Andrew W.K. Wants You to Know ‘You’re Not Alone’ in the Search for Life’s True Meaning (Q&A)

Andrew W.K. Wants You to Know ‘You’re Not Alone’ in the Search for Life’s True Meaning (Q&A)

Andrew W.K. has been many things over the years — he can count jubilant hard rock vocalist and piano player, motivational speaker and political movement founder among his job descriptions. But it all started with the music, specifically his 2001 debut album I Get Wet, a barrage of riffs and energy that exploded with the […]

The Making of Gregg Allman’s Final Album ‘Southern Blood’ with Don Was, Scott Sharrard and Michael Lehman

The Making of Gregg Allman’s Final Album ‘Southern Blood’ with Don Was, Scott Sharrard and Michael Lehman

“I knew going in that he wasn’t going to make it,” Don Was, the producer of Gregg Allman’s final, twice Grammy-nominated album Southern Blood, says of the project. “It was definitely an emotional roller coaster, but the things I thought were going to be almost crippling emotionally turned out to actually be kind of comforting. […]

Simple Minds’ Staying Power: Jim Kerr Talks 40 Years, ‘Worlds,’ and a Return to Abbey Road

Simple Minds’ Staying Power: Jim Kerr Talks 40 Years, ‘Worlds,’ and a Return to Abbey Road

Don’t you – think of Simple Minds as a heritage act. Unlike other bands that formed in the late ‘70s, this Glasgow alt-rock group doesn’t do nostalgia package tours. It releases new studio albums semi-regularly and still retains the original creative core of singer Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill. “I’ve never criticized anyone for […]

Q&A: Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos on ‘Always Ascending’ and the Band’s Evolution

Q&A: Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos on ‘Always Ascending’ and the Band’s Evolution

Franz Ferdinand came on like gangbusters in 2004 with its excellent, acclaimed self-titled debut album, which went platinum in America and spawned two Top 20 singles at alternative radio (the gold-certified “Take Me Out,” “This Fire”). The indie rockers’ initial success was magnified at home in the U.K., where they snagged Brit, Mercury Music Prize […]

Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein on Hendrix, His New Band … and the LP That Was “The Biggest Disaster of the 1960s”

Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein on Hendrix, His New Band … and the LP That Was “The Biggest Disaster of the 1960s”

Vanilla Fudge departed from the three-minute single in 1967 with their debut album Vanilla Fudge. The New York-area band – drummer Carmine Appice, bassist Tim Bogert, guitarist Vinny Martell and organist Mark Stein – released the groundbreaking LP with extended versions of “Ticket to Ride,” “She’s Not There,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ […]

Story of the Year on Their Own Terms: Dan Marsala and Ryan Phillips Talk ‘Wolves,’ Creative Freedom, and Touring with Linkin Park in 2004

Story of the Year on Their Own Terms: Dan Marsala and Ryan Phillips Talk ‘Wolves,’ Creative Freedom, and Touring with Linkin Park in 2004

In 2003, St. Louis-based alt/punk band Story of the Year went national thanks to their breakout album, Page Avenue, and its single “Until the Day I Die.” Their profile elevated, they shined on the Warped Tour and became stalwarts in the early 2000s scene. After releasing three albums since that 2003 breakout, the band took […]

Premium Content: An Hour with Mike Love of the Beach Boys for RockCellarTV

Premium Content: An Hour with Mike Love of the Beach Boys for RockCellarTV

Mike Love: you know the name, and you definitely know the music. The Beach Boys are an institution, with their rich catalog of hit songs and classic albums standing the test of time and influencing artists the world over. Love recently released Unleash the Love, a double-album of original material and re-imagined Beach Boys songs. […]

The Story Behind ‘A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg,’ with Jean Fogelberg and Norbert Putnam

The Story Behind ‘A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg,’ with Jean Fogelberg and Norbert Putnam

The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and Others Record A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg The Seventies was a golden era for singer-songwriters, as James Taylor, Carole King and Jackson Browne dominated the charts. One of the best was Dan Fogelberg, whose “Part of the Plan” was his first hit in 1974. Over the […]