Articles tagged rock

Paul Weller: A Kind Revolution

In a career that spans 40 years, Paul Weller is still making vibrant, essential music and his latest album is among his most impassioned and focused.

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‘Freddie Mercury’: The Stories, Fables, Parables, and Odysseys of the Man and the Band

Nearly anyone who picks up An Illustrated Life will have a predefined idea of Freddie Mercury; Blake's book is a marvelous document of how we came to accept that idea as truth.

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4 May 2017 // 9:34 AM

Dweezil Zappa Extends Legacy of His Dad, Frank Zappa

Dweezil Zappa had no idea he’d grow up to be a guitarist and band leader. But his famous father, the late Frank Zappa, certainly

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Phil Marcade’s Story Is an Allegory for the ‘70s-era New York Punk Scene

The true story of a naïve young man looking for fun who accidentally fumbles through a music revolution and becomes a symbol for the rise and fall of a scene.

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On Wanting Sly Stone to Take Us Higher Yet Again

Sly Stone was one of the first audacious badasses of modern black pop music, a hero and then an anti-hero to millions.

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28 Apr 2017 // 2:20 AM

Ray Davies: Americana

The most quintessentially, idiosyncratically British of all British Invasion artists returns to a time of youthful idealism and a fascination with the American mythos that finds him exploring the titular nation in all its idioms, while also delving into his past.

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26 Apr 2017 // 2:20 AM

Charly Bliss: Guppy

Guppy is a special release, proving that all you need is 30 minutes of hooks and riffs sung by a voice familiar the first time you hear it.

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24 Apr 2017 // 9:20 AM

Sheryl Crow: Be Myself

The singer-songwriter reunites with producer Jeff Trott to deliver a strong return to rock and her earliest albums.

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Where the Heart Is: An Interview With Multi-Grammy Winner Kim Carnes, Part One

In this career-spanning interview with Kim Carnes, PopMatters goes beyond "Bette Davis Eyes" to explore the multi-Grammy winner's journey from LA to Nashville.

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Remembering Prince’s Greatest Epic: 30 Years of  “Sign ‘O’ The Times”

One year after Prince's shocking death, we celebrate his greatest musical achievement as it passes its 30-year anniversary: Sign ☮ the Times

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14 Apr 2017 // 10:01 AM

J. Geils: 1946-2017

Hard Drivin’ Man: J. Geils brought blues, jazz, soul -- and his name -- to one of rock’s great bands

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14 Apr 2017 // 8:56 AM

Tamikrest: Kidal

Desert struggles make for purposeful rock and roll on Tamikrest's latest album of Saharan desert blues.

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Culture Wars - “Money (Gimmie, Gimmie)” (video) (premiere)

Austin's Culture Wars come blazing out of the gate with an addictive electrorock sound and swagger.

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's experiments with microtones are ambitious, strange and dense.

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The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Album to Get Deluxe 50th-Anniversary Edition

The most ambitious reissue yet of an individual album from the Beatles' catalog is coming May 26.

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Umphrey’s McGee Treads Where Eagles Dare in Oakland

There's a fine line between just enough and too much, and Umphrey’s McGee aren’t shy about going over the edge just for the hell of it. But the band is at their best when they can rock just up to the edge.

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Heath Green and the Makeshifters: Heath Green and the Makeshifters

God Bless Alabama, its clay, or whatever the hell else it may be that incites these grooves.

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Animal Liberation Orchestra and Twiddle Join Together for Bay Area Harmonic Convergence

It’s always a treat when bands jam together on this stage and the pairing leads to some great twin riffage from ALO's Lebo and Twiddle’s Savoulidis.

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29 Mar 2017 // 12:00 PM

Jimi Hendrix was only 27 when he died in 1970, but his stratospheric impact still reverberates throughout the rock ranks.

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‘No Quarter’ Neither Galvanises Nor Destroys Jimmy Page’s Mythic Persona

Jimmy Page's mythic reputation is preserved with grace and pathos in Martin Power's biography.

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TIFF 2017: 'The Shape of Water'

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"The Shape of Water comes off as uninformed political correctness, which is more detrimental to its cause than it is progressive.

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