David Bowie’s Hunky Dory is self-conscious about artifice and image. It maintains a resounding undercurrent of human longing for connection and recognition.
No misplaced macho nonsense. No self-righteous pomposity. The Darkness hit the dress-up box hard, knock out some killer riffs, and are laugh out loud funny while they’re doing it.
With over 100 classical musicians and choristers, MIKA has ventured to the Royal Opera of Versailles to re-record orchestral versions of his biggest hits.
Fifty years ago, T. Rex released their most successful album, Electric Warrior, helping kick off the glam rock movement. Marc Bolan leaped from playing rock to being a rock star.
Royston Langdon possesses the rare gift of applying a glam varnish to small, personable songs while somehow not drowning them in theatrics.
Thank whatever deity you may believe in for the return of both androgyny and people of color to rock music. Or just listen to Tony & the Kiki.
Manic Street Preachers’ The Ultra Vivid Lament is as rich, melancholic, and intelligent as ever, but also riddled with doubts and anxieties.
A KISS Army stalwart muses on the band’s legacy and a lifetime of super-fandom as KISS nears the “End of the Road”.