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  • Vonda Shepard: The woman behind 'Ally McBeal's' music magic

    Vonda Shepard: The woman behind 'Ally McBeal's' music magic

    The FOX series "Ally McBeal" was a sensation for a number of reasons, one of them being the show's use of music. For much of that music, you can thank California singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard, who was personally recruited by producer David E. Kelley to record covers for the series and appear as...
  • Vertical Horizon continues to evolve decades after mainstream success

    Vertical Horizon continues to evolve decades after mainstream success

    Vertical Horizon ruled the airwaves after the 1999 release of their hit album Everything You Want. While they may no longer be riding the wave of mainstream success, the group from Georgetown University has continued to perform as one of the most solid rock bands in American music. Originally formed...
  • Casting Crowns mixes massive Christian rock success with hands-on ministry

    Casting Crowns mixes massive Christian rock success with hands-on ministry

    Casting Crowns is one of the best-known Christian rock bands, producing a string of hit albums and singles that started in 2003, yet several band members still work actively in their Georgia church, performing during worship services and mentoring teens. Even when they're touring, they try to do...
  • The Alan Parsons Project maintains its fame with 'live' in its name

    The Alan Parsons Project maintains its fame with 'live' in its name

    No, the Alan Parsons Project isn't some type of hovercraft or part of a moon-based laser weapon, despite what Homer Simpson and Dr. Evil might say. Anyone who loves '80s music knows that it's a British band, named for one of its original members, that released a string of studio albums between 197...
  • Sam Roberts Band: Canadian Rockers celebrate new album, craft beer

    Sam Roberts Band: Canadian Rockers celebrate new album, craft beer

    The Sam Roberts Band, led by Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Sam Roberts, is currently touring in support of fifth studio album, Lo-Fantasy, released February 11, 2014, via Paper Bag Records/Universal Music Canada. Roberts and co., who recently won their sixth Much Music Video Award...
  • Brian Setzer still shakin' with 'Rockabilly Riot: All Original'

    Brian Setzer still shakin' with 'Rockabilly Riot: All Original'

    Brian Setzer has started a rockabilly riot, again. Setzer’s latest album, recorded for Surfdog Records, is a collection of new and original songs entitled Rockabilly Riot: All Original. Setzer first gained notoriety as frontman for the Stray Cats, a band that’s generally credited with starting the...
  • Ray Davies has stories to tell

    Ray Davies has stories to tell

    Raymond Douglas Davies is best known for his years as singer-songwriter and guitarist for the legendary British Invasion era band The Kinks. Along with his brother Dave he formed the band in 1963 and was their main songwriter. The Kinks were among the first wave of bands from England to find success...
  • Taking Back Sunday: From what we don't know

    Taking Back Sunday: From what we don't know

    Taking Back Sunday is a name that’s become synonymous with youthful summer days with songs that track back to the yesteryears for college kids, and excite the masses of teenagers just learning what good music is all about. Since 1999, this is a group that has become an integral part in the influence...
  • Gregg Allman hospitalized, cancels shows

    Gregg Allman hospitalized, cancels shows

    Gregg Allman has reportedly been hospitalized, causing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member to cancel a recent show in Seattle and postpone a show in Boise. The Oregonian reports that Allman will also be canceling his scheduled headlining appearance at the Waterfront Blues Festival this upcoming...
  • Cake cashes in on unique humor to become indie sensations

    Cake cashes in on unique humor to become indie sensations

    When the grunge bands of the '90s were starting to take over radio play, an alternative band with a completely different outlook on their music was also starting to turn heads. While the grunge bands were keeping things glum with most of their lyrics, alternative band Cake was choosing to make their...
  • Blind Melon remains a tragic example of a one-hit wonder

    Blind Melon remains a tragic example of a one-hit wonder

    Over the history of rock and pop music, there have been legions of “one-hit wonders.” Many of these bands just weren’t good enough to make it in the business, outside of their one lucky break. However, there were other bands that remained one-hit wonders because of a tragic ending. Blind Melon was...
  • Billy Idol embraces pop while retaining his punk attitude

    Billy Idol embraces pop while retaining his punk attitude

    Bill Idol came from an era where punk bands hit the scene and shunned all forms of popular music. While bands like the Sex Pistols tried to completely ignore the influence of The Beatles and Rolling Stones, Billy Idol embraced the British pop scene in his own music. This is especially interesting...
  • Train front man Pat Monahan also blazes another trail as solo singer

    Train front man Pat Monahan also blazes another trail as solo singer

    Pat Monahan is known and loved as the lead singer of the San Francisco pop-rock band Train. Yet what you might not know is that in addition to Train's success with songs like "Drive By" and "Drops Of Jupiter," Monahan has also explored a solo career in recent years that's yielded equally intriguing...
  • Rock and pop come together in the sound of Dum Dum Girls

    Rock and pop come together in the sound of Dum Dum Girls

    It may seem cliché but it's true – there is nothing dumb about the Dum Dum Girls. This all-female rock band was born from the mind of Kristin Welchez, stage name Dee Dee Penny, as a recording project which formed into a proper music group. While many labels have been attached to Dum Dum Girls...
  • Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters brings actor back to his passions

    Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters brings actor back to his passions

    There are a lot of actors who want to be musicians, but when it comes to Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters, it was more than that. Before Thornton became a successful Oscar nominated writer and actor, his first love was always music. He worked a great deal in the music industry before his...
  • Concert review: Dave Matthews Band and Lovely Ladies rock Chicago

    Concert review: Dave Matthews Band and Lovely Ladies rock Chicago

    The Dave Matthews Band delivered two solid sets of material across more than three hours at Chicago's First MeritBank Pavilion on Friday night (July 4), but this concert's most noteworthy event was the return of the "Lovely Ladies" - the trio of soulful backup singers that toured regularly with DMB...
  • Top-secret Jack White gig is just 'sick'

    Top-secret Jack White gig is just 'sick'

    A stealthy performance from a particular high-energy guitarist was just what the doctor ordered for a handful of lucky London music enthusiasts. The rock and rollers had gotten a summer fever it seems and the only cure was more Jack White. The frenetic bluesman’s July 3 mystery novella – make that...
  • California rockers Sugar Ray still partying their way through music

    California rockers Sugar Ray still partying their way through music

    Whenever California rock band Sugar Ray took the stage in their heyday, one thing was always clear: they were having a great time. The guys behind summer hits like "Fly," "Every Morning," "Someday," and "When It's Over" loved to perform for audiences, and nearly two decades after "Fly" made them...
  • George Thorogood Live From Red Rocks on AXS TV

    George Thorogood Live From Red Rocks on AXS TV

    Late last summer, iconic blues-rocker George Thorogood wowed the Red Rocks Amphitheatre with a dynamic live show celebrating his 40 years in music. If you missed being there that evening—or if you were there and want to re-live the moment—AXS TV is giving you the chance this 4th-of-July weekend...
  • Foo for thought? Radio Black releases new single with Taylor Hawkins

    Foo for thought? Radio Black releases new single with Taylor Hawkins

    The next time you’re in the mood to pick a few Powerball numbers, give Radio Black’s TJ Courtney a call – because the lucky grunge rocker is on a winning streak for the ages. The listening public got the skinny on Courtney’s impressive run in a July 2 press release announcing Radio Black’s equally...
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