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Damian Marley Q&A: ‘Stony Hill,’ His Father’s Legacy, Introducing Jay-Z to Kingston, and More

Damian Marley Q&A: ‘Stony Hill,’ His Father’s Legacy, Introducing Jay-Z to Kingston, and More

“Welcome to Jamrock — the scene and the album — is what exposed me to a broader audience, for sure,”…

We’re All Right: An Interview with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

We’re All Right: An Interview with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

A sample question from the TV show Jeopardy would read… “Two heartthrobs, two weirdos and a pulverizing sound mining Beatles-esque…

John Waite: Unplugged (Q&A)

John Waite: Unplugged (Q&A)

One would be hard-pressed to come up with a vocalist that sprung out of the ‘70s or ‘80s that is…

The Wonders of Vinyl, Guitar Solos and ‘The Simpsons’: Q&A with Matthew Sweet 

The Wonders of Vinyl, Guitar Solos and ‘The Simpsons’: Q&A with Matthew Sweet 

Modern technology, a major relocation and personal loss all influenced Tomorrow Forever, Matthew Sweet’s first studio album in nearly six…

An Oral History of the Raspberries’ 2004 Reunion and New ‘Pop Art Live’ Album

An Oral History of the Raspberries’ 2004 Reunion and New ‘Pop Art Live’ Album

A monster hit in 1972, “Go All The Way” put Raspberries on the musical map. Through the years, the band…

San Francisco Musicians (Marty Balin, Peter Albin, David Freiberg and David Nelson) Recall Their First Encounters with Jerry Garcia

San Francisco Musicians (Marty Balin, Peter Albin, David Freiberg and David Nelson) Recall Their First Encounters with Jerry Garcia

The free-form jams of the Grateful Dead provided the soundtrack for San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love. Led by singer,…

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A Supreme Conversation with the Legendary Mary Wilson

A Supreme Conversation with the Legendary Mary Wilson

They were the original torchbearers of girl power. The “Fab Three” epitomized Motor City soul/pop at its finest. From the early ‘60s onward, The Supremes owned the pop…

The Beatles, the Stones, Rock and Roll as Art, Defining the Musical ‘Genius’ and More: Q&A with Steve Earle

The Beatles, the Stones, Rock and Roll as Art, Defining the Musical ‘Genius’ and More: Q&A with Steve Earle

You might not guess it, but Steve Earle, the modern epitome of Outlaw Country, started out life inspired by English punk rock. “That scene was huge to me,”…

The ‘Power of Peace’ with Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana and the Isley Brothers: The Interview

The ‘Power of Peace’ with Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana and the Isley Brothers: The Interview

Given the tumult churning around in our nation, Power Of Peace, the new collaborative project between Carlos Santana and The Isley Brothers (Ronald and Ernie) offers the perfect musical…

Purple Reign: A Tour of Prince’s Hometown Hangouts (Photos)

Purple Reign: A Tour of Prince’s Hometown Hangouts (Photos)

Prince’s recent passing left a void in the music and popular culture world at large. His singular creative vision and musical…

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‘It Was 50 Years Ago Today!’ New Rock Doc Chronicles The Beatles, ‘Sgt. Pepper’ & Beyond  

The No. 1 record in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list and one of the top selling albums ever is now half a century old.…

The Bottom Line: Volume Can Be Very Loud

Another entry in our new category The Bottom Line, The Bottom Line – featuring anecdotes and musings from Bill Cinque, seasoned music industry vet and author of The…

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Quiz

New month, new issue, new quiz. How well do you know songs by The Four Seasons? This month’s cover star is Frankie Valli, after all… Below, please sift…

Music and the Brain

Our favorite tunes always tend to keep us happy and bring about some form of nostalgia. Whether a song reminds you of the first time you fell…

Behind the Curtain: Guitar Wisdom from Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big and Racer X

It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say Paul Gilbert is obsessed with the sound of the electric guitar. Mad about it. Driven by it. A guitar freak. Absolutely…

Los Angeles-Area Musical Collective The Tribe Performs Charity Gig for Hurricane Matthew Victims

On Sunday, October 23, The Tribe performed a relief concert at the E Spot Lounge in Studio City, Calif. for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Hurricane Matthew…

Turn Me On: Wallows, a Los Angeles Indie-Pop Band with ’13 Reasons Why’ Star Dylan Minnette on Vocals/Guitar

Netflix scored a big hit with 13 Reasons Why, a dramatic series based on a 2007 book that focused on depression, mental health and teen suicide that…

This Blog Has Been Downloaded To Fifty iPhones — Free!!

Along with pretty much everybody else, I watched the latest Apple…what do they call these extravaganzas again? Annunciations? You know, the big spiels where a markedly less…

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