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  • Texas Hippie Coalition interview: Big Dad Ritch, John Exall talk new album

    Texas Hippie Coalition interview: Big Dad Ritch, John Exall talk new album

    From deep in the heart of Texas rise the Texas Hippie Coalition; the forefathers of red dirt metal. This heavy weight quartet is one of the surprise highlights of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Mayhem founder John Reese made a wise pick adding them to this year’s bill. The band is...
  • Goo Goo Dolls light up Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Goo Goo Dolls light up Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    The heavens unleashed a high-voltage tempest on the unsuspecting concertgoers at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 15. And then there was the action off stage. The Goo Goo Dolls stormed into Morrison Tuesday night with their rock infused pop melodies on the heels of a trademark Colorado cloudburst...
  • Malcolm Young fights to return to AC/DC

    Malcolm Young fights to return to AC/DC

    The recent announcement from AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson that the band had finished recording their first new album since 2008’s Fire and Ice brought a hearty roar from their millions of long-suffering fans. But the silver lining was accompanied by a somber cloud as Johnson revealed that the health...
  • Skid Row interview: 25 to life with Snake Sabo

    Skid Row interview: 25 to life with Snake Sabo

    After more than 25 years of world touring, hearing their multi-platinum hits on the radio, and sharing the stage with some of rock’s most iconic bands, one might expect the members of Skid Row to be pretty self-absorbed and perhaps jaded by the rock and roll lifestyle. That just is not the case for...
  • This weekend in New Orleans music, Uptown is where it’s at

    This weekend in New Orleans music, Uptown is where it’s at

    When the heat sets in, music fans in New Orleans may choose to spend their days mostly indoors. That’s cool, though, since the city’s summer nights feature plenty of reasons to get out of the house. During the third weekend in July, performances span from funk staples playing on their home turf with...
  • A psychedelic time warp with New Madrid at NOLA’s Publiq House

    A psychedelic time warp with New Madrid at NOLA’s Publiq House

    It’s almost as though New Madrid was made for the Publiq House. The psychedelic rockers hail from Athens, Georgia, but their aloof demeanor, yards of hair and haphazard, I’ve-worn-the-same-clothes-for-two-days fashion sense seemed perfectly at home in the hip venue. Their July 16 appearance at the...
  • The Cave Singers blend indie rock and folk for strange new, yet pleasant sound

    The Cave Singers blend indie rock and folk for strange new, yet pleasant sound

    Something about The Cave Singers' music just seems off. Except, rather than being turned away by the unusual sound, many folks are now finding themselves drawn to the unique and strangely attractive music of this Washington-based band. After his original group, Pretty Girls Make Graves, disbanded in...
  • Gnarls Barkley set to reclaim airwaves with signature beats and neo soul sound

    Gnarls Barkley set to reclaim airwaves with signature beats and neo soul sound

    Cee Lo Green and Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley started their journeys into the music business on two separate and very different roads. Green was part of the Atlanta-based hip hop group Goodie Mob, which led the Dirty South movement throughout the mid-to-late '90s. But by the turn of the millennium...
  • Grizzly Bear's humble beginnings grow into rich, full sounds and group harmonies

    Grizzly Bear's humble beginnings grow into rich, full sounds and group harmonies

    Back in the early 2000s, Ed Droste began recording and creating music in his home as a solo project which he regarded later as "just for fun." Little did he and the rest of the music world know that these "fun" little home recording sessions would one day lead into and produce the group Grizzly Bear...
  • The Whigs - Keeping it real since 2002

    The Whigs - Keeping it real since 2002

    In a time when it seems bands are doing everything but rocking out to their full potential, along comes The Whigs to bring it back home. This band goes to the roots of music and pumps out pure rock and roll. Lead singer and guitarist Parker Gispert, drummer Julian Dorio and bassist Timothy Deaux...
  • The Kills are post-punk iconoclasts

    The Kills are post-punk iconoclasts

    Lo-fi post-punk band The Kills have established themselves in the stratified modern music landscape by playing by their own rules. The band rarely grants interviews, are still signed to the same independent music label that released their first EP and have steadfastly refused to follow the industry...
  • The Japandroids embody rock's anarchic spirit

    The Japandroids embody rock's anarchic spirit

    With songs like “Younger Us,” “Continuous Thunder” and “The House That Heaven Built,” the Japandroids have proved that in a modern music landscape deluged with auto-tuned pop, bubblegum rap and soullessly country, a no-nonsense, straight ahead rock band can still succeed. Blending punk’s dynamism...
  • The various styles of Joe Jackson

    The various styles of Joe Jackson

    In 1978, Joe Jackson mournfully sang, “Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street.” It's the opening of his first single, “Is She Really Going Out With Him?”, and it remains one of his most iconic lines. The image Jackson paints is strikingly visual—almost comical—but underneath it...
  • KISS to 'Rock and Roll All Night' through November at The Hard Rock Hotel

    KISS to 'Rock and Roll All Night' through November at The Hard Rock Hotel

    From Elvis to Elton John, Las Vegas has hosted dozens of music legends. This November, it will add one more to the list. For the first time ever, rock legends KISS will take up residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. With their trademark black and white makeup and heavy metal...
  • Jackson Browne announces new album and tour

    Jackson Browne announces new album and tour

    Jackson Browne has been a part of the music world since 1972, when he released his first self-titled album. That was 42 years ago, and on Oct. 6, he will be releasing his 14th album. The upcoming album will be titled Standing In The Breach, and to support the new album, Browne has announced a tour...
  • Joe Satriani, master of the guitar instrumental, continues G3 Tour

    Joe Satriani, master of the guitar instrumental, continues G3 Tour

    Joe Satriani could be considered one of the greatest hard rock guitar players of all time. Known primarily as an instrumentalist, the layers of diversity in his style of music are what have kept him relevant after decades in the business. Legend has it that Satriani, who began playing guitar at the...
  • The Cars are pop rock titans

    The Cars are pop rock titans

    While other bands blended killer pop synths, rockabilly thump and stripped down punk minimalism, none have done it better than Boston-based new wave band The Cars. Formed by lead singer and guitarist Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson in...
  • John Hiatt and Robert Cray: Perfect together in New Brunswick

    John Hiatt and Robert Cray: Perfect together in New Brunswick

    Blues rock icons John Hiatt and Robert Cray have paired for a summer tour that pulls into New Brunswick’s State Theatre on Saturday, July 19. Hiatt is a Grammy-nominated performer who has released 21 albums in a 35-year recording career. Cray holds five Grammy awards in a musical career that rivals...
  • Slowdive Announces First North American Tour in 20 Years

    Slowdive Announces First North American Tour in 20 Years

    It has been 20 years since the band Slowdive has toured across America, but they're back. The English shoegaze rockers announced their first tour of North America, which will include the United States and Canada, according to their website. Slowdive will also stop in Toronto this October, where they...
  • 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...
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