Kevin Wierzbicki

Kevin Wierzbicki, antiMusic.com Travel Editor, Senior Music Reviewer

A native of Flint, Michigan and longtime resident of Phoenix, Arizona, Kevin travels the world (and makes plenty of trips to his mailbox) in search of good music and exciting travel adventures and very often finds them both in one place. Below you’ll find links to lots of his recently published pieces, including specialty columns On the Record (for vinyl fanatics), Passport (spotlight on international music), Root 66 (Americana and roots music) and Get the Blues (well, you know.) Kevin’s Road Trip series, along with other travel pieces, finds him recounting his exploits in exotic places like Malaysia, Mexico, Greenland and French Polynesia but he also frequently reports from the U.S. where he’s just as likely to pop up in Bloomington (that’s Indiana…) as he is in Nashville. Kevin’s work has also been published in USA Today Mexican/Caribbean edition, The Arizona Republic, The Desert Leaf (Tucson), Campus Circle (Los Angeles), Broughton Quarterly, azcentral.com and many other publications.

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Kevin can be reached at travelkevin@antimusic.com

Kevin won a Bronze Award in the North American Travel Journalists Association 2011 Travel Writing Competition for his article Behind Closed Doors, about the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway in Palm Springs, CA, published in Broughton Quarterly in summer 2011.

Kevin's articles here at antiMusic



RockPile: Aussie Edition Gday mate! This special edition of RockPile listens to recent releases by artists from Australia. The genres here are as disparate as the vast Australian landscape Read the full Aussie Edition review

The Champs featuring Dave Burgess – Tequila Party There are lots of fun party songs but none of them create as much excitement and guaranteed listener participation as Tequila, the late 1950s hit single by the Champs Read the full The Champs featuring Dave Burgess – Tequila Party review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Health Edition Part 2 We recommend four more products that will help you stay healthy during your travels, and even if youre staying at home and doing your traveling by armchair. Read the full Health Edition Part 2 review

Sites and Sounds: 12 Days of the Beatles Youve heard of the 12 Days of Christmas, but do you know about the 12 Days of the Beatles? Read the full 12 Days of the Beatles review

Yes - The Royal Affair Tour: Live from Las Vegas There is no dispute that English rock band Yes are the godfathers of prog rock, and in 2019 the band celebrated their longevity by putting together The Royal Affair Tour Read the full Yes - The Royal Affair Tour: Live from Las Vegas review

Ghoste - Ghoste Ghoste is a New York City singer/songwriter and this is her debut album. Well, her debut as Ghoste (the e is silent) anyway- she has previously released several albums and an EP under her real name, Jenny Bruce. Read the full Ghoste - Ghoste review

Sites and Sounds: Ragas Live Festival 2020 Touring and live music events remain on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic but many promoters are finding a way to present quality live music online. Read the full Ragas Live Festival 2020 review

Sites and Sounds: Finland's Tuska Utopia Tuska Utopia is a 3-episode series of rock concerts, each of which will take place at a very scenic spot in Finland. Read the full Finland's Tuska Utopia review

5 Star: Professor and the Madman - Seance How in the world does a band produce an album this good? Since the album is called Seance, is the band perhaps getting a little help from the other side? Read the full Professor and the Madman - Seance review

Quick Flicks: Bay Area Godfathers This film directed by Bob Nalbandian tells the story of how the San Francisco Bay Area metal scene coalesced and flourished in its early days Read the full Bay Area Godfathers review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Puerto Penasco, Mexico The Mexican resort town of Puerto Penasco, Sonora has long been a favorite of residents of Arizona. Read the full Puerto Penasco, Mexico review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Health Edition, Part 1 The importance of staying healthy while traveling has never been more urgent than it is today Read the full Health Edition, Part 1 review

Joe Bonamassa - Royal Tea Bonamassas new album is called Royal Tea for a couple of reasons, he was inspired by how Britains Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the royal life, and he also fulfilled a long-held desire to record in Londons famed Abbey Road Read the full Joe Bonamassa - Royal Tea review

The Blues: Duke Robillard- Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters- Sugar Ray and the Bluetones Hot new blues releases from The Duke Robillard Band, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones featuring Little Charlie Read the full Duke Robillard- Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters- Sugar Ray and the Bluetones review

Quick Flicks: Beyond Barricades: The Story of Anti-Flag With more than 20-years of band history to cover, the documentarys director Jon Nix had his work cut out for him. Telling the story in their own words are each band member along with friends and associates Read the full Beyond Barricades: The Story of Anti-Flag review

On The Record: Happy 5th Anniversary Vinyl Moon Records! As one of the most exciting record labels on the planet, Vinyl Moon Records has been creating fun for vinyl lovers for five years now. Read the full Happy 5th Anniversary Vinyl Moon Records! review

5-Star: Blue Oyster Cult - The Symbol Remains With The Symbol Remains, Blue Oyster Cult has set the bar incredibly high for classic rock bands that think they can still cut the mustard. Read the full 5-Star: Blue Oyster Cult - The Symbol Remains review

Battle of the Band: The Allman Brothers Band Two live recordings from the Allman Brothers Band battle it out, one of which features Duane Allman. Read the full Battle of the Band: The Allman Brothers Band review

Root 66: Rachel Brooke - The Loneliness in Me Rachel Brooke is on the fast track to becoming the latest Americana darling, which is a bit ironic considering that she eschews fads Read the full Rachel Brooke - The Loneliness in Me review

Root 66: Bonnie Whitmore - Last Will & Testament Last Will & Testament teeters delightfully on the edge of folkie singer/songwriter and pop and will likely find lots of fans of each genre. Read the full Bonnie Whitmore - Last Will & Testament review

Rock Reads: America's First Female Serial Killer Toppans story is getting around these days, she even got a shout-out from an ambitious (fictional) fellow female psycho in a recent Lifetime movie. Read the full Rock Reads: America's First Female Serial Killer review

Think Pink! (For Breast Cancer Awareness Month) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and by now youve probably seen lots of people wearing pink ribbons and other pink items to draw attention to the fight against breast cancer. Read the full Think Pink! (For Breast Cancer Awareness Month) review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Desert Ranch Experience by Camel Safari The folks at Desert Ranch Experience by Camel Safari, near Las Vegas, will introduce you to real, friendly camels and you wont have to walk a mile. Read the full Desert Ranch Experience by Camel Safari review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: London Earbuds- Sprayzee and more If youre someone who has got to have tunes when you travel, here we tell you all about some sweet new earphones thatll keep you rocking effortlessly out on the road plus more! Read the full London Earbuds- Sprayzee and more review

Hot In The City: Concerts in Your Car There are still two ways to enjoy live music: you can catch bands and individual artists performing virtually online, or attend a Concert in Your Car. Read the full Concerts in Your Car review

Quick Flicks: Queen + Adam Lambert - Live Around the World (DVD + CD, Blu-ray + CD) This film is a great keepsake for those who were at any of the shows, and a real treat for fans who thought they missed out. Read the full Queen + Adam Lambert - Live Around the World (DVD + CD, Blu-ray + CD) review

Root 66: Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt- More For this edition of Root 66 Kevin takes a listen to new releases from Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt, Pete Kronowitt, John Pops Dennie and Tom Sless Read the full Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt- More review

On The Record: Orchestra Baobab- Ethan Daniel Davidson Our spotlight on vinyl spins hot new wax from African band Orchestra Baobab and folk singer Ethan Daniel Davidson. Read the full Orchestra Baobab- Ethan Daniel Davidson review

Stray Cats - Rocked This Town: From LA to London As the album title indicates, the generous 23-track set presented here was recorded at various stops along the tour route. Read the full Stray Cats - Rocked This Town: From LA to London review

Root 66: Gasoline Lollipops- Cary Morin- Fireside Collective- Heathcote Hill For this edition of Root 66 Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to new releases from Gasoline Lollipops, Cary Morin, Fireside Collective, and Heathcote Hill Read the full Gasoline Lollipops- Cary Morin- Fireside Collective- Heathcote Hill review

David Clayton-Thomas - Say Somethin' Clayton-Thomas had great success with Blood Sweat & Tears in the late 60s. While many fans may have forgotten about him, the star has continued to put out solo albums Read the full David Clayton-Thomas - Say Somethin' review

Sites and Sounds: Titanic Museum Branson Has Elvis's Gold Watch Elvis is in the building! Well, sort of. Currently on display at the Titanic Museum is a gold watch previously owned and worn by Elvis Presley. Read the full Titanic Museum Branson Has Elvis's Gold Watch review

Dokken - The Lost Songs 1978-1981 Maybe not for everyone, but ardent fans and Dokken completists will not be disappointed. Read the full Dokken - The Lost Songs 1978-1981 review

The Blues: William Shatner - The Blues Every time Shatner puts out an Album he focuses on a different genre and on this, his eighth music release, he delves into the blues, a music that has been dear to him for much of his Read the full William Shatner - The Blues review

Reggae Party: A Reggae Session- Wailing Souls- The Skints Our Reggae Party begins with a look at a star-stacked film from 32-years ago, featuring Toots Hibbert and many others. Read the full Reggae Party: A Reggae Session- Wailing Souls- The Skints review

PaMu Quiet Earphones PaMu professional audio gear from Padmate is one of our favorites and they have a brand near item out for us to tell you about, PaMu Quiet. Read the full PaMu Quiet Earphones review

Headcat 13 - Headcat 13 Rockabilly fans likely remember The Head Cat, a trio that featured Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, and rockabilly mainstay Danny B. Harvey Read the full Headcat 13 - Headcat 13 review

The Loft Club - Dreaming The Impossible The effort begins with the title cut, a lush and somewhat understated mid-tempo rocker that sounds like a mash up of the Verve and Poco. Read the full The Loft Club - Dreaming The Impossible review

Powerman 5000 - The Noble Rot Powerman 5000 singer Spider One has stated that he may have channeled Peter Murphy with his vocals on this album, and that is evident from the efforts first track Read the full Powerman 5000 - The Noble Rot review

Battle of the Band: Fernando Perdomo This time out we feature three releases from prog guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo. Read the full Battle of the Band: Fernando Perdomo review

Savoy Brown - Ain't Done Yet Still going strong after 55-years and more than 40 albums and with founding member Kim Simmonds on board on guitar and vocals, it is right on the mark for this record to be titled Aint Done Yet. Read the full Savoy Brown - Ain't Done Yet review

Quick Flicks: The Center of Nowhere (The Spirit and Sounds of Springfield, Missouri) If youve ever passed through the small city of Springfield, Missouri, on historic Route 66 or otherwise, you probably didnt give any thought to the bergs music history. Read the full The Center of Nowhere (The Spirit and Sounds of Springfield, Missouri) review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Should your travels take you to Alabama, heres how to find some of the states most interesting eats. Read the full 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama review

Jack Russell's Great White – Once Bitten Acoustic Bytes This album features new recordings but it has the band looking back to 1987 as they revisit their smash hit album Once Bitten. Read the full Jack Russell's Great White – Once Bitten Acoustic Bytes review

RockPile: Neal Smith, Shadow & the Thrill, Limousine Beach and Vicious Rooster For this edition of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to new releases from Alice Cooper legend Neal Smith, Shadow & the Thrill (Great White), Limousine Beach and Vicious Rooster Read the full Neal Smith, Shadow & the Thrill, Limousine Beach and Vicious Rooster review

The Georgia Thunderbolts - The Georgia Thunderbolts EP One listen to the slide guitar and harmony vocal filled Southern rock of opening cut Looking for an Old Friend and Skynyrd fans will be hooked Read the full The Georgia Thunderbolts - The Georgia Thunderbolts EP review

Laura Wilde - Charmed + Dangerous While Wilde is definitely a guitar goddess (think Lita Ford) this album shows how well-rounded her talents are Read the full Laura Wilde - Charmed + Dangerous review

On The Record: Hall & Oates, Triumph, Daniel Johnston, and Social Distortion Our spotlight on vinyl spins recent releases from Hall & Oates, Triumph, Daniel Johnston, and Social Distortion. Read the full Hall & Oates, Triumph, Daniel Johnston, and Social Distortion review

Sites and Sounds: Texas Country At Sea The dates for the inaugural Rock the Coast Texas Country at Sea cruise have been announced! Read the full Texas Country At Sea review

Sites and Sounds: Slaughterhouse 5 Opera Set For September Premiere Fans of the late American author Kurt Vonnegut have a special reason to travel to Dresden, Germany this fall Read the full Slaughterhouse 5 Opera Set For September Premiere review

The Blues: Albert Castiglia - Wild and Free Castiglias fans are always anxious to see him perform live and now those whove never had the chance can enjoy the next best thing Read the full Albert Castiglia - Wild and Free review

Daddy1 - 1 Bro Gad This debut E.P. from Daddy1, a very popular Jamaican DJ and dancehall musician, has been anxiously awaited and with one listen you can hear why Read the full Daddy1 - 1 Bro Gad review

RockPile: Gang of Four- Half Past Two - Venus Furs Get ready to rock as Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new releases from Gang of Four, Half Past Two , and Venus Furs Read the full Gang of Four- Half Past Two - Venus Furs review

Static-X - Project Regeneration Volume 1 When Static-X vocalist Wayne Static passed away in 2014 he left lots of unfinished songs and vocal tracks behind. Read the full Static-X - Project Regeneration Volume 1 review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Road Trip Gear Part 1 Now that summer is here, road trip season has begun in earnest. Weve got so many items thatll make your road trip adventure easier and more fun to tell you about that weve had to break the list in two! Lets get started! Read the full Road Trip Gear Part 1 review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Road Trip Gear Edition, Part 2 As promised, we tell you here about more items that you might want to have on hand for your summer road tripping. And since road tripping takes a lot of energy, we start off by biting into some protein bars thatll youll love! Read the full Road Trip Gear Edition, Part 2 review

Rock Reads: 'Run-Out Groove: Inside Capitol's 1980s Hits & Stiffs' by Dave Morrell With a lengthy career as a promotion man for various major record labels behind him, this book, the fourth in his archives series Read the full Rock Reads: 'Run-Out Groove: Inside Capitol's 1980s Hits & Stiffs' by Dave Morrell review

RockPile: Southern Rock Edition - Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Bros, Molly Hatchet, Marshall Tucker Band We listen to recently-released live albums from Southern rock stalwarts Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band and Molly Hatchet. Read the full Southern Rock Edition - Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Bros, Molly Hatchet, Marshall Tucker Band review

RockPile: Danielia Cotton, the Jackets And More Rock Pile checks out Danielia Cotton, the Jackets, Tommy and the Commies and Hastings Street Opera. Read the full Danielia Cotton, the Jackets And More review

Reggae Party We listened to some recent reggae releases from Richie Spice, Clay G, Jah Sun, Dre Island and Lila Ike, and now were feeling irie! Have fun at our reggae party! Read the full Reggae Party review

Father's Day Gift Guide Youre not planning on getting dear old dad a tie for Fathers Day, are you? While snazzy new neckwear might be appreciated, here are our suggestions for some items dad would likely much rather have Read the full Father's Day Gift Guide review

Mallavora - The Paradise EP it is the stated goal of British four-piece Mallavora to bring heavy rock music to the youth of the world, and their four-track debut The Paradise EP is a pretty good start Read the full Mallavora - The Paradise EP review

The Walk-A-Bout - 20/20 20/20 offers fans a chance to take a journey to discover more about this group that has already placed records on the Alternative Rock Singles chart and the Roots Music Radio Report. Read the full The Walk-A-Bout - 20/20 review

McStine & Minnemann While both of these artists are well established in their own right, this is the first collaborative release from Randy McStine and Marco Minnemann Read the full McStine & Minnemann review

David Cross & Peter Banks - Crossover This album by King Crimson alum Cross and Banks, the late founding member of Yes (and the man who gave that group its name) came to fruition in an unusual way. Read the full David Cross & Peter Banks - Crossover review

The Burrito Brothers - The Notorious Burrito Brothers Longtime fans will find this album quite satisfying, and newbies will, as they go back and listen to the bands catalog, hear the connections to all the great Burrito Brothers music that came before.
Read the full The Burrito Brothers - The Notorious Burrito Brothers review

Root 66: Patsy Thompson - Fabulous Day Its been a while since Thompson, who has released numerous albums and held down tour opening slots with the likes of Willie Nelson and Clint Black, has put out an album. Read the full Patsy Thompson - Fabulous Day review

Root 66: The Harmed Brothers - Across the Waves A handful of albums down the road they are backed by a band that allows for a fuller sound as they explore indie rock (the Gin Blossoms-ish Skyline Over) and Americana (the no-place-like-home sentiment of River Town.) Read the full The Harmed Brothers - Across the Waves review

Root 66: Nate Lee - Wings of a Jetliner Lee is an International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning mandolin player and singer and he gets right to it with the mandolin on opening cut Wonderbat Read the full Nate Lee - Wings of a Jetliner review

Root 66: Chicago Farmer - Flyover Country Singer and acoustic guitarist Cody Diekhoff is Chicago Farmer but Flyover Country is not the work of just one man; Diekhoff is joined here by the five-member Band of Heathens along with a couple of guest vocalists. Read the full Chicago Farmer - Flyover Country review

Trad.Attack! - Make Your Move This album is very cool in more ways than one. What the three piece Estonian band has done is take traditional Estonian folk music and rock it up pretty good. Read the full Trad.Attack! - Make Your Move review

Dennis DeYoung - 26 East: Volume 1 DeYoung has released his sixth solo album, the title of which refers to the address of DeYoungs one-time residence on Chicagos south side Read the full Dennis DeYoung - 26 East: Volume 1 review

Iron City Houserockers - Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive) For those unfamiliar with this beloved band, their sound is a melodic, hard rocking sort of blue collar rock Read the full Iron City Houserockers - Have a Good Time (But Get Out Alive) review

Doug 'Cosmo' Clifford - Magic Window Doug Cosmo Clifford was a founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and has kept active for the past 25-years with Creedence Clearwater Revisited Read the full Doug 'Cosmo' Clifford - Magic Window review

F8TLSTK - Above and Beyond Previously known as Joe Rainbow while he was in the Boston band the Destroyed, F8TLSTK is the latest stage name from J.D. Jackson. Read the full F8TLSTK - Above and Beyond review

Road Trip: Fulton, Missouri - Big Fun in a Small Town When it comes to heartland cities that punch above their weight, Fulton, Missouri is one of the most impressive. Read the full Fulton, Missouri - Big Fun in a Small Town Road Trip

Jon Hassell - Vernal Equinox This is a reissue of Hassells widely-acclaimed first commercially available release. The 1977 effort is available here on CD for the first time in 30-years. Read the full Jon Hassell - Vernal Equinox review

Mother's Day Gift Guide While we know youve got it covered with gifts of jewelry, flowers and candy for mom, we thought you could use a few ideas on practical gifts Read the full Mother's Day Gift Guide review

The Claudettes - High Times in the Dark Drawing from many genres, the Claudettes do indeed offer up high times here on this nice set of rootsy pop. Read the full The Claudettes - High Times in the Dark review

Missing Persons - Dreaming Quirky vocalist Dale Bozzio continues to front an iteration of Missing Persons that can still bring the thrills and chills Read the full Missing Persons - Dreaming review

Sites and Sounds: Taste of the South Edition With travel limited right now, were telling you how to enjoy a taste of the American southland without leaving the comfort of your home. Dig in! Read the full Taste of the South Edition review

David Hasselhoff - Open Your Eyes For most American fans, knowledge of The Hoffs career is limited to the roles he played on TV shows Knight Rider and Baywatch. Read the full David Hasselhoff - Open Your Eyes review

Sass Jordan - Rebel Moon Blues Jordan delves fully into the blues with this eight-song set featuring a well-chosen set of covers along with one original cut Read the full Sass Jordan - Rebel Moon Blues review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Spring 2020 Travel Products Edition Its true we cant travel right now, but in this edition of our Travel News column we look at products youll want to go ahead and get on hand for your next trip, whenever that may be Read the full Spring 2020 Travel Products Edition review

Box Sets: African Head Charge - Drumming is a Language 1990-2011 The On-U Sound record label has been reissuing the music of African Head Charge and what a boon thats been for fans of the duos impressive and extensive body of work. Read the full African Head Charge - Drumming is a Language 1990-2011 review

Rose Tattoo - Outlaws This long-running Aussie outfit goes back to their roots here with Outlaws, a re-recording of their 1978 debut record Rock n Roll Outlaw. Read the full Rose Tattoo - Outlaws review

Great White - Stage Out of print for a long time now, Great White fans will welcome this reissue of the bands mid-90s live effort, presented here on two CDs Read the full Great White - Stage review

Jah9 - Note to Self Jah9 is not an artist to be pigeonholed- her musical vision takes the listener to places where the possibilities are as limitless as the ether they live in. Read the full Jah9 - Note to Self review

Passport: St. Patrick's Day Edition For this special St. Patricks Day Edition of Passport Kevin takes a listen to a new Celtic music collection from Putumayo and the latest from the much-revered violist Eileen Ivers. Read the full St. Patrick's Day Edition review

Salute to International Women's Day: Holly Near, Sweet Lizzy Project and more In honor of March 8 being International Womens Day, today we take a listen to some of our favorite recently-released titles by women and woman-fronted groups Read the full Salute to International Women's Day: Holly Near, Sweet Lizzy Project and more review

RockPile: Don Dokken- Dante Fox- Thor- More Kevin Wierzbicki gives new releases from Don Dokken, Dante Fox (aka Great White), Thor and more a spin. Read the full Don Dokken- Dante Fox- Thor- More review

Root 66: Tami Neilson- Robert Vincent- Jeremy Garrett and Sideline We listen to new releases from Tami Neilson, Robert Vincent, Jeremy Garrett and Sideline. Read the full Tami Neilson- Robert Vincent- Jeremy Garrett and Sideline review

On The Record: Ibrahim Ferrer and Radio Tarifa Our vinyl spotlight listens to two new reissues from the reactivated World Circuit label, from Radio Tarifa and vaunted Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer. Read the full Ibrahim Ferrer and Radio Tarifa review

Live: Cirque du Soleil's OVO It was a display of magic and mirth and incredible athleticism as Cirque du Soleil brought their OVO show to the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix Read the full Cirque du Soleil's OVO review

Sites and Sounds: True/False Film Fest Its once again time to have fun with films at the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri! Heres our preview reel. Read the full True/False Film Fest review

Road Trip: Cayamo 2020 Wraps Up With Gospel Show and a Wedding The last full day of this year's Cayamo cruise was topped off with a special gospel show. And a wedding! Read the full Cayamo 2020 Wraps Up With Gospel Show and a Wedding Road Trip

Road Trip: Cayamo 2020 Finds Many Performers On Maiden Voyage The fact that this year's sailing of the Cayamo cruise was the 13th edition of the festival tells you something about how beloved the event is Read the full Cayamo 2020 Finds Many Performers On Maiden Voyage Road Trip

Hot In The City: Shen Yun, OVO from Cirque Du Soleil- more Our look at entertainment opportunities in Phoenix and throughout Arizona steps away from concerts this time out to tell you about some fabulous shows you wont want to miss Read the full Shen Yun, OVO from Cirque Du Soleil- more review

Hot In The City: Wishbone Ash And More Heres a look at some of the great concerts coming to the Phoenix area, including a show by the legendary English rock band Wishbone Ash. Read the full Wishbone Ash And More review

Smoke Fairies - Darkness Brings the Wonders Home Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire are Smoke Fairies, and this release, the duos sixth overall, is their first in four years Read the full Smoke Fairies - Darkness Brings the Wonders Home review

Kat Edmonson - Dreamers Do Heres an interesting concept album from jazz vocalist Edmonson, all about the things that might be experienced from the moment your head hits the pillow until you greet the next morning. Read the full Kat Edmonson - Dreamers Do review

Road Trip: Cayamo Ashore - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands Cayamo's first port of call this time out was St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands (USVI). Read the full Cayamo Ashore - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands Road Trip

Road Trip: Cayamo Breakout Artist Madison Cunningham The Cayamo music cruise is known for presenting a stellar line-up. This year one of the stars in-the-making that shone the brightest was Madison Cunningham. Read the full Cayamo Breakout Artist Madison Cunningham Road Trip

Road Trip: Americana at Sea - The Cayamo Cruise Begins The 13th annual Cayamo cruise got underway Feb. 3 as the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Pearl sailed from Miami with a boatload of music lovers aboard Read the full Americana at Sea - The Cayamo Cruise Begins Road Trip

On The Record: Spotlight on World Circuit Records Heres great news for fans of global music! BMG has made a deal with World Circuit Records to begin reissuing the labels awesome catalog on vinyl Read the full Spotlight on World Circuit Records review

Puddle of Mudd - Welcome to Galvania This new Puddle of Mudd release is their first full-length since 2009s Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love and Hate, but dont think for a second that the guys have lost their punch over the past decade Read the full Puddle of Mudd - Welcome to Galvania review

Road Trip: Ghosts with the Most - The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR If you were a ghost in need of a place to live, you couldn't do much better than the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas Read the full Ghosts with the Most - The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR Road Trip

Travel News, Trips and Tips: January 2020 Its never fun to be stressed out and certainly stress can ruin a vacation or any type of travel or activity thats meant to be fun. Now theres an easy-to-use device from TouchPoint Solutions that can help. Read the full January 2020 review

Quick Flicks: Days of Rage: The Rolling Stones' Road to Altamont Those who think they know all about Altamont will likely be surprised by some of the revelations here; at the very least a screening of Days of Rage will give viewers a deeper understanding of what happened. Read the full Days of Rage: The Rolling Stones' Road to Altamont review

The Blues: Spotlight on Gulf Coast Records Gulf Coast Records is owned by blues rock guitarist Mike Zito and hes released some great titles on the imprint lately. Here we salute the labels latest releases from Jimmy Carpenter, Diana Rein and Billy Price. Read the full Spotlight on Gulf Coast Records review

The Blues: Big Mike & the R&B Kings and more New blues releases from Big Mike & the R&B Kings, Will Jacobs & Marcos Coll, Mary Lane and Mark Hummel. Read the full Big Mike & the R&B Kings and more review

Live: Johnny A Rocks Phoenix The Music Theater at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix was sold out for the Johnny A concert on Jan. 11, and Johnny did not disappoint Read the full Johnny A Rocks Phoenix review

Sites and Sounds: Cayamo Cruise Its the lucky 13th sailing of the Cayamo Cruise! Well, lucky for sure for fans of Americana music as the cruise presents dozens of roots music performers during a jaunt through the Caribbean. Read the full Cayamo Cruise review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Styx The intimate theater in-the-round, with its unique rotating stage, is one of Styxs all-time favorite venues and they chose Celebrity Theatre for a two-night stand to open their 2020 tour. Read the full Styx review

Sites and Sounds: The Clash: London Calling at The Museum of London The Museum of London currently has a free exhibit that celebrates the making of the seminal album by the Clash, London Calling Read the full The Clash: London Calling at The Museum of London review

Doctor Pheabes - Army of the Sun Whether Army of the Sun is the bands big break stateside or not, it certainly will go a long way towards establishing an American fan base. Read the full Doctor Pheabes - Army of the Sun review

The Kinks - Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire 50th Anniversary Edition Long considered one of the greatest masterpieces from the mind of Kinks front man and songwriter Ray Davies Read the full The Kinks - Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire 50th Anniversary Edition review

Santa's Jukebox: Rob Halford, A Prog Rock Christmas, more Guess whos wearing a Santa cap in this edition of Santas Jukebox? None other than the metal god himself, Rob Halford! We listen to Robs new album Celestial and other fun holiday releases. Read the full Rob Halford, A Prog Rock Christmas, more review

Holiday Gift Guide: Box Sets - Ozzy Osbourne, Freddie Mercury and more If music is on your wish list and youre hoping to receive a fancy box set, youre in luck. Were going to tell you right here just exactly whats in a bunch of this seasons most-wanted box sets. Read the full Box Sets - Ozzy Osbourne, Freddie Mercury and more review

Holiday Gift Guide: Box Sets - Jethro Tull Rhino Records has been re-releasing the albums of Jethro Tull for a while now, each in an expanded edition with the original album remixed by prog studio wizard Steven Wilson and with lots of additional music Read the full Box Sets - Jethro Tull review

Holiday Gift Guide: Box Sets - Jimi Hendrix, Chris Cornell and more Theres no need to shake it or tear the wrapping paper a bit so you can peek inside. If youre hoping to find one of these awesome box sets under the tree, heres a rundown of exactly what youll find inside the box. Read the full Box Sets - Jimi Hendrix, Chris Cornell and more review

Holiday Gift Guide: Quick Flicks Gifts You know about all the blockbuster releases, right? So for our Holiday Gift Guide suggestions weve picked out some of our favorite recent releases that you may not be aware of. All you need now is the popcorn! Read the full Quick Flicks Gifts review

The Blues: Joe Bonamassa - Live at the Sydney Opera House Bonamassa and company put on one heck of a live show here for Australian fans and as the Sydney contingent might have said as they left the opera house, Good on ya! Read the full Joe Bonamassa - Live at the Sydney Opera House review

Holiday Gift Guide: Metallica Watch and More Have you ever asked someone what time it is and gotten the wisecrack response, Time for you to buy a watch? It is definitely time to take that advice if you have a Metallica fan on your list Read the full Metallica Watch and More review

Sites and Sounds: Paul Winter's 40th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration It makes sense that jazz man Paul Winter would be interested in celebrating the winter solstice. And boy does he have something great in mind! Heres our preview. Read the full Paul WinterÂ’s 40th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration review

Holiday Gift Guide: Travel Edition We have some great gift ideas for those on your list who like to travel, check out our suggestions for gear, guides and gadgets, and very importantly, something for the aching travel-weary body. Read the full Travel Edition review

Ronnie Wood With His Wild Five - Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry Whether crying the blues on Blue Feeling or rocking out on Johnny B Goode, Wood captures the spirit of Berry very nicely here. Read the full Ronnie Wood With His Wild Five - Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry review

Bruce Cockburn Live In Phoenix Cockburn treated the adoring crowd to a mix of brand new and recent tunes along with a selection of favorites from throughout his career. Read the full Bruce Cockburn Live In Phoenix review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Upcoming Concerts Alice Cooper, White Album and more The upcoming concerts calendar at Celebrity Theatre features Alice Cooper, all-star tribute to the Beatles White Album, Styx, Lou Gramm with Asia and more! Read the full Upcoming Concerts Alice Cooper, White Album and more review

Hot In The City: Holiday Shows at Mesa Arts Center Theres always a wide-ranging selection of shows at the Mesa Arts Center in Phoenix and the upcoming holiday season is no different Read the full Holiday Shows at Mesa Arts Center review

Sites and Sounds: Capricorn Sound Studios Rebirth Celebration Macon, Georgia has an incredible music history and a big part of it is thanks to Capricorn Sound Studios where the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels and more recorded Read the full Capricorn Sound Studios Rebirth Celebration review

The Blues: Duke Robillard Band, JD Simo, More We spin new blues releases from the Duke Robillard Band, JD Simo, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, and Tad Robinson. Read the full Duke Robillard Band, JD Simo, More review

Passport: Rachid Taha- Lucibela- Porangui This passport travels to Algerian with Rachid Taha, Cabo Verdean with Lucibela and to Arizona with Brazilian born Porangui Read the full Rachid Taha- Lucibela- Porangui review

Quiet Riot - Hollywood Cowboys Quiet Riot do continue to evolve and fans from way back should give Hollywood Cowboys a chance, likely theyll be surprised at what they hear Read the full Quiet Riot - Hollywood Cowboys review

Road Trip: Ohio's MAPS Air Museum The MAPS Air Museum is located in North Canton, Ohio, not far from another museum that celebrates something else that's distinctly American, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Read the full Ohio's MAPS Air Museum Road Trip

RockPile: Vinnie Moore - Angel - Lucifer's Friend All of the artists we feature this time out are veteran players whove been on the scene for a long time. So you know we have some good stuff here in a column that puts Angel side-by-side with Lucifers Friend! Read the full Vinnie Moore - Angel - Lucifer's Friend review

The Fluffy Jackets featuring Manny Charlton - Something from Nothing Singer and guitarist Helge Rognstad returns with another great Fluffy Jackets release, once again featuring additional guitar (and Dobro) from Manny Charlton of Nazareth Read the full The Fluffy Jackets featuring Manny Charlton - Something from Nothing review

Root 66: Lost Bayou Ramblers - Zack Walther Band - The Grascals - Chris Jones & the Night Drivers Our Americana column starts off with a 20th anniversary set from beloved Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers but theres a lot of additional good listening here Read the full Lost Bayou Ramblers - Zack Walther Band - The Grascals - Chris Jones & the Night Drivers review

Root 66: Ian & Sylvia - Wildwood Kin - Hackensaw Boys Our roots music column begins this time out with a listen to a 2-CD set from 60s folk stars Ian & Sylvia thats filled with never-before released music. Read the full Ian & Sylvia - Wildwood Kin - Hackensaw Boys review

Quick Flicks: Toto - 40 Tours Around the Sun With a set list that draws from throughout the bands four decades of existence, this film is a fantastic keepsake for those who saw Toto on their most recent tour Read the full Toto - 40 Tours Around the Sun review

Frank Zappa - Halloween 73 (Limited edition four-disc costume box set) As the album title indicates, Halloween 73 was recorded on Oct. 31, 1973, over the course of two shows at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Read the full Frank Zappa - Halloween 73 (Limited edition four-disc costume box set) review

Joe Bonamassa Live In Phoenix Working with a top notch band, Bonamassa played a generous two-hour set to an adoring packed house. Read the full Joe Bonamassa Live In Phoenix review

Haunted Hits and Terrifying Treats Did you say trick or treat? Well we heard you, and here are a few musical items that are definitely treats for you to check out this Halloween season. Read the full Haunted Hits and Terrifying Treats review

Road Trip: Silver Dollar City's Pumpkin Nights Silver Dollar City, cited as one of the Top 5 amusement parks in the United States in the USA Today Readers' Choice Awards, is an 1880s-style theme park where wholesome fun for the whole family is the order of the day. Read the full Silver Dollar City's Pumpkin Nights Road Trip

Busy Signal - Parts of the Puzzle When it comes to reggae/dancehall artist Busy Signal, you can certainly emphasize the busy. Read the full Busy Signal - Parts of the Puzzle review

RockPile: The Hollywood Stars - Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue The Rock Pile yields up a couple of interesting titles featuring vintage material as we listen to a lost album from the Hollywood Stars and a compilation from Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue. Read the full The Hollywood Stars - Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue review

Hot In The City: Rob Halford In-Store Event And More Were looking forward to some great shows that are coming up in the Phoenix metropolitan area during October, and were super excited about a special event with Rob Halford Read the full Rob Halford In-Store Event And More review

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Classic Bluegrass Show Highlights Closing Day Enjoyable things are said to be good to the last drop. In the case of the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival (RNBNBBQ), the sentiment applies but the adage can be skewed a little bit to good to the last note, good to the last bite. Read the full Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Classic Bluegrass Show Highlights Closing Day review

Live: Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly Rock 'n' Roll Dream Tour Modern day technology and hit music from the 50s and 60s converged Oct. 4 in Mesa, Arizona as the Rock n Roll Dream Tour featuring Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly came to town. Read the full Live: Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly Rock 'n' Roll Dream Tour review

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Second Day Gets Cooking It was hard to miss the giant sign that proclaimed Bacon on a Stick, and folks attending the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival lined up to purchase pieces of the delicious brown sugar-coated treat. Read the full Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Second Day Gets Cooking review

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: A Weekend of Music and Munchies Begins in Columbia, MO Columbias Stephens Lake Park and the green belt was packed with fans who came to see nearly 30 acts perform over the course of the long weekend. Read the full Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: A Weekend of Music and Munchies Begins in Columbia, MO review

Road Trip: The National Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO Founded in 1969, the National Churchill Museum, located on the campus of Westminster College, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Read the full The National Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO Road Trip

Irvine Global Village Festival This time out were not reviewing new world music releases- instead were telling you all about where to enjoy live global music, food, fun and culture. Its the Irvine Global Village Festival! Read the full Irvine Global Village Festival review

Hot Club of Cowtown - Wild Kingdom Woo boy is it getting hot in Cowtown! This Austin-based trio shows their influences from the get-go with the Western swing of My Candy, a cut that is indeed sweet Read the full Hot Club of Cowtown - Wild Kingdom review

On The Record: Paul McCartney Its the vinyl motherlode for fans of Paul McCartney! Four live albums from Maccas back catalog have been rereleased Read the full Paul McCartney review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Toto Toto brought their 40 Trips Around the Sun tour to Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix Sept. 21 and wowed the crowd with a two-hour set Read the full Toto review

KANSAS Live In Arizona Dust in the Wind hit makers KANSAS performed Sept. 19 in the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center in suburban Mesa Read the full KANSAS Live In Arizona review

David Crosby & Friends Live To some the mention of the name David Crosby conjures images of the singers sometimes troubled past. Those who came to Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix to see him perform, came to honor the masterful musician. Read the full review

Sites and Sounds: Motown 60 Weekend If youre a fan of the Motown Sound youll want to make sure youre in Detroit to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Motown Records. Read the full Motown 60 Weekend review

Pat Travers - Swing! It is always interesting to see what direction rockers go in when they reach their golden years. Read the full Pat Travers - Swing! review

Greg Laswell - Covers II Laswell is once again paying tribute to some of the songs and players that have influenced him along the way. Read the full Greg Laswell - Covers II review

Sites and Sounds: Kona Kai Resort & Spa 60th Anniversary Package Ready to party like its 1959? You can do that in style at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego where theyre offering a special 60th anniversary package Read the full Kona Kai Resort & Spa 60th Anniversary Package review

Brian Wilson and the Zombies' Something Great From '68 Tour The Something Great from 68 tour starring Brian Wilson and his band along with opening act the Zombies made its way to Comerica Theatre Read the full Brian Wilson and the Zombies' Something Great From '68 Tour review

Road Trip: Joe Bonamassa's Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean Cruise The Mediterranean edition of Joe's Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea series of cruises took place Aug. 16-21, 2019 and it was such a phenomenal good time that 2020's cruise is already in the works Read the full Joe Bonamassa's Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean Cruise Road Trip

John Nemeth Live On Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Cruise Memphis blues man John Nemeth and his band the Blue Dreamers played a special a.m. acoustic show in the ships Atrium Bar area Read the full John Nemeth Live On Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Cruise review

Peter Frampton Live On Keeping the Blues Alive Mediterranean Cruise The crowd that had gathered to hear Peter Frampton perform Aug. 18 during Joe Bonamassas Keeping the Blues Alive: Mediterranean cruise aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Pearl knew that something special was about to happen. Read the full Peter Frampton Live On Keeping the Blues Alive Mediterranean Cruise review

Sites and Sounds: Red Bull 'Dance Your Style' U.S. Finals The Red Bull Dance Your Style U.S. Finals are set to take place in Las Vegas on Sept. 28. Heres a look at whatll be going on and whats at stake for the competitors. Read the full Red Bull 'Dance Your Style' U.S. Finals review

Hot In The City: Hot Late Summer Concerts This time out were taking a look at the torrid upcoming concert lineup in the Phoenix area- its so hot you might burst into flames just reading it! Read the full Hot Late Summer Concerts review

On The Record: Parliament- Anthony Rogers Our spotlight on vinyl features two reissues from Parliament, the legendary masters of funk led by George Clinton, and a new effort from avant-garde pop music artist Anthony Rogers. Lets get em spinning! Read the full Parliament- Anthony Rogers review

Quick Flicks: Bachman Bachman is a nice documentary about the professional life of Canadian musician Randy Bachman, famed for his contributions to rock music as a member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Read the full Bachman review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Special Haunted Edition Boo! Well, we probably didnt scare you with that. But you might get a hair-raising thrill from visiting some of the haunted locations were going to tell you about here Read the full Special Haunted Edition review

Passport: Musa Mboob & Xam Xam - The Gambia Sessions Our focus on global music listens to new music from the West African nation of Gambia by Musa Mboob & Xam Xam Read the full Musa Mboob & Xam Xam - The Gambia Sessions review

Sites and Sounds: Louisville Rocks! Edition Louisville, Kentucky is going to be the epicenter of music festival fun this September as three huge events are going to keep the city rocking including Guns N Roses Read the full Louisville Rocks! Edition review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Live from Celebrity Theatre: Upcoming Shows From Ringo, Jeff Beck, Toto and More The stars are coming out and coming to Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix where a stellar lineup of shows is on tap for the remainder of the summer and into autumn Read the full Live from Celebrity Theatre: Upcoming Shows From Ringo, Jeff Beck, Toto and More review

RockPile: Alliance- Thor- TANK- Hickoids Alliance returns with Fire & Grace, Thor brings the hammer down, TANK reblasts some oldies and the Hickoids finally have a live one. Read the full Alliance- Thor- TANK- Hickoids review

Get To Know... Get to Know: Neil Ratner MD 'The Rock Doc' The bulk of the book details how Dr. Neil Ratner became one of Michael Jacksons most trusted confidantes and good friends Read the full Get to Know: Neil Ratner MD 'The Rock Doc' review

Road Trip: Some Like it Hot: Pucker Butt Pepper Company If you happen to be on Main Street in Fort Mill, South Carolina and see some folks walking around with a glazed look on their face and smoke coming out of their ears, relax, you haven't entered the Twilight Zone Read the full Some Like it Hot: Pucker Butt Pepper Company Road Trip

Box Sets: Frank Zappa - Zappa in New York Deluxe Like so many releases from the classic rock era, Frank Zappas live album Zappa in New York hit a significant milestone in 2018 as it reached its 40th anniversary. Read the full Frank Zappa - Zappa in New York Deluxe review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: 2019 Gadget Edition Featuring in our column this time: something for music fans, a valuable device for outdoor explorers and an oral health tool that should be in your overnight bag. Read the full 2019 Gadget Edition review

Yes, John Lodge, Asia, Carl Palmer Live On The Royal Affair Tour Youve got to see the show, its a dynamo! Those words, heard during the first song presented during The Royal Affair Tour at Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix on July 24, certainly rang true. Read the full Yes, John Lodge, Asia, Carl Palmer Live On The Royal Affair Tour review

The Blues: Zac Harmon, the Texas Horns and Blue Moon Marquee Got the blues? Dont worry, youre going to feel just fine after listening to new blues releases from Zac Harmon, the Texas Horns and Blue Moon Marquee Read the full Zac Harmon, the Texas Horns and Blue Moon Marquee review

Get To Know... Adam Holt Adam Holt is a guitarist but he started out playing trumpet, so its no surprise that the title of his new album, Kind of Blues, is an homage to one of the greatest trumpet players of all time Read the full Adam Holt review

The International Brotherhood of Magicians Gala Magic Show Pick a card, any card! Theres no telling how many times that phrase was uttered at as the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) held their 2019 convention Read the full The International Brotherhood of Magicians Gala Magic Show review

Stray Cats - 40 The Stray Cats are back and strutting down the alley once again! In honor of the bands 40th anniversary, the trio have reunited and cut their first new album in 26-years, appropriately titled 40. Read the full Stray Cats - 40 review

Festival d'ete de Quebec: A Night of Legends The Bell Stage hosted Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Jason Bonhams Led Zeppelin Evening and Lynyrd Skynyrd, who are in the midst of their farewell tour. Read the full Festival d'ete de Quebec: A Night of Legends review

Sites and Sounds: Genre Themed Music Cruise Edition This time out we go to sea with the Country Music Cruise, the Soul Train Cruise and the Ultimate Disco Cruise. Read the full Genre Themed Music Cruise Edition review

RockPile: Gary Wilson- Ape Shifter- J.D. Jackson The latest rock pile takes a listen to Gary Wilsons The King of Endicott, Ape Shifters Ape Shifter II, and J.D. Jacksons Hello This Way Read the full Gary Wilson- Ape Shifter- J.D. Jackson review

Festival d'ete de Quebec: FEQ Award Winners Perform For Free The Festival dete de Quebec (FEQ) is in full swing! Having begun on July 4, Quebec Citys massive 11-day music festival continues through July 14. Read the full Festival d'ete de Quebec: FEQ Award Winners Perform For Free review

Festival d'ete de Quebec: Opening night flies high with A Flock of Seagulls The Festival dete de Quebec (FEQ), taking place this year from July 4 through July 14 on multiple stages in the historic old town portion of Quebec City, got off to a flying start Read the full Festival d'ete de Quebec: Opening night flies high with A Flock of Seagulls review

Hot In The City: International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention Our look at the entertainment scene in the Phoenix area takes a step away from music to tell you about something completely magical coming to town; the International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention! Read the full International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention review

Sites and Sounds: Fourth of July Edition There are lots of great music festivals taking place on or adjacent to the 4th of July and here we suggest some of our favorites. Read the full Fourth of July Edition review

RockPile: June 2019 Its an eclectic mix of recent releases that we preview for you this time out, including the debut release from a New York City band thats been 47-years in the making! Read the full June 2019 review

Creedence Clearwater Revisited Live In AZ Creedence Clearwater Revisited gave the 1,300 fans in attendance a hit-filled trip down memory lane, a rocking-good show to be cherished as the band is on their last-ever tour Read the full Creedence Clearwater Revisited Live In AZ review

Tab Benoit Live In Phoenix Come for the guitar and stay for the comedy? Many of the fans that attended the Tab Benoit concert at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix on June 9 had seen Benoit before, but those who had not found out during the show that the guitar slinger from Louisiana also has a keen comedic wit. Read the full Tab Benoit Live In Phoenix review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Summer Voyage Down Root 66 And More Summer will be here soon and that means its time for a road trip! And theres no more of a classic American road trip than a journey down the Mother Road, Route 66. Read the full Summer Voyage Down Root 66 And More review

On The Record: Father's Day Edition In honor of Fathers Day, our spotlight on vinyl spins the new release from Dad Brains, and of course we wouldnt want mom to feel left out, so we also listen to the new one from the Ramoms Read the full Father's Day Edition review

Foreigner Live In AZ Classic rock hit makers Foreigner performed at the Talking Stick Resort & Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona and they did indeed bring the hits to a sold out crowd Read the full Foreigner Live In AZ review

Psychic Medium Matt Fraser He sees dead people, and talks to them too. And the souls from the other side that showed up at Matt Frasers group reading June 2 at the DoubleTree Suites hotel in Phoenix had plenty to say Read the full Psychic Medium Matt Fraser review

Quick Flicks: Obamaland: Rise of the Trumpublikans Our film review this time out screens a visual feast for fans of silly political satire. Read the full Obamaland: Rise of the Trumpublikans review

The Darts - I Like You But Not Like That Uh oh! Its those dreaded words that no one wants to hear from a potential lover. And the Darts have some fun being a little catty on the title track of new album Read the full The Darts - I Like You But Not Like That review

Sites and Sounds: Festival d'ete de Quebec Its almost time for FEQ, the 11-day celebration of popular music that is one of the biggest festival events in Canada and one of the most-revered in all of North America Read the full Festival d'ete de Quebec review

On The Record: The Best of the Runaways For the first time in decades, a version of The Best of the Runaways is available on vinyl. Read the full The Best of the Runaways review

Whitesnake - Flesh & Blood Whitesnake is not reinventing themselves or rock n roll here but this stellar effort proves that they are not just hanging on either. Read the full Whitesnake - Flesh & Blood review

Sites and Sounds: The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival will once again bring a superlative group of performers to the festival, set for Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Missouri Sept. 27-29. Read the full The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Robin Trower One of rocks most masterful guitarists performed in Phoenix on May 2, and quite aptly for a legend, Robin Trower put on his show in the intimate confines of the Celebrity Theatre Read the full Robin Trower review

Tony Campanella - Taking it to the Street Folks in the St. Louis area have been enjoying Campanellas talents for a long time, and now the rest of the world can get in on the fun with the release of the guitarists debut album Read the full Tony Campanella - Taking it to the Street review

Hot In The City: Lamb of God, Static X, DevilDriver and more Hot in the City is our recurring look at the music scene in Phoenix and the rest of Arizona, and this time out we preview some of the hot concerts coming to the greater Phoenix area. Read the full Lamb of God, Static X, DevilDriver and more review

Sites and Sounds: Music Cruises Edition (Megacruise, Cruise To The Edge and more) Music cruise specialists On the Blue have three sailings coming up for fans of hard rock and metal, for fans of prog and for fans of classic rock Read the full Music Cruises Edition (Megacruise, Cruise To The Edge and more) review

Buckcherry - Warpaint Todds vocals and the bands Guns N Roses-meets-AC/DC groove make the cut a true rock anthem, perfect for singing along and playing some stinging air guitar to. Read the full Buckcherry - Warpaint review

Sites and Sounds: Celebrate Motown's 60th Anniversary at the Motown Museum in Detroit Theres a very special anniversary being celebrated in Detroit this year, and indeed around the world: the 60th anniversary of Motown Records Read the full Celebrate Motown's 60th Anniversary at the Motown Museum in Detroit review

Sites and Sounds: Prince Celebration 2019 Minneapolis is getting ready to celebrate all things Prince during Celebration 2019, and lots of the musicians who performed with the late superstar will be on hand during the event Read the full Prince Celebration 2019 review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: The Musical Box It was a throwback to the heyday of progressive rock music as the Montreal-based The Musical Box brought their A Genesis Extravaganza show to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on April 13 Read the full The Musical Box review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Buddy Guy Over the course of his six decade career, blues man Buddy Guy has influenced just about every legendary guitarist you can think of, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck. Read the full Buddy Guy review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Big Upcoming Concerts For Spring 2019 Spring has arrived and hot shows are popping up on the Celebrity Theatre concert calendar like seasonal wildflowers Read the full Big Upcoming Concerts For Spring 2019 review

A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute The late great Chris Squire, longtime bassist with Yes, does appear on a couple of cuts here but this record is otherwise a prog all-star tribute Read the full A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute review

RockPile: Rock Legends Edition We listen to recently-released music from rock royalty like Humble Pie, Martin Barre of Jethro Tull, Focus and others. Read the full Rock Legends Edition review

Get To Know... Linda Bella Linda Bella is dangerous! Well actually the only danger that Bella presents is in the form of her latest single Dangerous, a rhythmic pop number Read the full Linda Bella review

Quick Flicks: Sheryl Crow - Live at the Capitol Theater Fans can sate their Sheryl Crow craving with this very nice 2-CD + Blu-ray package that features a set list with songs from throughout her career. Read the full Sheryl Crow - Live at the Capitol Theater review

Road Trip: Ireland in a Day? Try the Ring of Kerry! Ireland is one of those places where there is literally something to explore anywhere you look. The Ring of Kerry is a ring road that begins and ends in the Southwest Irish town of Killarney Read the full Ireland in a Day? Try the Ring of Kerry! Road Trip

Travel News, Trips and Tips: St. Patrick's Day Edition Its that time of year again when everybody is Irish, the time to make sure youre wearing green when you head out to drink Guinness and otherwise indulge Read the full St. Patrick's Day Edition review

Road Trip: Rum for Your Life! A Visit to Grenada Distillers While you can find a rum drink basically anywhere in Grenada --- at the resort, on the street and on the beach --- nothing beats going straight to the source. Read the full Rum for Your Life! A Visit to Grenada Distillers Road Trip

Passport: International Women's Day Edition We have a very special release to tell you about on the occasion of International Womens Day; a compilation of songs created by women called A Womans World: Songs of Resilience and Hope. Read the full International Women's Day Edition review

The Blues: Watermelon Slim- Midnite Johnny Get the Blues is our look at some of the best recent blues releases from Watermelon Slim and Midnite Johnny. Read the full Watermelon Slim- Midnite Johnny review

The Blues: Sean Chambers - Eric Jerardi Get the Blues is our look at some of the best recent blues releases from Sean Chambers and Eric Jerardi. Read the full Sean Chambers - Eric Jerardi review

The Blues: Big Joe and the Dynaflows- Stringshot Get the Blues is our look at some of the best recent blues releases from Big Joe and the Dynaflows and Stringshot. Read the full Big Joe and the Dynaflows- Stringshot review

Passport: Minyeshu- Waves of Joy- Psoy Korolenko Heres our take on some of the best of recent world music releases featuring works from Africa, India and beyond. Read the full Minyeshu- Waves of Joy- Psoy Korolenko review

Americana Kitchen - Come and Get It Americana Kitchen is a studio collective, a sizable group of players from the San Gabriel Valley and greater Los Angeles area thats curated by guitarist Danny Johnson Read the full Americana Kitchen - Come and Get It review

A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour The first stop on the North American leg of The David Bowie Alumni Tour was Feb. 6 at the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center in metropolitan Phoenix Read the full A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour review

Valentine's Day Gift Guide Here are some ideas for Valentines Day gifts for your special someone. Were even going to tell you how to put a hex on your Valentine (relax, its something fun!) Read the full Valentine's Day Gift Guide review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Valentine's Day Edition If youre thinking about pampering your Valentine with a stay at a nice hotel, here are some places that are offering special deals and packages for the occasion. Read the full Valentine's Day Edition review

Road Trip: Road Trip Canton, Ohio: A Super Trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame The excitement of the Super Bowl only comes around once a year, but there's a place in Canton, Ohio where you can be surrounded by champions of the football world for the day and genuinely score a touchdown Read the full Road Trip Canton, Ohio: A Super Trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Road Trip

2019 Southern Rock Cruise Part 3: Southern Rock's New Generation The event was a great way to start the year for fans of Southern rock, considering that some of the biggest names of the genre performed Read the full 2019 Southern Rock Cruise Part 3: Southern Rock's New Generation review

The 2019 Southern Rock Cruise Part 2: Cozumel and Lynyrd Skynyrd The air was heavy with anticipation on Jan. 8 as the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Pearl made port in Cozumel, the first of two stops in sunny Mexico Read the full The 2019 Southern Rock Cruise Part 2: Cozumel and Lynyrd Skynyrd review

Glen Campbell - Sings for the King Released here for the first time, this 18-song set contains songs that Campbell recorded for Presleys ears only Read the full Glen Campbell - Sings for the King review

Rock Reads: Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography This book can be thought of as a sort of hard copy companion to the Springsteen on Broadway show- his life from his early days to the Broadway shows Read the full Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography review

Rock Reads: No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer Here Julian David Stone presents an incredible array of shots he obtained surreptitiously with a smuggled-in 35mm camera. Read the full No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer review

Rock Reads: The Clash: All The Albums, All The Songs And Led Zeppelin: All The Albums, All The Songs (Expanded Edition) Two more great titles from the prolific music journalist Martin Popoff- a completely new analysis of the music of the Clash and an updated edition of his previous look at Led Zeppelin Read the full The Clash: All The Albums, All The Songs And Led Zeppelin: All The Albums, All The Songs (Expanded Edition) review

Rock Reads: Metaphysical Graffiti The book and chapter titles give indication of what the reader is in for here, which is well-thought out opinion thats liberally drenched in humor. Read the full Metaphysical Graffiti review

Rock Reads: Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs Note that Duffett is counting down Elvis Presleys 100 finest songs here, not Duffetts personal favorites or Presleys biggest sellers Read the full Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs review

Rock Reads: Nashville Songwriter Vol. II Brown is a Nashville-based music biographer (and former antiMusic writer) who has written more than 40 books Read the full Nashville Songwriter Vol. II review

The 2019 Southern Rock Cruise, Part 1: Sail Away! Thousands of Southern rock-loving passengers aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Pearl were looking forward to six days of music that would take them far beyond sunny Mexico, and in some cases down Memory Lane Read the full The 2019 Southern Rock Cruise, Part 1: Sail Away! review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Brian Setzer Orchestra Rocks Phoenix It was an evening of rockabilly merrymaking as The Brian Setzer Orchestra brought their Christmas Rocks! 15th Anniversary Tour to the Celebrity Theatre Read the full Brian Setzer Orchestra Rocks Phoenix review

Holiday Gift Guide: Vinyl Edition - Rock Hall, The Ratchets and more For the vinyl lover on your list, here are some of the seasons tasty releases not to be overlooked. Read the full Vinyl Edition - Rock Hall, The Ratchets and more review

Holiday Gift Guide: Vinyl Edition Classical Music In our final gift guide of the season for vinyl lovers, we recommend four classical music releases and three very cool independent releases. Read the full Vinyl Edition Classical Music review

Holiday Gift Guide: Box Sets - Neil Diamond, The Kinks and more Whats in that nicely wrapped package under the tree? It might be a box set from Neil Diamond, the Kinks or a box featuring the best of Cuban music from 50-years ago. Read the full Box Sets - Neil Diamond, The Kinks and more review

Holiday Gift Guide: Def Leppard Box Set English rockers Def Leppard couldnt have picked a better name for their 1987 album Hysteria as fans went nuts for the hit-packed offering. Read the full Def Leppard Box Set review

Santa's Jukebox: Elton John, The Lumineers and more Ho ho ho! Lets check out some of the seasons holiday-themed songs from the likes of Elton John, The Lumineers, Jack Mosbacher and more Read the full Elton John, The Lumineers and more review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: John Paul White Singer John Paul White, formerly of the four-time GRAMMY Award-winning duo the Civil Wars, played a brief set at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix as the opening act for John Prine Read the full John Paul White review

Holiday Gift Guide: Games and Gadgets Our gift giving suggestions step away from music for a moment- heres the scoop on some fun games and a gadget to keep your power cords dry. Read the full Games and Gadgets review

Holiday Gift Guide: The Killers Career Vinyl Box The whole lot comes in a heavy duty cardboard slipcase with eye-catching cover graphics that nod to the Strip in the bands hometown of Las Vegas Read the full The Killers Career Vinyl Box review

Holiday Gift Guide: Travel Edition From music-related adventures in Latin America to an accessory that any traveler can use, here are a few gift ideas for the traveler on your list. Read the full Travel Edition review

Holiday Gift Guide: Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction Super Deluxe Edition 4-CDs + Blu-ray Guns N Roses fans will be headed straight to Paradise City with this big Appetite for Destruction box set Read the full Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction Super Deluxe Edition 4-CDs + Blu-ray review

Santa's Jukebox: Nutcracker, Thor, Mitch Ryder, Engelbert Humperdinck, Reuel Santa has a big bag full of new holiday releases; here we preview a classic title on vinyl and a handful of CD releases for you. Read the full Nutcracker, Thor, Mitch Ryder, Engelbert Humperdinck, Reuel review

Holiday Gift Guide: Box Sets Part 3 This holiday season offers a real bonanza for fans of box sets and other special collections, and here we give you the scoop on sets from R.E.M. and Kalapana Read the full Box Sets Part 3 review

Quick Flicks: High Voltage High Voltage is a new production written and directed by Alex Keledjian (Feast, Project Greenlight) and starring David Arquette, Allie Gonino, Ryan Donowho, Perrey Reeves and Luke Wilson Read the full High Voltage review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Star-Studded Winter Line-Up Phoenixs favorite concert venue has a star-studded line-up on the way! Here are some of the upcoming shows coming to the Celebrity Theatre, Arizonas legendary theater in-the-round. Read the full Star-Studded Winter Line-Up review

Holiday Gift Guide: Box Sets, Part 1 - Hendrix, ELO, Angel The holiday season is always overflowing with new box set releases and other special collections, and here are a few of our favorite recent releases from Angel, ELO and Jimi Hendrix. Read the full Box Sets, Part 1 - Hendrix, ELO, Angel review

One in the Chamber - I've Got Something to Say... Fresh, tight and always rocking, fans of heavy rock will enjoy these straight shooters. Read the full One in the Chamber - I've Got Something to Say... review

Bastian Baker - Bastian Baker Baker is a multi-platinum selling artist outside of the U.S. and hes released three albums prior to this self-titled effort, his debut in the States. Read the full Bastian Baker - Bastian Baker review

Root 66: Mark Wayne Glasmire - Can't Be Denied The singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist has a penchant for the mellow country rock sound as popularized by the Eagles Read the full Mark Wayne Glasmire - Can't Be Denied review

Root 66: Rick Monroe - Smoke Out the Window Sporting a beard, dark glasses and a cowboy hat in the cover photo of Smoke Out the Window, Monroe looks a little Waylon-ish Read the full Rick Monroe - Smoke Out the Window review

Root 66: Dan Johnson - Hemingway Johnson offers a unique bit of artistry here with a 2-CD release that features a five song EP and a companion audio book. Read the full Dan Johnson - Hemingway review

Root 66: Love Canon - Cover Story: A Journey through Music's Greatest Decade As the title here suggests, bluegrass specialists Love Canon turn in a set of covers with Cover Story Read the full Love Canon - Cover Story: A Journey through Music's Greatest Decade review

Monster Truck - True Rockers Monster Truck must be burning nitro this time out as they come out careening down the rock and roll highway with True Rocker Read the full Monster Truck - True Rockers review

Pure Fire: The Ultimate KISS Tribute This homage to KISS begins with Detroit Rock City featuring Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) on lead vocals and Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake) on guitar Read the full Pure Fire: The Ultimate KISS Tribute review

One in the Chamber - I've Got Something to Say... Fresh, tight and always rocking, fans of heavy rock will enjoy these straight shooters. Read the full One in the Chamber - I've Got Something to Say... review

Bastian Baker - Bastian Baker Baker is a multi-platinum selling artist outside of the U.S. and hes released three albums prior to this self-titled effort, his debut in the States. Read the full Bastian Baker - Bastian Baker review

Root 66: Mark Wayne Glasmire - Can't Be Denied The singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist has a penchant for the mellow country rock sound as popularized by the Eagles Read the full Mark Wayne Glasmire - Can't Be Denied review

Root 66: Rick Monroe - Smoke Out the Window Sporting a beard, dark glasses and a cowboy hat in the cover photo of Smoke Out the Window, Monroe looks a little Waylon-ish Read the full Rick Monroe - Smoke Out the Window review

Root 66: Dan Johnson - Hemingway Johnson offers a unique bit of artistry here with a 2-CD release that features a five song EP and a companion audio book. Read the full Dan Johnson - Hemingway review

Root 66: Love Canon - Cover Story: A Journey through Music's Greatest Decade As the title here suggests, bluegrass specialists Love Canon turn in a set of covers with Cover Story Read the full Love Canon - Cover Story: A Journey through Music's Greatest Decade review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Turks & Caicos Travelers headed to the Turks & Caicos Islands in November will find plenty of delights for the palate awaiting as two festivals are on tap Read the full Turks & Caicos review

Box Sets: Stax '68: A Memphis Story In retrospect 50 years on, and proof is found in the music within this 5-CD box set, it can be said that 1968 was a very good year for Stax Records Read the full Stax '68: A Memphis Story review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Halloween Edition If youd like to mix some Halloween fun in with a journey out of town, weve got some ideas here that you might like. Happy Halloween! Read the full Halloween Edition review

Haunted Hits and Terrifying Treats Halloween has rolled around once again and its time for the slasher book and new albums by bands with scary names were about to tell you about are more fun than they are frightful. Read the full Haunted Hits and Terrifying Treats review

On The Record: The Tomicks If youve ever been low on funds and forced to get as much as you can on the cuff then you can relate to Im Good for It, this albums opening track Read the full The Tomicks review

Leader Of Down (Motorhead) - Cascade Into Chaos Leader of Down was formed by late Motörhead guitarist Würzel (real name Michael Burston) and bass player Tim Atkinson a decade ago Read the full Leader Of Down (Motorhead) - Cascade Into Chaos review

Sites and Sounds: Trailing Of The Sheep Festival Many things may claim to be wild and wooly, but were going to tell you about a festival taking place in Idaho that really lives up to the description! Read the full Trailing Of The Sheep Festival review

Root 66 Week: Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches - Get Us Out Of Fearland Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches is essentially a duo comprised of guitarist and banjo player Nick Russo and singer Betina Hershey Read the full Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches - Get Us Out Of Fearland review

Root 66 Week: Dennis K. Duff - Songs from Lyon County This nine-song set features original songs from Duff that were inspired by his life, the lives of his ancestors, and the general history of the titular Lyon County Read the full Dennis K. Duff - Songs from Lyon County review

Root 66 Week: The Mountain Home Family - Come See About Me Heres a various artists compilation that not only offers songs by beloved groups like the Lonesome River Band and the Grascals Read the full The Mountain Home Family - Come See About Me review

Root 66 Week: Grand Old Grizzly - Pure Country Pyrite Showing that they have a sense of humor, this four piece band takes a poke at themselves with the album title Pure Country Pyrite Read the full Grand Old Grizzly - Pure Country Pyrite review

Sean Ardoin - Kreole Rock and Soul Sean Ardoin steps out here for a solo album that reflects not only his deep connection to Creole music but also his affection for rock and R&B Read the full Sean Ardoin - Kreole Rock and Soul review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: September 2018 Heres news on a few things that just might make the next trip you take the best one youve ever experienced! Read the full September 2018 review

The Public Image Is Rotten The Public Image is Rotten is a thoughtful and thorough look at the band PiL and the brainchild behind it, John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten. Read the full The Public Image Is Rotten review

Journey and Def Leppard Rock Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix Fans were treated to an evening of non-stop hits as two groups who have plenty of them, Journey and Def Leppard, teamed up for a September 7 show at the Talking Stick Arena in downtown Phoenix Read the full Journey and Def Leppard Rock Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix review

RockPile: Saxon Edition Wow, what a bonanza for fans of Saxon! Each release is loaded up with rare bonus recordings that include demos, live material and remixes. Read the full Saxon Edition review

Clutch - Book of Bad Decisions Book of Bad Decisions begins on an ominous note as vocalist Neil Fallon sings about getting out of Dodge on Gimme the Keys Read the full Clutch - Book of Bad Decisions review

On The Record: Spotlight On Pirates Press Records Part 1 In Part 1 of our Pirates Press Records spotlight we look at some of the imprints recent releases on vinyl. Read the full Spotlight On Pirates Press Records Part 1 review

Sites and Sounds: Late Summer and Early Autumn Music Festival Weve got info on a few upcoming late summer/early autumn music festivals that have exciting line-ups Read the full Late Summer and Early Autumn Music Festival review

Road Trip: Temecula: Southern California's Wine (and Music) Country, Part 2 Our second stop finds us at Wiens Family Cellars where, between sips of wine, we learned about the owner's substantial background in the music business. Read the full Temecula: Southern California's Wine (and Music) Country, Part 2 Road Trip

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Ted Nugent As a recording of the Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man gave way to a live cyclone of guitar riffs, Ted Nugent strolled on stage at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix Aug. 8. Read the full Ted Nugent review

Get To Know... Jennie Johnson Soulful pop singer/songwriter Jennie Johnsons new EP is called Note to Self, but the songs within actually have a lot to say to and about humanity at large. Read the full Jennie Johnson review

Allman Goldflies Band - Second Chance This band is named after singer and keys man Gary Allman and bassist David Goldflies. The latest entry from the extended Allman Brothers family Read the full Allman Goldflies Band - Second Chance review

Get To Know... Fishtank Led by singer Talitha Giusti, Fishtank is a British alt rock band and their recently-released Why Am I Swimming Around Like This? is a very impressive debut Read the full Fishtank review

Road Trip: Detroit Offers Last Chance To See Star Wars and the Power of Costume It's been all over the universe (well, Seattle and Denver and other earthly places, at least) and now the traveling exhibit "Star Wars" and the Power of Costume Read the full Detroit Offers Last Chance To See Star Wars and the Power of Costume Road Trip

Quick Flicks: The Beatles - Yellow Submarine The yellow submarine has been floating around Pepperland for half a century now so its understandable that she recently went into dry dock for a bit of fixing up. Read the full The Beatles - Yellow Submarine review

Festival d'ete de Quebec 2018 Part 2: Fans Treated to Free Concerts The biggest stars play on the main stage. But there are two stages where the music is always free! Read the full Festival dete de Quebec 2018 Part 2: Fans Treated to Free Concerts review

Festival d'ete de Quebec 2018 Part 1: Stars Come Out To Play More than 250 shows took place on multiple stages throughout historic old Quebec where ancient walls and ramparts of the once completely fortified city still stand Read the full Festival d'ete de Quebec 2018 Part 1: Stars Come Out To Play review

Road Trip: Temecula: Southern California's Wine (and Music) Country, Part 1 Wine and music have long gone hand in hand; the right combination of the two can be the perfect mood enhancer whether excitement, relaxation or something in between is the goal Read the full Temecula: Southern California's Wine (and Music) Country, Part 1 Road Trip

On The Record: Craft Recordings: Buddy Guy- Tom Fogerty And More Here we listen to two vintage solo albums from former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival and two blues classics that have hit the half century mark Read the full Craft Recordings: Buddy Guy- Tom Fogerty And More review

The Blues: Ladies Special Edition Summer Kevin Wierzbicki checks in with his look at four rockin new releases from some the leading ladies of the blues. Read the full Ladies Special Edition Summer review

On The Record: Twilight 22 and Lunden Reign Our focus on newly-released vinyl listens to brand new music from Lunden Reign and a reissue from Twilight 22. Read the full Twilight 22 and Lunden Reign review

Sites and Sounds: Sounds of the South Edition If you live in the South or are planning a road trip there this summer youll have plenty of opportunities to spend some time enjoying live music Read the full Sounds of the South Edition review

Sites and Sounds: FEQ 2018 - 11 Days Of Music Do you think you can handle a music festival that lasts for 11-days? If youd like to give it a try, head to picturesque Quebec City for FEQ 2018 Read the full FEQ 2018 - 11 Days Of Music review

Ray Davies - Our Country: Americana Act II (5 Stars) Kinks frontman and solo artist Davies has lately turned his attention to the Colonies and is writing about American life. Read the full Ray Davies - Our Country: Americana Act II (5 Stars) review

Passport: The Motorhead Of Folk And More This musical trip around the world features Sikh Kirtan music, Celtic rock and a delightful mash-up of Welsh and Senegalese sounds. Happy travels! Read the full The Motorhead Of Folk And More review

Road Trip: The Detroit Music Weekend The Detroit Music Weekend took place June 14-17 in the city's sports and entertainment district, a thoroughly revitalized part of the city Read the full The Detroit Music Weekend Road Trip

The Alan Parsons Live Project In Phoenix The Alan Parsons Live Project performed before a packed house in Phoenix on June 8, playing two dozen songs including the I Robot album in its entirety Read the full The Alan Parsons Live Project In Phoenix review

Box Sets: The Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky 35th Anniversary Edition This is a really good time for fans of the Alan Parsons Project and especially for fans whose favorite album is Eye in the Sky. Legacy Records has released a special 35th anniversary edition of the album Read the full The Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky 35th Anniversary Edition review

Root 66: Bob Rea, The County Well and Joe Goldmark For this brand new installment of Root 66, Kevin Wierzbicki spotlights the best of recent Americana releases with a look at new albums from Bob Rea, The County Well and Joe Goldmark. Read the full Bob Rea, The County Well and Joe Goldmark review

Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour Kick Off The Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary tour kicked off at Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix, and even though it was the first show of the tour, Tull frontman Ian Anderson and his band displayed consummate musicianship from first note to last Read the full Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour Kick Off review

Sites and Sounds: Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks Its going to be a summer full of music in Missouris Lake of the Ozarks region as the Shawnee Bluff Vineyard has announced a rockin concert line-up that runs through mid-October. Read the full Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks review

On The Record: Mike Ness Our spotlight on vinyl listens to two early solo albums from Social Distortion front man Mike Ness, reissued on the Craft Recordings label, including his 1999 solo debut and his Under The Influences album. Read the full Mike Ness review

Sites and Sounds: Cruise to the Edge Widely regarded as the fathers of progressive rock, English rock band Yes have also become big daddies when it comes to music cruises. The prog kings are once again set to take to the high seas with the sixth annual Cruise to the Edge Read the full Cruise to the Edge review

Sites and Sounds: On the Blue Cruise The line-up for the On the Blue Cruise is nothing short of spectacular for fans of classic rock. Joining Hayward will be 60s hit makers the Zombies, Dave Mason (Traffic, Fleetwood Mac), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Alan Parsons and more Read the full On the Blue Cruise review

Get To Know... Marmalakes Chase Weinacht and Josh Halpern are the front men of Marmalakes, an Austin-based band that released their debut full-length recording Please Dont Stop on May 11. Read the full Marmalakes review

Chicago - VI Decades Live (This is What We Do) Box Set Heres a real jackpot for Chicago fans as this 4CD + DVD set contains hours and hours of live performance, all of it previously-unreleased. As the album title indicates, the performances span six decades Read the full Chicago - VI Decades Live (This is What We Do) Box Set review

Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses: New Shoes Edition - (Parlophone/Rhino) This year is the 50th anniversary of Jethro Tull and Parlophone and Rhino Records have been releasing expanded box set editions of classic Tull albums in the lead-up to the milestone, all of which feature as their centerpiece a Steven Wilson remix Read the full Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses: New Shoes Edition - (Parlophone/Rhino) review

Love - Forever Changes: 50th Anniversary Edition (Box set with LP, 4-CDs and DVD) Overshadowed by fellow psychedelic rockers like the Doors, Love never got the recognition that they deserved. Still the band took on a cult-like following based on the strength of recordings like their 1967 release, Forever Changes Read the full Love - Forever Changes: 50th Anniversary Edition (Box set with LP, 4-CDs and DVD) review

Ashley J - Satisfied Ashley J is in the process of establishing herself as a rising star and shes wasting no time doing it. Trapped, the lead track on this five-song EP, recently spent four consecutive weeks lodged at #1 on the European Independent Music Charts. Read the full Ashley J - Satisfied review

Southern Halo - Just Like in the Movies The ladies of Southern Halo, sisters Natalia, Christina and Hannah Morris, are tuned in to two distinctly different musical worlds Southern Halo are definitely ready for their close-up, Just Like in the Movies. Read the full Southern Halo - Just Like in the Movies review

The Blues: Arkansas Dave - Self Titled Singer and multi-instrumentalist Arkansas Dave currently resides in Austin but the blues rocker went to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record this debut effort at the vaunted FAME Studios, and the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section Read the full Arkansas Dave - Self Titled review

The Blues: Ally Venable Band - Puppet Show Venables new album begins with a scorching blues rocker called Devils Son, on which she plays electric guitar and trades riffs with guest player Gary Hoey who lends his talents on Dobro Read the full Ally Venable Band - Puppet Show review

The Blues: Myles Goodwyn - Myles Goodwin and Friends of the Blues Its not unusual for rockers to return to their roots in the golden years of their career and here guitarist Goodwyn, a founder of Canadian rock band April Wine, presents a set comprised mostly of blues songs he wrote over his rock years Read the full Myles Goodwyn - Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues review

RockPile: Thor, Tara Lynch and more Weve got all kinds of goodies in the Rock Pile this time out, including a newly-released, 40-year-old album from heavy metal hammer swinger Thor and some more rockin new releases Read the full Thor, Tara Lynch and more review

Rock Reads: Why Vinyl Matters There are few back from the dead stories that are as impressive as the tale of the resurgence of vinyl records. While the formats Baby Boomer-powered heyday will likely never be matched, today the resurgence is in full swing Read the full Why Vinyl Matters review

Road Trip: Go Nuts for Florence, South Carolina Everybody goes a little nuts once in a while, and some folks actually mark their calendar with a reminder that when April rolls around, it's time to get nutty. April is National Pecan Month and there's no better place to celebrate than Florence, SC Read the full Go Nuts for Florence, South Carolina Road Trip

On The Record: Record Store Day Edition For this special Record Store Day edition of On the Record Kevin listens to some vintage music from Corky Laing and friends, and wait until you find out who those friends are! Read the full Record Store Day Edition review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: 420 Edition The number 420 has long had a connection with cannabis usage which these days does not carry the social stigma that it once did. With that in mind, lots of special events are taking place on April 20 (4/20) and adjacent dates. Read the full 420 Edition review

On The Record: Rock 'N' Rolla's UFO Turntable Instead of reviewing new music released on vinyl, this time out for On the Record Kevin Wierzbicki tells us all about Rock N Rollas new UFO turntable. Yes, its out of this world! Read the full Rock 'N' Rolla's UFO Turntable review

Hot In The City: Wishbone Ash Normally we spotlight Arizona musicians and music made in Arizona. This time though were excited about news from the British classic rock band Wishbone Ash. They have a massive box set on the way and theyre coming to Phoenix for a show. Read the full Wishbone Ash review

John Kay And Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf at 50 This 3 CD compilation brings together 41 cuts from throughout the bands career, giving fans a chance to rediscover cuts they havent heard for a couple decades along with deep album tracks that theyve maybe never heard. Read the full John Kay And Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf at 50 review

Savannah Stopover Music Festival Not many music festivals take place in such a cool setting as the Savannah Stopover Music Festival. The event, which took place March 8-10 this year, happens in the unique setting of historic downtown Savannah, Georgia Read the full Savannah Stopover Music Festival review

Road Trip: St. Patrick's Day Edition - 8 Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland It can be tough to figure out what to do during a visit to Ireland; the country offers so many intriguing attractions and unique experiences. Since many explorations of Ireland begin in Dublin Read the full St. Patrick's Day Edition - 8 Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland Road Trip

Travel News, Trips and Tips: St. Patrick's Day Special Edition Its the time of year when everyone is Irish! Heres information on a grand tour of Ireland as well as news of St. Patricks Day fun to be had right here at home in the States. Read the full St. Patrick's Day Special Edition review

Passport: St. Patrick's Day Edition This time out our spotlight on international music focuses on music from Ireland, both modern and traditional with a look at releases from Le Galaxie, Celtic Thunder and John Duhan. Read the full St. Patrick's Day Edition review

Midnight Crisis - Heart Beatings Midnight Crisis are a post-punk rock band from New York City, a trio featuring singer Marty E, guitarist LASE and drummer Michael Maenza, and they have a sound that is dark but melodic. Read the full Midnight Crisis - Heart Beatings review

Johnny Chops & the Razors - (Self-titled) Chops proves here to be adept not only at spinning tales but also at writing them. he wrote or co-wrote everything in this fine set with the exception of a cover of Willie Dixons I Just Want to Make Love to You. Read the full Johnny Chops & the Razors - (Self-titled) review

Jennifer Lyn & the Groove Revival - Badlands You would not want to feel the wrath of the woman scorned that Lyn portrays in the lead-off track, Burned it Down. Yep, after catching her man being unfaithful, she torches his place, quite possibly with the offending lothario still inside. Read the full Jennifer Lyn & the Groove Revival - Badlands review

Road Trip: Las Vegas- The Mob Museum Also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement, the Mob Museum is located in a historic building that was once home to a federal courthouse where some of the famed mob-investigating Kefauver hearings took place Read the full Las Vegas- The Mob Museum Road Trip

Downes Braide Association - Skyscraper Souls This is the third outing for the Downes Braide Association, commonly referred to as DBA and featuring Geoffrey Downes of Yes, Asia and the Buggles fame and singer/songwriter/producer Chris Braide Read the full Downes Braide Association - Skyscraper Souls review

The Blues: Savoy Brown-Albert Castiglia- Peter Parcek Are ready for some blues? Kevin Wierzbicki checks in with a look at Savoy Browns Witchy Feelin, Albert Castiglias Up All Night and Peter Parceks Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven Read the full Savoy Brown-Albert Castiglia- Peter Parcek review

Root 66: John McCutcheon- Caroline Cotter- Raven and Red For this installment of Root 66 Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new releases: John McCutcheons Ghost Light, Caroline Cotters Home on the River and Raven and Reds We Rise Up Read the full John McCutcheon- Caroline Cotter- Raven and Red review

Root 66: Patrick Coman - Tree of Life In opening cut Heartbeat singer Coman portrays a doomed man with lyrics like Cant you hear the heartbeat of a desperate man/When he knows his time has come to an end, appropriately performed as an eerie dirge Read the full Patrick Coman - Tree of Life review

Afrika Mamas - Iphupho This six woman acapella group from South Africa has won a nonstop parade of accolades since their inception nearly 20-years ago and theyre going to earn a lot more of them for Iphupho Read the full Afrika Mamas - Iphupho review

Hot In The City: Pistoleros - Silver Our spotlight on music made in Arizona listens to the latest from Pistoleros. Although theyve taken a break or two along the way, one of Arizonas most beloved bands has just celebrated their 25th anniversary. Read the full Pistoleros - Silver review

Dinola - Up High Dinola is a four-piece rock band out of New Orleans thats fronted by singer Sue Ford who has a voice that is sweet yet full of ominous overtones, a quality that perfectly accents the dark nature of cuts like Late Night and Shut Up. Read the full Dinola - Up High review

The Blues: Ladies Play the Blues This time out our Get the Blues column spotlights some of the best new releases by women working in the blues genre including Sue Foleys The Ice Queen, Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers Big Road and Miss Freddyes Lady of the Blues Read the full Ladies Play the Blues review

Billion Dollar Babies - First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977 When the Alice Cooper band broke up in the mid-1970s, band members Michael Bruce, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway formed Billion Dollar Babies and managed to put out one album called Battle Axe before the project fizzled. Read the full Billion Dollar Babies - First Ever Live Show - Flint 1977 review

RockPile: Vexes, Jay Katana and Perfect Defect Heres Kevin Wierzbicki quick look at some great recent rock releases including Vexes Ancient Geometry, Jay Katanas Brighter Than Your Future and Perfect Defects self-titled. Read the full Vexes, Jay Katana and Perfect Defect review

Saxon - Thunderbolt Saxon celebrated their 40th anniversary last year and fans have long taken it for granted that the band produces fun and quality music every time out, and Thunderbolt is no exception. Read the full Saxon - Thunderbolt review

Straw Family - Family Matters Consisting of parents Carsten and Henriette Fabricius and daughters Denise and Sally Fabricius, Straw Family is a Danish band that plays a refreshing blend of rock, pop and country. Read the full Straw Family - Family Matters review

Joe Perry - Sweetzerland Manifesto While he can sing, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is not known for his vocal abilities, and here he has picked the perfect singers to help him out on this set of mostly self-penned and co-written tunes Read the full Joe Perry - Sweetzerland Manifesto review

Cindy Wilson - Change Wilson is a member of the long-running and still active quirky Athens, Georgia band the B-52s, but fans should not expect a B-52s-ish album here. Wilson is in a much more relaxed mood here on her first solo album. Read the full Cindy Wilson - Change review

Terror Universal - Make Them Bleed The ghoulish masks worn by members of Terror Universal add to the darkness found in their music but its relatively common knowledge they are indeed former members of Soulfly, Ill Nino, Machine Head and Upon a Burning Body. Read the full Terror Universal - Make Them Bleed review

Duran Duran - Girls on Film 1979 Demo Unless you are a scholarly fan of Duran Duran you probably are not aware that the band had a singer (a couple, actually) before Simon LeBon came along and crooned the band to worldwide fame. Read the full Duran Duran - Girls on Film 1979 Demo review

Road Trip: Springfield, MO's Route 66 Car Museum If you happen to be on the street in Springfield, Missouri and the Batmobile drives by, you're not seeing things. It won't be Batman behind the wheel though, and the car won't be headed to the Batcave. Read the full Springfield, MO's Route 66 Car Museum Road Trip

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Spotlight on Branson, MO Our focus on whats new in Branson, Missouri includes exciting news for country music fans and information about something that has roller coaster fans salivating and counting the days! Read the full Spotlight on Branson, MO review

John 5 and the Creatures - It's Alive! Besides being proof that the axe man is quite prolific, what all this adds up to is its about time for a live record, and here J5 presents more than a dozen favorites recorded live at the Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville, Pennsylvania Read the full John 5 and the Creatures - It's Alive! review

Seth Kibel - Songs of Snark and Despair Having been on the scene for a couple of decades now, what could have caused the multi-instrumentalist (sax, clarinet and flute) to suddenly find that he has something to say? Read the full Seth Kibel - Songs of Snark and Despair review

Dave Koz And Friends Bring Christmas Show To Arizona's Mesa Arts Center Dave Koz has been playing Santa with a saxophone for two decades now, bringing good cheer to the nation with his annual Christmas tours, and this year marks the tours 20th anniversary Read the full Dave Koz And Friends Bring Christmas Show To Arizona's Mesa Arts Center review

Santa's Jukebox: Balsam Range, Sha Na Na and Jennifer Saran Tis the season and if you need a little help getting into a festive mood, Santa (a.k.a. antiMusics Kevin Wierzbicki) has some recommendations for new holiday releases to help put you in good Christmas cheer. Read the full Balsam Range, Sha Na Na and Jennifer Saran review

Jangling Sparrows - 140 Nickels Jangling Sparrows are a rocking, Americana-leaning band led by singer, guitarist and songwriter Paul Edelman. The head Sparrow likes to tell tales of everyman as he does with the blue collar rock (think John Mellencamp) Read the full Jangling Sparrows - 140 Nickels review

The Blues: R.D. Olson - Keep Walking Woman While many blues songs have lyrics that reference hard times, that is not always the case, and Olsons joyous Sheila is a perfect example- the song bounces along to lyrics that affirm an appreciation for a desirable woman Read the full R.D. Olson - Keep Walking Woman review

Holiday Gift Guide: George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1/MTV Unplugged This is the time of year when some of the most desirable CD box sets, artist retrospectives and special compilations are released and we star our special look at these releases this week with a very special new set from the late George Michael. Read the full George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1/MTV Unplugged review

Holiday Gift Guide: Queen - News of the World: 40th Anniversary Edition This 3-CD + DVD box set contains those songs and the rest of the album in its original form, but hang on to your hats, Queen fans; you wont believe what other treasures are to be found within! Read the full Queen - News of the World: 40th Anniversary Edition review

Holiday Gift Guide: Jesus Rocked The Jukebox Subtitled Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965), this two-disc set contains 40 tracks from acts like The Soul Stirrers, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Silver Quintets, the Staple Singers, the Detroiters and many others Read the full Jesus Rocked The Jukebox review

Holiday Gift Guide: Jethro Tull - Songs from the Wood: The Country Set Remix master Steven Wilson continues his march through the Jethro Tull catalog with this 40th anniversary collection celebrating the album that members of Tull consider to be one of their very best. Read the full Jethro Tull - Songs from the Wood: The Country Set review

Holiday Gift Guide: Travel Edition antiMusics travel and senior reviewer Kevin Wierzbicki checks in with this special travel focused edition of his Holiday Gift Guide where he tells us about some of perfect gifts this Christmas season for your traveling friends and family! Read the full Travel Edition review

Holiday Gift Guide: Travel Edition antiMusics travel and senior reviewer Kevin Wierzbicki checks in with this special travel focused edition of his Holiday Gift Guide where he tells us about some of perfect gifts this Christmas season for your traveling friends and family! Read the full Travel Edition review

Rock Reads: Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motorhead Billed as the first book to celebrate Motorheads classic line-up of Lemmy Kilmister, Fast Eddie Clarke and Phil Philthy Animal Taylor, author Popoff focuses on the era Read the full Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motorhead review

Rock Reads: Holiday Gift Guide Edition Does the music lover on your gift list already have all the new music he or she wants? Then get them a book! Our picks for some of the best new music-related books Read the full Holiday Gift Guide Edition review

Timothy B. Schmit - Leap of Faith Longtime fans of Schmit will remember that before he joined the Eagles he was a member of Poco, and Leap of Faiths opening track My Hat sounds very much of that era Read the full Timothy B. Schmit - Leap of Faith review

Bob Seger - I Knew You When (5 Star) After a three-year wait between new albums and a recent health scare that caused him to interrupt his Runaway Train Tour, Seger returns with a very strong set in I Knew You When. Read the full Bob Seger - I Knew You When (5 Star) review

Root 66: Professor Louie and the Crowmatix - The Lost Band Tracks Professor Louie, whose real name is Aaron Hurwitz, is a member of the extended family of The Band, having worked with them for more than 15-years in various capacities including acting as producer of several of their albums. Read the full Professor Louie and the Crowmatix - The Lost Band Tracks review

Root 66: Ryan Koenig - Two Different Worlds A member of fellow St. Louisan Pokey LaFarges band, singer and guitarist Koenig steps out here with his first solo album. The albums title gives a hint as to Koenigs mindset as his country music does indeed live in a different world Read the full Ryan Koenig - Two Different Worlds review

Root 66: Lynn Drury - Rise of the Fall Drury is a veteran player who has released eight albums in total but mostly regionally- Rise of the Fall represents the singer and guitarists first effort to be released nationally. Read the full Lynn Drury - Rise of the Fall review

Root 66: Lost Bayou Ramblers - Kalenda Lots of traditional Louisiana sounds here, but the Ramblers row their musical pirogue to some unexplored parts of the bayou too, waxing a little psychedelic may have something to do with their recent work with Jack White. Read the full Lost Bayou Ramblers - Kalenda review

Root 66: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - Life is a Story Lawson and company kick off with Kids These Days, a reflective cut about how life was simpler not so long ago. With yearning lead vocals and sweet harmonies, the song does indeed make the bygone era sound like it was something very special Read the full Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - Life is a Story review

Root 66: Hymn River Suite - Hundred Proof Hymn River Suite is brother and sister duo Justin Mathenia and Amy Snyder and their music is informed by their upbringing along the Mississippi River in Illinois across the river from St. Louis, where the heartland butts up against the South. Read the full Hymn River Suite - Hundred Proof review

Santa's Jukebox: Tav Falco - A Tav Falco Christmas Christmas comes early for Falco fans as this 12 mini LP on red vinyl arrives at indie records stores on Nov. 24 as part of the Record Store Day Black Friday event. Read the full Tav Falco - A Tav Falco Christmas review

Sites and Sounds: Phoenix Concert Calendar For November November is usually a bountiful time for concerts in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and with all the other hubbub of the impending holidays we thought that you could use a little help in figuring out which shows you want to see. Read the full Phoenix Concert Calendar For November review

San Francisco String Trio - May I Introduce to You San Francisco String Trio have a rather striking way of introducing themselves as a band, offering up a fun interpretation of the Beatles masterpiece Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Read the full San Francisco String Trio - May I Introduce to You review

Michael Jackson - Scream Scream is not a Halloween album in the traditional sense. The compilation of hits and favorites is rather, as the CD liner notes indicate, A celebration of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his love for the Halloween season. Read the full Michael Jackson - Scream review

Sites and Sounds: Monster of Rock Cruise 2018 Set to take place aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise liner Navigator of the Seas Feb. 11-16, the massive floating rock festival will feature acts like Lita Ford, Tesla, Queensryche, Thunder, LA Guns, Winger and many others. Read the full Monster of Rock Cruise 2018 review

Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre - 5 Minutes to Live: A Tribute to Johnny Cash The last time we heard from Joecephus (aka Joey Killingsworth) he was masterminding the jim dandy tribute to Black Oak Arkansas, Mutants of the Monster. Read the full Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre - 5 Minutes to Live: A Tribute to Johnny Cash review

Powerman 5000 - New Wave Powerman 5000 has been around for more than two decades now, releasing a new record approximately every other year, and New Wave marks their 11th effort overall. Read the full Powerman 5000 - New Wave review

Sites and Sounds: We Got Your Back Brian Benefit Concert The bluegrass community of Denver and surrounding area has come together to help out a fellow musician in need. Percussionist Brian Jung was injured in a diving accident at Cherry Creek Reservoir this summer Read the full We Got Your Back Brian Benefit Concert review

Rock Reads: We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s & 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene Russo has wisely excised her questions here so each subjects contribution is presented instead in essay form, and that keeps the readers attention fully focused on what the women reminiscing about their punk era experiences have to say. Read the full We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s & 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene review

Chris Barron - Angels and One-Armed Jugglers Dont worry Spin Doctors fans; guitarist and singer Chris Barron has not left the band. Hes merely stepping out with this solo album to, as he puts it, Express the broadness of my musicality. Read the full Chris Barron - Angels and One-Armed Jugglers review

Road Trip: Dublin By Bicycle: It's Electric! Beautiful churches and countless buildings showing off their Victorian and Georgian architecture. Historic spots: The Vikings landed here, James Joyce hung out over here and rock stars U2 roamed right over there Read the full Dublin By Bicycle: It's Electric! Road Trip

Road Trip: Explore Ancient Ireland at the Kerry Bog Village There wasn't much that was pretty about life in an 18th century Irish bog village. As the day's toil came to a close, many exhausted villagers no doubt still managed a bit of a sly grin as they envisioned an afterhours trip to the village shebeen. Read the full Explore Ancient Ireland at the Kerry Bog Village Road Trip

Steve Miller Band - Ultimate Hits (5 Star) 40 cuts in all, Ultimate Hits really lives up to its title while also bringing fans a nice selection of rarities. Vinyl fans can purchase this one on wax in a 2-LP version or in a deluxe 4-LP version. Read the full Steve Miller Band - Ultimate Hits (5 Star) review

Jesse Colin Young and the Martin Barre Band Live Two legendary figures took to the stage at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Friday, Sept. 22- beloved folk rocker Jesse Colin Young and revered guitarist Martin Barre of Jethro Tull fame. Read the full Jesse Colin Young and the Martin Barre Band Live review

Quick Flicks: California Typewriter For generations that have grown up using a computer and printer to generate physical documents, the typewriter must seem like some sort of device once favored by cavemen- for most practical purposes it is that far gone. Read the full California Typewriter review

Kinlin - The Last Stand Kinlin has been around for a while but longtime fans neednt be concerned with this albums title- this is not a farewell effort. In fact its just the opposite as the set is very tight and filled with hooks and likely to expand the bands fan base greatly. Read the full Kinlin - The Last Stand review

UFO - The Salentino Cuts UFO is now only about a year and a half away from celebrating their 50th anniversary, and The Salentino Cuts illuminates a side of the group thats never been shown before. Read the full UFO - The Salentino Cuts review

On The Record: Walk the Line (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) The 2005 biographical drama Walk the Line tells the life story of the late country music legend Johnny Cash and this soundtrack to the film presents 16 songs, performed mostly by the films stars Read the full Walk the Line (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) review

Neil Young - Hitchhiker Recorded between the Zuma and American Stars and Bars albums, all the material on Hitchhiker is previously unheard until now in the versions presented here, even though most of the songs have been released over the years in other forms. Read the full Neil Young - Hitchhiker review

The Blues: The Nighthawks- Paradise Kings- Delta Wires In this latest Get the Blues edition Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the following new releases: The Nighthawks All You Gotta Do, Paradise Kings Controlled Burn and Delta Wires Born in Oakland Read the full The Nighthawks- Paradise Kings- Delta Wires review

Dennis DeYoung Plays The Music Of Styx at Mesa Arts Center Phoenix area fans of Styx began last weekend with a Fri. Aug. 11 show by former Styx lead singer Dennis DeYoung who was in town not Rockin the Paradise, but rocking the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center. Read the full Dennis DeYoung Plays The Music Of Styx at Mesa Arts Center review

Yestival Tour Preview With Yes, Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer Yestival tour with Yes, Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer includes Phoenix stop at Celebrity Theatre. Yestival presents a trio of the eras most influential acts Read the full Yestival Tour Preview With Yes, Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer review

On The Record: NOMADS- All-Seeing Eyes- Birdseed Kevin Wierzbicki checks in with his latest On the Record installment to share reviews of some exciting new vinyl releases from NOMADS, All-Seeing Eyes and Birdseed Read the full NOMADS- All-Seeing Eyes- Birdseed review

Root 66: Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones - Love You To Life Hope and her rockabilly crew have been racking up tons of accolades in their home stomping ground of the Hudson Valley area of New York and they also garnered national attention by winning a major award. Read the full Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones - Love You To Life review

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Considering that Buckingham and McVie are joined here by their Fleetwood Mac cohorts John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, it would not be wrong to think of this album as a Fleetwood Mac album without Stevie Nicks. Read the full Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie review

ZZ Ward - The Storm Wards sultry voice and her knack for catchy vocal phrasing makes The Storm an enjoyable listen all the way through for all comers, and those who happen to be recently heartbroken will find a hefty cathartic here too. Read the full ZZ Ward - The Storm review

Road Trip: The Cincinnati Music Festival With 10 well-known artists appearing over the course of the festival, including headliners Mary J. Blige and Usher, festival-goers may have walked into the stadium but they were dancing on their way out. Read the full The Cincinnati Music Festival Road Trip

Sites and Sounds: Ubersoca Cruise 2017 If youre a fan of soca music and you also love to play in the warm Caribbean sun, heres just the ticket for you: The Ubersoca Cruise 2017 that sets sail from Miami, Florida Nov. 16 aboard the Carnival Cruise Line ship Sensation. Read the full Ubersoca Cruise 2017 review

The Isley Brothers & Santana - Power of Peace The thought of Santana collaborating with The Isley Brothers for a full album is mouth-watering, and fans will no longer have to dream about such an event as it has come to fruition with the new album Power of Peace. Read the full The Isley Brothers & Santana - Power of Peace review

On The Record: Raiders Of The Lost Ark Soundtrack Definitely a gem for collectors, film buffs will love all the graphics on the gatefold jacket while audiophiles will appreciate that the sound has been remixed and upgraded and that no expense has been spared in pressing this double record set. Read the full Raiders Of The Lost Ark Soundtrack review

Sites and Sounds: Cincinnati Music Festival One of the nations biggest urban music festivals, the Cincinnati Music Festival Presented by P&G offers three days of fun with some of todays biggest stars of R&B, rap and soul music along with a hefty dose of blast-from-the-past. Read the full Cincinnati Music Festival review

Road Trip: Festival d'ete de Quebec The festival took place in and adjacent to the city's historic and scenic old town July 6-16, and fittingly for its milestone 50th anniversary, festival organizers really outdid themselves with the musical line-up. Read the full Festival d'ete de Quebec Road Trip

Don Barnes - Ride the Storm Its double your pleasure time for fans of 38 Special as Ride the Storm presents this 2-CD set, a previously-unreleased solo album from the bands front man Don Barnes Read the full Don Barnes - Ride the Storm review

Rock Reads: Food on Foot: A History of Eating on Trails and in the Wild Here author Guzey, an Istanbul-based writer with a passion for food, especially when its consumed in unlikely places like a mountaintop, presents a fun read Read the full Food on Foot: A History of Eating on Trails and in the Wild review

Junkyard - High Water After enjoying some successful reunion shows, the guys, led by singer and founding member David Roach, hit the studio with new material and came out with this impressive set. Read the full Junkyard - High Water review

Mark Slaughter - Halfway There For those of us who manage to live to be middle aged, loosely defined as from 40-years-old to 60-years-old, there comes a time of reflection about the years gone by and thoughts about the limited number of days yet to come. Read the full Mark Slaughter - Halfway There review

On The Record: Melvin Van Peebles and Earth, Wind & Fire - Sweet SweetbackÂ’s Baadasssss Song Soundtrack theres a significance to the soundtrack that will be especially interesting to fans of Earth, Wind & Fire: the band was unknown at the time that they hooked up with Van Peebles (on vocals) to record this album. Read the full Melvin Van Peebles and Earth, Wind & Fire - Sweet SweetbackÂ’s Baadasssss Song Soundtrack review

Road Trip Missouri: Get Your Sips on Route 66 While an ice cold pop appeals to just about everybody, sometimes mom and dad crave a beverage that's a bit stronger. Their oasis awaits just off Route 66 in St. James, Missouri. Read the full Missouri- Get Your Sips on Route 66 Road Trip

Root 66: Evan Michaels - Ain't No Stopping This Michaels is a native of Stillwater, Oklahoma who after a stint in Nashville realized that hed be more comfortable back home in Red Dirt country, so today he is one of the preeminent artists representing the Stillwater scene. Read the full Evan Michaels - Ain't No Stopping This review

Rock Reads: 45 RPM (Recollections Per Minute) The Morrell Archives Volume 3 Morrell enjoyed a lengthy career as a record company promotion man: those are the guys whose job it is to get songs on the radio, or to paraphrase Joni Mitchell, to stoke the star maker machinery. Read the full 45 RPM (Recollections Per Minute) The Morrell Archives Volume 3 review

Root 66: Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos Fans of the Fabulous Thunderbirds will find the funky, harmonica driven 20 Days to their liking, and theyll also probably dig the Stevie Ray Vaughan-recalling Give Me Strength. Read the full Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos review

Root 66: MandolinMan - Unfolding the Roots MandolinMan is four Belgian guys playing traditional Flemish music on mandolin (and mandocello) but American fans can be forgiven for listening to cuts like Schottische Eppegem and Elewijt Read the full MandolinMan - Unfolding the Roots review

Root 66: Cary Morin - Cradle to the Grave Cary Morin is a singer and guitarist specializing in finger picking and Cradle to the Grave, where he works without accompaniment, is a chance to really hear the eloquence of his picking Read the full Cary Morin - Cradle to the Grave review

Root 66: Jeffrey Halford and the Healers - Lo-fi Dreams Mostly Halford doles out alt country with liberal doses of soul and the occasional tender ballad or sweet remembrance. Halford is an exceptional storyteller and he penned everything here, and his guitar work is hot but not overly showy Read the full Jeffrey Halford and the Healers - Lo-fi Dreams review

On The Record: Five Alarm Funk - Sweat The music is so powerful here that its easy to think of Sweat as an instrumental album but most songs have short bursts of vocals, with the anthemic Power of Funk being the most fun to sing along to. Read the full Five Alarm Funk - Sweat review

Edge of Free's Self-Titled Debut There are lots of ways to make music sound dramatic- big drum flourishes, synthesizer swooshes and screeching guitars will all do the trick. But sometimes less is more, and the members of Edge of Free are well aware of this. Read the full Edge of Free's Self-Titled Debut review

Quick Flicks: Bang! The Bert Berns Story Unless you are a student of pop and soul music or a big music trivia buff, chances are you have not heard of the late Bert Berns. Just as surely though, youre familiar with his work as a songwriter and producer. Read the full Bang! The Bert Berns Story review

Hot In The City: Lane Change - Rise Rise is a four-song EP from Arizona rockers Lane Change that opens with the big Southern rock sound of The Rich Get Richer, a cut that fans of the Black Crowes will be very comfortable with. Read the full Lane Change - Rise review

Through Fire - Breathe This Nebraska-based foursome probably never dreamed that their single Stronger would find success the way it did, as the song has found placement during the Stanley Cup finals Read the full Through Fire - Breathe review

On The Record: The Bill Evans Trio - On a Monday Evening It has been more than 35-years since jazz pianist Bill Evans passed away, but because of his status as one of the geniuses of the genre, interest in the man and his music has not waned over the decades Read the full The Bill Evans Trio - On a Monday Evening review

Rock Reads: Hey Joe: The Unauthorized Biography of the Rock Classic The extent of the average fans knowledge of the 60s song Hey Joe probably consists only of familiarity with the version performed by Jimi Hendrix, which is still a mainstay on classic rock radio Read the full Hey Joe: The Unauthorized Biography of the Rock Classic review

Passport: Tamkrest - Ian Faquini and Paula Santoro- More For this edition of Passport Kevin Wierzbicki tells about new releases from Tamkrest (from Mali), Ian Faquini + Paula Santoro (from Brazil), Hanitra (from Madagascar) and compilation called Vintage Italia. Read the full Tamkrest - Ian Faquini and Paula Santoro- More review

Passport: Orchestra Baobab- Amine & Hamza- Las Cafeteras For this edition of Passport Kevin Wierzbicki tells about new releases from the Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab, Tunisia via Switzerlands Amine & Hamza and the Band Beyond Borders and East LAs Las Cafeteras. Read the full Orchestra Baobab- Amine & Hamza- Las Cafeteras review

Ray Goren - Free Until now Goren has been primarily known for his bluesy guitar playing prowess and while that talent is still on display throughout Free, the six song EP shows that Goren, still only a teenager, should not be pigeonholed as a blues rocker. Read the full Ray Goren - Free review

Jennifer Paige - Starflower Its been almost 20-years since Paige had her big hit Crush which went to no 3 in 1998. A decade later, after the passing of her mom and dad and a cancer diagnosis, Paige left the music business to grieve and fight the disease Read the full Jennifer Paige - Starflower review

On The Record: Jean Jacques Perrey's Moog Indigo The Moog synthesizer was only a few years old when this album released in 1970 and it had not yet become a favorite instrument for prog rockers and others who were into experimental music Read the full Jean Jacques Perrey's Moog Indigo review

Iron Maiden TBT Month- Flight 666 We continue our Iron Maiden TBT month with a look back at Kevin Wierzbickis 5 Star review of the Flight 666 film which documented the first leg of the bands legendary Somewhere Back in Time World Tour Read the full Iron Maiden TBT Month- Flight 666 review

RockPile: Hollywood Monsters- The Dahmers In this installment of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki tells about new releases from Hollywood Monsters (featuring members of Black Sabbath, Dio, Whitesnake, and Paul DiAnno Band) and The Dahmers. Read the full Hollywood Monsters- The Dahmers review

On The Record: Strange Karma - Cold Blooded Martin Strange, the lead singer for Australian power trio Strange Karma, has a voice that often recalls a young Robert Plant. In a throwback to the heyday of classic hard rock, Cold Blooded is available on vinyl only. Read the full Strange Karma - Cold Blooded review

On The Record: Jen Gloeckner - Vine Having trouble getting that daydream started? Gloeckner solves your problem here with Vine, a collection of trippy and otherwise ethereal cuts guaranteed to help you slip off into the ether. Read the full Jen Gloeckner - Vine review

Bernie Torme - Dublin Cowboy Torme is best known as lead guitarist in Gillan and he also had the unenviable task of taking over guitar chores for Ozzy Osbournes Diary of a Madman tour after the death of Randy Rhoads Read the full Bernie Torme - Dublin Cowboy review

Al Atkins - Reloaded Metal fans who are up on their trivia will recognize Atkins as the singer who left Judas Priest when they were struggling to find a record deal, thus opening the vocalist position that would be filled by metal god in waiting Rob Halford. Read the full Al Atkins - Reloaded review

Road Trip: Travel News, Trips and Tips April 2017 Now that spring is upon us, the weather will soon be ideal for road trips. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for things to do when you hit the road, and some products that will help you out along the way. Read the full Travel News, Trips and Tips April 2017 Road Trip

Road Trip: Boise, Idaho's Treefort Music Fest The 2017 Treefort Music Fest took place in downtown Boise, Idaho and it was a resounding success by any measure. Only in its sixth year, Treefort presented shows by hundreds of bands while also offering plenty to do Read the full Boise, Idaho's Treefort Music Fest Road Trip

Mastodon - Emperor of Sand Having previously tackled the subjects of fire, earth, water, air and the natural cycles of nature in their previous albums, this time out Mastodon delves into a subject that is not so easily defined: the mysterious concept of time. Read the full Mastodon - Emperor of Sand review

RockPile Prog Edition: Steve Hillage- Van Der Graaf Generator- Richard Barbieri Our salute to prog rock this time out samples a mammoth box set from one of the genres most-revered guitarists, a stunning new album from some elder statesmen of prog and a solo effort from one of todays most popular prog bands. Read the full Prog Edition: Steve Hillage- Van Der Graaf Generator- Richard Barbieri review

On The Record: The Dollyrots - Whiplash Splash Theres a new baby in their Dollyrots family too in the form of new album Whiplash Splash and it has the perfect release date; with warm weather just around the corner Whiplash Splash is ready to party the summer away. Read the full The Dollyrots - Whiplash Splash review

Road Trip: The True/False Film Fest 2017 The True/False Film Fest took place in Columbia, Missouri March 2-5 and once again the annual celebration of the best new documentary films was a crowd-pleasing success filled with fun and surprises Read the full The True/False Film Fest 2017 Road Trip

Rock Reads: Out of the Basement: From Cheap Trick to DIY Punk in Rockford, Illinois, 1973-2005 The latest in the Scene History series from Microcosm chronicles the birth and evolution of the punk scene in the Rust Belt city of Rockford, where, like elsewhere, punk was a powerful magnet for bored and alienated youth. Read the full Out of the Basement: From Cheap Trick to DIY Punk in Rockford, Illinois, 1973-2005 review

Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid and Nancy The story of Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungens relationship and how it came to be comes to vivid life here in all its sordidness, and many may rightfully consider Sad Vacation to be the definitive statement on the matter. Read the full Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid and Nancy review

Emmet Cahill - Emmet Cahill's Ireland Cahill is a featured performer with the Irish group Celtic Thunder and here he puts his beautiful tenor to work on an 11-song set of beloved traditional Irish songs. It makes for a great soundtrack to a mellow St. Patricks Day, or indeed any day. Read the full Emmet Cahill - Emmet Cahill's Ireland review

Derek Davis - Revolutionary Soul Fans of the hard rock band Babylon A.D. have a lot to look forward to: the group, featuring all of the original members, will release a new album this October. In the meantime, lead singer Derek Davis has a new solo effort on offer as a tide-over. Read the full Derek Davis - Revolutionary Soul review

Root 66: Charlie and the Regrets - Rivers in the Streets Charlie and the Regrets lead singer Charlie Harrison has been quoted as saying, Everything I say is with a smile and a wink, and that becomes obvious right away here on opening track Proud Man. Read the full Charlie and the Regrets - Rivers in the Streets review

Root 66: Chip Taylor - A Song I Can Live With Thats the modus operandi here, sedate yet intense songs with minimal accompaniment (mostly guitar and piano) that might throw those who only know Taylor from his work with Carrie Rodriguez for a bit of a loop. Read the full Chip Taylor - A Song I Can Live With review

Root 66: Darin and Brooke Aldridge - Faster and Farther With the speedy and very spiritually-attuned Kingdom Come and the gospel number Fit for a King opening the latest from this bluegrass duo, you might get the idea that this is a full set of gospel bluegrass. It is not. Read the full Darin and Brooke Aldridge - Faster and Farther review

Root 66: Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band - Standing on Faith While Ledet and company color outside the lines here everything, regardless of description, has a groove and you can bet that the bands live shows provide a raucous good time. In the meantime Standing on Faith will do quite nicely. Read the full Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band - Standing on Faith review

Joe Lynn Turner - The Sessions Powerhouse vocalist Turner rocks through a set of mostly well-known, mostly hard rock songs from iconic bands like Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC as well as his former band Rainbow. Read the full Joe Lynn Turner - The Sessions review

Zucchero - Black Cat The dream production team of Don Was, Brendan OBrien and T Bone Burnett puts the perfect edge on this set of funky, Continental-via-New Orleans party rock from Zucchero. Read the full Zucchero - Black Cat review

Chickn - Chickn Heres a really cool and trippy offering from this Greek band. Opening cut Chickn Tribe mashes up bluesy, Jimi Hendrix-style guitar with Jim Morrison-recalling vocals and a tribal drumbeat along with subtle psychedelic effects Read the full Chickn - Chickn review

TBT - Arctic Monkeys' Favourite Worst Nightmare For this weeks TBT we travel back a decade for Kevin Wierzbickis review of Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare where he found that they not only avoided the dreaded sophomore slump but took a leap toward senior. Read the full TBT - Arctic Monkeys' Favourite Worst Nightmare review

Judas Priest - Turbo 30 For some Judas Priest fans it probably seems like just yesterday that they were roaring down the street with the car radio cranked up, singing along with Priest front man Rob Halford on the big hit Turbo Lover. Read the full Judas Priest - Turbo 30 review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Pink Jeep Sedona Tour, Travvy Award Winners And More This time out our column features something especially for sweethearts, news of this years winners of Travvy Awards, and a new book for travelers who are fans of military history. Get a bag packed and lets go! Read the full Pink Jeep Sedona Tour, Travvy Award Winners And More review

5 Star: Jethro Tull - Stand Up: The Elevated Edition Overall the package is an excellent snapshot of early Jethro Tull presented in a modern manner that makes Stand Up: The Elevated Edition a very desirable collectible. Read the full Jethro Tull - Stand Up: The Elevated Edition review

Shallow Side - ONE With cuts like the heavy-thumping, defiant Rebel and an incendiary take on the Styx chestnut Renegade in their arsenal, Shallow Side land firmly in the bastion of bands that have the goods to shut down the rock is dead naysayers. Read the full Shallow Side - ONE review

Root 66: Saints Eleven - Coming Back Around This Dallas-based band plays a sort of country music that rings with authenticity. Whether vocalist Jeff Grossman is professing eternal love or attempting to get back with an ex, the plaintive quality of his voice makes every word believable Read the full Saints Eleven - Coming Back Around review

Root 66: Holly Norman - Taking Care of Bluegrass: A Tribute to Elvis Singer and guitarist Norman got the idea to do an Elvis Presley tribute album during a visit to Graceland and what a good idea it was. Here she presents grassed up interpretations of a dozen songs associated with Presley Read the full Holly Norman - Taking Care of Bluegrass: A Tribute to Elvis review

Root 66: Washboard Hank - Human Beans Fans of acts like Mojo Nixon and his washboard-playing sidekick Skid Roper will love the similarly earthy sounds of Washboard Hank. And as with Mojo and Skid, Washboard Hanks music is full of delightfully-skewed humor. Read the full Washboard Hank - Human Beans review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: January 2017 Edition It takes some of the fun out of traveling if you arrive at your destination with a pain in your neck or elsewhere. Aching neck and shoulders are common problems for travelers. Now there is help, plus Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise and W Las Vegas Read the full January 2017 Edition review

Michael Hornbuckle - Soul Repo As the title of the album suggests, singer and guitarist Hornbuckles music is exceptionally soulful. With a voice that reminds of superstar John Mayer, Hornbuckle here demonstrates a mastery of lights-down-low slow dance R&B Read the full Michael Hornbuckle - Soul Repo review

The Blues: The James Montgomery Blues Band Legendary in his own right, blues harpist Montgomery has been a member of the Johnny Winter Band, recorded with Kid Rock, toured with superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and Gregg Allman Read the full The James Montgomery Blues Band review

The Blues: Popa Chubby - The Catfish Popa Chubby is a multi-instrumentalist and he plays lots of the bass, drum and keyboard parts on The Catfish, but it is his guitar playing and singing that take the spotlight here as he romps through a dozen songs, 10 of which are self-penned. Read the full Popa Chubby - The Catfish review

The Blues: Big Jay McNeely - Blowin' Down the House: Big Jay's Latest & Greatest This phenomenal sax player was driving audiences wild with his high energy stage show way back in the late 40s and early 50s and many fans today might be under the impression that the star has passed away. Read the full Big Jay McNeely - Blowin' Down the House: Big Jay's Latest & Greatest review

The Blues: The Reverend KM Williams - The Real Deal Blues Fans can take this albums title literally, the retro production techniques employed here give this record a vibe that will be irresistible to hipsters while also pleasing blues purists. The real deal indeed. Read the full The Reverend KM Williams - The Real Deal Blues review

RockPile: Spotlight on Steamhammer/SPV Records The folks at German label Steamhammer/SPV specialize in hard. Here we listen to the new releases from Rock Wolves, Freedom Call and long-running favorites Fair Warning, all of which are bands from Germany. Read the full Spotlight on Steamhammer/SPV Records review

Santa's Jukebox: Jazz Dispensary- Latin Christmas- Bon Qui Qui- more O come all ye faithful music lovers to Santas Jukebox for a selection of holiday tunes that are guaranteed to jingle your bells! Theres even a little Christmastime comedy in the stocking. So lets get the show-ho-ho on the road! Read the full Jazz Dispensary- Latin Christmas- Bon Qui Qui- more review

Santa's Jukebox: Legacy Vinyl Edition Santas in a retro mood this time out as his sleigh is overflowing with good holiday music from the folks at Legacy Records. Not only that, the jolly old elf is delivering all these titles in vinyl form, including one very special colored vinyl release.
Read the full Legacy Vinyl Edition review

Holiday Gift Guide: Music DVD or Blu-ray Edition The holidays are a time when many have a little more time to kick back and relax and spend some time in front of the television, perhaps watching a music DVD or Blu-ray. Read the full Music DVD or Blu-ray Edition review

Rock Reads: Behind the Paranormal: Everything You Know is Wrong Father and son Paul and Ben Eno have produced more than 600 shows about the paranormal for broadcast on CBS Radio and the material found here is derived from select scripts of those shows Read the full Behind the Paranormal: Everything You Know is Wrong review

Holiday Gift Guide: Pop Culture Edition Here are some very hip gift ideas for the pop culture fans on your list. And since this is a time when lots of toasts will be made, we suggest some special glasses to hold that holiday cheer! Read the full Pop Culture Edition review

Holiday Gift Guide: Vinyl Edition An amazing Freddie Mercury box set, new music from jazz man Errol Garner and two releases featuring performances by big stars that were recorded during induction ceremonies at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Read the full Vinyl Edition review

Road Trip: Sea Life Arizona Aquarium Why do you suppose a really big ray would look at you with an equally large grin on its face? Because he's happy to see you, of course! When strolling from tank to tank at the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium in Tempe Read the full Sea Life Arizona Aquarium Road Trip

Holiday Gift Guide: Rock Reads Edition If youre looking for a holiday gift for a music fan whos a reader, we have some great new titles to tell you about. And if youre a fan of John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, collecting music on vinyl, guitar greats, youll want to get one of these for yourself Read the full Rock Reads Edition review

Queen On Air: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions One of the real treats of this 2-CD collection is a version of We Will Rock You that most fans probably have never heard; a fast and punchy punk rock-tinged rocker that sounds nothing like the rhythmically-thumping original. Read the full Queen On Air: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions review

Holiday Gift Guide: Kris Kristofferson- Van Morrison- Human League Box Sets The holiday gift giving season is a great time for fans of box sets and other multidisc sets as this is when artists and labels like to come forward with some of the most tempting releases of the year Read the full Kris Kristofferson- Van Morrison- Human League Box Sets review

5 Star: Pink Floyd - The Early Years Legacy Records is about to release a massive 27-disc Pink Floyd box set called The Early Years 1965-1972 as well as a 2-CD collection that will feature highlights from the box set. Read the full Pink Floyd - The Early Years review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Holiday Gift Guide Edition Whether youre looking for something for yourself, an avid globetrotter or an armchair traveler, our selection of new travel-related books includes a title thatll be to your liking. Read the full Holiday Gift Guide Edition review

Scattered Hamlet - Swamp Rebel Machine Swamp Rebel Machine is one of those albums that makes you want to go and rock out with the band live. The band plays hard rock with a southern bent and a party hard, we dont give a (hoot) about what anybody thinks attitude. Read the full Scattered Hamlet - Swamp Rebel Machine review

Road Trip: Las Vegas' Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay Sometimes what happens in Vegas is just too good not to crow about, and that's the case with the dining experience at Libertine Social, the latest restaurant to open at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Read the full Las Vegas' Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay Road Trip

Grandpa Death Experience - The Unforgiving Shoe of the Future The underground has yielded up an authentic gem here. If you think this bands name and choice of album titles is weird, wait till you get a whiff of their background story. Read the full Grandpa Death Experience - The Unforgiving Shoe of the Future review

Rocktober Reads: Lou Gramm's Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock'n'Roll We conclude our Roctober Reads week with a look back at Kevin Wierzbickis review of Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in RocknRoll by Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm Read the full Lou Gramm's Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock'n'Roll review

Sites and Sounds: Jazz Fest Edition Feeling jazzy? Feel like doing some traveling to enjoy some live music? Then have we got some ideas for you! Check out our picks of some sweet music festivals that take place in exciting destinations! Read the full Jazz Fest Edition review

Rocktober Reads: Ozzy Osbourne's I Am Ozzy As we celebrate Rocktober we wanted to take a special look back at some of our best Rock Reads reviews. Today we revisit Kevin Wierzbickis review of Ozzy Osbournes I Am Ozzy Read the full I Am Ozzy review

Road Trip: Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival that takes place in Columbia, Missouri every autumn celebrated a 10th anniversary this year, but as far as birthday gifts go, all the loot went to festival-goers Read the full Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Road Trip

Sites and Sounds: Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival The Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta will come alive for this two day festival as shows are presented on stages located throughout the citys downtown area and at the Avalon shopping and entertainment complex. Read the full Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival review

Rock Reads: Dynamic Song Performance: The Singers Bible Vocal techniques are just a small part of this bible for singers as Jay covers everything from phrasing to stage presence to creating a fan base in this very thorough primer. Read the full Dynamic Song Performance: The Singers Bible review

Root 66: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - Burden Bearer Theres something about the plaintive quality of bluegrass music that makes the genre particularly suitable for interpreting gospel songs. mandolin master and singer Lawson leads his band through a generous 20-song set. Read the full Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - Burden Bearer review

On The Record: Motosierra Is the Moto part of Motosierras name a tribute to Motorhead? Maybe, or maybe not, but for sure Motosierra has, like Motorhead did, a real penchant for speedy, balls-to-the-wall rock n roll. And a knack for doing it well, too. Read the full Motosierra review

Road Trip: Odysea Aquarium Making A Splash In Scottsdale, AZ There's a brand new place to have fun in Scottsdale and rockin' lobsters, cool catfish and swinging starfish are coming from all over to check the place out, as are creatures of the human persuasion Read the full Odysea Aquarium Making A Splash In Scottsdale, AZ Road Trip

Gravitysays_i - Quantum Unknown This Greek band has released one of the most interesting prog records to come along this year. Opening cut More Than a Matter of Instinct tunes in to a spacy groove that sounds like early Pink Floyd Read the full Gravitysays_i - Quantum Unknown review

Root 66: Ladies Edition - Annika Chambers, Gabrielle Louise, Tami Neilson, Carrie Newcomer This time out our spotlight on the best new roots music releases features ladies only including Annika Chambers, Gabrielle Louise, Tami Neilson and Carrie Newcomer. Read the full Ladies Edition - Annika Chambers, Gabrielle Louise, Tami Neilson, Carrie Newcomer review

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Eleven Eleven Dinosaur Pile-Up singer and guitarist Matt Bigland says that 11:11, the title track of this album, is in part about finding significance in insignificance Read the full Dinosaur Pile-Up - Eleven Eleven review

Road Trip: Swaziland Part 3- The Best Places to Stay Although it is a very small country, Swaziland is packed with exciting things to do and see like viewing Africa's "Big 5" game animals, attending a world-class music festival like Bushfire, and more Read the full Swaziland Part 3- The Best Places to Stay Road Trip

Travel News, Trips and Tips: CooLHeadS, Lassoing the Sun, Outrigger Resorts' Waikiki Music Lovers Its easy to get excited when thinking about travel. The thought of new experiences and exotic places can really crank up the heat. But its important to keep a cool head at all times. Read the full CooLHeadS, Lassoing the Sun, Outrigger Resorts' Waikiki Music Lovers review

RockPile: Prog Edition- Gong, MJ12, Armonite Kevin Wierzbicki checks in with a special edition of Rock Pile where he looks at new prog releases including Gongs Rejoice! Im Dead!, MJ12 and Armonites The Sun is New Each Day. Read the full Prog Edition- Gong, MJ12, Armonite review

Root 66: Stony Plain Records Label Showcase Stony Plain is a roots music label based in the Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta that is celebrating a 40th anniversary this year. Heres a look at some of their brand new releases. Read the full Stony Plain Records Label Showcase review

On The Record: Kate Fagan - I Don't Wanna Be Too Cool Fans that went through the new wave years in the Chicago vicinity will be especially pleased with this rerelease of music that Fagan recorded before she went on to front Chi-Town ska band Heavy Manners Read the full Kate Fagan - I Don't Wanna Be Too Cool review

Mike Campese - Chapters The recent earthquake in central Italy no doubt brought back horrible memories for Campese- the guitarist lost several relatives to a similar event that occurred in the same area a few years ago Read the full Mike Campese - Chapters review

Mutants of the Monster: A Tribute to Black Oak Arkansas Acts like Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), Greg Ginn (Black Flag), Shooter Jennings, Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers) and the Kentucky Bridgeburners all offer contributions Read the full Mutants of the Monster: A Tribute to Black Oak Arkansas review

Rock Reads: Under Spiritual Siege: How Ghosts and Demons Affect Us and How to Combat Them Dont get the idea from the books subtitle that author Stillman drives from town-to-town with a trunk full of demon-slaying gear looking to do away with the malevolent entity of-the-week like Sam and Dean Winchester on televisions Supernatural. Read the full Under Spiritual Siege: How Ghosts and Demons Affect Us and How to Combat Them review

RockPile: Gringo Star- On Dolphin- More For this edition of Rock Pile Kevin tells us about the new rock releases Gringo Stars The Sides and In Between, 18th and Addisons Makeshift Monster and On Dolphins Layers. Read the full Gringo Star- On Dolphin- More review

The Ann Wilson Thing! Hot on the heels of Hearts stellar new album Beautiful Broken, Heart lead singer Ann Wilson keeps the new music coming with the second in (hopefully a long series) of EPs from The Ann Wilson Thing!, her solo side project. Read the full The Ann Wilson Thing! review

Road Trip Revisited: Puerto Vallarta Summer is winding down so for this Flashback Friday we take a trip south of the border to enjoy the sunshine. Today we revisit Kevin's 2014 Road Trip to the beautiful Puerto Vallarta as we bid farewell to summer 2016 Read the full Road Trip here

Road Trip: Quebec City Summer Festival Part 2 - Street Party! With some 300 concerts taking place on 10 stages over the course of 11 days, the Quebec City Summer Festival is one of North America's biggest music festivals, and one of its most beloved too Read the full Quebec City Summer Festival Part 2 - Street Party! Road Trip

The Damned - Don't You Wish That We Were Dead Despite the fact that they were the first British punk band to release a single (1976), release an album and tour the United States (both 1977), the Damned, still working to some extent today, have been perennially underrated. Read the full The Damned - Don't You Wish That We Were Dead review

RockPile: 3 Pill Morning- Lucifer's Friend- Cal Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about some new rock releases including 3 Pill Mornings Never Look Back, Lucifers Friends Live @ Sweden Rock 2015 and Cal Rock & Rolls Homegrown Read the full 3 Pill Morning- Lucifer's Friend- Cal review

Root 66: Kenny Davin Fine and the Tennessee Texans- Pete Kronowitt- Tom Rhodes Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Kenny Davin Fine and the Tennessee Texans Brand New Road, Pete Kronowitts A Lone Voice, Tom Rhodes Who You Were in this installment of Root 66 Read the full Kenny Davin Fine and the Tennessee Texans- Pete Kronowitt- Tom Rhodes review

Leslie Cours Mather - We Are America When was the last time you said the Pledge of Allegiance? The oath will likely be stuck in your head as an earworm after hearing We Are America, the catchy new single from Leslie Cours Mather Read the full Leslie Cours Mather - We Are America review

Road Trip: Travel News, Trips & Tips If you're hungry or thirsty you'll love this edition of Travel News, Trips & Tips- it's all about food and drink including Prague's Beer Tour, Sunset Key's Rum Ration and Tiny Restaurants in the Big Apple. Read the full Travel News, Trips & Tips Road Trip

Road Trip: Quebec City Summer Festival 2016 Part 1: La Musique! Quebec City is a joy to visit on any given day. It is only fitting that this is where the Quebec City Summer Festival, an 11-day event celebrating live music, takes place. Read the full Quebec City Summer Festival 2016 Part 1: La Musique! Road Trip

Road Trip Swaziland Part 2- Wildlife and Game Parks For most folks who take a holiday to Africa, especially first-time visitors, there's one thing that's sure to be on the agenda: Let's see some animals! That's something that's easy to do in Swaziland, home to Africa's famed "Big Five" game animals Read the full Road Trip Swaziland Part 2- Wildlife and Game Parks Road Trip

Road Trip: Nepal Open for Business! You may not be the sort of person who wants to climb Mt. Everest, but you might want to see it. Go ahead and make plans to do so. The magnificent peak and all the other delights of Nepal are awaiting. Read the full Nepal Open for Business! Road Trip

Foghat - Under the Influence Foghat perform a set of mostly original material where the songs are played in the style of a group or performer that has influenced the bands overall sound over the years, along with a few covers. Read the full Foghat - Under the Influence review

Root 66: Urban Pioneers- Ivas John- Travis Green- Clint Morgan In this installment of Root 66 Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Urban Pioneers Feast or Famine, Ivas Johns Good Days a Comin, Travis Greens A Little Too Late, Clint Morgans Scofflaw Read the full Urban Pioneers- Ivas John- Travis Green- Clint Morgan review

Vernon Neilly - Outta Time Guitarist Neilly wrote all of the songs on Outta Time with the exception of two versions of a cover of Jimi Hendrixs Fire that bookend the album, with the second version being an extended version. Read the full Vernon Neilly - Outta Time review

Rock Reads: Counting Down Southern Rock: The 100 Best Songs With Banisters list of the 100 best Southern rock songs beginning with #100, its a little tempting to flip to books end to see whats listed at #1. But its really not necessary Read the full Counting Down Southern Rock: The 100 Best Songs review

Rock Reads: Kittens and Kulture- The Pinup Photography of Susana Andrea The pinup has come a long way since having its first heyday during the World War II era, back when likenesses of pinup girls adorned military barracks and appeared on airplanes and other tools of war Read the full Kittens and Kulture- The Pinup Photography of Susana Andrea review

Road Trip: Swaziland Part 1: Culture and Attractions If you think the country called Swaziland sounds intriguing, wait until you get there! The small nation in southern Africa, bordered only by Mozambique and South Africa, offers visitors countless adventures in both rural and urban settings. Read the full Swaziland Part 1: Culture and Attractions Road Trip

Heart - Beautiful Broken By now all the accomplishments of Ann and her sister Nancy are well-documented and Heart has achieved a firm place in the history of rock, still Beautiful Broken is a look to the past, in a couple of ways. Read the full Heart - Beautiful Broken review

Road Trip: Swaziland's Bushfire Music Festival Part 2 The Bushfire Music Festival, one of Africa's most-revered music events, took place at House on Fire in Swaziland May 27-29. Having turned 10-years-old this year, the festival was bigger and better than ever Read the full Swaziland's Bushfire Music Festival Part 2 Road Trip

Road Trip: Swaziland's Bushfire Music Festival Part 1 Already renowned as one of the best music festivals in Africa, Swaziland's Bushfire Music Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with three days of art, food and drink, camaraderie and of course music. Read the full Swaziland's Bushfire Music Festival Part 1 Road Trip

The Blues: Walter Trout - Alive in Amsterdam There is a subtle but meaningful message contained in this 2-CD sets title as Trout almost died while waiting for a liver transplant, so this effort, recorded on his comeback tour, is knowingly called Alive in Amsterdam. Read the full Walter Trout - Alive in Amsterdam review

Quick Flicks: Johnny Winter With Dr. John - Live in Sweden 1987 Taped in a Swedish television studio before a small audience, Live in Sweden 1987 finds the late Johnny Winter in fine form and working in a trio format with bass and harmonica man John Paris and drummer Tom Compton. Read the full Johnny Winter With Dr. John - Live in Sweden 1987 review

Get To Know... Madysin Hatter Madysin Hatter will invite you to a rock n roll party and you wont have to fall down a rabbit hole to attend. her debut full-length Lose Your Mind is filled with songs that will be familiar to fans of Pat Benatar Read the full Madysin Hatter review

RockPile: Bun E. Carlos- Crown Jwlz- The Last Ditches In this edition of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos solo album Greetings from Bunezuela!, Crown Jwlzs California King, and The Last Ditches Spilt Milk Read the full Bun E. Carlos- Crown Jwlz- The Last Ditches review

Motorhead - Clean Your Clock Recorded live in Munich a mere five weeks before Kilmisters death (and at the last Motorhead shows to ever be recorded) Clean Your Clock is about as close to a farewell gift from the band as you can get. Read the full Motorhead - Clean Your Clock review

RockPile: Prog Edition (Asia, Security Project, The Raptor Trail) We present a progressive music round-up in this edition of Rock Pile as we listen to vintage Asia and new releases from Security Project and The Raptor Trail. Plug in your headphones and lets go! Read the full Prog Edition (Asia, Security Project, The Raptor Trail) review

Steve Porcaro - Someday/Somehow Putting out a solo record has never really been in the cards for Toto keyboards man and session player Steve Porcaro, he only recently decided to release this debut solo collection Read the full Steve Porcaro - Someday/Somehow review

Rock Reads: Aliens Among Us: Exploring Past and Present Readers may think it is all hogwash or they may glean some new ideas to mull over. Regardless, all will finish the book having been thoroughly entertained. Read the full Aliens Among Us: Exploring Past and Present review

Red Tide Rising - Voices Voices is just a six-song EP, but it rocks hard all the way through with the (sort of) title track The Sound of Voices Screaming being a surefire pick for hard rock radio. Read the full Red Tide Rising - Voices review

The Allman Brothers Band - Live From A&R Studios, New York, August 26, 1971 Recorded for a radio broadcast, this live set features the original Allman Brothers Band line-up of Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts and Jai Johanny Johanson. Read the full The Allman Brothers Band - Live From A&R Studios, New York, August 26, 1971 review

Anvil is Anvil The members of Canadian hard rock/metal band Anvil will be the first to admit that their sound hasnt changed a great deal over the course of the bands lengthy career. Read the full Anvil is Anvil review

Quick Flicks: The Dollyrots - Family Vacation: Live in Los Angeles This Dollyrots live concert film has been a long time coming but now after a successful crowd-funding campaign for Family Vacation the band can finally give their fans the DVD theyve been clamoring for. Read the full The Dollyrots - Family Vacation: Live in Los Angeles review

Root 66: Darryl Purpose - Still the Birds A guitarist and singer with a voice that sometimes recalls James Taylor, Purpose presents here a set of mellow and bucolic tunes, sometimes with a dash of whimsy Read the full Darryl Purpose - Still the Birds review

Howardian - A Smurf at Land's End Art rockers Howardian have been around for more than 20-years- still front man Ian Vanek is probably better-known for his role as one-half of the duo that comprises Japanther. Read the full Howardian - A Smurf at Land's End review

Jean Michel Jarre - Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise One of the pioneers of the electronic music scene, it has now been 40-years since Jarre first captivated worldwide audiences with his Oxygene album. This release finds collaborating with a cornucopia of well-known guests Read the full Jean Michel Jarre - Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise review

Beninghove's Hangmen - Pineapples and Ashtrays With all the quirkiness here it would have been easy for Beninghove to slip into the cutesy zone but Pineapples and Ashtrays is about as cool as you can get all the way through. Read the full Beninghove's Hangmen - Pineapples and Ashtrays review

Jack Hues and the Quartet - Collaborations Vol. 3: A Thesis on the Ballad Few who sang along countless times to Wang Chungs 1986 smash hit Everybody Have Fun Tonight actually knew who they were singing along with, but it was Jack Hues. Read the full Jack Hues and the Quartet - Collaborations Vol. 3: A Thesis on the Ballad review

Rock Reads: Show Posters: The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters Concert posters have evolved to the point where music fans attending shows in dive bars can enjoy a miniature art gallery of sorts in these places through the viewing of the posters that adorn the bars walls, halls and urinal stalls. Read the full Show Posters: The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters review

The Blues: Blind Lemon Peel Blues All-Stars - Don't Tear My Clothes If youre not out on the dance floor moving to the groove of Shake Your Love Thang its pretty much guaranteed that youll be raising your beer glass in salute to those who are while you sing along Read the full Blind Lemon Peel Blues All-Stars - Don't Tear My Clothes review

The Rides - Pierced Arrow A true super group, the Rides are Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg, a founding member of the Electric Flag. Pierced Arrow will be pleasing to fans of all three individual players Read the full The Rides - Pierced Arrow review



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