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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Are we in the middle of a revival of the classic “power/thrash” sound? In the last couple of years we’ve seen killer albums from bands like Helstar and Vicious Rumors, the return of Sanctuary after a decades-long absence, a whole new breed of [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — 3 Pill Morning have hit the modern rock scene, not with the intention of revolutionizing the genre, but providing another high quality addition to its sometimes stagnant pantheon. Some have dubbed this style of music “fast food rock ‘n roll,” and [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Apart from having to do with how the industry works, there is perhaps an additional reason why Kiko Loureiro likes to release his solo albums in the summer. Their sprawling, transparent melodies, dancing grooves, and easy-going vibe make these [...]
by Joe Mis – Columnist — From out of Dallas comes the hard rocking quartet that calls itself Love Stricken Demise, and they’ve just released their first EP, a four track disc called Pyschotrip. Although the band may be unfamiliar, some of the members may not be, particularly if [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s only been two years since the last album from Pennsylvania-based traditional metal outfit Icarus Witch, but a lot has changed. Of the lineup that played on 2010’s Draw Down the Moon, only founding bassist Jason Myers and guitarist Quinn [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — July 20, 2012 at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Opening the European leg of this year’s G3 in Amsterdam, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Steve Morse have managed to sell out the 5500 capacity Heineken Music Hall, Holland’s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist — Formed in 1976 by Mick Jones, Ian McDonald and Lou Gramm, now Foreigner is more or less a super-group on its own. With the addition of such musicians as vocalist Kelly Hansen (Hurricane, Unruly Child, Heaven & Earth), drummer Jason Bonham (the [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist — July 6 2012, At Sunset Station in Henderson, NV Great White who are currently on tour in support of their latest release Elation performed to a sold out audience of 5000 fans at Sunset Station in a free listener appreciation concert sponsored by Las Vegas [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — July 6, 2012 at Under the Bridge Club, London, United Kingdom What began for Mick Taylor almost half a century ago in London’s sweaty clubs cram full of cranks and eccentrics, has now gone full circle. Playing last week at the 500-capacity Under [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — July 5, 2012 at Brixton Academy, London, United Kingdom He came, he saw, he performed, and – presumably – has already left town, also leaving us to ponder how a chubby, stilted cat with awkward stage moves, who can’t sing, doesn’t play [...]
by John Kindred Publisher — Four decades since Thunderhead recorded its debut album with the legendary producer Johnny Winter, the band has released ’75. What so special about ’75, you might ask? Well, this is the album that ABC Records shelved, requiring Thunderhead to re-record the [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer — June 22, 2012 at the Staples Center at Los Angeles, CA For four decades the Scorpions have given us quality rock music with love, relationships, party and politics in their music and lyrics with respect. The band is currently on their two year farewell tour, Get [...]
by Mark Allen Staff Writer Second album from this Christian metalcore act finds a new singer handling the microphone and also finds the band still refining their sound. To Speak of Wolves seem a little unsure whether they want to be an oldschool metalcore band, all fury and heaviness and rage and [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer — March 23, 2012 at the Canyon Club at Agoura Hills, CA Supporting MSG’s latest album Temple Of Rock brought about the reunion of Michael Schenker and Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group) for their first U.S. tour together in almost 20 years. The show was [...]
by Craig Newman Guest Writer — April 20, 2012 at the Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA. San Francisco area based hard rock band Y&T rocked Southern California Friday night at the Canyon Club. Dave Meniketti the founder Vocalist and guitarist told the crowd that Black Tiger was released 30 [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer — Somewhere between endearing nostalgia and eerily sterile earnestness, the self-titled debut by Swedish quintet Gin Lady offers an accurate, yet somewhat stultified impression from the 70s hard rock template. Hefty grooves, catchy melodies, and [...]
by Jimmy Millard Guest Writer — March 29, 2012 at THE INTREPID FOX, SOHO, UK It was Thursday night and I and a few mates decided to head down town for the Hornet show with support from The Burning Crows and Black State Highway at The Intrepid Fox. After reading a live review from last months [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer — Former bassist with Australia’s legendary AC/DC unveils the band’s secret world behind the curtain. AC/DC’s rough and tumble existence is revealed through the words of former bassist Mark Evans. Malcolm Young was handling those duties before Evans [...]
by Alissa Ordabai Staff Writer — Somewhere between the sublimity of Bill Frisell’s recent tribute to John Lennon “All We Are Saying…” and the kitsch of Big Jim Sullivan’s renditions of the late 60s- early 70s pop classics, the record at hand is a hit-and-miss affair, albeit [...]
by John Kindred Staff Writer — Jay Parmar returns with his sophomore studio release titled Circle of Fire on Steve Vai’s label Digital Nations.The album follows up his 2005 debut release, Strange Day, and tracks his musical progress and growth over the last seven years. Although it seems [...]
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