An Osbourne spawn and her entourage hurled dozens of eggs at the band during their set, the P.A. system went out in the midst of three of their songs, and, over their introductory music the announcer kept screaming “Ozzy!” All fingers pointed to Sharon Osbourne — Ozzfest impresario and consort of the prince [...]
Lamb Of God
Grant Us Peace
Chris Adler isn’t all that different from the rest of us. Sure, he’s the drummer for thrash metal titans Lamb Of God; he has sold hundreds of thousands of records and toured all over the world.
What’d He Say?
There’s no way we would let American Heritage vocalist/guitarist/bassist Adam Norden off the hook without asking about the band’s song titles, which in the past have included “Pole To Hole,” “Ass To Ass,” and “Phil Collins.” The Chicago trio’s most recent release, Millenarian (Translation Loss), ups the ante, if possible, with gems [...]
Born From Metallica
In the young lives that comprise Florida thrash metal band Trivium, there has never been a world without Metallica. Drummer Travis Smith was born in 1982, the year Metallica’s No Life ‘Til Leather demo tape emerged. Lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu was born when Kill ‘Em All surfaced in 1983. Bassist Paolo Gregoletto was [...]
Hair Of The Dog
For once, it was looking like he might escape undetected. Or at least that’s what Andrew Stockdale was thinking as his jet touched down on a San Francisco tarmac not too long ago. Unfortunately, the flight’s captain had other ideas. He’d picked up the Aussie musician on his radar and stopped him, [...]
Must Be Election Time
In the spirit of talking out of both sides of one’s mouth, Universal Music made a pair of separate statements as it adapts awkwardly to digital. Coinciding with Google’s acquisition of YouTube for a cool $1.65 billion — Google’s estimated worth is $100 billion — several record companies including Universal reached agreements [...]
THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE
It seems almost quaint now. It’s also a little sad. In 1955, Senate hearings were conducted looking into the effects of pornography on the nation. The main target: a mild-mannered businessman and photographer named Irving Klaw and his sister Paula. Also in the crosshairs, the Klaws’ most famous model, Bettie Page. [...]
If You Got To Ask, You Ain’t Got It (Bluebird/Legacy) is a meticulously organized three-disc musical chronicle of the short but prolific career of stride piano master, composer, vocalist, and bandleader/ entertainer Thomas “Fats” Waller. Waller was a musical genius who came streaking through life comet-like, leaving behind a musical legacy still felt today.
The Artist Formally Known As Vince finished his new release, Welcome To The Show, set for release November 21st. Recording took place at OXIDE LOUNGE RECORDING in Bloomington. It was produced, engineered, and mixed by studio owner Tony San Filippo.
Move over media royalty Howard Stern and Oprah Winfrey, and make way for renaissance rocker Rob Zombie.
Star Classic Mirage
November is International Drum Month, and it gives us a chance to discuss our favorite acrylic drum set of 2006, the Tama Starclassic Mirage, a kit that brings backs memories of Led Zeppelin basher John Bonham’s Vistalite (Ludwig) drums from the 1976 film, The Song Remains The Same.
A distinctly American hybrid, soul music traces its illustrious creation to gospel, R&B, and jazz. While classic soul was produced in the ’60s and ’70s, the ’80s and ’90s witnessed the neo-soul movement. The British have proven to be much more reverent to American music than Americans; when classic soul gave way to disco in [...]
Ahab Rex’s The Queen Of Softcore EP contains four remixes of the title track. The problem is the song isn’t all that interesting in the first place. Press sap the song of energy by implanting a played-out techno beat while Rex themselves sabotage their own tune by using even more generic funk riffs. The Countdown [...]
The first compilation from startup label Four Play Music features half-a-dozen musicians following in the Chicago house music tradition. Artists like Home & Garden, Lake Street Project, and label head Andrew Emil all supply a few tracks here, but with similar beats and minimal vocals, no one really stands out. However, the album does flow [...]
Though beginning strong with blues-tinged guitars and fantastic harmonica on tracks like “What’ch You Gonna Do” and “Feel The Same,” Mitch & The Polecats‘ uncompromisingly masculine Southern-style country rock on Swamp Womp begins to feel tired about halfway through. While not doing anything wrong per se (although the vocals do begin to grate after awhile), [...]