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’70s Punk Gets Its Due with New Design Exhibit in New York

More than 400 flyers, posters, album covers, zines, and other ephemera from the punk era will be on view at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design. The punk scene of the 1970s and early 80s burned brightly and briefly, but its impact on culture, style and design can still be felt today. Opening April 9 at […]

L.A. Guns Phil Lewis Slams Gene Simmons Over ‘Rock Is Dead’ Comment, Says Rock Has ‘Thriving’ Future

L.A. Guns

L.A. GUNS singer Phil Lewis has dismissed the notion that rock is dead, saying fans can look forward to “a thriving, crazy rock scene like we’ve never seen before.” While rock ‘n’ roll has been king of the music world for decades, in the past few years, it’s been unseated by the growing popularity of […]

Museum exhibit celebrates rock ‘n’ roll

NEW YORK — Museum exhibits tend to be quiet. Not this one. In Play It Loud, an exuberant show that can be heard as well as seen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art takes on the history of rock ’n’ roll through iconic instruments on loan from some of rock’s biggest names. There are flamboyant costumes […]

70 years ago the 45 RPM record was introduced, accidentally helping give birth to rock’n’roll

For the first fifty years of the recorded music industry, everyone had to make do with scratchy, fragile 78 RPM records. These 10-inch discs dating from the late 1800s and generally worked fine. It wasn’t until 1948 when Columbia Records came along with its long-playing albums pressed on a new plastic called polyvinyl chloride that […]

Road Tripping From Nashville To Memphis Is A Music Lover’s Dream

Nashville knows how to pull the big crowds. For years it’s been one of the most popular destinations in the United States. But the fact is, Tennessee has so much more to offer beyond Nashville — specifically, the cultural landmark of Memphis. Like Nashville, Memphis is one of the most important cities in American music […]

Motley Crue in the Beginning

Motley Crue

Way back in the early 1980s a family friend owned a record store called Boomer Sound. It was located in the Brunswick shopping center, near where Safeway is now. One day he had a band signing autographs in his shop. Not very many people turned out to meet them, but my cousin was one of […]

Rock, Punk, Pop and Poets on tap for April

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The best-selling female artists of the ‘90s, a punk rocker-turned-MTV-pop-icon, a legendary ‘70s glam rock band, a low-rent Radiohead, the self-anointed “Jesus of Cool,” a founding member of Pink Floyd, rock’s premiere poetess, and the unofficial founder of the one-name celebrity club are some of the big acts hitting the concert stage in April. The […]

Megadeth’s David Ellefson Says Running A Church Service In Arizona Was ‘A Lot Of Fun’


In a recent interview with U.K.’s Cross Rhythms, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, who is also a Lutheran pastor, spoke about his studies at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis nearly a decade ago. He said: “When I did my seminary training — I only did a year of it, a year of a four-year program […]

Poison’s Bret Michaels backs diabetes awareness proposal

Brett Michaels

Singer Bret Michaels, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was six, discusses his support of a proposed bill by state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, during a news conference, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. If approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor, Roth’s bill would require school districts to work with schools serving K-12 students to identify methods of informing parents and students about Type 1 Diabetes and require schools to implement those methods. RICH PEDRONCELLI AP PHOTO

POISON says they will Return In 2020 With An ‘Incredible Tour’ And ‘Hopefully’ Some New Music

Brett Michaels

Bret Michaels says that POISON will return next year with “an incredible tour” and “hopefully” at least one new song. In 2018, POISON completed the “Nothin’ But A Good Time” tour with CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL. POISON‘s last album of new material was 2002’s “Hollyweird”. An album of covers, “Poison’d”, followed in 2007. During an appearance earlier today (Tuesday, March 26) on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation”, Michaels promised the iconic glam […]

Nita Strauss on Controlled Chaos Solo Album

NITA STRAUSS CHATS WITH ANNE ERICKSON ABOUT HER PUMMELING NEW SOLO ALBUM, “CONTROLLED CHAOS,” AND MORE IN THIS IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW Nita Strauss is nothing short of a guitar superstar. Head to an Alice Cooper show, and you’ll see Strauss shredding from start to finish, showing off the hard-won chops she perfected playing for years in […]

On the Enduring Genius of Buddy Holly, Sixty Years After His Death

Buddy Holly perished sixty years ago, on February 3 in an Iowa cornfield, along with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens—the so-called “day the music died,” immortalized in Don McLean’s weepy, chorus-upon-never-ending-chorus number “American Pie.” They were on tour, worn down by the cold and the grind of the tour bus, and opted for an […]

Metalachi offers best of metal and mariachi in music

Metal and Mariachi Music

The usual lead guitar parts and solos fall to the electric violin of Kyla Vera, the only woman in the band. A self-described metalhead, she says metal fans have become converts to mariachi after seeing Metalachi play. Decked out in skin-tight leopard print spandex, his eyelids smeared with black make-up, singer Vega de la Rockha […]

Brian “Head” Welch on Next Korn Album: “We’ve Got Some Amazing Tricks Up Our Sleeves”


Brian “Head” Welch on Next Korn Album. Korn have been busy working on their 13th album, and when we recently caught up with guitarist Brian “Head” Welch to discuss his new documentary, Loud Krazy Love, which just premiered on Showtime, he also offered us a little insight into what fans can expect from the upcoming […]

Daughter signs for her deaf dad during a Three Days Grace concert, steals show

Jules Maria was admittedly a bit perturbed when she noticed a man and woman taking up extra room to dance during a packed Three Days Grace Concert in Edmonton, Canada, last week. That frustration soon turned into a heart-melting, show-stealing moment she witnessed between a father and daughter. “At last night’s concert, we witnessed something […]