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Jeff Loomis to Release Solo Album Recorded at Fastback Studios.

Jeff Loomis to Release Solo Album Recorded at Fastback Studios.

Jeff Loomis, former lead guitarist for progressive metal band Nevermore, recently recorded tracks for his much-anticipated solo record Plains of Oblivion at Seattle’s Fastback Studios. Produced by Aaron Smith, the 10-track recording is slated for an early April release by Century Media Records, and is already being hailed as some of Loomis’ best work to date. Loomis has been joined by a number of additional metal heavyweights, including Chris Poland […]

Bon Iver's Unlikely Rise to the Top

Bon Iver’s Unlikely Rise to the Top

Bon Iver (known to his friends as Justin Vernon) is a perfect example of how the music industry has changed, and how you don’t need the backing of a major label to find your audience these days. Vernon’s journey as Bon Iver began with a self-recorded set of songs during a 4-month stint alone in a log cabin in Wisconsin. This year, with his self-titled sophomore record, Bon Iver was […]

Have the Reality Talent Shows Had Their Day? Carrie Underwood

Have the Reality Talent Shows Had Their Day?

It all started with American Idol. Well, not actually. Reality talent shows have been around in some form almost as long as television itself has been around, going all the way back to the early 1950s with shows like Talent Scout and Ted Mack & The Original Amateur Hour. Then, of course, there was Star Search, the long-running show hosted by Ed McMahon. But the current frenzy to find 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, […]


Blake Shelton’s “Red River Blue”-Album Review

These days, many people identify Blake Shelton with his “other” jobs, like being a judge on NBC’s The Voice, or being “Miranda Lambert’s husband.” But Blake Shelton is, first and foremost, a country singer—and a darn good one. His 2011 release Red River Blue has been hailed by many as the best recording of Shelton’s ten-year career thus far, garnering three Grammy and CMA nods—not to mention landing him honors […]

Adele's Grammy Sweep

Adele’s Grammy Sweep Sends a Message

This was a tough year to win a Grammy Award, if you were not Adele. Thanks to her record breaking sophomore release 21, Adele swept this year’s awards, winning in every category in which she was nominated, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and three others—six in all. Although these weren’t Adele’s first Grammys (she won two in 2009, including Best New Artist), […]

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