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Cover Story: The Smashing Pumpkins

Cover Story: The Smashing Pumpkins

| November 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Oh, that irascible old Billy Corgan. Even in a foreboding, energy-sapping, pandemic Plague Year, you just can’t take him ANYWHERE. It was a solid, thought-provoking opening question, intended to kick-start our recent interview with the man about CYR! The remarkably-assured new double-record set from Smashing Pumpkins, its 11th, featuring the mostly-original lineup of James Iha […]

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Cover Story:  Steve Kilbey

Cover Story: Steve Kilbey

| November 1, 2020 | 1 Comment

Serenity is where you find it; Steve Kilbey has decided, mid-pandemic. And in his beachside home in gorgeous Sydney, Australia, it’s something that the spiritual-minded Church frontman has been actively seeking, from the moment he awakens every potentially-oppressive day. First of all, he says, “I have to be near the sea, I need to see […]

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Cover Story: Mastodon

Cover Story: Mastodon

| September 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the cold, clinical coronavirus age, no gift horse should ever be looked at directly in the mouth, reckons Mastodon drummer/lyricist Brann Dailor. So, take the Grammy-winning prog-metal outfit’s latest odds-and-sods anthology Medium Rarities at face value — as a surprise mid-pandemic present to diehard fans, featuring the jarring new juggernaut “Fallen Torches,” alongside a […]

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Feature: The Mission

Feature: The Mission

| September 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

It was literally the last thing Wayne Hussey expected. His classic British goth-rock outfit, The Mission, had been on an extensive tour of Europe in March when the coronavirus started shutting down venue after venue until the situation got so desperate that he barely made it back to his new hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil, […]

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Feature: G.E. Smith and LeRoy Bell

Feature: G.E. Smith and LeRoy Bell

| September 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Timing, they say, is everything. There’s no possible way that legendary Long Island-based musicologist and guitar slinger G.E. Smith could have predicted meeting Washington state-reared, soul stylist LeRoy Bell roughly a year ago, or that they would hit it off so well that they would enter the studio to launch a new duo only two […]

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Cover Story: The Bobby Lees

Cover Story: The Bobby Lees

| August 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Oddsmakers could never correctly assess it. Fortune tellers could never predict it. And even the shrewdest talent scout this side of Col. Tom Parker could never pinpoint with any historical accuracy exactly where, when, or how tomorrow’s Next Big Thing would be arriving in the music world. Rock stars — however carefully cultivated they might […]

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Hello, My Name Is: Ian Gillan of Deep Purple

Hello, My Name Is: Ian Gillan of Deep Purple

| August 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ian Gillan admits that it’s a strange, surreal time to be releasing a new album. But the Deep Purple vocalist was justifiably proud of his band’s latest Whoosh! comeback, overseen by legendary, sound-effects-favoring producer Bob Ezrin, of Alice Cooper and Kiss Destroyer renown. “And Bob is the same age as us,” notes Gillan, who will […]

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Q&A: Gin Whigmore – Glass Half Full

Q&A: Gin Whigmore – Glass Half Full

| August 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

If there’s anything that our current claustrophobic coronavirus crisis has made clear, it’s this: One person’s shuttered, brain-clouding lockdown is another’s key to swinging the door open wide on an unexpected new creativity. Take New Zealand-bred R&B-rock chanteuse Gin Wigmore, for example. A few months ago, she had just given birth to her second son […]

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Cover Story: The Go-Go’s – Document This!

Cover Story: The Go-Go’s – Document This!

| August 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Not that anyone should sink so deep into navel-gazing that they find fuzzy lint in these reflective post-pandemic times, but — as many folks are discovering — all this imposed downtime can lead to some eye-opening, perhaps life-changing introspection. The kind that might otherwise go unobserved back when we were all rushing through our hectic, […]

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Hello My Name is…Mike Peters of The Alarm

Hello My Name is…Mike Peters of The Alarm

| July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Tom Lanham You can hand Mike Peters the sourest, acrid batch of lemons ever harvested and the scrappy Alarm bandleader will make a refreshing, ice-cold pitcher of tasty lemonade with it every single time. This Welshman has often endured more hardships in a single month than most so-called rock survivors endure in a lifetime, […]

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Cover Story: Jehnny Beth

Cover Story: Jehnny Beth

| June 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

There are Renaissance women, dream-driven ladies who tirelessly toil their way to coveted career kudos like gaining elite EGOT status by winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. There is even a further achievement to shoot for once that title is secured — the PEGOT, via the added plaudit of a Peabody Award, a category […]

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Hello, My Name Is… Butch Walker

Hello, My Name Is… Butch Walker

| June 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Mega-producer and solo artist Butch Walker fully understands the dire scope of our current coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing folks all over the world to shelter in claustrophobic place while the worst passes. But — truth be told — he’s noticed no tangible difference in his day to day Malibu activities, he swears. “I’m at […]

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Q&A: House of Lords’ James Christian

Q&A: House of Lords’ James Christian

| June 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

One optimistic upside to our current coronavirus pandemic, wherever you happen to be in the world? You and your family are forced to shelter in place together. The downside? Err, you and your family are forced to shelter in place together. And House of Lords anchor James Christian admits that he’s learned some hard lessons […]

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Cover Story: Tim Burgess

Cover Story: Tim Burgess

| June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Benjamin Disraeli believed that “Change is inevitable; change is constant.” John F. Kennedy reckoned that “Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” But leave it to Charles Darwin to summarize it best: “It is not the strongest of the species […]

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Featured: My Back Pages

Featured: My Back Pages

| May 13, 2020 | 1 Comment

First, let me preface this with a little disclaimer. Call me a misanthrope, but — in all my 40-plus years of rock journalism — I have never really been a sharer, outside of my stories. I see no use for social media; I don’t care what your opinion of my work happens to be; this […]

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