Blues Country: A Walk Through Clapton's Crossroads...
Legend has it that over 75 years ago Robert Johnson met the devil one dark night at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 in Mississippi. It was at this crossroad that Johnson sold his soul in exchange for the vast guitar-playing skills that solidified his place as one of the greatest blues guitarists in all of history. Today, Eric Clapton pays homage to the history of blues with the Crossroads...
A Look Inside: Lily & The Parlour Tricks
On the dimly-lit floor at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York City’s Greenwich Village, show goers eagerly await the onstage presence of Manhattan-based band, Lily & The Parlour Tricks. Although the band is constantly playing in the city, they approach the stage with a new, infectious energy. They are primarily considered an Americana band, but have clear jazz and rock undertones. They have...
What it is To Burn: An Interview with Finch's...
MC scored tickets to Finch’s 10-year reunion tour of their first album What it is To Burn. We had a couple moments backstage to ask guitarist Randy Strohmeyer some questions. Check it out! What’s the biggest difference between touring for What it is To Burn in 2013 versus back when it came out? It’s a lot tighter. More rehearsed. We’re concentrating on the nitty-gritty stuff, trying to...
Ben Gibbard goes solo with "Former Lives"
It finally happened, everybody! Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service), has released his first solo album ever. Be sure to check out Benjamin Gibbard’s Former Lives. - Emma Gaedeke Photo courtesy of GETTY
Metallica to Headline 2012 Voodoo Fest
Metallica is set to headline this year’s Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana later this month. This will mark the first time that Metallica has ever played Voodoo. We all know that Metallica is a huge act, but they weren’t originally chosen to headline this festival. Green Day occupied Voodoo’s headlining spot but was forced to bow out of the festival for good...
Lorraine Leckie & Anthony Haden-Guest's Rudely...
“On social media, I’ll live forever.” [[MORE]] You can picture Lorraine Leckie and Anthony Haden-Guest writing the songs from Rudely Interrupted on a piano in front of a yellowing wall with textured wallpaper fraying at the seams. There’s grit to their music, a bit of dust and dirt and sand that swept west from the deserts and settled under nail beds and guitar frets. ...
Interview With Mariko
Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time is all it takes. And If you’re New York City-based singer/songwriter Mariko, you also learned that persistence (and quite a bit of it), is a good way to turn heads when it comes to making moves in the music industry. We sat down with Mariko to discuss her experience playing on one of the hottest rock tours in the country, and why, despite...
An Interview With Black Stone Cherry
We sat down with Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry before they took the stage at New York City’s Beacon Theater with Chickenfoot last week. Drummer John Fred Young, lead singer and guitarist Chris Robertson, guitarist Ben Wells, and bassist Jon Lawhon discussed everything from where they got their name to John Fred’s dad’s influence (Richard Young of The Kentucky HeadHunters). The band...
British Singer David Ford Wows NYC's Rockwood...
Having traveled across the Atlantic, British singer-songwriter David Ford was worried that no one would show up to his performance at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 in New York City on Thursday, May 3rd. Fortunately for us, David clearly underestimated his reach. Fans old and new crammed into Stage 2’s tight quarters to catch a glimpse of his set.[[MORE]] Opening up the show with his...
New Green Day on the Way
Green Day justannounced that they will release not one…not two… but THREE albums between September and January, as a trilogy aptly titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!. The band hasn’t released an album since 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown, though they now claim to be at “the most prolific and creative time” in their lives. Let’s see how things unfold come...
Dead Sara Releases Debut Album Today
Los Angeles-based rock band Dead Sara dropped their self-titled debut album today! They’ll be on touring with The Used beginning May 12th, and then in support of The Vans Warped Tour, which kicks of June 16th. Check out the video for their hit single, “Weatherman.” Photo courtesy of GETTY - Emma Gaedeke
Soundgarden... Still Alive
A decade and a half has passed since we’ve heard from Soundgarden… but they are back (!) with a new song, like musical superheroes risen from the radioactive muck of time. Their new track, “Live to Rise,” will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack for The Avengers. Fittingly, the movie’s about superheroes. Image courtesy of GETTY
The Fray Takes on the National Anthem
How do you feel about The Fray’s rendition of “The National Anthem”? Not everyone is too pleased with their improvisation of such a classic at the NCAA Championship… Photo courtesy of GETTY
Taking Back Sunday... A Decade Later
Taking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends was released ten years ago today. Do you remember where you were when you first heard it? -Emma Gaedeke
Happy Birthday Steven Tyler!
The Aerosmith rocker turned 64 today. Happy Birthday Steven! - Emma Gaedeke Photo courtesy of GETTY
Young the Giant Covers R. Kelly
The California rockers Young the Giant recently took on R. Kelly’s 2003 hit, “Ignition.” Pretty sure they nailed it with those fur coats. Click through for the live version: [[MORE]] Image courtesy of GETTY
The Wonder Years Talk Shop
New York: Saturday March 10th marked the second day of the Glamour Kills Tour, and the Gramercy Theatre was alive with pop punk. Teens and 20-somethings buzzed inside the small musky venue, rushing to the basement lounge to peruse the latest band merchandise. The Wonder Years’ lead vocalist Dan Campbell, affectionately known as “Soupy” to his friends and fans, stepped out into the...
Artist Spotlight: Driver Friendly (Driver F)
If you like bands like Motion City Soundtrack and New Found Glory, you should check out Driver Friendly, also known as Driver F, a pop-punk band from Austin, Texas. The seven-piece outfit creates a truly original sound by fusing upbeat punk-rock with a horn ensemble. Their forthcoming album Bury a Dream can now be pre-ordered, and is officially available on April 24. Watch for them later this...
Kid Rock Supports Mitt Romney in Michigan Primary
While musicians supporting politicians and endorsing campaigns is nothing new, it always comes as a bit of a surprise when a notoriously controversial artists speak out in support of anyone. Kid Rock, whose bad boy image has been a large part of his success, performed his hit song, “Born Free,” following the Michigan Republican Primary on February 27. Does Kid Rock’s...
fun. proves to be even more than their name...
The band’s sophomore disc, Some Nights, made its No. 1 debut on the Billboard rock chart this week. [[MORE]] -Emma Gaedeke Images courtesy of fun.’s MySpace
Hardcore Meets Pop: Woe, Is Me Takes on Katy Perry
If you couldn’t get down with Katy Perry’s original version of “Hot N Cold,” check out this version. While it’s still rooted in the same pop cheesiness, you have to admit: the screaming makes her lyrics sound a little more… threatening? [[MORE]] Image courtesy of GETTY
Hipster King Crowned as Best New Artist
“Hi, it’s really hard to accept this award. But, well, there’s so much talent out here on this stage, and there’s so much talent that’s not here tonight, and it’s also hard to accept because when I started to make songs I did it for the inherent reward of making songs, so I’m a little bit uncomfortable up here. But with that discomfort, I do have a sense of gratitude and I want to say...