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The Black Keys Turn Blue

The Black Keys Unveil New Track “Turn Blue”

New album of same name due to drop 5/13 on Nonesuch

After the monumental success of  2011’s El Camino, which went on to earn The Black Keys a whopping four Grammys,  bandmates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are back to try again with a much anticipated new release titled Turn Blue.  This week, the duo dropped the title track of the album as a teaser. Two things intrigue me about this track.  First of all, it’s got a steady-but-chill midtempo groove […]


AC/DC

Not So Fast: AC/DC Not Calling It Quits

For the past 48 hours or so, the rumor mill (i.e., the Internet) has been churning with speculation that Aussie hard rock act AC/DC were on the verge of retirement due to a “serious illness” of one of the bandmates.  However, in a recent conversation with The Telegraph, frontman Brian Johnson refuted those rumors, stating that the band were still planning to get together to record new material. “We are […]


Coldplay Magic

Coldplay Release New “Magic” Video

In keeping with their apparent new bent toward the electro side of soft rock, this week Coldplay released their new single “Magic,”  accompanied by a music video that is every bit as captivating as the song itself. Similar in its repetitive nature to their earlier single “Midnight,” “Magic” has a slightly more upbeat drum loop, as well as much stronger pop sensibilities.  The result is a singable, ear-wormy deal that […]


The Killers Hot Fuss

Rock Rewind: The Killers “Mr. Brightside”

It’s been barely a decade since Vegas-based alt-rockers The Killers released their debut album Hot Fuss.  Four albums later, they are hailed by many as one of the vanguards of the post-punk revival and one of the best bands of the 2000s.  “Mr. Brightside” is the song that started it all. The debut single off their debut album, “Mr. Brightside” had already put The Killers on the map in the […]


KISS

Unraveling the KISS Rock Hall Of Fame Fiasco

*Sigh.* You have to wonder whether the folks over at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ever regret their choices, or if they ever get tired of the drama involved with dealing with rock and rollers who never grew up. Let’s see if we can get the story straight.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voted to induct 70s glam-rockers KISS this year—a decision many applauded in itself, […]


Coldplay Yellow

Rock Rewind: Coldplay “Yellow”

With Coldplay currently sitting at the top of their game, and with all the anticipation for their upcoming record Ghost Stories (due out in May), it’s hard to imagine that it’s been fourteen years since “Yellow” first put them on the map.  While it was the band’s second charting single off their debut album Parachute, “Yellow” was the first single that Americans heard—and what a debut it was, positioning on […]


The Stooges

Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Passes Away at Age 64

Scott Asheton, founding drummer for iconic punk band The Stooges, passed away Saturday evening from as-yet unspecified causes. He was 64. The world became aware of Asheton’s death via a statement from band frontman Iggy Pop on his Facebook page on Sunday: “My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night. “Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. […]


Linkin Park Guilty All the Same

Shazam! Linkin Park Surprise Users with New Track

On Tuesday, Linkin Park officially announced a series of summer tour dates at a Hollywood press conference with tour mates 30 Seconds to Mars. On Wednesday, users of the mobile app Shazam got an extra surprise when a new Linkin Park track called “Guilty All the Same” became available for listening. The six-minute track, which features rapper Rakim, is billed as a foretaste of LP’s upcoming sixth studio release, which […]


Coldplay Midnight

Check Out Coldplay’s Unusual New Track “Midnight”

When Coldplay released their album Mylo Xyloto, it raised concerns among some long-time fans that the band might be getting too “poppy” for their own good.  Last fall, their song “Atlas” from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack was a breath of fresh air, a clear step back toward their brooding, piano-rock roots. Now, with the surprise release of their new single “Midnight”…well, let’s just say a lot of us […]


Journey Don't Stop Believin'

Rock Rewind: Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’”

If you’re into statistics and all that, here’s a tidbit you might find interesting: “Don’t Stop Believin’” was not Journey’s top charting hit. (“Separate Ways” has that distinction on the Rock charts, and “Open Arms” on the mainstream US chart.) However, due to its increased use in television and the movies over the years, the song has certainly grown to be one of Journey’s most recognizable tunes, in part because […]


U2 Invisible

Check out U2’s New Music Video for “Invisible”

Apparently, U2 want to make sure their new tune “Invisible” is anything but. This week, on the heels of the song’s official Super Bowl release—which ultimately raised over $3M for (RED)—the band have released the official music video for “Invisible.” Shot in black-and-white, the video was filmed over three days in an airport hangar in Santa Monica, under the direction of Mark Romanek (whose resume also includes videos for Johnny […]


The Beatles

Rock Rewind: The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

The big news this weekend (no, not the Olympics, the other big news) is that February 9 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 during their first trek to the United States.  Many mark that appearance as the beginning of the British Invasion for rock & roll, and certainly a moment that affected the musical landscape in this country. The music […]


U2 Invisible

U2’s “Invisible” Raises $3M for (RED)

“Sneak preview” of new album, Bono says

Within the first hour of its release during Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast, U2’s new song “Invisible” was downloaded from iTunes one million times, Bono recently told Zane Lowe during a phone interview on BBC  Radio 1. During the following 35 hours the tune was available as a free download, over 2 million additional downloads were logged—and with Bank of America donating $1 per download via the nonprofit (RED) toward the […]


Foo Fighters Echoes Silence Patience and Grace

Rock Rewind: Foo Fighters “The Pretender”

By the time Foo Fighters released their single “The Pretender” in 2007, they were already well established within the alt-rock arena, winning a huge fan base with their raw sound and snagging several Grammys in the process.  But something about the quiet, melancholy stringed-instrument-tinged intro, followed by a driving rock riff opening up into the raw rage and passion of Dave Grohl’s raspy voice, struck a new nerve with audiences.  […]


U2 invisible red

U2 to Release New Track “Invisible” for Free During Super Bowl

U2 has been in the news a lot lately, but interestingly, there’s still a lot we don’t know. We know they’re putting out a highly-anticipated new album in April, we know Danger Mouse is producing it and we know they’ve returned to Island Records, but we don’t know the album’s name. We’ve heard a new song “Ordinary Love” from the new Mandela biopic, and we know the song has won […]


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