Preview Elvis Costello and the Imposters’ New Album ‘Look Now’ with a Pair of Songs

Preview Elvis Costello and the Imposters’ New Album ‘Look Now’ with a Pair of Songs

On October 12, Elvis Costello and the Imposters will release a new album titled Look Now. The LP was officially announced recently, shortly after Costello had to cancel some European tour dates due to medical complications. With that situation (hopefully) on the backburner, Costello and the Imposters are still slated to head out on a North […]

Top 11 Songs From Girl Groups

Top 11 Songs From Girl Groups

“Given that there was that era of girl group music and it’s still very popular, but I think if you looked at the chart from that time you would see many more men on it. Because the industry, they were catering to young girls. I mean, that’s what they thought their audience was.” – Lesley […]

Q&A: Judith Owen on Songwriting, Singing Backup for Spinal Tap and Music’s Role in Mental Health

Q&A: Judith Owen on Songwriting, Singing Backup for Spinal Tap and Music’s Role in Mental Health

With her new album Somebody’s Child, British singer/songwriter Judith Owen delivers an exceptional album conjuring the confessional Laurel Canyon music of yesterday — think Carole King, Judee Sill, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell — while infusing the artist’s own distinctive flair with sophisticated musical textures and hard-hitting lyrics. The album, which features seasoned accompaniment in the […]

Street Musician Chelsea Williams Has a New LP, a U.S. Tour and a Video With Maroon 5, but Still Loves L.A.’s ‘Dancing Drunks and Babies’ (Q&A)

Street Musician Chelsea Williams Has a New LP, a U.S. Tour and a Video With Maroon 5, but Still Loves L.A.’s ‘Dancing Drunks and Babies’ (Q&A)

Chelsea Williams knows how to work a crowd. Williams honed her craft as a singer-songwriter busking around Los Angeles for the past decade, a regular at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. Playing acoustic guitar, Williams performs a mix of Americana and indie-folk tunes as she competes with breakdancers, drummers, magicians and clowns for attention – […]

Good Times Coming: An Interview with The Monkees’ Peter Tork

Good Times Coming: An Interview with The Monkees’ Peter Tork

In commemoration of their 50th anniversary, The Monkees have pulled off the impossible with Good Times, the group’s first new studio album in 20 years. The LP is truly a timeless record that stands up proudly against their most revered recordings (i.e.-Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, Jones Ltd.) Marrying disparate strands of pop, folk, country, bubblegum and psychedelia, […]

Todd Rundgren on: Touring, Songwriting, Utopia and David Bowie (Q&A)

Todd Rundgren on: Touring, Songwriting, Utopia and David Bowie (Q&A)

If there’s one thing you can safely say about Todd Rundgren is that he’s unpredictable. Never afraid to upset the apple cart, never afraid to test the patience of his loyal fan base with music that challenges his audiences and refuses to conform to commercial expectations, as an artist Todd always takes the road less traveled. For his latest tour, dubbed an “Evening with Todd Rundgren,” he’s staying true to form and doing something, well, unpredictable by delivering […]

Kennedy Center Honors 2015: Eagles, Carole King, George Lucas Among Honorees

Kennedy Center Honors 2015: Eagles, Carole King, George Lucas Among Honorees

The details regarding the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors were announced this week. On December 6, 2015, the following entertainers will receive their lifetime artistic achievement accolades: The Eagles Singer/songwriter Carole King Filmmaker George Lucas Actress Rita Moreno conductor Seiji Ozawa Broadway star Cicely Tyson Some words about this year’s honorees, from the press release: “Quite […]

Dave Edmunds: They Call It Rock (Interview)

Dave Edmunds: They Call It Rock (Interview)

Wedged between the primal heavy metal thunder of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Iron Butterfly and the introspective Laurel Canyon singer/songwriter fare ala Carole King, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, Dave Edmunds’ 1970 solo smash single, I Hear You Knocking, a cover of Smiley Lewis chestnut, sounded like a lost musical missive plucked from the […]