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Jack White Live—Directed By Gary Oldman?

Apparently, Gary Oldman is a man of many talents: critically acclaimed actor (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Book of Eli, The Dark Knight); multi-instrumentalist (he plays piano, bass, guitar and ukelele); and now, live concert broadcast director. Well, we don’t actually know about that last part; Oldman has never actually done that before. But guitarist extraordinaire and ex-White Stripe Jack White apparently thinks he can, because he asked for Oldman by […]


Halestorm “The Strange Case Of…”: Album Review

The Strange Case of…, the latest release from hard rock band Halestorm, is proof positive that a rock band can have the range to rock the crap out of a song, then turn around and produce a beautiful ballad. In other words—the ability to be outstanding musicians. To illustrate…if you procure a copy of this record (which you should), listen to the opening track “Love Bites (So Do I),” then […]


Alabama Shakes “Boys & Girls”: Album Review

Hailing from northern Alabama, blues-rock outfit Alabama Shakes is creating quite a stir with their debut release Boys & Girls—and with good reason. With about a dozen songs, this previously little-known band has recaptured the spirit that has driven American rock music for the past 50 years, garnering public praise from the likes of Jack White, Robert Plant and Bon Iver, and shout-out tweets from Neko Case and Haylee Williams. […]


The All-American Rejects “Kids In the Street”—Album Review

There’s a saying: “Jack of all trades, master of none.” Unfortunately, this saying applies in a way to pop-punk band The All-American Rejects.  Their fourth studio release Kids In the Street only perpetuates this malady. AAR basically started out as a promising emo-tinged alternative-punk band from Stillwater, OK. Over time, their relatively accessible sound got them some mainstream attention—particularly with hits like “Move Along” and “Gives You Hell.” From that […]

Say Goodnight to Jet

Say Goodnight to Jet

For those Jet [http://www.jettheband.com] fans waiting for the Aussie rockers to come off their hiatus, apparently their last show was…well…their last show. Jet recently released a simple statement in the “news” portion of their website. “After many successful years of writing, recording and touring we wish to announce our discontinuation as a group. From the many pubs, theatres, stadiums and festivals all across the world it was the fans that […]

Shinedown creates IPad Experience with New Album Amaryllis

Shinedown creates IPad Experience with New Album “Amaryllis”

With Shinedown’s anticipated release of Amaryllis (their first album in four years), the band is promising the first ever complete album experience designed specifically for the iPad. Coinciding with the album’s release, Shinedown has also released a 75-page interactive e-book formatted for the iPad. Titled FOR YOUR SAKE: Inside the Making of Shinedown’s Amaryllis, the “book” features videos, interactive galleries, and band commentary on the record. Furthermore, die-hard Shinedown fans have […]

Rock Rewind: Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way

Rock Rewind: Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way”

Every once in awhile, it’s fun to look back in music history (whether or not you were alive to see it) and pick out some gems. “Go Your Own Way” is one of my absolute favorite Fleetwood Mac tunes, so I found a great live performance vid to share below. Fleetwood Mac is one of those bands that has followed a long, winding road, with a variety of personnel changes, disbanding […]

Jimmy Page Releases Rare “Exhumed” Instrumental Work with “Lucifer Rising”

Jimmy Page Releases Rare “Exhumed” Instrumental Work with “Lucifer Rising”

Serious classic rock aficionados and collectors have been “tipped off” by the Internet buzz surrounding the release of some rare instrumental recordings by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page [http://www.jimmypage.com]—an album featuring the never-used soundtrack for the short film Lucifer Rising. The record, titled Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks, is a collection of instrumental tracks recorded in the 1970s in Page’s home studio. The album’s featured track was originally slated […]

Kaiser Chiefs’ “Start the Revolution Without Me” (Sort Of) Lives Up to Its Name

Kaiser Chiefs’ “Start the Revolution Without Me” (Sort Of) Lives Up to Its Name

Brit indie-rock band Kaiser Chiefs, perhaps best known for their hit “Ruby” from the album Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), recently released their latest effort Start the Revolution Without Me amid much fanfare and buzz—and to highly mixed reviews. My first impression of the record is that the record’s name is hauntingly suited to it. In fact, far from being revolutionary, the songs on Start the Revolution basically sound like […]

The Rolling Stones Postpone 50th Anniversary Tour to 2013

The Rolling Stones Postpone 50th Anniversary Tour to 2013

So…will it be a “51st” Anniversary Tour? Rolling Stone Magazine (how fitting) is reporting that The Rolling Stones have opted to push back their 50th Anniversary Tour from 2012 to 2013. The official story is “We’re just not ready,” but according to Rolling Stone, inside sources are confirming guitarist Keith Richards’ health is a point of concern—which may affect how concert dates are scheduled when the show actually does go […]

Bruce Springsteen 'Wrecking Ball': The Boss Takes the Podium-Again

Bruce Springsteen ‘Wrecking Ball': The Boss Takes the Podium-Again

One thing’s for sure: no one can accuse Bruce Springsteen of not having an opinion. As he’s done numerous times before in his legendary career, with his 17th release Wrecking Ball, “The Boss” has taken dead aim at the most critical issues of our day—in this case, most predominantly, economic inequality, Wall Street corruption, and their effects on the American Dream. This is certainly not new territory for Springsteen; reviewers are […]

The Cranberries “Roses”—Same Band, Only Older (album review)

The Cranberries ‘Roses’—Same Band, Only Older (album review)

Roses, the long-awaited new studio album from Irish alt-rock band The Cranberries [http://www.cranberries.com/], marks the band’s first studio album in a decade, and the first since they took a six-year hiatus so bandmates could work on their solo careers. First impressions of the record: Meh. Don’t get me wrong—Roses is a good record, and certainly existing Cranberries fans should love it. The opening tracks “Conduct” and “Tomorrow” are probably the […]

Foo Fighters Back-to-Basics Approach wins Five Grammys

Foo Fighters Back-to-Basics Approach Wins Five Grammys

It’s been a great year for rock band Foo Fighters. Wasting Light, the band’s seventh studio album (and their first in four years), has sent several singles to the top of the Billboard rock charts. And at last month’s Grammy Awards, the band won in five of the six categories in which they were nominated, including Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance. They only lost Album of the Year, […]

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