April Album Reviews

The Shins Dr. John Counting Crows Alabama Shakes Elvis Costello & the Imposters The Shins Port of Morrow Port of Morrow, the first proper Shins album since 2007’s Wincing the Night Away, is arguably one of the best in the band’s career. Of course, “the band” here mostly refers to songwriter James Mercer, who has […]

March Album Reviews

Bruce Springsteen Michael Brunnock Sinéad O’Connor Pink Floyd Mars Volta Andrew Bird The Cranberries Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball, is another solid entry into his storied career, a culturally-relevant discussion of struggle, injustice, and the so-called “American Dream”. Coming two years after the mildly-received Working on a Dream, Wrecking […]

Watch Two Foo Fighters Play a Pizza Joint in Southern California (VIDEOS)

Watch Two Foo Fighters Play a Pizza Joint in Southern California (VIDEOS)

On Saturday night, Taylor Hawkins (drums) and Chris Shiflett (guitar) of the Foo Fighters played a fun set of cover songs at Rock & Roll Pizza at the Rack in Woodland Hills, California. (** Related Post** – for more things Foo, check out our interview with author Paul Brannigan, about his new book This Is A Call: The Life […]

Writing a Dave Grohl Biography: A Discussion with Author Paul Brannigan

Paul Brannigan’s newly-released book, This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl, is a richly-detailed (and endlessly entertaining) insider account of the eventful career of the Foo Fighters front man and ex-Nirvana drummer. In tracing Grohl’s entire life, from his childhood through his earliest musical involvement in the Washington D.C. hardcore scene […]

Rock and Roll Landmarks (In Photographs)

Here are a handful of the most notable and infamous rock & roll landmarks in the history of the genre – whether they’re still standing, bulldozed, burnt to the ground, or maybe even fictional, each has played a big part in the shaping of rock music over the decades. Berwick St, London, UK, artwork for […]

January Album Reviews

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Amy Winehouse Jane’s Addiction Jimmy Cliff Coldplay Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Soundtrack) Their second collaboration with director David Fincher, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s soundtrack album to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is as impressive as their first get-together (the […]

Celebrating “Nevermind” with the Best & Worst Nirvana Covers Ever

Celebrating “Nevermind” with the Best & Worst Nirvana Covers Ever

Twenty years ago tomorrow, Nirvana’s landmark “grunge” album Nevermind was released. This impending musical holiday has resulted in an endless stream of Nirvana-related things in the past few weeks: compilation albums paying tribute to the iconic record, articles and pieces discussing the band’s importance, legacy, and so on. Clearly, rock music fans are holding this […]

The Kinks vs. Green Day – Ripped Off Riffs #7

Green Day hasn’t ever been considered the most “original” of bands…they’ve already appeared in our Ripped-Off Riffs category, for example. The title track to the band’s 2000 album, Warning, features almost the exact same intro riff, rhythm, and chord progressions as the Kinks’ tune, from their 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation […]

In Celebration of OK Go’s Music Video Mastery

In Celebration of OK Go’s Music Video Mastery

Music videos used to “mean something.”  Back in the 1980s and 1990s, when MTV was somewhat close to relevant and had a reason for “music” to be a third of its acronym, it was actually pretty entertaining to watch a music video.  Michael Jackson turned into a werewolf and danced with a street gang of […]

Stevie Wonder vs. Oasis – Ripped Off Riffs #5

Britpop brats Oasis scored an international smash hit with their album (What’s The Story?) Morning Glory in 1995, but it could have been an ugly mess. Right before its release, the song Step Out was clipped from the record, because of its mimicry of Stevie Wonder’s Uptight (Everything’s Alright). It’s pretty darn close: you can […]