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  • A little fatherly advice from Uncle Ted: ‘SHUTUP&JAM!’

    A little fatherly advice from Uncle Ted: ‘SHUTUP&JAM!’

    Conventional wisdom dictates that you don’t stand next to Ted Nugent during a lightning storm. But what’s a billion volts when you can witness the Motor City Madman’s lightning-quick fretwork and over-the-top stage antics up close and personal? True, there may be a few people out there that don’t...
  • AFI: This flame won't go out

    AFI: This flame won't go out

    If you draw your attention back far enough, you’ll find a band called A Fire Inside, popularly abbreviated to AFI; a group whose expansive influence touched the edge of the budding hardcore scene in the early 2000s, and have continued to tread the line between post-hardcore, and dark alternative...
  • All’s well that ends well: Weezer announces new album

    All’s well that ends well: Weezer announces new album

    What is it about an artist’s earliest work that invariably makes the biggest impact on the music world? Perhaps it’s the unspoiled originality of the material. Or maybe it’s inspiration borne of desperation. Whatever it is, by the time a band has progressed to their 10th album, chances are good that...
  • Grammy and Academy award-winning musician Ryan Bingham playing and touring

    Grammy and Academy award-winning musician Ryan Bingham playing and touring

    Best known for his Academy and Grammy award-winning music featured in the Jeff Bridges film, "Crazy Heart," Ryan Bingham is still making great strides with his music, and gaining an ever-growing fan base. He's released three albums with his former band, The Dead Horses, and his most recent release...
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff's engaging take on traditional music wins over crowds

    Hurray for the Riff Raff's engaging take on traditional music wins over crowds

    Alynda Lee Segarra is just your typical Bronx-born female Puerto Rican feminist queer folk singer. Segarra fronts Hurray for the Riff Raff, a band whose popularity has been growing since a January NPR profile introduced them to a wider audience. While the band has earned a lot of attention for its...
  • One Direction, George Strait have 2014's highest-grossing concert tours so far

    One Direction, George Strait have 2014's highest-grossing concert tours so far

    Who are the biggest touring artists in the world? The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen may be the first names that come to mind, but those legendary acts trail behind boy band One Direction and country singer George Strait on the list of the highest grossing concert tours (worldwide and U.S.) in...
  • This week's top concerts: Justin Timberlake and the Warped Tour

    This week's top concerts: Justin Timberlake and the Warped Tour

    Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour is the obvious choice as the best concert event for the week of July 13. The singer just returned to America after two months performing to sold-out crowds and earning great reviews during the European leg of his trek. If Timberlake's music isn’t your...
  • More than 30 years after forming, Social Distortion still rocks the house

    More than 30 years after forming, Social Distortion still rocks the house

    While many fans have their own definition of what punk should be, that actually does the genre a disservice. Punk is anarchy, the unexpected, the sound of masses getting loud and doing their best to forget about a mundane existence. Punk rock has come a long way from the three-chord progressions...
  • Jack Bruce riding high on 'Silver Rails'

    Jack Bruce riding high on 'Silver Rails'

    Jack Bruce will likely forever be best known for his work with British classic rock band Cream, and for good reason. The legendary trio, featuring Bruce on bass and vocals, Eric Clapton on guitar and Ginger Baker on drums, ruled the rock airwaves in the late '60s with hits like “I Feel Free...
  • Punk rockers MXPX celebrate 22 years, go acoustic

    Punk rockers MXPX celebrate 22 years, go acoustic

    Considering that the majority of bands barely last a year or two, for a group to have a successful run of more than two decades is quite an accomplishment. The Bremerton, Washington-based punk rock outfit MXPX has in 2014 turned 22-years-old, meaning that someone born the same time as the band would...
  • Cloud Nothings and Nina Persson headline 2014 Culture Collide Los Angeles lineup

    Cloud Nothings and Nina Persson headline 2014 Culture Collide Los Angeles lineup

    Cleveland-based indie rock band Cloud Nothings, Swedish singer Nina Persson of the Cardigans, and Colombian musician Quantic are the headliners for Culture Collide Los Angeles, a three-day festival at various venues in Echo Park in Los Angeles on October 16-18. The lineup for the fifth-annual event...
  • Bowling For Soup: A little older and a little better

    Bowling For Soup: A little older and a little better

    If you’ve been alive and aware the last decade, you already know who Bowling For Soup is. Famous for such hits as their SR-71 cover of “1985,” and “Girl All The Bad Guys Want,” which was nominated for an actual Emmy. Seriously. But after 20 years in the business, like so many bands, Bowling For Soup...
  • Rumspringa: Run wild

    Rumspringa: Run wild

    In certain Amish communities the term “rumspringa” refers to a time in adolescence when the youth of the community are left to their own devices and experience the world at large, ending when they choose either to leave permanently, or accept baptism in the Amish church. The group Rumspringa...
  • Singer-songwriter LP returns to the spotlight on 'Night Like This'

    Singer-songwriter LP returns to the spotlight on 'Night Like This'

    Following a long break of songwriting for other artists, LP returned to the spotlight last month with her album Forever for Now. Among the gems on the set, the one that shines the brightest is "Night Like This." Laura Pergolizzi, who goes by the name LP on her releases, broke out in the music scene...
  • Billy Corgan and Joan Jett to be honored at the Alternative Press Music Awards

    Billy Corgan and Joan Jett to be honored at the Alternative Press Music Awards

    On Monday, July 21, Alternative Press will present the inaugural edition of the AP Music Awards to celebrate rock music and the influential artists who often go unmentioned at mainstream awards shows. The ceremony is taking place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and will air live on AXS...
  • Punk visionary Tommy Ramone dies at 65

    Punk visionary Tommy Ramone dies at 65

    The king is dead. Yeah, he may have been a bit of a punk. But a royal punk he was. The July 11 announcement of the death of Tommy Ramone at age 65 was about more than just his untimely passing. The loss of the last surviving original member of the Ramones marked the passing of an era. There are no...
  • The Ramones: 10 best songs

    The Ramones: 10 best songs

    New York rockers the Ramones are one of the most influential punk rock bands of all time. Their musical reach spans generations and genres to give misfits all over the world a voice through the power of song. In tribute to the life of drummer Tommy Ramone, who passed away on July 11, 2014, here is a...
  • Fear Factory remains unmatched with its ninth studio album on the way

    Fear Factory remains unmatched with its ninth studio album on the way

    Fear Factory is an uber-aggressive metal band with an eclectic range of styles. Some of its music edges on the groove side of metal while other tunes can only be classed as thrash or speed metal. The band even did an upbeat cover of Gary Numan's "Cars" for Obsolete. Amazingly fast drums (listen to...
  • Amy Grant gets remixed

    Amy Grant gets remixed

    With In Motion: The Remixes, many of Amy Grant’s most popular songs have been given the high tech, DJ remix treatment. For dance artists, such remixes are common. They’re quite unusual for adult contemporary artists, and especially rare for Christian music-associated performers like Grant. The first...
  • Morrissey thankfully returns with newly recorded music

    Morrissey thankfully returns with newly recorded music

    Even Morrissey’s most devoted fans are getting really tired of all the stupid things he says in the press. Although it’s assumed he means well, these statements – which most oftentimes extol his extreme veganism – only make him look like a privileged, out of touch celebrity with far too much time on...
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