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Styx Lawrence Gowan:'We're Pumped Up About The Soundtrack of Summer Tour!'

April 9th, 2014 11:35pm EDT
Styx
The Soundtrack of Summer Tour featuring, Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder is fast approaching and it's expected to be the ultimate rock and roll extravaganza of the summer season. The guys are teaming up with the 'Juke Box Heroes' and a former Eagle. They're all long-time friends.

Styx's current lineup features Lawrence Gowan, (keyboards, vocals), Tommy Shaw (lead guitar, vocals), James 'JY' Young (vocals, guitar) Todd Sucherman, (drums), Ricky Phillips, (bass) and occasionally their old friend and original bassist, Chuck Panozzo.

Styx's own lead-vocalist-keyboardist Lawrence Gowan spoke t...
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Tony Lucca Launches Kickstarter For New Album

April 9th, 2014 4:17pm EDT
Tony Lucca Launches Kickstarter For New Album
One of the most talented musicians we've ever seen (who also happens to be one of the best people we've ever known, too) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new full-length studio album. Tony Lucca, who you probably know from being Team Adam's finalist on Season 2 of The Voice, went live with his Kickstarter Wednesday morning.

If it succeeds, he'll be the latest in a line of Voice alumni that have funded albums through the platform, including fellow Season 2 Team Adam members Pip and Katrina Parker. He explained his new campaign through the video you can check out below.

Hav...
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CD Review: Various Artists - 'Punk Goes 90’s 2'

April 7th, 2014 9:13pm EDT
CD Review: Various Artists - 'Punk Goes 90’s 2'
The thing about Punk Goes 90’s 2, the 15th (yes, you read that right) installment of Fearless Records’ long running Punk Goes… series and second in the Punk Goes 90’s line, is, as with the majority of, if not all, its predecessors, a potpourri of mixed results. However, in the case of Punk Goes 90’s 2, the results are more often than not positive. For starters, Get Scared plays things close to the vest on Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy,” as does the Color Morale on Foo Fighters’ “Everlong.” This approach doesn’t always work however, as Mayday Parade (Bush – “Comedown”) and Yellowcard (Smashing P...
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CD Review: The Hotelier - 'Home, Like Noplace Is There' (Tiny Engines)

April 7th, 2014 9:10pm EDT
CD Review: The Hotelier - 'Home, Like Noplace Is There' (Tiny En
Perhaps it’s the new album or the new label (Tiny Engines) or maybe it’s the new name, but the Hotelier, former The Hotel Year, have never sounded better than they do on their sophomore release Home, Like Noplace Is There. And that’s really saying something considering how strong, and utterly criminally underrated, their debut album, 2011’s It Never Goes Out, truly was. Though the subdued but thoroughly aptly titled opener “An Introduction To The Album” is a bit off-putting in terms of initial impact, what the track lacks in punch it makes up for in emotional output, spewing forth mainly fr...
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15 Songs That Will Make You Smile

April 4th, 2014 7:03pm EDT
15 Songs That Will Make You Smile
Sometimes, it is incredibly difficult to smile. Even for the most positive person, there are circumstances in life that sap the joy right out of you and supplant happiness with incredibly sadness. Being sad or worried is a big-time drag, but it’s nothing that a little “happy” music can’t rid of. Sure, a good song can’t erase the debt one has built up or that bad breakup over irreconcilable differences, but it can certainly be therapeutic. Here are 15 Songs That Will Make You Smile.

1

“Happy”

Pharrell Williams

From the album G I R L (2014)

There isn’t a song in 2014 that coul...
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Review: Mac Demarco's, ‘Salad Days’ Proves To Be One Of 2014s Best Albums

April 4th, 2014 11:45am EDT
Mac Demarco : Salad Days
Salad Days easily proves to be one of the year’s elite albums

Mac Demarco • Salad Days • Captured Tracks • US Release Dates: April 1, 2014

“Oh now, you’ve done it again / no use when you already know how it ends.” Throughout Salad Days, singer/songwriter Mac Demarco seems incredibly down – there is the sense of the constant ‘bummer’. The aforementioned lyrics, excerpted from “Treat Her Better”, would suggest this extreme pessimism from the Canadian artist. However, even though Demarco gets down within Salad Days about various things, he also offers atoning words of wisdoms and relatable...
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Don Felder: 'The Soundtrack of Summer Tour is Selling Very Well'

April 4th, 2014 11:21am EDT
Don Felder
Don Felder, the former lead guitarist for The Eagles will join his band mates and members of Styx and Foreigner for the spectacular, "Soundtrack of Summer" tour coming to a venue near you in May. And what better way to celebrate summer than to see all three iconic acts on one stage! The tickets are selling very rapidly so fans are encouraged to act quickly so they don't miss out on this awesome show this summer! His new album, 'Road to Forever' features guest musicians, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Styx's own Tommy Shaw on vocals.

I spoke directly with Don about the upcoming tour, his new...
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A Conversation With Carl Palmer

April 3rd, 2014 12:14pm EDT
Carl Palmer
Legendary drummer, Carl Palmer of ASIA and formerly of Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP); has a new CD entitled, 'Carl, Do Ya Wanna Play?' as well as the 120-minute 'Decade' DVD. Carl will be one of the featured performers aboard The Monsters of Rock and The Moody Blues Cruise: Return to the Isle of Wight April 2-7. I had the opportunity to speak with him before he left for Miami about his career, the cruises, and his projects.

“This anthology is a re-release with some updates on it taken from the 'Working Live' selection and the 'Decade' DVD is about 13 years old now; it was a complete summar...
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Ian Anderson Discusses New Album 'Homo Erraticus'

April 3rd, 2014 9:30am EDT
Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson, The mastermind flautist and front man behind the classic British prog rock band, Jethro Tull returns with a brand new album released on April 14 entitled, "Homo Erraticus." Anderson spoke with me back in February and will reunite with his talented band with a new tour to support the album.

"The album, ('Homo Erraticus') is the written translation from the Latin which means 'The Wandering Man'. It's the story of all of us looking for a better life," explains Ian in a telephone interview. He continues, "It is definitely the story of migration (or immigration) is a hot topic pa...
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15 Greatest Songs By Metallica

April 1st, 2014 9:04pm EDT
15 Greatest Songs By Metallica
Metallica is a heavy metal band to last through the ages, but they are mostly known for their older music. Here, we will celebrate all of it -- the best of the best, even through an era where their hardcore fans abandoned them. In the defense of the fans, the band cut their hair and totally deserved it!

These songs, my friends, are the best that Metallica had to offer -- even including some songs after the "Black" album!

1. "Jump In The Fire"

Metallica was hard hitting with their album "Kill 'Em All". The entire album thrashes and is worth a listen. This is vintage heavy metal, f...
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