Rest in Peace, Aretha Franklin: 1942-2018

Rest in Peace, Aretha Franklin: 1942-2018

The Queen of Soul has passed away. Days after it was reported that Aretha Franklin was severely ill and surrounded by family and loved ones in Detroit, the legendary singer has died at the age of 76 after a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. Official word came down on Thursday morning, and nearly instantly tributes […]

Reports: Aretha Franklin ‘Gravely Ill,’ Surrounded by Loved Ones in Detroit

Reports: Aretha Franklin ‘Gravely Ill,’ Surrounded by Loved Ones in Detroit

The Queen of Soul could use some well-wishes right now. Late Sunday night, reports indicated that legendary singer Aretha Franklin, 76, is currently receiving treatment at a Detroit hospital, surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. Nothing but warm healing wishes to the legendary Aretha Franklin this Sunday night. pic.twitter.com/CwvXtpe86p — Rock Cellar Magazine (@RockCellarMag) […]

Top 11 Songs Performed By Women

Top 11 Songs Performed By Women

“Men make angry music and it’s called rock and roll; Women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they’re angry and militant.” – Ani DiFranco Note: Obviously, selecting 11 songs performed by female songwriters/singers leaves out countless similarly deserving titles — so feel free to leave a comment below with any we omitted that you’d […]

Time for A ‘Reunion’: Q&A with Whitford/St. Holmes

Time for A ‘Reunion’: Q&A with Whitford/St. Holmes

By the early ’80s, guitarist Brad Whitford and lead singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes, members of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent respectively, had departed from their classic bands and were forging out together on a new project aptly titled Whitford St. Holmes. In 1981, the duo issued a self-titled album, packed with radio-friendly songs bursting with power […]

Top 11 Songs from Martin Scorsese Films

Top 11 Songs from Martin Scorsese Films

Director Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger have teamed as executive producers of Vinyl, a 10-episode series on the ’70s rock scene that premieres on HBO Feb. 14. At a Television Critics Association panel,  Jagger acknowledged that the acclaimed director “was one of the first people that really used rock ‘n’ roll, like […]

Bettye LaVette on 50+ Years of Soul (Interview)

Bettye LaVette on 50+ Years of Soul (Interview)

“This is my fourth career,” Bettye LaVette, the soul singer, jokes as we begin our interview ahead of her residency at New York City’s Café Carlyle. LaVette was a sixteen year old from Detroit when she cut her first single, 1962s My Man—He’s a Lovin’ Man. Jerry Wexler, the famed head of Atlantic Records heard […]