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 melodic magic affixed to Who/Yardbirds/Kinks muscle. The answer… “What is Cheap Trick?” Since storming the scene in the late ‘70s, Cheap Trick have weathered Mount Olympus commercial highs, devastating commercial misfortune, band lineup changes and […]

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 years. Among the veteran rock musician and Nebraska native’s strongest solo efforts to date, it features guest appearances from Rod Argent (The Zombies), Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Debbi Peterson (The Bangles), Ric Menck and Paul Chastain […]

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, songwriter and guitarist Jerry Garcia, the band regularly performed at venues such as the Fillmore, Winterland and the Family Dog. The Dead’s original run lasted from 1965 until 1995, when Garcia died at 53. Garcia […]

Outside Lands 2017: The Highs, Lows and In-Between from San Francisco Fest’s 10th Anniversary with the Who, Metallica and Gorillaz

Outside Lands 2017: The Highs, Lows and In-Between from San Francisco Fest’s 10th Anniversary with the Who, Metallica and Gorillaz

Review by Grace John and Nick Wachs San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park was once again flooded with hipsters, foodies, and music fans from metalheads, ravers, alt-rock addicts, hip hop habitués, and everyone in between for a festival equal in diversity.  This year marked the tenth anniversary of Outside Lands, a festival of art, music, and […]

Q&A with Corbett Redford, Director of New Music Doc ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ (Executive Produced by Green Day)

Q&A with Corbett Redford, Director of New Music Doc ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ (Executive Produced by Green Day)

Narrated by Iggy Pop and co-executive produced by Green Day, Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is director/co-writer Corbett Redford’s two hour and 37 minute compendium of the Punk Rock scene centered around a freewheeling club located at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California. Since 1986, Gilman has been an epicenter of […]

April Wine and Myles Goodywn: For Now and For Ever (Interview)

April Wine and Myles Goodywn: For Now and For Ever (Interview)

In the annals of Canadian music, there have been very few bands that have had the long-lasting career or made as strong an impression as April Wine. Through the 1970’s and 1980’s, they were consistently on the Singles and Album charts in Canada, and among the country’s most valued musical exports. It was virtually impossible […]

Photos: Foreigner/Cheap Trick/Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppeiln Experience Rock Camden, NJ

Photos: Foreigner/Cheap Trick/Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppeiln Experience Rock Camden, NJ

(Review and all photographs by Sreve Trager) Seems like almost yesterday when Foreigner formed back in 1976, which began a path that led them to their current status as classic rock icons. As a four-piece churning out hit after hit and earning numerous No. 1’s and multiple Top 10 hits, who would ever imagine that Foreigner would still be […]