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Rock Rewind: The Verve “Bitter Sweet Symphony”

The signature repeating orchestral line of British alt-rock band The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” is instantly recognizable today by millions of music lovers around the world. Ironically, this musical motif that forms the foundation for this band’s only Top-40 U.S. hit also provided their greatest source of controversy—for you see, it wasn’t really theirs. The orchestral line in question is something of a “cover of a cover,” sampled from the […]


Blondie Call Me

Rock Rewind: Blondie “Call Me”

Depending on who you ask, there are basically two songs in Blondie’s catalog which could be considered their “signature hit.” The first is “Heart of Glass,” which we featured in a previous rewind. The other is “Call Me,” which hit the airwaves in 1980. Interestingly enough, both hits were something of an anomaly for the band. While “Heart of Glass” came under fire as too much of a disco hit […]


Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction

Rock Rewind: Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine”

Before all the controversy, before the Axl Rose-Slash feud, before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fiasco about which band lineup was actually being inducted…before all that, Guns N’ Roses was a really good hard rock band, and in some ways the last of its kind.  Their 1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction arrived in an open market when hard rock was basically being forgotten in favor of dance-pop […]


Jack White Lazaretto

Stream Jack White’s “Lazaretto” a Week Before Release

As was the case with his previous solo record Blunderbuss, Jack White fans have the opportunity to preview his new record Lazaretto in full, as it is currently available to stream via iTunes Radio.  The stream will be available until the record officially drops next week. Even while digital technology makes this live streaming possible, White (who is known for his love of lo-fi and vintage technology) is giving die-hard […]


Allman Brothers Band

Allman Brothers Band Announce Final Shows

It signals the end of an era. Ever since the late Duane Allman essentially invented southern rock in the late 1960s by reinventing The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” with Wilson Pickett in a Muscle Shoals recording studio, the Allman Brothers Band have recorded dozens of records (including some of the best live shows you’ll ever hear), broke up and reunited several times, earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall […]


Linkin Park Meteora

Rock Rewind: Linkin Park “Numb”

Sometimes a band becomes legendary because of a song that stands out among the others (like Foreigner, in last week’s Rewind). Other times, the band becomes legendary because of its sound.  When Linkin Park emerged on the scene with Hybrid Theory in 2000, their combining of alternative, metal and rap elements into an angsty wall of sound captivated listeners, each single seeming to perform better than the last, and making […]


Foreigner I Want To Know What Love Is

Rock Rewind: Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is”

When a band already has a long list of chart-topping hits, having one that stands out as the most successful by far is quite a feat.  British-American pop/rock act Foreigner had been successful out of the gate in the mid-1970s, with hits like “Cold As Ice” and “Feels Like the First Time” propelling their very first album to Platinum status. But when “I Want to Know What Love Is” (from […]


Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney Hospitalized in Japan for Viral Infection

“Complete recovery” expected

Sir Paul McCartney, 71, was hospitalized in a Tokyo hospital after a viral illness caused him to cancel tour dates in Japan and South Korea earlier this week. USA Today reports (via The Sankei Sports newspaper in Japan) that the former Beatle was admitted to the hospital after canceling the tour dates when his condition worsened.  However, Sir Paul has reportedly responded well to treatment; he is expected to recover […]


Coldplay Ghost Stories

Coldplay “Ghost Stories” –Album Review

Parlophone/Warner Bros. (2014)

Long awaited. Much anticipated. Well worth the wait. Few bands have built a stronger career on mastering the art of understatement than Coldplay. It’s an irony of the modern rock era that a band could sell out stadiums across the world with the less-is-more approach, when most of their peers draw crowds by doing exactly the opposite: louder, harder, faster.  But don’t mistake understatement for sleepiness: there is pure energy […]


Robert Palmer Addicted to Love

Rock Rewind: Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love”

By the time UK rock singer Robert Palmer became a household name in the U.S. in the mid-1980s, he’d already been plugging away as a solo artist for a decade, and had achieved modest success with seven studio albums.  Then in January 1986, his soon-to-be signature single “Addicted to Love” (from the album Riptide) took him over the top. Besides being popular for its simple, catchy, steady rock beat and […]


Tim Lambesis

Tim Lambesis Receives 6 Years for Murder Plot

As I Lay Dying singer entered guilty plea in February

In a San Diego courtroom Friday, Tim Lambesis, frontman of the metalcore band As I Lay Dying, was officially sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to murder his estranged wife Meggan, Radio.com reports.  The singer entered a guilty plea to the charge back in February of this year. The sentence is three years less than the possible maximum of nine years, and includes credit for 48 days already […]


The Cranberries No Need to Argue

Rock Rewind: The Cranberries “Zombie”

In Warrington, Cheshire in 1993, two boys (Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry) were tragically killed during an IRA bombing. The event moved Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer for up-and-coming Irish alt-rock act The Cranberries, to write a song to honor the boys’ memory and to make a statement about the ongoing horrors of war that had plagued her homeland.  The result was “Zombie,” which appeared on the band’s sophomore album No […]


Tom Petty Full Moon Fever

Rock Rewind: Tom Petty “Free Fallin’”

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the greatest impact.  Sometimes three chords are all you need. “Free Fallin,’” the opening track from 1989’s Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty’s first solo effort without his band The Heartbreakers), was not only the simplest of three-chord rock songs, but it was also written and recorded in two days.  But while Petty had already experienced years of success (including several No. 1s on […]


Goo Goo Dolls Iris

Rock Rewind: Goo Goo Dolls “Iris”

Alt-rock act Goo Goo Dolls had been plugging away for years in their local Buffalo, New York music scene before finally getting some modest success in the broader rock market with their single “Name,” off their fifth studio album A Boy Named Goo.  Even so, frontman/guitarist John Rzeznik had found himself at an impasse, suffering from writer’s block and considering ending the band for good. Then some filmmakers asked Rzeznik […]


Coldplay Ghost Stories

Coldplay to Reveal “Ghost Stories” in NBC Special

Special to air Sunday, May 18 on NBC

Prime-time television has long been a venue to promote major album releases (most commonly with guest appearances on existing shows), but Coldplay has become the latest act to land their own TV special to get the word out.  As The Hollywood Reporter, um, reports, the band recently announced they will be airing an hour-long special on NBC on Sunday, May 18, one day before the release of their sixth studio […]


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