5 Awesome May-December Musical Pairings

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:17 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock ‘n’ roll, died March 18. Known to perform concerts well into his late ’80s, the “Johnny B. Goode” guitarist and singer was not about to go quietly into the night. Just before his passing, he recorded CHUCK (Dualtone), an album full of fierce collaborations between the legend and his disciples (Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr. and more).   CHUCK got us thinking about other oldies but goodies who teamed... READ MORE

6 Outrageous Artist Contests and Promotions

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music     When a band or musician is promoting a new album, they often go to great — and wacky — lengths to garner attention. Some use sex appeal; others provide exclusive or free downloads; and still others incentivize through fan contests. New Mexico superheroes the Shins are going for the third option by giving away their original touring van. It’s a brick-red 1990 Ford 350, tricked out with a loft and rescued from a cattle ranch.... READ MORE

7 Killer Records Released by Couples

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 10:07 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music     When you give your heart to another, it’s not usually literally. But indie rock couple the Finks practically did that when singer Orenda (of Azure Ray) underwent extensive cardiac surgery. She recovered well, thanks in part by the support of husband Todd (the Faint), and so they were able to realize their dream of releasing music together. The result is Closeness (apropos), and their first EP, Personality Therapy, is out Feb. 24 on Graveface.   This extended... READ MORE

Sing for Absolution: Muse’s 10 Best Songs

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music     Always on the pulse of the political, bombastic English trio Muse are coming out with a new album called Drones on June 9. It follows lockstep with 2012’s Queen-ly The 2nd Law and 2009’s paranoid opus, Resistance. Cavorting with Hollywood royalty for a good few years didn’t turn Matt Bellamy into a fluffy writer. In fact, listening to Drones’ lead single, the menacing “Psycho,” it sounds as though he’s dug his heels in even more... READ MORE