Category Archives: World Music News

Never-Before-Seen Frame Of Queen’s Freddie Mercury

Queen’s legendary guitarist and one of the most talented musicians of all time, Brian May has posted another unseen photo of himself and his bandmate, Roger Taylor, Mike Grose, and lastly Freddie Mercury via his verified Instagram account. Also, Brian May has written a special caption and told the story of the photo which he […]

Indian Rock Bands That You Should Definitely Listen To Right Now

For decades, the Indian independent music community has been growing quietly in the background. Music in India is mostly associated with Bollywood and Film Music, but that’s not the whole picture. Here are some Indian Rock Bands that you should start listening to. With music in different genres, languages, and styles, some of these indie […]

Rock is Not Dead: The Legacy Will Survive the Legends

I read with interest PJ Media contributor Ed Driscoll’s in-depth analysis of The Week senior correspondent David Linker’s essay, “The Coming Death of Just About Every Rock Legend.” Driscoll highlighted excerpts that captured the thrust of Linker’s piece, then fleshed-out his own thoughts about how a similar scenario might soon befall the Hollywood film industry. I gave up on Hollywood a […]

Mike Peters Talks About Alternative Rock Band The Alarm

It’s not every day that Cross Rhythms gets a chance to talk to the recipient of an MBE, but that’s what I’m about to do, as my taxi takes me to my designated meeting place – a cheap and cheerful café overlooking Prestatyn marina. Ever before Mike Peters received his MBE for services to charity, […]

Luna Lee’s Tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s Cover of Voodoo Child

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We are huge Jimi Hendrix fans and we like to hear other versions of Jimi’s songs. This one had us floored because the song “Voodoo Child” was being played on a instrument call the Gayageum. Yeah, that’s what we thought! What’s a Gayageum? It’s a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument with 12 strings, though some more […]

University of Newcastle Offering PhD in Heavy Metal

Why can’t American Universities have scholarships that offer degrees in heavy metal music? I’m sure a majority of us would have gone to college had it been so. An Australian university has announced a new scholarship program that offers students a chance to receive a doctoral degree in heavy metal music. The University of Newcastle […]

Opening night of Queen + Adam Lambert North American tour

There was buzz in the air on opening night for the Queen + Adam Lambert North American leg of The Rhapsody Tour. Why? With no new music and a set list that has remained pretty stable since the band first headed out on the road — first with Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers and then American […]

Iran’s “Confess” Sentenced to 14+ Years in Prison for Playing Metal

Iranian metal guerrillas Confess have been sentenced to 14 1/2 years in prison by the Revolutionary Tribunal of Tehran. For the crime of playing metal, frontman Nikan Khosravi has also been sentenced to 74 lashes. In 2015, Confess made headlines worldwide after being arrested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Musicians Nikan Khosravi and Arash Ilkhani were […]

For West African rock band “Tal National” music industry navigates “extreme vetting” of foreign artists

Some foreign performers are having to delay or cancel their concerts because the consular officers at U.S. embassies require more documentation before issuing visas. These artists are being asked to provide 15 years of their travel history, employment history, past and current social media handles, email accounts and addresses. This so-called “extreme vetting” is making […]

Indonesia Metal Band “Voice of Baceprot” No Longer Voiceless

  Indonesian band VoB (“Voice of Baceprot” or “Noisy Voice”) are no longer voiceless Formed in 2014, the band of teenagers met at school in Indonesia’s most populous province of West Java, and use their music to combat the stereotype of Muslim women as submissive or voiceless. Wearing a hijab, or Islamic head scarf, should […]

Jano Rock Band is Ethiopia’s First Rock Band

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Rock music is a popular genre of music that originated as “rock and roll” in the United States in the 1950s. It gained worldwide popularity and Africa is no exception. In Ethiopia, the Jano rock band, the first Ethiopian rock band is making a name for itself. Composing and playing rock music in a very […]

Rock bassist plays classical guitar at Radford International Guitar Festival | Music

Many Roanoke Valley rock music fans know Daniel Burton, the man on the electric bass guitar for Salem-based Mad Iguanas. Now, classical music fans are getting a taste of what Burton can do on an acoustic instrument. Burton, 29, graduated from Radford University last year with a degree in music, studying classical guitar under professor […]

Descendants of the First Musical Instruments

The word ‘lithophone’ is derived from two Greek words, ‘lithos’ and ‘phone’. The first can be translated as ‘stone’, whilst the second means ‘sound’. Therefore, a lithophone may be said to be a ‘sound-making stone’. Today, this word is used to denote a type of musical instrument made of stones. Lithophones have been discovered in […]

Indian musicians want more than just an opening act

It’s always great to hear about an Indian musician bagging the opening act in an international biggie’s concert. Only last week it was announced that Delhi-based guitarist Keshav Dhar’s metal band Skyharbor will open the show for American alternative metal band, Deftones, in Europe. And Point of View will perform just before American rock group, […]