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October 26, 2010

The Doors Offer Up A Fresh New Live Cd November 22



Each year around the Christmas season you can count like clockwork on The Doors releasing a great new Cd as a treat for their fans. This year look for LIVE IN VANCOUVER 1970 to be released November 22. The new 2 disc Cd features a unreleased concert with a number... [Full Story]

October 24, 2010

CD Reviews: Steve Miller, Robert Plant & Eric Clapton All Make Lukewarm Returns



Under normal conditions, good cds deserve individual reviews. However, not in the case of these real lulewarm new releases by three veteran artists, Steve Miller, Robert Plant and Eric Clapton. I was really delighted to see these new releases, and had real high hopes here. But, all three artists sure... [Full Story]

October 11, 2010

Great Soul Legend Solomon Burke Dead At 70



Solomon Burke, the great soul legend, with the big powerful voice has passed away at the age of 70 from an apparent heart attack. Burke was a preacher, turned mortician, turned legendary singer, and was responsible for some great classic R&B classic songs and awesome live performances. From 1961 until... [Full Story]

October 1, 2010

Cd Review: Carlos Santana: GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME



My first impression of this great new release Cd was wow!, wow!, wow!. Carlos Santana is one of the world's greatest living guitar superman, and this new album comprised entirely of 12 of the greatest rock guitar anthems is generally pretty awesome with only few weak spots. With the help... [Full Story]

September 30, 2010

Sony Responds To The Changing Cd Market With Low Priced "Playlist" Cd Line



Sony BMG Music is responding to declining Cd sales, the bad economy, illegal music downloading and other issues by marketing a new line of low priced Cds of classic music from the Sony catalog. Besides a low price often between $6-$8 retail at discount retailers, the "Playlist" series features great... [Full Story]

September 24, 2010

Country Joe MacDonald: The "Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag" Story



One of the more outlandish performances that was so memorable from Woodstock was County Joe & The Fish doing their outrageous version of "The Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag" song. Instead of spelling out F-I-S-H, they went for the more outrageous vulgar "F" word instead. It was an outrageous 1960's antiwar protest song... [Full Story]

September 22, 2010

Cd Review: Devo: SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY



Devo is back with their first album in 20 years! And, boy oh boy, they haven't lost anything over the years. The music is just as fresh and fun as ever. Warner Brothers even has them back on the old label as well. SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY is just as good... [Full Story]

September 8, 2010

CD Review: Ten Years After: THINK ABOUT THE TIMES, The Chrysalis Years 1969-1972



Chrysalis Records of England has recently released this excellent new 3 cd box set of the five post-Woodstock albums issued by the great UK rock blues act Ten Years After. And for the low asking price of around $40 you get all of the original tracks from SSSSH, CRICKLEWOOD GREEN,... [Full Story]

August 20, 2010

Country Music Video Shoot Results In Homeland Security Episode



Country singer Deborah Allen and her production crew were just looking for a cozy little off-road location to shoot a new music video. A little service road off the ancient Memphis Arkansas Bridge sure looked like a great little spot. But then a swarm of police officers descended on the... [Full Story]

July 19, 2010

Tommy James Still Rockin' At 61



Tommy James(born Thomas Gregory Jackson) was one of the greatest American lead singers and of the 1960's with a huge string of highly successful singles with his group, The Shondells. "Crimson & Clover", "Mony, Mony", "Hank Panky", "I Think We're Alone Now", "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and many more huge selling... [Full Story]

July 10, 2010

Move Over Imelda Marcos, Singer Ciara Is The New Shoe Queen



The wife of former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda, was well known for having one of the largest shoe collections in the world. Well, mover over Imelda, singer Ciara is now the new shoe queen in town. She brags about spending $11,000 one month buying footwear because she absolutely loves... [Full Story]

June 5, 2010

Willie Nelson Cuts His Hair?



Country music legend Willie Nelson pulled a real shocker. He cut his long hair. He claimed that his signature waist-long red hair was getting in the way of things, and decided to pull a big surprise by going with his own new bizarre country music outlaw crossed with the Dutch... [Full Story]

John Densmore Of The Doors Surfaces In Paris



A 65 year old John Densmore, former drummer for the legendary rock group, The Doors, surfaced this week at an event in Paris. Since his days in the rock band fronted by the controversial ,Jim Morrison, Densmore has since returned to his jazz musician roots and has a new jazz... [Full Story]

June 4, 2010

Cd Review: AC/DC IRON MAN 2 Soundtrack



AC/DC was chosen by the producers of IRON MAN 2 to provide the soundtrack. And the result is a very nicely remastered compilation of 15 essential loud and rockin' AC/DC standards. The cd also includes a very nice companion DVD that not only includes some great live performances of classic... [Full Story]

May 28, 2010

Shock Rock Horror Shtick



Shock rockers Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper have just wrapped up their 17 city tour. Both have proven themselves to be enduring figures who combine the best of B grade horror movie theatrics with rock music. But, it wasn't Alice Cooper or Rob Zombie who created the shock rock genre... [Full Story]

May 25, 2010

It's David Byrne Vs. Florida Governor Charlie Crist



Talking Heads founder, David Byrne, wasn't very amused when Florida Governor Charlie Crist decided it would be a great idea to use their "Road To Nowhere" song to attack his Republican primary opponent for his senate run. Although the Crist Campaign removed the ad using the song after a complaint... [Full Story]

Is Like Christina Aguilera So Over?



Christina Auguilera, like Britney Spears, was once a great musical phenomenon to rise from Disney's NEW MICKEY MOUSE CLUB. But, a critically panned music video that seemed like a low rent ripoff of Lady Gaga and a failed top 40 single, have all forced the once powerful singer to put... [Full Story]

May 18, 2010

Heavy Metal Pioneer Ronnie James Dio Dead At 67



Heavy metal pioneer Ronnie James Dio has lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67. Dio's career in music actually started back in 1957, and spanned into this century. But Dio was best known for his contributions as a vocalist and song writer for dark themed heavy... [Full Story]

May 16, 2010

Paul McCartney At Odds With EMI Over Digital Music Downloads Issue



Paul McCartney has an ongoing feud with EMI over the issue of digital music downloads. It appears that EMI owns the rights to The Beatles music catalog, however the catalog is only available for sale on Cds as negotiations to provide the music to sources like Amazon and Apple ITunes... [Full Story]

May 2, 2010

Country Singer Coming Out As Gay This Week



Country singer Chely Wright had a #1 single with "Single White Female" back in 1999. She's had many hit albums. Now, she's going to challenge the normally conservative leaning fans of country music with whether or not to accept that's she's gay. On May 4th her new album, LIFTED OFF... [Full Story]

April 29, 2010

Bret Michaels Hopes To Tour In One Month?



It certainly sounds overly optimistic, but the official website of Bret Michaels still voices plans for the ailing rock star to begin his tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd in June as previously expected before his life-threatening brain hemorrhage. Claiming that Michaels is "devoted" to his fans, the website still claims that... [Full Story]

April 28, 2010

Bret Michaels Suffers Setback



Former Poison lead singer Bret Michaels has suffered a setback in his recovery from a brain hemorrhage that may put him at high risk for seizures if he recovers. It had to be bad news for singer who remains in intensive care and in very serious condition. The source of... [Full Story]

April 26, 2010

The Oak Ridge Boys And Diamond Rio Win Dove Awards



The Oak Ridge Boys and Diamond Rio managed to win major awards at the Dove Awards which were televised Sunday evening. The awards event for Christian and gospel music was actually held on Wednesday, however the event was televised on April 25. The Oak Ridge Boys have mulled retirement over... [Full Story]

April 24, 2010

Brett Michaels In Stable Condition From Brain Hemorrhage



Brett Michaels, the former lead singer of Poison and CELEBRITY APPRENTICE reality TV star, has suffered a serious brain hemorrhage and remains in critical, but stabilized condition. The singer was previously known to suffer with Type 1 diabetes. Although a major figure in 1980's hair metal music, the singer has... [Full Story]

April 23, 2010

David Allan Coe: Marriage #6 For Country Music's Outlaw Singer



For country music outlaw David Allan Coe, it's marriage #6. The 71 year old music legend wedded his 48 year old long-time girlfriend, Kimberly Hastings, this week. But, compared to other country music singers who like to carry the "outlaw" label, David Allan Coe claims to have once been on... [Full Story]

April 18, 2010

Record Store Day Celebrates America's Independent Record Stores



Yesterday was Record Store Day which was started back in 2007 to celebrate the independent record stores across America. Originally, Bull Moose records, a small chain of independent stores located in Maine and New Hampshire founded the celebration of the smaller record store. America has many great independent record stores... [Full Story]

April 14, 2010

Singer Alex Chilton Died From Lack Of Health Insurance



The wife of indie-music icon, Alex Chilton, Laura Kersting, revealed how the legendary singer was suffering serious heart symptoms recently, but had to delay seeking medical help due to a lack of health insurance. According to his wife, the 59 year old singer had been mowing the lawn recently, when... [Full Story]

April 12, 2010

Ringo Starr Not Impressed With Vatican's "Forgiveness" Of The Beatles



Former Beatle Ringo Starr was less than impressed at the statement of "forgiveness" the Vatican seemed to be offering The Beatles through their official newspaper, "L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO. The church once called the world's most famous band "Satanic". Now, the Vatican accepts that the band was a great cultural phenomenon and... [Full Story]

April 11, 2010

Dennis Coffey: Detroit's Funky Guitar Superman



Although, not really a household name outside of Detroit, Dennis Coffey was a huge guitar studio musician presence on many of the great soul and R&B recordings of the late 60's into the 1970's and beyond. Coffey played that funky twangy guitar on Frieda Payne's 1970 smash hit, "Band Of... [Full Story]

April 8, 2010

Cd Review: The Stranglers DECADES APART



The Stranglers fill a unique niche in the punk and new wave rock music genre history. The band has actually existed since 1974, where they carved out a unique dark identity a little bit like a British Doors-type pub band. With their heavy keyboard sound provided by Dave Greenfield, and... [Full Story]

April 7, 2010

Jimi Hendrix's Newest Smash Hit!



Jimi Hendrix is having some of his greatest commercial success in years. The new posthumous release, VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE, authorized by the Hendrix family is becoming one of the biggest commercial successes by the artist who died in 1971, since his death. The new album itself is quite satisfying, with... [Full Story]

April 6, 2010

New Doors Movie Soundtrack Out Today



A new soundtrack album for The Doors film, WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE has been released by Rhino today. The soundtrack album features many live songs, interview segments, poems as well as some instrumental remixes of some popular Doors' classics such "Break On Through". Fans of the legendary rock group will find... [Full Story]

April 5, 2010

Bob Dylan Banned In China



Chinese authorities decided that the rebellious lyrics of Bob Dylan might just be more than the Communist regime can tolerate, and banned a concert tour by the legendary singer/songwriter. Dylan considered a tour through China to be the jewel of his latest Asian tour. The singer's promotion company promptly canceled... [Full Story]

April 4, 2010

Divorce Papers Claim Bruce Springsteen Had An Affair



Divorce papers filed by man in New Jersey claim that Bruce Springsteen had an affair with his wife, Ann Kelly, that Bruce supposedly met at a gym. However, this story needs to be looked at very carefully here. No proof of any affair has been made public other than just... [Full Story]

Remember Former Teen Idol Bobby Sherman?



Back in the late 60's into the early 70's, Bobby Sherman was all the rage with the TIGER BEAT Magazine set. He was a huge star at the time with a number of top ten hit singles that did well on the charts. But, the road to fame actually took... [Full Story]

April 2, 2010

Canadian Music Legend Anne Murray Retires



Anne Murray, one of the greatest Canadian musical artists of all time, announced that she's probably done doing any new recordings. It had to be a sad announcement for her fans. Murray had to be one of the greatest Canadian exports of all time, selling a staggering 54 million albums... [Full Story]

March 29, 2010

Alex Chilton: Rock And Roll Great



The recent heart attack death of American musical genius Alex Chilton closes out a spectacular life producing some great pop music. Chilton was once the driving force and lead vocalist behind The Box Tops, which were as good as any top UK pop musical act at the time. Their version... [Full Story]

March 26, 2010

Is Weird Al Ready For A 2010 Comeback?



Weird Al Yankovic may be on the verge of a 2010 comeback. After releasing the Grammy Award winning album POODLE HAT in 2003, Weird Al waited until 2006 to release STRAIGHT OUT OF LINWOOD, his largest commercial success so far. But, then nothing until his 5 song INTERNET LEAKS EP... [Full Story]

March 25, 2010

Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" May Live On As A Movie



Reportedly, Warren Zide who was involved in production for both the AMERICAN PIE and FINAL DESTINATION films has struck a deal with the widow of Jim Croce, Ingrid Croce, to produce a live action comedy based off the famous hit song, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". Zide hopes to create a... [Full Story]

March 24, 2010

Dolly Parton vs. U.S. Senator Story Takes A Strange Turn



The story reported yesterday by the country western THE BOOT news, took a very strange turn today, as the office of U.S. Senator Bob Corker now claims that the interview of Dolly Parton by WAXO1220AM (Kickin' Country) never took place. Spokesperson for Corker's office, Laura Herzog claimed that the senator's... [Full Story]

March 23, 2010

Dolly Parton Tears U.S. Senator A New One In A Radio Interview



Dolly Parton is at war with her U.S. senator over his apparent support for payday loan companies that charge U.S. service-person families 400% interest rates. Parton stopped just short of calling U.S. Senator Bob Corker a crook, by accusing him of "behind closed door" efforts to work with the payday... [Full Story]

March 22, 2010

The Shocking Ages Of Rock Stars!



It's absolutely shocking just how old some of the greatest rock stars now are. This isn't for the faint hearted. Read at your own risk! Ray Manzarek, the the legendary keyboardist for The Doors was born in 1939, and is now 71 years old! Manzarek has continued to produce music... [Full Story]

The Strange Story Behind "Gimme Dat Ding" By The Pipkins



In 1970, a very unusual novelty single, "Gimme Dat Ding" hit the charts and became a top hit both in the UK reaching and in the U.S. But this very unusual single has an even stranger history. In many ways, "Gimme Dat Ding" was the first rap song ever, using... [Full Story]

March 16, 2010

Sony Music And Michael Jackson's Estate Sign Biggest Record Deal In History Of Music



Michael Jackson's estate and Sony Music Entertainment have signed the biggest record deal in the history of music, said to be worth up to $250 million or more. The deal calls for at least 10 projects and albums from Michael Jackson, including compilations and enough left-over and never used material... [Full Story]

March 14, 2010

The 36 Second Chart Single Hit & The 69 Minute Single



Amazingly, the shortest single ever released to become a charts hit single was "Ladies Bras", a 36 second long hit in the UK by Johny Trunk And Wisbey that hit #70 on the charts, and then re-entered the charts later at #27 after a campaign by BBC1's radio personality, Scott... [Full Story]

March 10, 2010

Joan Jett, A Motorcycle Sissy?



Tough girl rock pioneer, Joan Jett, revealed an interesting tidbit on Jay Leno's TONIGHT SHOW last night. She's actually "scared" of motorcycles. She claimed you could get hurt from "one fall"..... Oh, Joan! For years, Joan Jett has built up a tough girl image, and this might surprise a few... [Full Story]

March 5, 2010

Newly Remastered EXILE ON MAIN STREET Due Soon



A newly remastered version of EXILE ON MAIN STREET by The Rolling Stones is due out May 10 with at least 10 additional bonus tracks and deluxe packaging. While the classic rock album has been offered many times before as an Lp, cassette, 8track and Cd, the latest addition of... [Full Story]

February 25, 2010

General Larry Pratt's "Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Of Fame" Quickly Ending



For 62 year old General Larry Pratt, his "Andy Warhol 15 minutes of fame" appears to be quickly ending. Last week, his newly recorded version of "Pants On The Ground" debuted at #46 on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 charts. This week the song tumbled down to #60. And on the... [Full Story]

February 23, 2010

Cd Review:The Who's A QUICK ONE(Japanese Limited Edition Boxset)



If you're a major league fan of The Who with an extra $129.59 burning a hole in your pocket, then you just can't live without getting the definitive version of A QUICK ONE. This limited edition Japanese 2 cd version of the second album by The Who from 1966 is... [Full Story]

February 20, 2010

Huey Lewis Performs His Solo Version Of "We Are The World"



Pop singer Huey Lewis was apparently not invited to join in on latest version of "We Are The World". So, he decided to take matters into his own hands and do a little solo version of the song on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE. Okay. But it did provide a few funny... [Full Story]

February 16, 2010

Some Very Rare Singles By The Doors



Of course, The Doors once had some mega-hits such as "Light My Fire", "Hello, I Love You" and "Touch Me" as well as moderately big sellers such as "Riders On The Storm" and more. However, many discographies of The Doors, including the one on Wikipedia seem to miss a few... [Full Story]

February 15, 2010

Doug Fieger, Lead Singer of The Knack Dead At 57



Doug Fieger, the lead singer of the highly successful power pop and new wave group, The Knack, has passed away from lung and brain cancer at the age of 57. He had been battling the fatal disease for several years, first becoming disoriented and feeling ill during a 2006 concert... [Full Story]

February 14, 2010

The Strange Story Behind "Spirit In The Sky"



Between late 1969 into 1970, Norman Greenbaum's, "Spirit In The Sky" became a mega-hit selling over two million copies. It also became one of the best loved 1970's electric-hippie rock anthems ever. Inspired by a religious song once sung by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner on television, practicing Jewish singer-songwriter... [Full Story]

THE E.N.D. Of The Cd? The Black Eyed Peas Say So



The Black Eyed Peas achieved an amazing feat on this week's BILLBOARD TOP 100 chart by coming in with two top ten songs. "Imma Be" charted at #2, while "I Gotta Feeling" charted at #9. Both songs are from their hit album, THE E.N.D.(Energy Never Dies). This week's #1 song... [Full Story]

February 12, 2010

Newly Expanded SUPERNATURAL By Santana Due Out Feb 16



Big news for fans of the ultra-hypnotic guitar stylings of Carlos Santana is the release of the newly expanded 2cd set version of his fantastic album SUPERNATURAL. The new set includes the original album on disc one. But disc two includes some way cool remixes of a few Santana favorites,... [Full Story]

New Version Of T.Rex Continues To Tour Europe



Years after the deaths of both superstar front-man singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Bolan and bongo player/percussionist, Mickey Finn, A Celebration Of Marc & Mickey-T.Rex, continues to tour Europe with new show dates set in Germany and other countries. And while this band operates largely as a tribute band playing the music penned... [Full Story]

February 7, 2010

The Who Set To Rock The Super Bowl



The legendary UK rock act will rock the Super Bowl today, doing a 12 minute medley of their greatest hits. The band seems like a good fit for CBS, which uses Who songs as theme songs for three of their popular CSI series shows. Who says a little self-promotion for... [Full Story]

February 6, 2010

Cd Preview: THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN Expanded 2 Disc Edition Drops March 23



One of the greatest UK psychedelic era albums of all time, THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN, will be rereleased on an expanded 2 cd set on March 23. This excellent original 1968 album in beautifully remastered digital stereo will be included along with alternate mono versions of the songs,... [Full Story]

February 3, 2010

Thor: The Canadian Heavy Metal Band You've Never Heard Of



One of the most outrageous heavy metal acts is one you've probably never heard of. Yet , Thor, from Vancouver, British Columbia, has been hard rocking for decades. The band's onstage theatrics are much like the American group KISS in many ways, with very elaborate stage shows and heavy uses... [Full Story]

February 2, 2010

Cd Preview: Rob Zombie HELLBILLY DELUXE 2



Rob Zombie is back! After spending much time working on horror movie projects such as HALLOWEEN 2, and wrangling around with recording contracts after spending 18 years with Geffen Records, the long delayed, HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 is finally out today on his new Roadrunner Records label. One of the most... [Full Story]

January 24, 2010

Guns N' Roses: Appetite For Self-Destruction And Personal Baggage



Unbelievably, the personal feud between Axl Rose and Slash has become so toxic that the band now uses security guards at concert performances to enforce a clothing ban on t-shirts and hats bearing the name or image of Slash. Concert fans are either required to turn their t-shirts inside out... [Full Story]

January 22, 2010

General Larry Pratt's Not Seeing Any Money For "Pants On The Ground", But That May Change



The outrageous "Pants On The Ground" song first introduced on AMERICAN IDOL by 62 year old Atlanta singer, General Larry Pratt, may be a biggest hit not currently on a disc or the charts right now. YouTube has numerous remixes posted, and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Farve even did a... [Full Story]

January 12, 2010

Cd Preview:The Guess Who's ROCKIN' With Bonus Tracks Debuts Jan 26



After guitar legend and founding Guess Who member, Randy Bachman, left the band, a new line-up of musicians including guitarist Kurt Winter replaced him and brought in some fresh and innovative ideas. That was a major shakeup for the group's musical style as well. 1972's ROCKIN' album was a strange... [Full Story]

January 2, 2010

John Kay & Steppenwolf Still Hard Rockin' After All These Years



German-born rock singer John Kay is celebrating more than 40 years as the front-man for Steppenwolf with a concert date set for later this month in New Mexico as well as a recent live Cd and DVD of a Louisville, Kentucky concert show recorded before 15,000 fans. So far, it's... [Full Story]

November 27, 2009

THE AUDACITY OF HYPE: Anarchy-Punk Jello Biafra's New Album Takes On Everything



American anarchist-punk musician, Jello Biafra, has decided to take on President Obama with his latest album of far-left anti-government and anti-authority songs. The former Dead Kennedys front-man's new album has a cover that parodies the 2008 Obama Campaign "Hope" posters. Biafra looks positively demonic on the cover. Biafra has been... [Full Story]

November 26, 2009

Great Christmas Comedy Albums From Bob Rivers & The Three Stooges



Tired of the same old Christmas song shlock every year? Well, with Christmas season just about here, there are a few really great funny Christmas albums that really stand out as real gems. On Amazon there's music downloads available of the rare and hard to find CHRISTMAS TIME WITH THE... [Full Story]

November 13, 2009

Holy Crap! Look At Judas Priest Front-man Rob Halford Now!



Hey you headbangers! Yeah, you! Remember Judas Priest, those heavy metal guys from the UK. Well, blond haired front-man Rob Halford always made a striking presence in his black leather-clad neoS&M look. Today, Halford's all grown-up at 58 years old. Time has changed him a little, you think?... [Full Story]

October 30, 2009

The Strange Backstage Demands Of The Artists



As part of the legal agreement to perform a concert show in addition to their pay, some music artists make some rather interesting, unusual, and sometimes curious demands. Here's a few of the most strange backstage demands ever: *Singer Jennifer Lopez once asked the promoters of a charity show she... [Full Story]

October 16, 2009

1980's Soft Rock Group Air Supply Found Alive And Touring In Doha, Qatar



Hey kids, the long search for the 1980's soft rock group, Air Supply, is over. They've been found alive and well and touring in Doha, Qatar of all places. Actually, the band has remained active since 1975 to the present led by British guitarist Graham Russell and Australian Russell Hitchcock.... [Full Story]

October 13, 2009

Blue Cheer Founder Dead At 61



Dickie Peterson has died at the age of 61 from liver cancer. Peterson was the founder of Blue Cheer, the late 60's pioneering band of loud and heavy music that sharply contrasted with the flower power sound of softer groups of the era. Blue Cheer's biggest hit was their earsplitting... [Full Story]

October 7, 2009

At Least 10 Albums Far Better Than THE BLUE RIDGE RANGERS RIDES AGAIN



As you might know, I created something of a controversy here with some John Fogerty fans over my scathing album review of his very disappointing new BLUE RIDGE RANGERS RIDES AGAIN. Many fans loved the album, but I sure didn't. I thought that it was a very poor selection of... [Full Story]

October 5, 2009

Cd Gems: Mass Rapido!'s PITY PARTY Is A True Power Pop Gem



One excellent overlooked cd gem out there is PITY PARTY by Mas Rapido!. This group led by very talented singer/songwriter Frank Bednash often reminds you of groups like Badfinger, Big Star, and other UK power pop acts. PITY PARTY opens with the very strong track, "Emily Lloyd", which appears to... [Full Story]

October 3, 2009

John Fogerty's New THE BLUE RIDGE RANGERS RIDE AGAIN Is Simply Awful



With CCR, guitar rock legend John Fogerty made some of the greatest classic rock songs of all time. But then came that fairly awful last CCR album, MARDI GRAS, where everyone took a turn singing whether they actually could or not, and the band was gone. But then as a... [Full Story]

September 18, 2009

Folk Singer Mary Travers Dead At 72



Popular blond folksinger Mary Travers who sang with Peter, Paul & Mary and had many huge hits such as "Puff The Magic Dragon" which hit #2 on the pop charts, has died due to chemotherapy complications related to her leukemia treatment. The folk trio also helped to popularize the songwriting... [Full Story]

August 20, 2009

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler's Crazy Old Lady Look



OMG!!! Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler has turned into afreakshow. After his stage tumble at Sturgis his bandmates have gone on strike until he sobers up.... [Full Story]

May 12, 2009

Chicks That Rock to Tour



Blondie and Pat Benatar have announced that they will co-headline a tour across the US this summer. This will be the veteran rockers' first joint tour. They will also be joined by special guests the Donnas. The jaunt will kick off in Satartoga, California on July 21 and hit... [Full Story]

April 8, 2009

Top of the Hip Hop



As part of our series of special shows marking the 30th birthday of hip hop, BBC Radio asked a panel of 50 hip hop DJs, writers, enthusiasts and artists to vote for their top 10 most hip hop people of all time. Get your note pads out, posers. A... [Full Story]

February 2, 2009

National Geographic: The Record Label?



Wired reports that National Geographic is launching a new record label. Dubbed "Nat Geo," the plan is for the label to release music on CD and digitally. The report goes on to explain that "the new label will focus not on the sound of the rain forest, indigenous tribes,... [Full Story]

October 24, 2008

Free Dr Pepper seems to be likely



EW Has the skinny: Now that Chinese Democracy is rilly for reelz coming out in stores next month, Dr Pepper plans to make good on its offer to give a free soda to everyone in America if Axl Rose managed to get the album released before the end of 2008.... [Full Story]

September 20, 2008

Gorillaz start work on third album



Blur's Damon Albarn and animator Jamie Hewlett are set to begin work on a new Gorillaz album. The pair also revealed that the release may see a new visual look for the animated band. Damon Albarn stated that there would be no more Gorillaz albums last year, but has... [Full Story]

October 26, 2007

The B-52's Ready First Album In 16 Years



The B-52's have revealed details of their first album in sixteen years that also sees Cindy Wilson returning to the fray. 'Funplex', the follow up to 1992's 'Good Stuff', was conceived back in 2003 and is set for release on February 26 in the US. Speaking to Rolling Stone... [Full Story]

October 25, 2007

Evan Rachel Wood to Get Record Deal



Sources say actress Evan Rachel Wood, best known for her dramatic performances on film (Thirteen, The Upside of Anger), television (Once and Again), and as Marilyn Manson's girlfriend (see her starring role in his steamy, slightly NSFW "Heart-Shaped Glasses" video), is close to signing a recording contract with Interscope... [Full Story]

October 9, 2007

Oasis, Jamiroquai to follow Radiohead



Some of the music industry's biggest names are considering offering their music free online following the success of the experiment by the band Radiohead to let fans download their new album without charge. The band's website topped the chart of music websites with an 11-fold increase in internet hits... [Full Story]

Nine Inch Nails Free of Record Label Contract



Trent Reznor posted the news tonight on his personal fan club blog. The band is out of contract after 18 years of recording for the man! 08 October 2007: Big News Hello everyone. I've waited a LONG time to be able to make the following announcement: as of right... [Full Story]

October 3, 2007

iTunes Celebrity Playlist - Sarah Silverman



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September 25, 2007

JAMES BLUNT 1973 AOL SESSIONS



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September 12, 2007

Zeppelin reunion rumors confirmed???



According to NME.COM, LED ZEPPELIN will officially announce its reunion gig during a press conference on Wednesday, September 12 at the O2 Arena in London beginning at 4:00 p.m. BST. Singer Robert Plant reportedly confirmed last week that the rumors about LED ZEPPELIN reforming were in fact true. He... [Full Story]

September 11, 2007

The 50 Cent vs Kanye: Who won?



So recently Kanye West promised the world he would leave the recording business if he sells less records than 50 Cent when the two artists CD's drop on Sept. 11th. So what was the out come? Hitsdailydouble.com is reporting Kanye saw his numbers! That means six more weeks of... [Full Story]

August 11, 2007

Beastie Boys Play Brooklyn and other music news...



Beastie Boys finally said hello to Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday night with -- if you can believe it -- their first-ever concert in the borough. RollingStone.com reports that the group, which played at at McCarren Pool in Greenpoint, aptly opened the set with "Hello Brooklyn" and closed it with... [Full Story]

June 21, 2007

Spice Girls Get Reunion Rules



With a Spice Girls reunion on the anvil, Simon Fuller has a message for Posh, Sporty, Scary, Ginger and Baby, keep your mouth and legs shut. "I will make this work for you all, none of you realize how amazing you were and still are. It's good to be back,"... [Full Story]

June 18, 2007

The Jesus And Mary Chain plan new album



The Jesus And Mary Chain have revealed that their reunion will result in the band's first album in nine years. Brothers Jim and William Reid reunited in April to play the Coachella Festival in California, and will play several more dates throughout the year. Joining them in the band are... [Full Story]

June 6, 2007

Amy Winehouse Considers Quitting Music



Just weeks after getting married, Amy Winehouse has admitted that she would quit singing to become a mum. The 23-year old, who is now a massive star in America, recently married 27-year old Blake Fielder-Civil in a 'quickie' ceremony. Speaking to The Mirror she said: "I know I'm talented... [Full Story]

May 29, 2007

Steve-less Aero?



IS iconic rock band Aerosmith about to be leaderless? Liv Tyler, daughter of frontman Steven Tyler, has been telling people "her dad is going to announce he's leaving Aerosmith soon because he can't take how the rest of the band is treating him," a spy said. "She said they... [Full Story]

May 1, 2007

Big Boi of OutKast teams up with Atlanta Ballet



Earlier this season, the Atlanta Ballet axed its pit orchestra, but for a world premiere next season it's looking to the stars for musical accompaniment. Big Boi, half of the chart-topping Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast, will perform on stage with the ballet in a new work scheduled for April... [Full Story]

April 23, 2007

Gorillaz Call it Quits After Film



Grammy-winning animated rockers Gorillaz will quit after appearing in a movie, to be directed by Terry Gilliam and scored by frontman Damon Albarn. Albarn has confirmed Gorillaz have released their last ever album and will go their separate ways when the film is released. The news comes after months... [Full Story]

March 22, 2007

Beth Ditto refuses to play gigs



The lead singer of The Gossip, Beth Ditto, has refused to do some in store concerts for Topshop on principle. It's because they don't cater for girls her size. She says she wouldn't mind designing a plus-size range for the chain: "Give me the job. I want to design.... [Full Story]

March 6, 2007

BEASTIE BOYS Eyeing Summer For New Album



An uncharacteristically short three years after their last disc, 2004's "To the 5 Boroughs," the Beastie Boys are putting the finishing touches on a new record. "Hopefully that'll be out this summer, too," group member Adam Yauch tells Billboard. Though he remained characteristically tight-lipped about details, Yauch says the... [Full Story]

March 2, 2007

New White Stripes Album Completed



"An article in Mojo Magazine indicates that Jack and Meg's 6th studio album will be called "Icky Thump". Here is an excerpt from the magazine: "The album will be called Icky Thump, a title drawn from a Lancastrian colloquialism beloved of White's Mancunian wife Karen Elson ("I changed it... [Full Story]

February 27, 2007

Van Halen Reunion Over



THE fabled Van Halen reunion tour set for this summer has been derailed, thanks to a new set of ego clashes within the always-troubled band. David Lee Roth was to have hit the road with Eddie Van Halen for the first time since 1984, but concert promoter Live Nation... [Full Story]

January 29, 2007

Shins Album Sparks Return of Midnight Sales



Anchored by the Shins' "Wincing the Night Away," indie retailers used the Jan. 23 release date to bring back an old tradition -- the midnight sale. Eric Levin at Criminal Records says he hasn't opened at midnight since the 2004 release of the Beastie Boys ' "To the 5... [Full Story]

Zooey Deschanel Can Sing!



Zooey D has a sweet set of pipes on her! Here she is singing Live in Park City! !... [Full Story]

January 24, 2007

Crowded House Reunion!



Ohmygod. I need a freaking paper bag and an attending over here... One of my favorite 80's bands has confirmed a new studio album and tour! In a statement, frontman Neil Finn said: "After spending most of last year making music and hanging out with my friend Nick Seymour... [Full Story]

January 7, 2007

Rumors swirling about Police reunion. Again.



It's a new year and that means a fresh opportunity to suggest The Police will reunite. Slightly more water can be held in current rumors but I've heard that cry for wolf one too many times. The report from Billboard.com states The Police will reunite for 2007 dates in England... [Full Story]

December 29, 2006

Stereogum Predictions for 2007



The Shins - Wincing The Night Away Is this the record to lose the indie kids? Is the album too "safe"? Regardless, this one will make 'em this year's Death Cab. Bloc Party A Weekend In The City See above, replace "Death Cab" with "Coldplay." Arcade Fire - Neon... [Full Story]

December 11, 2006

HALLE BERRY releasing an album soon?



It has been confirmed by the December issue of Ebony Magazine that Halle Berry will be releasing her new album entitled "Halle." Halle told the magazine that: "I've always loved to sing and this album will show people that I can do more than act." The album was scheduled... [Full Story]

November 19, 2006

30 Seconds to Mars Video



30 Seconds To Mars' video "From Yesterday". Filmed in China, the band made history as the very first American rock video ever shot in its entirety in the People's Republic of China. The video premiere at 11PM on MONDAY, November 20th only on MTV. It will also be playing... [Full Story]

November 13, 2006

Timberlake Works on Duran-Duran Album



Justin Timberlake is working on Duran Duran's new album, along with superproducer Timbaland, who created recent smash hits for both Timberlake and Nelly Furtado, the British band said. "We've got some good stuff happening," said lead singer Simon LeBon. "We've done three tracks with Timbaland; we've collaborated in a... [Full Story]

November 10, 2006

The New Cash Video



The new Johnny Cash video that we mentioned yesterday is already up on Youtube. Its really something to behold. Enjoy.... [Full Story]

September 20, 2006

Timberlake earns first No. 1



In a major week for new releases, Justin Timberlake scored his first No. 1 solo album, while John Mayer, Bob Seger and Lionel Richie also crashed the upper echelons of the U.S. pop charts, according to Billboard. The 'N Sync alumnus sold more than 684,400 copies of his sophomore... [Full Story]

September 5, 2006

BEATLES' LSD DENTIST NAMED



The dentist who introduced John Lennon and George Harrison to LSD in 1965 has always been an anonymous figure. In the Beatles Anthology George referred to him only as "the wicked dentist." Now a book has been published that reveals the identity of the man who unwittingly helped to... [Full Story]

September 1, 2006

Perry Ferrell & Jim Morrison



AOL Music has confirmed that former JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell has unearthed a lost track featuring the vocals of THE DOORS' Jim Morrison and will be releasing the song, "Woman in the Window", on his SATELLITE PARTY project, due early next year. According to AOL Music, Farrell composed... [Full Story]

August 29, 2006

New 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Soundtrack



Fall Out Boy, Marilyn Manson and Panic! At the Disco are among the bands who have been enlisted to provide covers of tracks from Tim Burton's beloved gothic musical, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Originally released in 1993, the film, directed by Henry Selick, used stop-motion animation and computer effects... [Full Story]

August 24, 2006

Wonder To Guest on Next Snoop Song



Stevie Wonder is the latest big name to feature on Snoop Dogg's forthcoming album. The singing legend will collaborate with the rapper on one of his new songs, for the album The Blue Carpet Treatment. Other artists confirmed to feature on the album include The Game, Ice Cube, R.... [Full Story]

August 23, 2006

Dylan says modern recordings "atrocious"



"I don't know anybody who's made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really," the 65-year-old rocker said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Dylan, who released eight studio albums in the past two decades, returns with his first recording in five years, "Modern Times,"... [Full Story]

August 11, 2006

Lionel Richie Video Stills



Lionel Richie spent two days shooting a music video in late July in Beverly Hills for his new single 'I Call It Love.' Richie cast a familiar face -- daughter Nicole -- as the lead. She plays a young, rich Hollywood woman (quite a stretch) who finds love on... [Full Story]

August 9, 2006

Outkast Deny Split: Possible New Album



Outkast have once again denied rumours they are splitting but have admitted that there are no plans for the duo top perform or tour together. Constant speculation about the pair has risen to fever pitch amongst fans lately but Andre 3000 says that they are still most definitely together.... [Full Story]

August 2, 2006

Harry Smith Tribute



The late Harry Smith, renowned musicologist, filmmaker, and painter, will be soon receive the tribute treatment with a four-disc box set titled The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited, due October 24 on Shout! Factory. The two-CD/two-DVD collection draws performances from Wilco, Beck, Lou Reed, Nick... [Full Story]

July 27, 2006

Brandon Flowers Says 'Sorry'



The Killers' frontman wants to take back all the nasty little things he's said about bands like the Bravery, Fall Out Boy, and Panic! at the Disco. Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, who recently suggested emo music is "dangerous", has apologized to any bands he may have offended on his... [Full Story]

July 25, 2006

New Timberlake 'Sexy Back' Video



I loves me some Justin Timberlake. So when my girl at Wiredset sent me a link to a preview of his new video I was all over it. Enjoy. Just like last week, MTV is premiering the video for one of the hottest songs of the summer. This time it... [Full Story]

July 14, 2006

Killer News



The Killers' second album will be called Sam's Town, according to a spokesperson for their label, Island Records. The title is a nod to Sam Boyd, who arrived in Las Vegas in 1941 with just a few dollars in his pocket but worked his way up from card dealer... [Full Story]

The Who Plan First World Tour in Decades



Legendary British rock band The Who will launch its first worldwide tour in more than 20 years in September and is set to release its first studio album since 1982, the group announced on Thursday. Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend, the surviving members of the hard-driving British... [Full Story]

July 6, 2006

The Billboard Hot 100 - Top 15



1 Promiscuous Nelly Furtado Featuring Timbaland 2 Hips Don't Lie Shakira Featuring Wyclef Jean 3 Crazy Gnarls Barkley 4 Me & U Cassie 5 It's Goin' Down Yung Joc 6 Ain't No Other Man Christina Aguilera 7 P Ridin' Chamillionaire Featuring Krayzie Bone 8 Unfaithful Rihanna 9 Snap Yo... [Full Story]

June 21, 2006

The Veronica's



Recently, while playing 'which teen actors have turned legal', I came across a little known fact that AJ Trauth lives with a few chicks in L.A.. After jumping to conclusions I looked into said girls and found they make up a group called The Veronica's. Then I saw they... [Full Story]

June 12, 2006

New Releases for 6.13.06



Major DVD Releases 16 Blocks (Bruce Willis) Aquamarine (JoJo) Beavis & Butthead (Vol 2) Betty Grable Collection Valley of the Dolls Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Coach (season 1) Dave Chappelle's Block Party Dead Zone (Season 4) Dharma & Greg (Season 1) Farscape (Vol 10) Getting Played (Vivica... [Full Story]

Spice Girls' comeback track



The Spice Girls are reportedly releasing a new single to mark the 10th anniversary of their first hit. The former girl group - Posh Spice Victoria Beckham, Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell, Sporty Spice Mel C, Scary Spice Mel B and Baby Spice Emma Bunton - have already recorded the... [Full Story]

May 29, 2006

Wham! to Reunite?



George Michael held no interest for me as a young girl. I was one of the 7 kids who went to Wham! shows to see Andrew Ridgeley. I stalked him from across the Atlantic. I spoked to his mother on the phone after racking up $100's in phone bills tracking... [Full Story]

May 25, 2006

"Pixies' Santiago Writes For TV Commercials



From Frank Black: Joey Santiago, guitarist with influential indie outfit The Pixies, has joined EliasArts as a featured artist and will work exclusively in the realm of television commercials. EliasArts is a New York-based advertising agency, with a string of high-profile clients such as Nike, Adidas, Audi, eBay, Mastercard... [Full Story]

May 20, 2006

Lou Pearlman searches for 5th member of new boy band



Wanted: Streetwize Young Boy Singer Global boy band auditions reach UK 11 May 2006 - Press Dispensary - New York music mogul Lou Pearlman (Back Street Boys, N*SYNC and Britney Spears) has teamed up with the UK's Global Music Management (G.M.M.) in the major launch of a new global... [Full Story]

May 13, 2006

Portugal Doesn't Love Nickelback



"Do you want to hear some rock and roll, or do you want to go home?" The crowd votes with projectiles... Update: Just because it's new on YouTube doesn't mean it's new... Sigh...... [Full Story]

May 3, 2006

Guitarist Slash Files for Divorce



From PR Inside Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash has reportedly filed for divorce from his second wife Perla. The former Guns 'N Roses star filed his divorce petition in Los Angeles on Thursday. Slash -- real name Saul Hudson -- married Perla in 2000 and the couple has two sons,... [Full Story]

Eminem's Wife Files for Dual Custody, Financial Support



AP WIre Kim files for dual custody, financial support from Eminem Eminem's wife, Kim Mathers, has filed a response to the rap superstar's divorce request, asking for financial support, attorney fees and joint custody of the couple's 10-year-old daughter. Her lawyer, Michael J. Smith, filed the counter-complaint last Wednesday... [Full Story]

April 29, 2006

Keith Richards hospitalized after falling from a tree



Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has been hospitalized for a mild concussion reportedly because he fell out of a palm tree while in Fiji. Following treatment locally and as a precautionary measure, he flew to a hospital accompanied by his wife, Patti, for observation," said his publicist Fran Curtis... [Full Story]

April 22, 2006

I'll show you the "Worst Songs"



CNN.com asked for people to send in their selections for worst song ever. I waited with earnest, because I was sure that the official Wizbang Spring Picnic and Softball Tournament band would be represented in the list. I was wrong. In fact, the list of the worst songs doesn't... [Full Story]

April 12, 2006

Kylie Minogue Battles Back From Cancer



New pictures of the post chemo Kylie from Kylie.com... Also she looks to be making a comeback later this year. According to the BCC, her tour promoter Michael Gudinski has stated that Minogue would perform in Australia at the end of 2006. Kylie 'may return to Glastonbury' - [BBC News]... [Full Story]

March 15, 2006

Eddie Van Halen Responds



Last week we tossed off this catchy titled post, Drugs 1, Eddie Van Halen 0. The text of the story went something like this.... That's guitar legend Eddie Van Halen arriving at the Elton John's Academy Awards Viewing Dinner and After-Party in Hollywood last night. Remember when Eddie was... [Full Story]

March 7, 2006

Yanni's Greatest Hits - New Age Star Arrested For Domestic Battery



As if his music was not torture enough, now 90's new age guru Yanni is having female trouble in Florida. From The Palm Beach Post: Music superstar Yanni was arrested at his Manalapan home early Friday morning after his girlfriend accused him of slapping and shaking her during a... [Full Story]

March 6, 2006

Drugs 1, Eddie Van Halen 0



That's guitar legend Eddie Van Halen arriving at the Elton John's Academy Awards Viewing Dinner and After-Party in Hollywood last night. Remember when Eddie was cool? While I'd like to be able to blame his downward spiral on Valerie Bertinelli, it looks like years of drug abuse have been... [Full Story]

February 25, 2006

Sex Pistols Tell Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame To Sod Off



From the BBC:Punk band the Sex Pistols have refused to attend their own induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In a handwritten note posted on their website, they called the institution "urine in wine". "We're not your monkeys, we're not coming. You're not paying attention,"... [Full Story]

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