a super trippy double album instead…?   Like the long-awaited debut, Neither Virtue Nor Anger by Sonic Jesus (released by Fuzz Club Records in April, 2015)    
 
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  • Re-Live It: Fan-Shot ‘Fare Thee Well’ Gallery

    Peter Wendel
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    Submitted by Peter from Naples, FL Just as the glow is fading – re-live all the music, the magic, the people and the partying. Stroll through this heartwarming fan-shot photo gallery and revisit all of the amazing memories from the “Fare Thee Wave” tour. It’s been said, but it bears repeating – it was the celebration of a lifetime. Every part of the scene exceeded expectations, and that goes triple for Trey and the music the band played to the utter delight of tens of thousands of high-fiving, dancing, jubilant fans. Young and old – friends, couples and families…
  • Can You Pass DeadTest™ Vol. 13 – The Keyboardists?

    Peter Wendel
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The latest installment of the DeadTest™ collection focuses on the band’s keyboardists – a monstrously talented parade of players each with his own very different contribution to the band. Can you recognize Pigpen when you hear him? Can you distinguish between the styles of Brent and Vince? Can you pick out the boogie-woogie backbone of Keith’s playing? Can you hear Hornsby’s grand piano in the latter-day mix? The band’s keyboard seat was rumored to be cursed, as death came early for four members who had once sat there. Each new player brought something unique to…
  • MANGO POLL: Is The Best “Brown-Eyed Women” from the ’70s or ’80s?

    Peter Wendel
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The Grateful Dead broke out “Brown-Eyed Women” for the very first time on August 23, 1971, at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. The song would become a staple – played nearly 350 times – with the last performance coming on July 6, 1995, in Missouri just a month before Jerry’s death. So the question we are posing is which decade – the ’70s or the ’80s – produced the best renditions of “Brown-Eyed Women”? Please vote below. Do you prefer the pared down, super-clean, minimalist sound of the ’70s or the heavier, rougher-cut renditions of…
  • Born To Run: Happy 40th To Bruce’s Timeless Masterpiece

    Steve Spohn
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    Born To Run turns 40 today. It’s an album distilled to perfection – a tight collection of songs that fulfilled Bruce’s mid-’70s artistic vision with no extra fluff or filler. It’s a lean-and-mean masterpiece. Had Born To Run been recorded 10 years later, the expanded CD-format would have provided room for a few more songs on the album – but that might not have been for the best. Bruce cut only a few extra songs that did not make the album – unreleased gems – interesting, if not excellent, alternate versions of the LP’s classics, like “Thunder…
  • Dead & Company Tour Includes New Year’s Eve Shows

    Peter Wendel
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    Dead & Company – the latest Grateful Dead splinter to emerge from the iconic band’s extended 50th anniversary celebration – have announced a six-stop East Coast tour and a four-night New Year’s Eve run in California (see full tour schedule below). Dead & Company – featuring the “Core Four Minus One” (i.e., Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kruetzmann), Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti and John Mayer – had previously announced only two shows on Halloween and November 1st at Madison Square Garden. The six-stop East Coast tour announcement is something of a…
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  • The Libertines - The Libertines [2004]

    Daniel F.
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Libertines originated from a friendship akin to love, an infinite passion for music, words, and a shared Arcadian dream, the combination of which brought us some of the most unforgettable tunes of the early noughties. Still, it didn't take long for this idyllic state to start crumbling: Carl Barât and Pete Doherty were falling apart, replacing the wistful spark of chaos by rising tensions and a self-destructive taste of Aligherian purgatory. Then all hell broke loose.The conundrums started revealing themselves while recording and promoting Up the Bracket. At the time, Doherty was on a…
  • Tappi Tíkarrass - Bitið fast í vitið [1982]

    Daniel F.
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Five years after unveiling her semi-fiasco of a debut, Björk literally went on to "cork the bitch's arse" (more on this later). She made the right move, mind you: thanks to turning down the opportunity to record back-to-back follow-up LPs, she could avoid being bogged down in the doldrums of well-meaning but turgid, hippie-shaky musings. Instead, her foray into punk rock with Tappi Tíkarrass was the first project to actually shine with the embryo of her mysterious persona.Punk rock started spreading to Björk's side of the ocean during her teens, and it turned upside-down her approach to…
  • The Libertines - Up the Bracket [2002]

    Daniel F.
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Up the Bracket invites you to a dazzling view of England through the blurry lens of Albion-dwellers The Libertines, a delegation of notorious troubadours, addicts, models, robbers and former rent boys. The most famous of whom randomly made his first appearance on British TV whilst queuing to buy Oasis' third album, Be Here Now, and cracked wise-arse witticism when asked to sum up the Mancunian rockers ("Well, I subscribe to the Umberto Eco view that Noel [Gallagher] is a poet, and Liam's a town crier").Pete "21st century Artful Dodger" Doherty met his future ex-bandmate Carl Barât in the…
  • Björk - Björk [1977]

    Daniel F.
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    This isn't a typo: Björk did in fact release her first ever record in 1977. A little known fact, mind you, as she apparently tried to conceal its existence by cunningly naming her solo breakthrough 1993 record Debut.Well played, Ms Guðmundsdóttir, but although the record might have never found an audience outside of its native Iceland and happens to be out of print today, the Internet never forgets. People, on the other hand, do.And who would blame them? This is a strange relic from aeons ago – a time before she had made her mark in trip hop and cutting-edge electronica –, and no one…
  • Can - Monster Movie [1969]

    Daniel F.
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Can (or "The Can", if you believe the front sleeve artwork) is a German experimental rock outfit whose impact can be felt in most areas of music and all sub-genres of rock. This includes classic acts like The Who (more on that further down), ambient (Brian Eno), indie rock (Pavement), Madchester (The Stone Roses), acid house/dance rock (Primal Scream), punk (The Clash), post-punk (the most obvious example being The Fall's "I'm Damo Suzuki"), new prog-rock (The Mars Volta), and even hip hop with the likes of Kanye "Yeezus" West (father of North West and soon-to-be-born... South West? Just…
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