For over 40 years, Cheap Trick has been perpetually touring the world bringing a catalog of catchy songs and ripping guitar licks in tow. And when folks talk about guitar players with energy and intensity, their lead guitarist Rick Nielsen is the personification of those words.
It is strangely easy to forget how awesome -- and important -- Robin Zander and Cheap Trick are when you're talking rock'n'roll -- or just Things That Are Cool. And it's similarly easy to forget that Robin himself is arguably the greatest, most perfect rock star ever. EVER, people.
Christmas came 17 days early for Linda Kennedy. Sitting in Section 2, Row F of the $40 million Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas on December 8, the grandmother of four who lives in Rockford, Illinois, got more than a terrific show from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
The Austin Fan Fest is, frankly, puzzling if not downright alarming for Austinites not used to all this flash. In fact, there's a popular city slogan, "Keep Austin Weird," indicivative of the civic pride bound up in being eclectic and eccentric.
For Tom Werman, producing is producing, whether it's a multi-platinum album by Mötley Crue or a "Tomelette" -- Werman's signature breakfast treat at Stonover Farm, the popular New England Bed & Breakfast he runs with his wife Suky.
Back in 1981, Marshall Crenshaw's single "Something's Gonna Happen" was released on Shake Records, initiating his string of critically acclaimed classic albums and 45s. Now Marshall, celebrating 30 years of music-making, sits down to talk.
As a cranky, sleep-deprived new parent in the throes of box sets by hipsters, I declared (on Twitter, no less) that there was absolutely no need for me to hear Kanye's latest magnum opus. Until I heard a track on YouTube.
Far be it for me to ever correct the Boss, but as it turns out Bruce Springsteen was not a true televisionary; there are not "57 Channels And Nothing On" these days. Please tune in Sunday night, and see for yourself.
Squeeze's new album Spot The Difference is a revisit of previous hits and classics. As the title suggests, it's literally hard to spot the difference on many of these songs. Why did they record a project like this?
I love that Matt and Trey do not care who they offend in the pursuit of amusing themselves and a watching world. I support them with all my heart & soul right until the point where it puts me in any actual danger.