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  • Peter Wolf
    Peter Wolf: A rock original rolls on
    It may seem like an odd opener to an album, but upon repeated listens, the subdued “Rolling On” that begins Peter Wolf’s latest solo album, A Cure for Loneliness, is ultimately the perfect manifesto for a man not about to settle...
  • Rihanna's Anti World Tour
    It's party time for "ratchet L.A." when Rihanna's Anti World Tour comes to town
    It's hard to believe that it's been only eleven years since Rihanna first burst on the scene with her debut single "Pon de Replay." Over the last decade, practically every record she touched turned to gold, be it chart-topping...
  • Santana Europa Record Cover
    Santana makes a stirring classic
    It’s safe to argue that “Europa” by Santana (1976) is one of the greatest rock instrumentals ever recorded.Some music historians say Santana bandleader Carlos Santana composed “Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile...
  • Village Gate
    Jim Morrison appears at Village Gate for Timothy Leary benefit
    Jim Morrison appeared at the Village Gate in New York to read his poetry for a benefit for Timothy Leary on May 4, 1970*.The Village Gate opened in 1958 and had a reputation as a venue for hosting jazz musicians such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane,...
  • Erica Chase
    Life in a flash: Interview with Erica Chase
    Erica Chase is a young woman with a story unlike any other. Her journey into music is the definition of unconventional, filled with literal blood, sweat and tears, but being battle born in a fight for her life was just a stepping stone for this...
  • "Fool" in song title
    3rd in a series: songs with 'Fool' in the title that didn't hit national Top 40
    [EDITOR'S NOTE: The last of a three-part series, this article takes a look at more oldies pop music selections with "Fool" in the title. To read the first item, featuring "fool" songs that charted in the Top 10, click here....
  • The Cucumbers
    Acclaimed indie-pop band Cucumbers celebrate online release with reunion benefit
    The Cucumbers, a critics and regional indie-pop band fave formed in Hoboken in 1981 by husband-and-wife Jon Fried (guitar, vocals) and Deena Shoshkes (guitar, vocals), have reunited in its 1985-era configuration (also including bassist/vocalist...
  • Under the Big Black Sun
    X front man John Doe turns back clock on L.A. punk in new book
    Brace yourself for a trip back in time, to when the City of Angels was a playground for sinners instead of a safe haven for celebrities, back to when music was the soundtrack for revolution rather than background noise for club-going wallflowers...
  • Starlight, Starbright
    Vocalist Candice Night lulls the senses on kid-friendly new album
    To visitors at Great Wolf Lodge, Candice Night is Princess Amora of Magiquest. To many others she’s the enchanting lead singer of Blackmore’s Night—the folk rock ensemble she founded twenty years ago with her guitar hero husband,...
  • 1986 in music
    1986: Looking back on music and movies from thirty years ago
    I was a sophomore in high school speech class when I learned the space shuttle Challenger had exploded shortly after launch. Christa McAuliffe and six others were killed when they hit the stratosphere and inexplicably disintegrated. I remember how...
  • Hollis Brown
    Hollis Brown: The Queens kids are all right
    For years, Hollis Brown was “that Queens band.” Today, mention the quintet to folks on the other side of the United States or even around the world, and they’ll know who these road warriors are. Don’t worry, the founding...
  • Janis Joplin
    Corky Siegel remembers Janis Joplin on eve of 'American Masters' docu
    With American Masters--Janis: Little Girl Blue set to premiere nationwide tomorrow on PBS, Chicago blues-rock legend Corky Siegel recalls meeting Janis Joplin under novel circumstances the first time she played Chicago with Big Brother and the...
  • Janis Joplin doc on PBS tomorrow night
    Janis Joplin doc on PBS tomorrow night
    This isn’t an article it’s a reminder. The PBS show American Masters is running the documentary on Janis Joplin, “Janis: Little Girl Blue” tomorrow night, May 3.Joplin is part of the rock and roll trinity that includes Jimi...
  • Liz Phair in Akron
    Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair cut ribbon at Akron's new Goodyear Theater
    The Smashing Pumpkins christened Akron’s Goodyear Theater on Friday with the newly-refurbished venue’s inaugural rock show on behalf of promoters at The Elevation Group, who’ve hosted remarkable concerts at Trinity Episcopalian...
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 induction
    Induction speeches lend credibility to 2016 RockHall choices
    Trimmed to two-and-a-half hours, the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, taped April 8 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, premiered on HBO last night, with an opening, David Byrne, Kimbra and the Roots’ “Fame”...
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