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Lithuanian prog rockers The Skys set to rock the Westport Coffeehouse Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 available at the door. If you’re a fan of prog rock with a Pink Floyd-esque sound, The Skys will not disappoint. Hailing from Lithuania, the prog [...]
by Matt Karpe - Senior Columnist – Over the years, Linkin Park have always had the ability to amaze and stun. After setting the bar to incredibly high with a debut album of record breaking proportions, the Californian sextet have spent the last decade venturing into musical territories that [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Although not easy to digest for everyone, progressive rock is a form of music that requires both technical skill and artistic sensitivity – and yet, because of complexity, elaborate form and distinctively cerebral nature of the genre, it’s often [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Altered Sky is fulfilling their fairy tale while they paint stories with their self-written material. This Glasgow rock band has an ambitious feat ahead of them with 3 U.K. tours. The contagious words of lyricist Ana Nowosielska let this female fronted band [...]
by Mark Allen - Senior Columnist – Put Springsteen, Mellencamp, and latter-day Bon Jovi into a musical blender and the result might sound very much like guitarist/singer/songwriter John Taglieri. If you must hang a tag on it, call it “all American working man rock ‘n’ roll.” It’s [...]
by Steve Patrick - Senior Columnist – It’s such a rare thing to come across a musical project that can truly be called original, but that’s exactly what can be said of Joe Bonamassa’s latest Blu-ray/DVD releases. The entire project is called Tour de Force – Live in London and [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Instrumental guitarist and composer Alan Williamson is back with his latest studio album. This time around, Williamson pays homage to the 2004 EP that started it all for him by re-recording and re-releasing Another Kind of World. This new release has been [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – You have to admire the sheer honesty of someone who releases an EP instead of a full-length album simply because this is how much top-drawer material they have at the moment. Especially if that someone is an instrumental guitarist – a myopic breed who [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Seven-string guitar virtuoso Michael Abdow returns with his sophomore instrumental solo effort titled Life Symbolic. At this stage of his career, Abdow offers 10 instrumental songs that were written and recorded over the last three years. The songs evolved from [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Dario Lorina has been turning heads on the guitar aficionado circuits for years. First as an awkward, but technically brilliant teenage virtuoso with amateur clips on YouTube, then (at 16) as the late Jani Lane’s underage axeman, and now as the [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Punk princess Avril Lavigne returns to the scene with her fifth self-titled studio release. The album finds Avril collaborating with Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger. The self-titled release features the edge punk vibe along with heart tugging ballads that have [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – These days when rock is losing its Dionysian steam and ditches its earnest romanticism, other genres lure in those looking for some back-to-the-basics essentials. The Stimulators may not aim at cutting-edge experimentation, but the way they warm your [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield and CSN fame teams up with fellow classic rock vet Barry Goldberg and young guitar gun Kenny Wayne Shepherd to refresh some vintage oldies and to concoct some originals. If the cover doesn’t tip you off, then the [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Female fronted pop punk and rock bands have always existed, but it seems that since Paramore exploded onto the scene nearly ten years ago now, this formula for success has produced an overpopulated sub-genre that is sometimes lacking in diversity. The Nearly Deads, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – This polished combination of smooth jazz, pop, rock, and fusion should be at the top of this year’s compulsory viewing of each guitar nerd on the planet. And I’m talking about rockers especially, because if you’re a rock fan looking for a first [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Having made a name for herself and won accolades in the blues and classic rock circles, Joanne Shaw Taylor now seeks to expand her identity with a stunning third album. Part of it is growing up, part – the innate draw of any true artist toward [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Columnist – Starting his career in the early 90s as one of Mike Varney’s protégés, Michael Lee Firkins nevertheless managed to avoid participating in the chops game of the time. Composition, insight, and expression of spontaneous feeling always meant more to him than [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Of all the tools in a guitarist arsenal, the pick may be the most overlooked. The guitar pick, or plectrum, typically is made of plastic, nylon or tortoiseshell but also can be made from rubber, wood, glass or stone. What may not be obvious is that these [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – There are some things in life that are worth waiting for and Paul McCartney & Wings’ new Blu-ray/DVD Rockshow is most certainly one such thing. The deluxe 2013 release of Rockshow is a welcome treat for those McCartney fans who did not see Rockshow during [...]
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