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  • Paul McCartney and Snoop Dogg top the list of the week's best concerts

    Paul McCartney and Snoop Dogg top the list of the week's best concerts

    Paul McCartney and Snoop Dogg have very little in common – although, come to think of it, how ridiculous and awesome would it be if those two ever collaborated? But since that’s unlikely to ever happen, the closest they’ll come to hanging out together might be sharing space atop our list of the best...
  • System of a Down delivers both in the studio and on the stage

    System of a Down delivers both in the studio and on the stage

    The 90s were surging with new rock metal bands like Rage Against the Machine, Korn and Powerman 5000. While many reached the same heights, none were better than the Armenian-American band System of a Down. Influenced by speed metal bands like Slayer, System of a Down adopted a sound that was...
  • From Circus Boy to singing Monkee, Micky Dolenz endures over the decades

    From Circus Boy to singing Monkee, Micky Dolenz endures over the decades

    Hey, hey, he's a Monkee, but Micky Dolenz actually started his career in the public eye as a child actor on a show called Circus Boy in 1956. He played the title character, Corky, an orphaned water boy who worked under the big top, under the stage name Mickey Braddock. Fortunately, his career wasn't...
  • Big D & The Kids Table endures two decades and shows no signs of stopping

    Big D & The Kids Table endures two decades and shows no signs of stopping

    Formed in 1995 in Boston Massachusetts, Big D & The Kids Table has spent the past two decades becoming a ska punk legend. The band plays on average about 200 shows a year and is a constant at the Vans Warped Tour. Self sufficient in many ways, Big D & The Kids Table is known for taking on...
  • Stevie Wonder legacy builds by remaining a popular collaborator and performer

    Stevie Wonder legacy builds by remaining a popular collaborator and performer

    It's hard to believe Stevie Wonder is only 64 years old when you consider the sheer volume of hits he has generated during his lifetime. But then Wonder got an early start on most musicians, signing with Motown's Tamia label at age 11 and continuing to record for Motown to this day. The 50+ year...
  • The music of Tonic continues to catch audiences for more than 20 years.

    The music of Tonic continues to catch audiences for more than 20 years.

    Since Tonic formed in Los Angeles in 1993, many rock bands have come and gone. Yet the Grammy nominated group is still here, having provided music fans memorable radio hits while the band and its members have evolved in various directions that have left them anything but stagnant while they've...
  • 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...
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