Tunes And Tix
Comparing Guns N’ Roses figurehead Axl Rose to My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields may be blasphemous to many – especially fans of the latter – but there are surely similarities between the two.
Over the course of the last several years, the New York Times bestseller list has regularly read more like Billboard’s album charts, circa 1975.
“History of The Eagles,” a three-hour documentary on the long-beloved classic country rock band, is both the best and worst music documentary released this year.
If no one has yet to opine that, in the event of an apocalypse, cockroaches and “Weird Al” Yankovic would pull through, I’m throwing that one out there now.
Ever want to upset a musical artist straying outside of the entity he or she is best known for? Call that endeavor a “side project.”
While separated by a massive body of water and varying stylistically, North Mississippi Allstars and Stereophonics, at critical junctures in their still-evolving careers, made past musical benchmarks sound like the next big thing.
For better or for worse, Ke$ha has managed to stand out amongst her pop peers at a time where they are manufactured, marketed and managed to where pretty much anything unique has been rung out.
The Ramones have become trendy with the last few young generations of punk appreciators.
Referring to the Rolling Stones as the “Mt. Rushmore of Rock and Roll” takes on more than one meaning, depending on your point of view.
Jason Newsted’s tenure with Metallica may have lasted a decade and a half with tens of millions of albums sold, but his input was anything but prodigious.
Depending on what side of the fence you sit on, the upcoming 15th anniversary of Limp Bizkit’s first hit, a cover of George Michael’s “Faith,” is something to acknowledge or scour over.
The year 1975,, in terms of the pop music landscape, doesn’t stand out in the way benchmark years such as 1963, 1977 and 1992 did, but its impact would be felt for years to follow.
It’s quite possible that Smiths alumni have made more headlines in the quarter century since they called it a day than they did in their brief, but influential time together in the early and mid-'80s.
You’ve got to hand it to conglomerate music marketers. They sure know how to make a classic rock anniversary an event.
Billy Bragg’s current stateside tour, which brings him to Chicago’s City Winery for a three night stand April 12-14, comes after a decade of little activity, new music-wise, from the beloved British songsmith.
Living Colour’s rise to hard rock royalty with their 1988 debut “Vivid” came with no small amount of unfortunate hype.
It’s common, in a music group of any genre, for a single member to emerge as its creative leader, but, in alt-poppers Garbage, all four members are truly forces to be reckoned with.
Being deemed “living history up close” can be seen as an insult to many a veteran artist, especially those who are still pursuing their crafts with dignity.
In the popular music strata, only a small handful of artists have remained relevant as they cross their 70-year threshold.
Like sports, popular music has its share of legends and all-stars, and is also choc full of support players who don’t get the recognition but are as worthy of the household named greats they backed.
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