Chris Murphy on Sloan’s New LP ’12’ and the Band’s Journey ‘Out of the 1990s-Sounding Alt-Rock Jail’

Chris Murphy on Sloan’s New LP ’12’ and the Band’s Journey ‘Out of the 1990s-Sounding Alt-Rock Jail’

Sloan has been cranking out undeniably catchy power pop and rock tunes for nearly three decades. Just don’t call them “earworms.” Chris Murphy believes that term has a negative connotation and cited Crazy Frog’s worldwide 2005 chart topper “Axel F” as an example. People would think, “I can’t get this fucking song out of my […]

Back On the Road to Utopia with Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox (The Interview)

Back On the Road to Utopia with Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox (The Interview)

(Photo: Danny O’Connor) A new box set, The Road to Utopia, 1974-1982, documents a remarkable band that defied categorization, delivering a series of extraordinary albums marked by smart songcraft and fierce musicianship. With albums like Adventures In Utopia, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Oops! Wrong Planet, Ra and their 1982 self-titled Utopia record, the group carved out […]

Elliot Easton on the Cars in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Their Classic Debut Album and More

Elliot Easton on the Cars in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Their Classic Debut Album and More

Passed over for years, The Cars are finally being inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And it’s about time. Coming off like art-rock Beatles fronted by Buddy Holly, they delivered album after album of infectious pop music laced with a twisted, avant-garde sensibility, marrying mighty hooks, lush vocals, consummate musicality and forward […]

Who’s On First: Drummer Portrayed in Bio-Play ‘Keith Moon: The Real Me’ (Q&A with Mick Berry)

Who’s On First: Drummer Portrayed in Bio-Play ‘Keith Moon: The Real Me’ (Q&A with Mick Berry)

People try to put him down, but The Who’s legendary drummer Keith Moon, whose life of excess inspired the nickname “Moon the Loon,” is making a comeback of sorts. Actor/musician/playwright Mick Berry is depicting the perky percussionist in the must-see one-man show Keith Moon: The Real Me at the Hudson Theatre Mainstage in Hollywood and […]

Randy Bachman Loves the Beatles (Q&A About His New George Harrison Tribute LP, ‘By George – By Bachman’)

Randy Bachman Loves the Beatles (Q&A About His New George Harrison Tribute LP, ‘By George – By Bachman’)

Randy Bachman’s status as a rock and roll pioneer and legend is rock solid. He was a founding member of the Guess Who in the 1960s and Bachman Turner Overdrive in the 1970s, with hits like “American Woman,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “These Eyes” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” under his belt, and is […]

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