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Kevin Wierzbicki

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

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On The Record: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Live - Volume 1 This album presents 10 cuts performed by superstar acts that were recorded at various Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies over the past 25-or-so years. Read the full Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Live - Volume 1 review

Psychedelic Shack: Black Rainbows- Deadsmoke- Duel- Holy Grove This time out we spotlight a stack of new releases from Heavy Psych Sounds Records. The label specializes not only in heavy psych but also in garage psych, retro rock, stoner rock, space rock, fuzz blues and lots of other cool stuff. Read the full Black Rainbows- Deadsmoke- Duel- Holy Grove review

Roots of Creation - Livin Free This New Hampshire-based reggae jam band opens Livin Free with Get Ready, a leisurely reggae groove that totally embodies what a soundtrack for living free and easy might encompass. And thats the idea here Read the full Roots of Creation - Livin Free review

Ben Craven - Last Chance to Hear Craven is a multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for big, cinematic prog rock sounds and the ability to sound like a full band even though he handles everything himself Read the full Ben Craven - Last Chance to Hear review

The Blues: Jeff Healey - Heal My Soul Heal My Soul is essentially a recording of brand new material even though Healey died eight years ago. Heal My Soul is a real treat for Healey fans, especially since they had no idea that these songs even existed. Read the full Jeff Healey - Heal My Soul review

The Blues: New Blues Revolution,Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revue, Peter Karp Kevin Wierzbicki returns with his latest round-up of new blues releases including New Blues Revolutions To Hellendale and Back, Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revues self-titled and Peter Karps The Arsons Match. Read the full New Blues Revolution,Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revue, Peter Karp review

Lita Ford - Time Capsule Fans and Ford herself consider the 80s to be the era when her music was the most exciting, and fans can rejoice because thats when the 10 previously unreleased, previously unheard cuts on Time Capsule were recorded. Read the full Lita Ford - Time Capsule review

Rock Reads: Little Gray Bastards- The Incessant Alien Presence Hofer and Barker present a case here that the alien lifeforms known as Grays are more than occasional visitors to our planet; they are thoroughly involved in our everyday lives Read the full Little Gray Bastards- The Incessant Alien Presence review

The Blues: Keb' Mo' - Keb' Mo' Live: That Hot Pink Blues Album Rather than being recorded at one show, That Hot Pink Blues Album was recorded at 10 stops on the blues mans 2015 tour at venues of all types ranging from intimate clubs to festival appearances. Read the full Keb' Mo' - Keb' Mo' Live: That Hot Pink Blues Album review

Road Trip: Treefort Music Fest 2016 An amazing 450-or-so acts performed at various venues around the downtown Boise area, at places ranging from clubs like the Knitting Factory and Neurolux to a large outdoor Main Stage to places that do not normally host live music. Read the full Treefort Music Fest 2016 Road Trip

Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers - The Dirty Gospel Not to be confused with the Black Flag/Circle Jerks punk kingpin of the same name. Most of The Dirty Gospel is rocked-up southern soul. This is a very solid effort that should up the bands standing considerably. Read the full Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers - The Dirty Gospel review

Shooter Jennings - Countach (for Giorgio) Jennings throws a delightful curve to fans here, turning in a set inspired by the work of synth/pop kingpin Giorgio Moroder. Jennings wont be pigeonholed into any one genre- here he continues to prove it in spades. Read the full Shooter Jennings - Countach (for Giorgio) review

Passport: Lakou Mizik - Wa Di Yo This time out our spotlight on international music listens to the debut release from Haitian band Lakou Mizik. This nine-person band was born during the aftermath of Haitis horrific 2010 earthquake and the cholera epidemic that immediately followed. Read the full Lakou Mizik - Wa Di Yo review

Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom Grey Heaven Fall is a three-piece black metal/death metal band from Russia and here vocalist Arsagor sings (in English) in a death growl that would scare the devil back to hell, or at least panic the grizzly bears wandering around Siberia. Read the full Grey Heaven Fall - Black Wisdom review

Peter Frampton - Acoustic Classics Some long-time Frampton fans who are still babying-along the vinyl copy of Frampton Comes Alive! that they bought 40-years ago may not realize that the golden boy never stopped putting out new records. Read the full Peter Frampton - Acoustic Classics review

Psychedelic Shack: Uther Pendragon's San Francisco Earthquake Drop out and tune in, man! Well, at least for a few minutes while we tell you about a treasure of vintage psych music thats been lost for 40-years! Light the incense and turn on the lava lamp! Read the full Uther Pendragon's San Francisco Earthquake review

5 Star: Judas Priest - Battle Cry If you have any notion that Judas Priest, now more than 40-years into their career, are losing a step, it will be dispelled very early on in this live concert film which was filmed at the 2015 Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. Read the full Judas Priest - Battle Cry review

A Taste O' the Green: Northern Ireland's Unique Food and Drinks 2016 is the Year of Food & Drink in Northern Ireland, and while theres never a bad time to visit, special food and drink celebrations will be taking place throughout the year. Read the full A Taste O' the Green: Northern Ireland's Unique Food and Drinks review

Rock Reads: Forty Years Of The Allman Brothers Band The brothers in question here are the Allman Brothers, whom West spent twenty years handling the tour management duties for. Here in this coffee table-style book he shares about 900 of his photos, most never been published before. Read the full Les Brers: Kirk West's Photographic Journey with the Brothers review

The Keith Emerson Trio The recent sad news of the passing of keyboards wizard Keith Emerson will no doubt have every label hes ever been affiliated with scouring their archives for long-lost recordings to rush-release. Thats not the case here though Read the full The Keith Emerson Trio review

Road Trip: The True/False Film Fest The final credits have rolled on the 2016 edition of the True/False Film Fest that took place in Columbia, Missouri March 3-6. For lovers of documentary films, True/False has earned a reputation for being one of the best festivals in the country. Read the full The True/False Film Fest Road Trip article

Celtic Thunder - Legacy Volume One The show opens with the rousing Heartland, a composition that features the entire 16-person ensemble (six singers and 10 musicians) but it doesnt take the show long to hit an emotional note. Read the full Celtic Thunder - Legacy Volume One review

Pete Scobell Band - Walkin a Wire Pete Scobell is revealed on Walkin a Wire as a man of the people who loves his country, isnt afraid to show some emotion, respects country music tradition and yes, he can surely sing. Read the full Pete Scobell Band - Walkin a Wire review

Sir Ivan - I Am Peaceman Some will watch this film and then idolize Wilzig as a king of the partiers and hed be completely cool with that. But if viewers recognize the caring, giving, inspirational soul underneath it all, that would put the biggest smile on his face. Read the full Sir Ivan - I Am Peaceman review

The Infamous Stringdusters - Ladies & Gentlemen Theyve consistently wowed fans and critics alike over the past eight-years or so, releasing five well-received albums that have made them one of the most respected and in-demand bluegrass/Americana bands on the scene today. Read the full The Infamous Stringdusters - Ladies & Gentlemen review

The Blues: Bob Margolin- Supersonic Blues Machine- Sam Butler Kevin Wierzbicki checks in with the latest installment of Get The Blues where he tells us about Bob Margolins My Road, Supersonic Blues Machines West of Flushing, South of Frisco and Sam Butlers Raise Your Hands! Read the full Bob Margolin- Supersonic Blues Machine- Sam Butler review

Prong - X - No Absolutes Although they have undergone periods of inactivity and tons of line-up changes over the decades, 2016 marks a 30th anniversary for Prong, still helmed by founding member, singer and guitarist Tommy Victor. Read the full Prong - X - No Absolutes review

Road Trip: Carolina Cool: Find it in Raleigh! Most cities of any size have tons of things to see and do and Raleigh. NC is no exception. It can be tough to figure out where to start when you only have a couple days to explore, so we've done some of the work (er, play!) for you. Read the full Carolina Cool: Find it in Raleigh! Road Trip article

Get To Know... Mudface Currently counting the days until The Bane of Existence, a sophomore full-length effort due to drop on March 18, Mudface has released the albums pummeling first single Hellfoot. Read the full Get to Know: Mudface review

On The Record: Disastroid This band has a name that sounds like the title of one of those wacky, over-the-top movies seen on the SyFy channel, and the music found within is just as much fun. Read the full Disastroid review

RockPile: Gary Douglas- Quill- The Giraffes Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about some new rock releases including Gary Douglas Keepin Faith, Quills Brush with the Moon and The Giraffess new Usury EP. Read the full Gary Douglas- Quill- The Giraffes review

Decomposed - Hope Finally Died... Nestled somewhere within the catacombs of metal groups left to dust rests the deceased Decomposed. Not much of a splash was made by the English doom/death metal band during their short run. Read the full Decomposed - Hope Finally Died... review

School of Rock: The Musical (Original Cast Recording) Based on the School of Rock film that starred Jack Black, the Broadway cast recording includes songs from the film and 14 newly-penned tunes from master composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Read the full School of Rock: The Musical (Original Cast Recording) review

Sites and Sounds: Spring Music Festival Preview Heres an advance look at what will be going on at some of the tastiest music festivals coming up this spring, including two that are taking place this year for the very first time. Read the full Spring Music Festival Preview review

Javier Escovedo - Kicked Out of Eden One of the musically blessed Escovedo clan that includes Sheila E., Pete, Coke and Alejandro Escovedo, Javier was a founding member of late 70s band the Zeros and the True Believers Read the full Javier Escovedo - Kicked Out of Eden review

Made For Broadway - Life Lessons This pop punk band is from Johannesburg, South Africa and most of their gigs are performed there but, also having performed some shows in SoCal, they are not completely unknown to fans in the U.S. Read the full Made For Broadway - Life Lessons review

Roses Unread - The Silver Lining If Pat Benatar had fronted a metal band it might have sounded something like this band. All the hallmarks of metal are here: grinding guitar riffs, thrumming bass, rapid fire drumbeats and growled out background vocals Read the full Roses Unread - The Silver Lining review

Separations - Dream Eater This Atlanta-based hard rock five-piece features both clean and death growl vocals on their songs and on title cut Dream Eater it may seem at first listen that the two styles are acting out a good vs evil scenario Read the full Separations - Dream Eater review

Sunflower Dead - It's Time to Get Weird Members of the band wear evil clown make-up in concert and in their videos so an album title like Its Time to Get Weird is very fitting, but the guys prove right here that theres no fooling around when it comes down to laying down the riffs. Read the full Sunflower Dead - It's Time to Get Weird review

RockPile: Prog Edition Kevin Wierzbicki returns with a special edition of Rock Pile where he looks at the new prog releases: Moraz Alban Projects MAP, Yuka & Chronoships The 3rd Planetary Chronicles and Consider the Sources World War Trio (Parts II & III). Read the full Prog Edition review

Rock Reads: The Bag I'm In: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960-1990 Whenever the scene changes in music, fashion inevitably changes with it, and here author Knee has gathered a wonderful archive of previously unpublished photographs that represent 36 distinct tribes Read the full The Bag I'm In: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960-1990 review

Quick Flicks: The Charlie Daniels Band If youre a longtime fan of the CDB but have been out of touch with the performer for a while you might be surprised to know that the bearded southern rocker was 78-years-old when this show was taped in early 2015. Read the full The Charlie Daniels Band review

Battle of the Band: Uriah Heep In this edition of Battle of the Band, two new releases from English classic rock band Uriah Heep duke it out! Lets take a closer look at British Live Performance Series and the two disc set Totally Driven. Read the full Battle of the Band: Uriah Heep review

Quick Flicks: Pagan's Mind This Norwegian prog band has been wowing fans for more than a decade with their big and melodic keyboard and guitar-driven sound. This set was recorded in 2014 during their appearance at the ProgPower USA Festival Read the full Pagan's Mind review

Best of 2015: Motorhead's Bad Magic Despite being in and out of the hospital for much of the year, Lemmy mustered the strength to join fellow Motorhead members Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell to record one last album. Read the full Best of 2015: Motorhead's Bad Magic review

Santa's Jukebox: Mormon Tabernacle and the Muppets from Sesame Street- More Kevin Wierzbicki concludes his Christmas music round-up with a look at offerings from The Hill in Mind, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra with Santino Fontana and the Muppets from Sesame Street and more. Read the full Mormon Tabernacle and the Muppets from Sesame Street- More review

Remake-Remodel: Lee Michaels - Heighty Hi: The Best of Lee Michaels As long as there are classic rock and oldies radio stations there will be plenty of exposure for Lee Michaels as his 1971 hit Do You Know What I Mean remains an airplay staple 45-years on Read the full Lee Michaels - Heighty Hi: The Best of Lee Michaels review

Remake-Remodel: Hugh Cornwell - The Fall and Rise of Hugh Cornwell Cornwell left revered English rock band the Stranglers 25-years ago and this anthology of his solo work, the first of his career, compiles tunes from early albums Wired, Guilty, Hi Fi, Beyond Elysian Fields and Hooverdam. Read the full Hugh Cornwell - The Fall and Rise of Hugh Cornwell review

Remake-Remodel: Lowell Levinger - Get Together: Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics This year is the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Youngbloods, famed for their hit Get Together and underground FM staples and here founding member Banana has reimagined these songs and nine others in tribute. Read the full Lowell Levinger - Get Together: Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics review

Remake-Remodel: Tony Orlando and the Lefty Brothers Band - Live at the Bottom Line This is the only live recording ever released by Tony Orlando, culled from two shows that took place at Greenwich Village club the Bottom Line in Orlandos hometown of New York City. Read the full Tony Orlando and the Lefty Brothers Band - Live at the Bottom Line review

Hank Williams - I Saw the Light: The Unreleased Recordings You would have thought that by now anything worth releasing from this most-revered of country music legends, dead for more than 60-years now, would already be available. But Hank fans are in for a real treat with this 3-CD+DVD set Read the full Hank Williams - I Saw the Light: The Unreleased Recordings review

Santa's Jukebox: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings- Sarah McLachlan- Jela Cello Kevin Wierzbicki returns with his next installment of Santas Jukebox where he tells us about Christmas music releases from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Sarah McLachlan, and Jela Cello with the Power Symphony Orchestra. Read the full Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings- Sarah McLachlan- Jela Cello review

Santa's Jukebox: Classic Christmas '80s Album- Corvus- Ed Ivey Kevin Wierzbicki checks in with his next installment of Santas Jukebox where he tells us about Christmas music releases including the all-star The Classic Christmas 80s Album and singles Christmas singles from Corvus and Ed Ivey. Read the full Classic Christmas '80s Album- Corvus- Ed Ivey review

Sting and the Police: Walking in Their Footsteps It is important to note that this book is not a biography; this is not the book for you if youre interested in how Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland grew up. It is the perfect book for you though if you want to know how their music grew up Read the full Sting and the Police: Walking in Their Footsteps review

Road Trip: Cruise to the Edge 2015 Music cruise promoters On the Blue and classic prog rock band Yes teamed up once again this year for the Cruise to the Edge. The third iteration of the prog festival on the high seas took place Nov. 15-19. Read the full Cruise to the Edge 2015 Road Trip article

Santa's Jukebox: Brian Setzer Orchestra- Earth, Wind & Fire- Celtic Thunder- Astrocolor Ho, ho, ho music lovers! Its that time of year to break out some holiday sounds! Here are a few of our choices from Brian Setzer Orchestra- Earth, Wind & Fire- Celtic Thunder and more to put a little extra merry in your year-end festivities. Read the full Brian Setzer Orchestra- Earth, Wind & Fire- Celtic Thunder- Astrocolor review

Road Trip: Travel Gadgets Gift Guide Traveling can be tons of fun but just like those days where you stay at home, stuff happens. Here's our round-up of new products that can either prevent those little snafus or help you deal with them when they happen. Bon voyage! Read the full Travel Gadgets Gift Guide Road Trip article

On The Record: Flexx Bronco- Spritzer Just in time for Black Fridays Record Store Day Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on two vinyl releases: Flexx Broncos Volume 3 on 12 LP and Spritzers Dont Die, Kill Me b/w Melt 7 single on colored vinyl with picture sleeve. Read the full Flexx Bronco- Spritzer review

Rock Reads: Hippie Chick- A Tale of Love, Devotion and Surrender Some will see this book as a reminiscence but actually Hippie Chick is a thoroughly up-to-date and thoroughly enchanting look at how an element of a one-time counter culture endears itself to the masses today. Read the full Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion and Surrender review

Ann Wilson - The Ann Wilson Thing! EP Despite Hearts long-run with a catalog of songs thats allowed Wilson to sing in many different styles, there are still things she hasnt done, some of which she explores on this four-song EP. Read the full Ann Wilson - The Ann Wilson Thing! EP review

Sites and Sounds: Def Leppard and Monsters of Rock Cruises On the Blue has two opportunities coming up early next year for fans who want to do some straight-up rockin on the water: The inaugural Def Leppard Hysteria on the High Seas cruise and the ever-exciting sailing of the Monsters of Rock cruise. Read the full Def Leppard and Monsters of Rock Cruises review

Adakain - Never Coming Home Some of the polish of Never Coming Home comes via the production skills of Sahaj Ticotin of Ra, who also co-wrote throughout, but Adakain proves to have serious chops no matter whos behind the board. Read the full Adakain - Never Coming Home review

Root 66: The Infamous Stringdusters - Undercover Bluegrass is today more popular than its ever been. Certainly its more interesting, and one of the reasons why is that groups like the Infamous Stringdusters, while honoring traditional bluegrass, are not afraid to color outside the lines. Read the full The Infamous Stringdusters - Undercover review

Root 66: MonkeyJunk - Moon Turn Red Fans not yet familiar with blues-rockin trio MonkeyJunk but who like classic rock will find that lead singer Steve Marriner sounds not unlike Paul Rodgers from Bad Company. Read the full MonkeyJunk - Moon Turn Red review

Halloween Special: The Art of Horror- Curious Case of H.P. Lovecraft- More Happy Halloween! We know youre busy thinking about tricks, treats and what costume youre going to wear, so weve taken the liberty of creating a Halloween shopping list for you. Read the full The Art of Horror- Curious Case of H.P. Lovecraft- More review

Blackmore's Night - All Our Yesterdays If you happened to live in medieval times, probably the one time a year that you could forget about the plague and marauding hordes was the day the traveling minstrels brought their show to your village and everyone drank and danced. Read the full Blackmore's Night - All Our Yesterdays review

Road Trip: The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival just took place and bluegrass fans were treated to non-stop pickin' while artists like Flatt Lonesome, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Alison Krauss and Union Station enjoyed plenty of grinnin'. Read the full The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Road Trip article

Clutch - Psychic Warfare When it comes to heavy, blues-informed and inventive stoner rock few do it better than Clutch, and fans who ate up their recent release Earth Rocker will love this one too. Read the full Clutch - Psychic Warfare review

Get To Know... Nikki's Wives Ghost doesnt need moving pictures to garner attention- Whitehead does that nicely with her voice, and fans can expect that to be the hallmark of this intriguing outfit as they move toward the release of their forthcoming E.P. For E-V-E-R. Read the full Nikki's Wives review

Adley Stump's New Single "Ex to See" When last we heard from Adley Stump she had just released her album Like This (Deluxe). Now Stump has released a new non-album single that may come as a bit of a surprise to some: a cover of Sam Hunts Ex to See. Read the full Adley Stump's New Single "Ex to See" review

Razorbats - Camp Rock The cover of this album from Norwegian band Razorbats depicts a night club crowd wearing clothing with patches honoring the likes of Black Sabbath, Scorpions and Rush Read the full Razorbats - Camp Rock review

Sites and Sounds: The Lebrewski Cruise (Craft Beer & Music Cruise) Beer, bands, and the Bahamas! If that sounds good to you then youll want to consider booking a cabin aboard the Norwegian Pearl for the inaugural sailing of The Lebrewski Cruise Read the full The Lebrewski Cruise (Craft Beer & Music Cruise) review

The Blues: John Mayall- Dalannah and Owen- Mick Kolassa In this installment of The Blues Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about John Mayalls Find a Way to Care, Dalannah and Owens Been Around a While, Mick Kolassas Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel. Read the full John Mayall- Dalannah and Owen- Mick Kolassa review

Leslie West - Soundcheck For his sixteenth solo album, West, the former guitarist for late-60s hard rockers Mountain (Mississippi Queen) offers a set comprised mostly of cover tunes, and a well-chosen lot they are. Read the full Leslie West - Soundcheck review

The Blues: Robert Cray Band- Crooked Eye Tommy- Todd Wolfe Band- Chris O'Leary Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about The Robert Cray Bands 4 Nights of 40 Years Live, Crooked Eye Tommys Butterflies & Snakes, Todd Wolfe Bands Long Road Back and Chris OLearys Gonna Die Tryin. Read the full Robert Cray Band- Crooked Eye Tommy- Todd Wolfe Band- Chris O'Leary review

Scorpions - Return to Forever Hey, didnt these guys retire? Legions of Scorpions fans the world over can be thankful that the band changed their mind about calling it quits. One thing Scorpions have not done here is try to reinvent their sound. Read the full Scorpions - Return to Forever review

Rick Wakeman: British Live Performance Series Recorded in 1990 and one of the first releases in the new British Live Performance series from Rainman Records, this title features a never-before-released concert from prog keyboards wizard Rick Wakeman. Read the full Rick Wakeman: British Live Performance Series review

Bridge to Grace - Origins Although the subject matter here often reflects a certain amount of misery, each tune comes complete with a catchy chorus or hook thats easy to sing along to, balancing out the angst with a sense of positivity. Read the full Bridge to Grace - Origins review

December Rose - December Rose Pop singer December Rose has already proven herself to be quite versatile with her hit singles Came Here to Party, and Ball Game. With this self-titled EP Rose is showing a couple other facets of her musical personality. Read the full December Rose - December Rose review

Motorhead - Bad Magic Its been a real rollercoaster ride for fans of Motorhead these past few years and that situation continues today. In the same week that Bad Magic was released, frontman Lemmy Kilmister experienced a shortness of breath during a concert. Read the full Motorhead - Bad Magic review

First Decree - This is Our Rise Fans of these Cheyenne-based rockers have already heard two of the albums songs as Phoenix and Lost in the Crowd. Its likely that more of the songs on This is Our Rise will garner the group even more radio airplay. Read the full First Decree - This is Our Rise review

Rock Reads: Street Culture: 50 Years of Subculture Style Fashion and music have always been intertwined and here Baddeley chronicles how styles of dress, music and the zeitgeist of the times all fit together, beginning with Britains Teddy Boys of the 1950s then chronologically through to the emo era Read the full Street Culture: 50 Years of Subculture Style review

RockPile: Acidic- Godsticks- Vidunder Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new rock releases: Acidics Creatures, Godsticks Emergence and Vidunders Oracles and Prophets in this latest installment of Rock Pile. Read the full Acidic- Godsticks- Vidunder review

On The Record: Gretta Harley - Element 115 (Uup) In the science lab Element 115 is the superheavy artificial element called Ununpentium (Uup), an unstable little fellow that collapses into its component elements as soon as it comes into existence. Read the full Gretta Harley - Element 115 (Uup) review

On The Record: Charlie Overbey & the Broken Arrows- Heaters On the Record Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new vinyl releases: Charlie Overbey & the Broken Arrows The California Kid (12 45-RPM EP) and Heaters Mean Green b/w Levitate Thigh (green vinyl). Read the full Charlie Overbey & the Broken Arrows- Heaters review

Get To Know... Bridge to Grace Besides having a single thats racing up the Active Rock charts, the band is bringing their new music to the country on a summer tour that will see them playing headlining shows as well as opening for bands like Full Devil Jacket. Read the full Bridge to Grace review

Jethro Tull - Minstrel in the Gallery: 40th Anniversary La Grande Edition Jethro Tull fans will love this 2-CD/2-DVD set as not only does it present Minstrel in the Gallery in a slick remixed version (by prog kingpin Steven Wilson) but also plenty of other previously hard to find or unreleased material from the same era. Read the full Jethro Tull - Minstrel in the Gallery: 40th Anniversary La Grande Edition review

Devil City Angels (L.A. Guns, Poison, Ozzy Osbourne) - Devil City Angels When you have guys like Tracii Guns (guitar), Rudy Sarzo (bass) and Rikki Rockett (drums) making new music as Devil City Angels, you have decades worth of multi-platinum experience at work. Read the full Devil City Angels (L.A. Guns, Poison, Ozzy Osbourne) - Devil City Angels review

Cradle of Filth - Hammer of the Witches The album is called Hammer of the Witches and it doesnt take long for the hammer to come down. It may not exactly be witchcraft but as usual Cradle of Filth have something very special going on here. Read the full Cradle of Filth - Hammer of the Witches review

Martin Turner and Friends - The Garden Party: A Celebration of Wishbone Ash Music Turner, a founding member of Wishbone Ash, recently lost a court case over the rights to use the band name. He can however perform and record Wishbone Ash material to his liking, and thats what he does here. Read the full Martin Turner and Friends - The Garden Party: A Celebration of Wishbone Ash Music review

Root 66: The Mighty Cash Cats- Tiffany Huggins Grant- Smith & Wesley In this edition of Root 66 Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about The Mighty Cash Cats The Ballad of Johnny and June, Tiffany Huggins Grants Jonquil Child and Smith & Wesleys Choices & Chances. Read the full The Mighty Cash Cats- Tiffany Huggins Grant- Smith & Wesley review

Musique Magnifique! The Quebec City Summer Festival, Part 2 You can say it in French (musique magnifique) or in English (beautiful music) or in any language you wish but theres no disputing it; this years Quebec City Summer Festival was overflowing with great music. Read the full Musique Magnifique! The Quebec City Summer Festival, Part 2 review

Musique Magnifique! The Quebec City Summer Festival, Part 1 You know the party is something special when Mick and Keith show up. That was the case this year at the Quebec City Summer Festival, where the Rolling Stones played the final date of their Zip Code Tour Read the full Musique Magnifique! The Quebec City Summer Festival, Part 1 review

Get To Know... First Decree What would you suppose would be the first decree of First Decree, the four-piece alt-metal band out of Cheyenne, Wyoming? The band has stated that their ultimate goal is to have their music inspire and encourage as many people as possible. Read the full First Decree review

Road Trip: Avast Mateys! There Be Pirates In Puerto Vallarta! If ye be sailing the pleasant waters of Banderas Bay off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and ye spy the galleon Marigalante approaching, ye better be knowing that she's full of pirates!
Read the full Avast Mateys! There Be Pirates In Puerto Vallarta! Road Trip article


Get To Know... December Rose The phrase Its a whole new ball game gets bandied around quite a bit. But when it comes to the career of pop singer December Rose, the saying applies literally and figuratively. Read the full December Rose review

RockPile: Lucifer's Friend - Awakening This provocatively-named German/English 70s band never got a big payday in the States but they did earn cult status and to this day crate diggers hunt for vinyl copies of the bands long out-of-print records. Read the full Lucifer's Friend - Awakening review

RockPile: Atkins May Project - Anthology You have to be a bit of a metal scholar to know this but the original vocalist for Judas Priest was Al Atkins, who also gave the band he formed with K.K. Downing its name. Read the full Atkins May Project - Anthology review

RockPile: Dave Kilminster - ...And The Truth Will Set You Free... Kilminster played on Roger Waters The Wall Live and The Dark Side of the Moon Live tours, has featured in Keith Emersons band and also played alongside luminaries like Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes and John Wetton. Read the full Dave Kilminster - ...And The Truth Will Set You Free... review

The Blues: Bo & the Bluesdrivers- Arthur James- David King In this installment of The Blues Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about news blues releases including Bo & the Bluesdrivers self title release, Arthur James Me, Myself & I and David Kings Ruirteach Blues. Read the full Bo & the Bluesdrivers- Arthur James- David King review

ChILL - Artificially Alive Jouni Jopo Rantanen knows how to growl. This sampler does exactly what its supposed to: show what the band is all about and give just enough of it to leave the listener wanting more. Read the full ChILL - Artificially Alive review

Neal Schon - Vortex The lead guitarist for classic rockers Journey steps out here for this 2-CD set containing 27 instrumental tracks. Fusion lovers and guitar heads should pick this one up right away. Read the full Neal Schon - Vortex review

Landmarq - Roadskill: Live in the Netherlands This British prog band is not exactly a household name in the US, but they should be. Now in their 25th year of existence, the band plays old-school prog as was popular in the early days of FM radio. Read the full Landmarq - Roadskill: Live in the Netherlands review

The Blues: Lazer Lloyd- Billy Hector- John Cocuzzi Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about these new Blues releases Lazer Lloyd, Billy Hectors Old School Thang and John Cocuzzis Ding Dong Daddy in this latest installment of The Blues. Read the full Lazer Lloyd- Billy Hector- John Cocuzzi review

On The Record: Morello vs Masaru Mitsu - The Duellists Morello singer Malcolm Sir Mal Cross hits the ears like sweet cotton candy, a silky treat delivered in falsetto that reminds a bit of Marvin Gaye. Bright and sunny like a Saturday afternoon, The Duellists is happiness-on-a-disc, a pop masterpiece. Read the full Morello vs Masaru Mitsu - The Duellists review

Everlit - Renovate Album titles can be cutesy or cryptic, nonsensical or meaningful, and it is the latter category into which Renovate, the new EP from Philadelphia-based rock band Everlit falls. Read the full Everlit - Renovate review

Steve Howe - Anthology Many who would name Steve Howe as one of the top guitarists of all time likely would do so based mostly on his work with Yes. Howe too played in Asia, GTR and more but hes also put out a slew of solo albums since 1975. Read the full Steve Howe - Anthology review

von Grey - Panophobia Annika, Fiona, Petra and Kathryn von Grey certainly dont suffer from panophobia --- the fear of everything --- in fact theyre quite fearless here as they expand their sound considerably. Read the full von Grey - Panophobia review

RockPile: Filligar- The Breton Sound- Bonson Berner In this edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new rock releases: Filligars Keepsakes of the Interior, The Breton Sounds Dont Be Afraid of Rock & Roll Volume 1 and Bonson Berners Reflection. Read the full Filligar- The Breton Sound- Bonson Berner review

Road Trip: Castles, Coal and a Cuppa: Big Fun in Mid Wales! Most visitors to Wales are going to begin their adventure in Cardiff. And since there's so much to do in Cardiff, some might spend all of their time there. But there's also plenty to do outside of town and in Mid Wales. Read the full Castles, Coal and a Cuppa: Big Fun in Mid Wales! Road Trip article

Fiach Moriarty - The RevolutionThe collateral damage of war is a recurring theme throughout The Revolution but listeners dont need to hear the message to enjoy the album though- Moriarty has a wonderful voice and has crafted here an excellent venue to showcase it. (4 stars) Read the full Fiach Moriarty - The Revolution review

Get To Know... Everlit Everlits first single Break Away, a melodic rocker appropriately-enough about getting out from underneath something that isnt working, has recently been released and is making big waves for the band at radio Read the full Everlit review

The Grannies - BallsierImagine what a punk-leaning garage rock outfit fronted by Keith Richards might sound like and youve got a pretty good idea of the cool music to be found on Ballsier. (3.5 stars) Read the full The Grannies - Ballsier review

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo - 35th Anniversary TourThis set, filmed last year on the last day of Benatars 35th Anniversary Tour is more or less a performance of greatest hits culled from the first half dozen or so albums. This live retrospective is presented in triple disc form as 2-CDs + the DVD. (4 stars) Read the full Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo - 35th Anniversary Tour review

Adley Stump - Like This (Deluxe)Country music fans first got to know Stump when she appeared on season two of The Voice, a venue that she fully took advantage of to launch a career that now, only a few short years later, is really hitting pay dirt. (4 stars) Read the full Adley Stump - Like This (Deluxe) review

The Blues: Hornbuckle- Howard and the White Boys For this installment of Get the Blues, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the latest blues releases including Hornbuckles Virtue & Vice and Howard and the White Boys Rosas Lounge. Read the full Hornbuckle- Howard and the White Boys review

Root 66: Jeffrey Halford & the Healers' Rainmaker Halford impresses on this inventive set that features a bluesy, hopped-up rocking slice of Americana that takes roots music way back by incorporating Native American rhythms, and the organ-driven, guitar buzzing. Read the full Jeffrey Halford & the Healers' Rainmaker review

On The Record: Go Betty Go's Reboot Reboot is one of those records that really makes you want to see the band perform live (the girls are Warped Tour vets but not playing this year) and its advisable not to miss them if they come through your town. Read the full Go Betty Go's Reboot review

Get To Know... Adley Stump A few years ago when country singer Adley Stump launched her career by appearing on The Voice she had the notion that she would be mistaken for just another ditzy blond. Read the full Adley Stump review

Passport: Buena Vista Social Club- Angelique Kidjo- Mbongwana Star- More In this installment of Passport Kevin Wierzbicki travels the world of music to learn about Buena Vista Social Clubs Lost and Found, Angelique Kidjos Sings, Mbongwana Stars From Kinshasa, and Seckou Keitas 22 Strings. Read the full Buena Vista Social Club- Angelique Kidjo- Mbongwana Star- More review

Satellite Sky - MagnetizeUnlike the similarly aligned White Stripes who introduced themselves as brother and sister in their early days, Satellite Skys Pete and Kim Kicks really are from the same gene pool. (3.5 stars) Read the full Satellite Sky - Magnetize review

Feisty Piranhas' Live in LasersWhile not exactly a household name around the country, Feisty Piranhas were very big on the rock/punk scene in SoCal and they enjoyed a long run until the death of front man Peter Alexander Feisty Lust III in early 2014. (3.5 stars) Read the full Feisty Piranhas' Live in Lasers review

Umphrey's McGee - The London Session: A Day at Abbey Road StudiosYou can take the subtitle of this album literally- not only did Umphreys cut this album in one day, they cut it in a mere 12-hours. A very cool addition to the Umphreys McGee catalog. (4 stars) Read the full Umphrey's McGee - The London Session: A Day at Abbey Road Studios review

Get To Know... Alexander Cardinale Lots of people are getting their first taste of the talents of pop singer Alexander Xander Cardinale through his current hit single Made for You. At least they think they are Read the full Alexander Cardinale review

On The Record: The Title Trackers This time out we have fun with the Los Angeles-based satiric rock trio the Title Trackers. Kevin tells us about their new 12 vinyl LP Lost Title Tracks which comes with a bonus CD of the full album. Read the full The Title Trackers review

The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the lost live recording from John Mayalls Bluesbreakers (with Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie) and new releases from Arlen Roth, The Mike Henderson Band and Slam Allen. Read the full John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen review

Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- MoreIn this installment of Ladies Only, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new releases from Jennie Abrahamson, Rachel Garlin, Nneka, Kimm Rogers, and Nadine Shah. Read the full Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More review

December in Red - The Way OutThe most impressive thing about December in Red is that they dont just blast through everything- there are lots of little flavorings and effects all through the album. (4 stars) Read the full December in Red - The Way Out review

Road Trip: Historic Savannah Historic Savannah, also referred to as Old Town, is a relatively compact area that is easily navigated on foot. But there really is so much to see that, for a first-time visitor, it can be a little daunting to decide where to head first. Read the full Historic Savannah Road Trip article

The Compulsions - Dirty FunDirty Fun should put The Compulsions, featuring Richard Fortus and Frank Thunderchucker Ferrer of Guns N Roses, legendary New York Dolls bassist Sami Yaffa and singer Rob Carlyle, on the national radar. (4 stars) Read the full The Compulsions - Dirty Fun review

Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic FrostHeres a cool fanzine edited by Mark Rudolph for fans of Celtic Frost and other extreme metal bands presented in paperback form and named after the Swiss bands debut album. Read the full Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost review

RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO In this special Prog edition of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki tells about Minutians Inwards, Odins Courts Turtles All the Way Down and THEOs The Game of Ouroboros. Read the full Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO review

On The Record: The Wild Beyond On the Record, where we listen to the best new releases available on vinyl. Today tells about the new self-title 12 inch LP from The Wild Beyond released by Ultra Mega Sound Records. Read the full The Wild Beyond review

Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley For this installment of Root 66 Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new roots releases including Cameron Mitchells Chelsea No Evil, Stacy Joness Whiskey, Wine & Water and Greg Shirleys Raised on the Run. Read the full Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley review

RockPile: Subversion- Jimmy Barnes- Danko Jones In this latest installment of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the following new rock release: Subversions Animi, Jimmy Barnes Hindsight, and Danko Jones Fire Music. Read the full Subversion- Jimmy Barnes- Danko Jones review

Road Trip: Savannah Stopover Music Festival Rocks on 5th Anniversary The fifth iteration of the Savannah Stopover Music Festival took place in the historic downtown area of Savannah, Georgia March 5-7 and by all accounts the three-day affair was a rockin' success. Read the full Savannah Stopover Music Festival Rocks on 5th Anniversary Road Trip article

Saxon - The Saxon ChroniclesSaxon fans and heavy metal fans in general will want this in their collection. And to top off the concert footage, a second included DVD is loaded with extras including interview clips and eight of the bands music videos. (4 stars) Read the full Saxon - The Saxon Chronicles review

Road Trip: Out of This World: Blast Off For Fun in Huntsville! What goes on in Huntsville allows mankind to journey into space to explore what television's Star Trek deemed "the final frontier." And for visitors an out-of-this-world experience awaits at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Read the full Out of This World: Blast Off For Fun in Huntsville! Road Trip article

Iron and Wine - Archive Series Volume No. 1Its been more than 10-years now that Sam Beam has been recording and releasing music as Iron and Wine so its no surprise that theres material lying around that fans really havent heard. (3.5 stars) Read the full Iron and Wine - Archive Series Volume No. 1 review

RockPile: Damn Vandals- The Shams- BP Fallon In this edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki tell us about some new rock releases including Damn Vandals Rocket Out of London, The Shams One and All and BP Fallons Live in Texas. Read the full Damn Vandals- The Shams- BP Fallon review

On The Record: On the Record: Matthew Ryan's Boxers On the Record, where we spin the hottest new vinyl releases! Today Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Matthew Ryans Boxers released on 12 vinyl LP with a CD copy included. Read the full On the Record: Matthew Ryan's Boxers review

Root 66: Murder By Death- Jim Ed Brown- Sam MorrowFor this edition of Root 66, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new rootsy albums including Murder By Deaths Big Dark Love, Jim Ed Browns In Style Again, and Sam Morrows Ephemeral. Read the full Murder By Death- Jim Ed Brown- Sam Morrow review

Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate TributeIts really saying something about Randy Rhoads life and legacy that this all-star tribute is coming out more than 30-years after his death, a span of time that is longer than Randy lived. (4 stars) Read the full Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute review

On The Record: The Pests - A Damn Fine Mixture This is without a doubt one of the most fun punk records to come along in a long time. The effort starts with Vince, a classic New York-style punk rocker filled with buzz saw guitar and throaty vocals, both from Pests main man Steve Halprin Read the full The Pests - A Damn Fine Mixture review

Come Together: A Beatles Tribute DocumentaryHeres something a bit different for Beatles fans- a film about Beatles tribute bands. Come Together focuses on a handful of them like 1964 The Tribute, The Cavern Beat, The Fab Four, The Mersey Beatles and American English. (4 stars) Read the full Come Together: A Beatles Tribute Documentary review

Anthony and the Johnsons - TurningMany know Johnson just for his music but he is in fact a performance artist and here in this film by Charles Atlas he presents, in his own words, a Show about dignity and beauty. (4 stars) Read the full Anthony and the Johnsons - Turning review

The Blues: Brad Absher & Swamp Royale- Tas Cru- Robin Banks- Bill Phillippe Get the Blues, where we have a listen to some of the hottest new blues releases from Brad Absher & Swamp Royale, Tas Cru, Robin Banks and Bill Phillippe. Read the full Brad Absher & Swamp Royale- Tas Cru- Robin Banks- Bill Phillippe review

Neon Leather Drip - Beef StrokinoffNeon Leather Drip features members of experimental/avant garde outfit Florida = Death. The albums title is a pretty good hint they have a sense of humor, albeit a juvenile one, and its on display throughout the album. (3 stars) Read the full Neon Leather Drip - Beef Strokinoff review

Get To Know... Denny Strickland Swerve On is fun and catchy enough that fans will no doubt quickly demand more from Strickland. For now the singer is mum on when a full-length might drop but fans can rest assured it wont be long Read the full Denny Strickland review

U.D.O. - DecadentU.D.O. have sold millions of records in their lengthy career and this solid effort could add significantly to that total, especially if American metal heads give it the listen it deserves. (4 stars) Read the full U.D.O. - Decadent review

Hot In The City: No Volcano New imprint Onus Records makes an impressive debut with the latest from this rock four-piece who start the nine-song offering with a song called Tribute which may or may not be an homage to the Meat Puppets. Read the full No Volcano review

Road Trip: A Visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Birmingham, Alabama has a few nicknames. Some affectionately refer to the city as "The Ham," and long ago, back when the area's steel industry was booming, Birmingham became known as "Magic City" because it was growing so fast it was as if it was happening by magic. Read the full A Visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Road Trip article

RockPile: Poison- Alpha Tiger- Red Jacket Mine For this edition of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on the new rock releases including Alpha Tigers Identity, Poisons ICON 2 and Red Jacket Mines Pure Delight. Read the full Poison- Alpha Tiger- Red Jacket Mine review

Rock Reads: Radio Silence - Issue No. 3Since it is a serial publication you can think of Radio Silence as a magazine, but it is delivered in paperback book form, which is really thoughtful since most readers will want to keep their copies. (4 stars) Read the full Rock Reads: Radio Silence - Issue No. 3 review

On The Record: David Bowie- The Sharrows- Miles Davis and Gil Evans Lets go for a spin! Spinning records that is. Heres a look at some tasty new titles available on vinyl including David Bowies Sue (Or in a Season of Crime), The Sharrows Days of Yore and Miles Davis and Gil Evans Blue Xmas b/w Devil May Care. Read the full David Bowie- The Sharrows- Miles Davis and Gil Evans review

Battle of the Band: The KinksBrothers Ray and Dave Davies have been known to resort to fisticuffs from time to time. This time out the battle is strictly musical as a reissue of the classic Kinks album Muswell Hillbillies dukes it out with the new Dave Davies solo album. Read the full Battle of the Band: The Kinks review

Motorhead - Stage FrightThis film was shot at a concert in Dusseldorf, Germany back in 2004, long before there were daily worries about whether or not the poor health of front man Lemmy Kilmister would bring an end to the band (4 stars) Read the full Motorhead - Stage Fright review

Road Trip Revisited: Star Clippers The delights of the Caribbean are easy to reach and best explored aboard a small cruise ship like the tall ships operated by Star Clippers, who currently have multiple Caribbean sailings on offer through March. Read the full Road Trip Revisited: Star Clippers Road Trip article

Remake-Remodel: Bryan Adams- Bob Marley- Tears for Fears Lots of reissues, compilations, box sets and enhanced versions of vintage hit albums came out in 2014. Here are our picks for a handful of good ones including Bryan Adams, Bob Marley, Tears for Fears, in case you missed them. Read the full Bryan Adams- Bob Marley- Tears for Fears review

Remake-Remodel: Bobby Darin- Joni Mitchell- Elvis Presley Lots of reissues, compilations, box sets and enhanced versions of vintage hit albums came out in 2014. Here are our picks for a handful of good ones including Bobby Darin, Joni Mitchell and Elvis Presley, in case you missed them. Read the full Bobby Darin- Joni Mitchell- Elvis Presley review

Asking Alexandria - Live From Brixton and BeyondBritish metalcore band Asking Alexandria has never put out a DVD until now but fans will forgive the wait because the guys have put together a really nice package here. The main part of the show was filmed at O2 Academy Brixton in London. (4 stars) Read the full Asking Alexandria - Live From Brixton and Beyond review

Santa's Jukebox: Celtic Thunder- Mannheim Steamroller- Hard Rock- More Santa checks in with some of the best Christmas releases to get you in the holiday spirit including releases from Celtic Thunder, Mannheim Steamroller, The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album, The Classic Christmas Country Album and more. Read the full Celtic Thunder- Mannheim Steamroller- Hard Rock- More review

Tyler Hilton - Indian SummerYes this is the same Tyler Hilton who starred as Chris Keller on TVs One Tree Hill and who also got the plum part of playing Elvis Presley in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. So obviously Hilton is no beginner and on this set of Americana-leaning pop he sounds extremely seasoned. (4 stars) Read the full Tyler Hilton - Indian Summer review

Joe Perry's Merry ChristmasHeres a holiday offering from Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry that features four familiar tunes including a take on the well-traveled Run Run Rudolph which is commonly thought of as a Chuck Berry tune. Read the full Joe Perry's Merry Christmas review

Crobot - Something SupernaturalSomething Supernatural definitely crosses over into some mysterious realms lyrically but theres nothing hard to understand about what to do with it: just turn it up and play it over and over. (4 stars) Read the full Crobot - Something Supernatural review

Rock Reads: Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal MayhemJeremy Spencer, drummer for Five Finger Death Punch, is a total scumbag. Thats not a personal judgment of Spencer, its his own opinion, and as he chronicles a lifetime of debauchery here he uses far worse terms to describe himself (4 stars) Read the full Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem review

Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny ThundersListening to the music of Johnny Thunders is generally a lot of fun. While Looking for Johnny is a well-made and thoroughly entertaining documentary film, its difficult to watch without being overwhelmed with sadness. (4 stars) Read the full Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders review

Lac La Belle - A Friend Too LongSchillace has a voice that bleeds weariness, and with the song playing out to just forlorn acoustic guitar and foreboding cello it sounds like something that would be on the soundtrack to an episode of Hell on Wheels (4 stars) Read the full Lac La Belle - A Friend Too Long review

Record Store Day: Joe Satriani and Dave Matthews Band Nov. 28 holds special meaning for fans of music on vinyl as thats when Record Store Days Black Friday event takes place at indie brick & mortar record stores. Legacy Records, has a handful of interesting titles dropping for RSD Black Friday, and weve received a couple of them in advance. Read the full Record Store Day: Joe Satriani and Dave Matthews Band review

Rock Reads: Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern RockTheres always been a debate about what exactly constitutes Southern rock but here Bomar posits that the term was coined to refer to the Allman Brothers Band, and accordingly they get far more in depth coverage here than anyone else. (5 stars) Read the full Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock review

Get To Know... Stone Foxes In this latest Get To Know feature, Kevin Wierzbicki talks to Stone Foxes lead singer Shannon Koehler about their new album, Twelve Spells, the unusual way they are releasing it, Jack Bruce, and more. Read the full Stone Foxes review

Heart & Friends - Home for the HolidaysHearts 2013 concert to welcome the holiday season begins with a beautiful reading of Joni Mitchells The River that features, with minor exceptions, just Ann Wilsons voice backed by a symphony orchestra. (3.5 stars) Read the full Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays review

Queen - ForeverRather than repackage the beloved bands hits again, the songs found here were selected because they all reflect significant moments in Queens development. (4 stars) Read the full Queen - Forever review

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - The Complete Epic Recordings CollectionHeres the collection that Stevie Ray Vaughan completists have long desired: a 12-disc box set containing every official album thats ever been released plus rarities and a live concert recording that has until now been unavailable commercially. (5 stars) Read the full Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - The Complete Epic Recordings Collection review

Hot In The City: Neal Smith- Steve Hunter Neal Smith of Alice Cooper Band fame and well-traveled guitarist Steve Hunter are spotlighted in our round-up of new music from performers with an Arizona connection. Read the full Neal Smith- Steve Hunter review

Root 66: Shelly Waters - Drive Theres a new artist on the Americana scene, but Shelly Waters is not a beginner. A native of Louisianas Cajun country, Waters previously worked in the genre known regionally as swamp pop. Read the full Shelly Waters - Drive review

On The Record: Baby Jaymes- The Hooten Hallers Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about 7 45-RPM record releases from Baby Jaymes (21 Questions b/w The Visit on colored vinyl) and The Hooten Hallers (War with Hell/Missouri Boy b/w Holy Moses). Read the full Baby Jaymes- The Hooten Hallers review

Root 66: Front Country - Sake of the Sound Front Country is a six-piece modern bluegrass outfit with a strong-voiced female lead vocalist in the person of Melody Walker. For fans of groups like the Steep Canyon Rangers and the also female-fronted Run Boy Run. Read the full Front Country - Sake of the Sound review

Root 66: Billy Strings & Don Julin - Fiddle Tune X Theres a little bit of a joke involved in this albums title which implies that theres going to be plenty of hot fiddle playing going on here. Actually, Strings is a guitarist and Julin plays mandolin Read the full Billy Strings & Don Julin - Fiddle Tune X review

Scott Ian - Swearing Words in GlasgowThis spoken word film finds Scott Ian reflecting on his role as the guitarist for fabled thrash band Anthrax as well as going off on a couple of tangents, one of which is uncharacteristically poignant (3.5 stars) Read the full Scott Ian - Swearing Words in Glasgow review

Lordi - Scare Force OneWho would you expect to meet if you were up in the cold far north above the Arctic Circle? Santa Claus? The chilly location is the home stomping grounds of melodic metal monster band Lordi. (4 stars) Read the full Lordi - Scare Force One review

Road Trip: Styx Rocks Cozumel, Mexico Aboard The Carnival Breeze If you know all the lyrics to "Come Sail Away" by Styx, you know that the classic rock hit ends with spacemen sailing away in their starships. Styx fans who recently saw the band perform the song aboard the Carnival Breeze cruise ship didn't get whisked off into the ether but went somewhere heavenly. Read the full Styx Rocks Cozumel, Mexico Aboard The Carnival Breeze Road Trip article

Rock Reads: Excess All Areas: Demands and Idiosyncracies of Rock Icons on TourWhen bands agree to appear live part of the paperwork involved is called a rider, a list of stipulations from the band or performer that must be met by the show producer. (4 stars) Read the full Excess All Areas: Demands and Idiosyncracies of Rock Icons on Tour review

Ali Campbell (UB40) - Silhouette UB40 singer Ali Campbell left that group six years ago but with UB40 founding and core members Mickey (keyboards) and Astro (additional vocals) on board here you may as well go ahead and think of this as a UB40 record. (3.5 stars) Read the full Ali Campbell (UB40) - Silhouette review

Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs of a MadmanWith the book I Am Ozzy Osbourne has already written his memoir but fans have a chance with this 2-DVD set to see some of his solo career play out through performance and also hear Ozzy being candid in interview segments (5 stars) Read the full Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs of a Madman review

Sister Hazel - 20 StagesComing up with somewhat of a clever idea, Sister Hazel celebrates their 20th anniversary here by presenting a set of 20 songs filmed at 20 different venues. Some of the songs are performed in very unique settings. (3 stars) Read the full Sister Hazel - 20 Stages review

Bryan Adams - Tracks of My YearsBryan Adams pays tribute to his musical roots here with cover versions of 10 songs. Catering to his memories instead of his fans may be worthy of respect but the end result is that many will find Tracks of My Years very dull. (2.5 stars) Read the full Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years review

Evergrey - Hymns for the BrokenFull of powerful and memorable songs, Hymns for the Broken has been built to last. And for those who have a need and who listen closely to Englunds words and take them to heart there might even be a way here to get things on the mend. (4 stars) Read the full Evergrey - Hymns for the Broken review

Quick Flicks: David Bowie is For the bulk of Bowie fans that cant make it to see the fabulous exhibition called David Bowie is, featuring items from the David Bowie collection in person, this film, also called David Bowie is, is a very nice consolation. Read the full David Bowie is review

Road Trip: Under the Volcano: Fun Erupts on Star Flyer Cruise to Nicaragua It's not very often that you get a chance to stand almost right on the edge of an active volcano as steam rising swirls around you. Amazingly that's something you can safely enjoy when you take a cruise to Nicaragua on the Star Flyer. Read the full Under the Volcano: Fun Erupts on Star Flyer Cruise to Nicaragua Road Trip article

Road Trip: Elvis in Shreveport: Still in the Building The famous line "Elvis has left the building" was first uttered in 1956 in Shreveport, Louisiana at the end of an Elvis performance for the Louisiana Hayride radio program. Presley had indeed left the building immediately after his set but he never, in spirit at least, really left Shreveport Read the full Elvis in Shreveport: Still in the Building Road Trip article

On The Record: The Turtles- Skylar Gudasz Our spotlight on new vinyl releases focuses on 7 singles this time out including The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection and Skylar Gudaszs Car Song b/w Dream Lover. Read the full The Turtles- Skylar Gudasz review

Rock Reads: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day- Teenage News Issue 2Osbourne told his life story quite nicely about five years back with his I Am Ozzy memoir and it is not Popoffs intention to repeat or try to best what was included in that tome. Read the full Rock Reads: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day- Teenage News Issue 2 review

Boiling Point - MoreWith water, when it hits the boiling point it turns into steam and disappears into the ether. Boiling Point the band also lives high up in the ether but theyre quite visible, or maybe that should be audible, and the heavens is their beat for a couple of different reasons. (4 stars) Read the full Boiling Point - More review

Hot In The City: Voodoo Sex Cult's A Year and a Day Exposed! We reveal all the dirty little secrets of Arizonas Voodoo Sex Cult (and youre gonna love it!) Everyone from bikers to metal heads will dig A Year and a Day, and if the band can get on a national tour, so will everyone else. Read the full Voodoo Sex Cult's A Year and a Day review

Devo - The Men Who Make the MusicThe Men Who Make the Music hit the recording industry where it hurts by presenting a tale of how bands are (sometimes ruthlessly) taken advantage of by big business with little regard for anything but their bottom line. (4 stars) Read the full Devo - The Men Who Make the Music review

The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett StoryThis film has been around for years and has been released by various companies that couldnt manage to keep it in print- it is now where it belongs in the catalog of powerhouse music and music documentary film imprint Eagle Vision. (3 stars) Read the full The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story review

Anthrax - Chile on HellAnthrax has a history of drawing especially rabid crowds in Santiago so they decided that the Chilean city would be the perfect place to shoot this film as their tour to support their Worship Music and Anthems releases neared its end in 2013. (4 stars) Read the full Anthrax - Chile on Hell review

Rock Reads: Glow: The Autobiography of Rick JamesThe first question here is how Rick James wrote an autobiography since he has been dead for a decade. The book was put together by David Ritz who had been interviewing James for quite some time prior to his death. (4 stars) Read the full Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James review

The Chimpz - Self Titled EPTheres plenty of social commentary here, but hey, the band is called the Chimpz. Theyre having fun and they want you to have fun too. And with this EP its not a difficult task; turn it up as loud as you can and rock out till the cops come. (4 stars) Read the full The Chimpz - Self Titled EP review

On The Record: Kodacrome - Aftermaths This time out for On The Record our vinyl spotlight shines on Brooklyn-based synth poppers Kodacrome and their newly released 12 LP, 180 gram vinyl entitled Aftermaths. Read the full Kodacrome - Aftermaths review

Kyle Hollingsworth - Speed of LifeThis set shows that the String Cheese Incidents Kyle Hollingsworth refuses to be pigeonholed but the funky instrumental stuff is the best of whats on offer here with his third solo effort Speed of Life. (3.5 stars) Read the full Kyle Hollingsworth - Speed of Life review

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson - Thick as a Brick - Live in IcelandIn this show the former Jethro Tull front man revisits the bands 1972 concept album Thick as a Brick as well as its 2012 follow-up, Thick as a Brick 2. There are a few differences in the performance from the sound of the studio version. (4 stars) Read the full Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson - Thick as a Brick - Live in Iceland review

ZZ Top - Live at Montreux 2013ZZ Top are so polished at this stage of the game that they make the show seem effortless, and its nice here that they rock out from start to finish with a minimum of stage patter. (4 stars) Read the full ZZ Top - Live at Montreux 2013 review

Get To Know... 21Octayne Hagen Grohe, Andrew The Bullet Lauer, Alex Landenburg and Marco Wriedt have logged zillions of hours on the road as members of acts like the Joe Perry Project, Rhapsody, Axxis and Paul Gilberts band. Now the four have formed 21Octayne. Read the full 21Octayne review

On The Record: The Steady As She Goes - Dangerous & Dead The Steady as She Goes is guitarist/singer Tal Wallace and impending doom is an overarching theme in his work on Dangerous & Dead- it doesnt hurt that Wallace has a voice and vocal styling that recalls Jim Morrison. Read the full The Steady As She Goes - Dangerous & Dead review

Hot In The City: Best Dog Award- Consider Me Dead- Mallevs Hot in the City loves the Arizona music scene and with bands putting out releases like the ones we profile this time out, we have good reason. Come along as we check out some of the summers, well, hottest releases. Read the full Best Dog Award- Consider Me Dead- Mallevs review

James Brown - Get On Up Original Motion Picture SoundtrackNo cover versions, no imitators, and no famous singers paying tribute to the Godfather of Soul. This soundtrack to the recent James Brown biopic wisely features only music performed by Brown himself- 5 stars! (5 stars) Read the full James Brown - Get On Up Original Motion Picture Soundtrack review

Peter Gabriel - Back to FrontThe title of this film is a reference to the fact that Gabriel performs the music from his breakthrough album So in its entirety and in order here. But the So material only accounts for about half of the concert. Gabriel likens the shows three distinct segments to that of a meals starter, entree and dessert (4 stars) Read the full Peter Gabriel - Back to Front review

Marco Minnemann - EepsMinneman is an accomplished guitarist and synth player and demonstrates this throughout Eeps but he is first and foremost a drummer and this set will appeal to fans of fellow skins men like Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford and Terry Bozzio (4 stars) Read the full Marco Minnemann - Eeps review

Rob Decoup - PainDespite the depressing subject matter that Decoup explores on Pain the songs are fun, uplifting even, thanks to hook-filled arrangements built around lots of screaming guitar licks. (4 stars) Read the full Rob Decoup - Pain review

Powerman 5000 - Builders of the FutureSonically PM5K has returned to the sound their fans have always preferred too, a pummeling electronic version of metal that earned the band a platinum award for sales of their breakthrough record Tonight the Stars Revolt! (3.5 stars) Read the full Powerman 5000 - Builders of the Future review

RockPile: California Breed- Pistol Day Parade California Breed is a new power trio featuring hard rocks go-to vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) along with rock royalty drummer Jason Bonham and relatively unknown young guitar hotshot Andrew Watt. Read the full California Breed- Pistol Day Parade review

Yes - Heaven & EarthFans who have maybe shied away from the band since long time singer Jon Anderson left the band can comfortably come back now since Jon Davison, handling lead vocals since 2012, sounds virtually identical to Anderson. (4 stars) Read the full Yes - Heaven & Earth review

Annihilator - Feast Box SetThe box set of Feast features the original album, the 15-song Re-Kill album and a bonus DVD featuring the bands show from Germanys Wacken Open Air festival in 2013. (3.5 stars) Read the full Annihilator - Feast Box Set review

RockPile: Broods- Neomythics In this edition of Rock Pile, Kevin tells us about the Broods, the latest entry in the pop sweepstakes to hail from New Zealand and their self-titled release. Plus the Steely Dan-esque esoterica of Neomythics More Protection. Read the full Broods- Neomythics review

Toto - 35th Anniversary Tour Live from PolandThe big concern for longtime fans with a Toto show filmed in 2013 is the Bobby Kimball factor: the bands original (and some would say best) lead vocalist was not on hand for this show that coincided with the bands 35th anniversary. (4 stars) Read the full Toto - 35th Anniversary Tour Live from Poland review

Rob Zombie - The Zombie Horror Picture ShowZombie is perhaps as well-known for his filmmaking these days as he is for his music and in consideration of that it is surprising that he has never put out a concert film until now. (4 stars) Read the full Rob Zombie - The Zombie Horror Picture Show review

Rock Reads: Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest SongsCounting Down Bruce Springsteen is an entertaining and informative read but its greatest value probably lies in the fact that by books end readers will have a newfound craving for the music whether they try to pick favorites or not. (4 stars) Read the full Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs review

Road Trip: Kentucky's Bluegrass Country- Don't Miss These Five Attractions Not too many places can tout the fact that they're home to a famous outhouse. But such a thing can be found deep in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region, where they also know a little something about fried chicken and bourbon. Read the full Kentucky's Bluegrass Country- Don't Miss These Five Attractions Road Trip article

Road Trip: Rock Candy- Macon, Georgia's Music Tour What do the Allman Brothers Band, Jason Aldean, Young Jeezy, Otis Redding, Lucinda Williams, James Brown and Little Richard have in common? They have in common a strong link to Macon, Georgia. Read the full Rock Candy- Macon, Georgia's Music Tour Road Trip article

Road Trip: Odysea in the Desert- Scottsdale's A-Maze-Ing New Attraction If somebody happens to tell you to "Get lost!" while you're visiting Odysea in the Desert, don't get upset. They're just wishing you a good time in the Odysea Mirror Maze, one of three attractions at Odysea in the Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona. Read the full Odysea in the Desert- Scottsdale's A-Maze-Ing New Attraction Road Trip article

Road Trip: Key West: Where Florida Ends and the Fun Begins Besides the natural beauty and fun-in-the-sun attitude of Key West, there's something of significance everywhere you look, much of which is unexpected. Read the full Key West: Where Florida Ends and the Fun Begins Road Trip article

Road Trip: Mudbug Madness- Shreveport, Louisiana's Salute to the Crawfish There's no stopping it- it happens every year in late spring in Shreveport, Louisiana, right around Memorial Day. Mudbug Madness! The whole city comes down with it, and folks in the outlying regions too. And visitors... Read the full Mudbug Madness- Shreveport, Louisiana's Salute to the Crawfish Road Trip article

Ted Nugent - SHUTUP&JAM!This is the first all new studio album from Nugent in seven years but fans neednt worry that hes changed his sound; hes made a lengthy career out of playing loud and proud blue collar guitar rock and, without being too derivative, theres more of the same here. (4 stars) Read the full Ted Nugent - SHUTUP&JAM! review

Quick Flicks: Losing LeBron When NBA superstar LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010, fans residing in Cleveland were devastated. They were also angry and many continue to hold a grudge against the Cleveland area (Akron) native to this day. Read the full Losing LeBron review

Super Duper Alice Cooper DVD and Blu-Ray We recently gave this Alice Cooper documentary a 5-star rating, our highest, earlier this year when the film was only viewable in theaters. Now Eagle Rock has released the film on DVD and Blu-ray so fans can enjoy in the comfort of their homes (5 stars) Read the full Super Duper Alice Cooper DVD and Blu-Ray review

RockPile: The Delines - Colfax Because this band features the pedal steel playing of Tucker Jackson prominently, they are inevitably going to be pegged as an Americana band. But this is no hoedown record Read the full The Delines - Colfax review

On The Record: Florida = Death- Eyehategod- Vallenfyre In this installment of On the Record, Kevin tells us about new vinyl releases including Eyehategods The Liars Psalm, Florida = Deaths Post Information and Vallenfyres The Great Divide. Read the full Florida = Death- Eyehategod- Vallenfyre review

RockPile: The Empty Hearts A super group consisting of Wally Palmar from the Romantics, Clem Burke from Blondie, Elliot Easton from the Cars and Andy Babiuk from the Chesterfield Kings, the Empty Hearts certainly have the knowhow to make a great record Read the full The Empty Hearts review

5 Star: Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Democracy 3DIt boggles the mind to think that this is the bands first live concert film in 22-years. The upside is that Appetite for Democracy is so good that fans will probably never have to wait for another concert film- this is the definitive performance right here (5 stars) Read the full Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Democracy 3D review

Road Trip: The Little Walter Music Festival: Alexandria, Louisiana Gets the Blues He's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and no wonder. The harmonica playing style of late bluesman Little Walter was so unique that it's been compared to the genius of Jimi Hendrix or jazzman Charlie Parker. Read the full The Little Walter Music Festival: Alexandria, Louisiana Gets the Blues Road Trip article

The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln TheatreJoey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, otherwise known as The Milk Carton Kids, are one of the most popular acts on the neo-folk scene and here in this live performance film they present a generous selection of songs mostly drawn from their 2013 The Ash & Clay album. (3.5 stars) Read the full The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre review

Dio - Live in London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993Labels continue to scour their archives for any previously unreleased Ronnie James Dio material they can dig up and why not, Dios fan base remains ravenous for anything having to do with the late rock god, and this concert film from 20-years ago fits the bill nicely (3.5 stars) Read the full Dio - Live in London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993 review

The Marcus Hook Roll Band - Tales of Old Grand-DaddyThis 1973 title is re-issued now because it features Angus and Malcolm Young on guitar, who would go on to fame with AC/DC. Fans should not expect the music here to sound like early AC/DC. (2.5 stars) Read the full The Marcus Hook Roll Band - Tales of Old Grand-Daddy review

Nazareth - Rock 'n' Roll Telephone (5 Stars)The news surrounding this album, the 23rd from Nazareth overall, is that it is in all likelihood the last to feature the whisky-soaked vocal styling of Dan McCafferty, the bands long-standing lead singer who is now experiencing ill health (5 stars) Read the full Nazareth - Rock 'n' Roll Telephone (5 Stars) review

The Nearly Deads - Invisible TonightWhats in a name? For the Nearly Deads, lots of tongue-in-cheek fun but little truth in advertising. Contrary to their moniker, indie rockers the Nearly Deads are very much alive and ready to rock summertime playlists with Invisible Tonight. (4 stars) Read the full The Nearly Deads - Invisible Tonight review

Psychedelic Shack: A Psych Tribute to the Doors- Telekrex- More In this edition of Psychedelic Shack tells us about the new releases A Psych Tribute to the Doors, Telekrexs Leap and the 4-way split single from Triptides, Frankie & the Witch Fingers, The See See and The Young Sinclairs. Read the full A Psych Tribute to the Doors- Telekrex- More review

Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976This is a real treat for fans of 70s era Little Feat as Live in Holland presents a hot set list drawn primarily from the Sailin Shoes, Dixie Chicken and Feats Dont Fail Me Now albums. (4 stars) Read the full Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976 review

Road Trip: The Great American Brass Band Festival This year's GABBF, the 25th edition of the event, takes place June 5-8 at various outdoor venues in the downtown Danville area and at several locations just outside of town. Read the full The Great American Brass Band Festival Road Trip article

Root 66: Ladies Edition - Dolly Parton- Kelley Hunt- Patti Parks- Hannah Aldridge For this special edition of Root 66, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the standout new releases from Dolly Parton (Blue Smoke), Kelley Hunt (The Beautiful Bones), Patti Parks (Cheatn Man) and Hannah Aldridge (Razor Wire) Read the full Ladies Edition - Dolly Parton- Kelley Hunt- Patti Parks- Hannah Aldridge review

Road Trip: Cruise to the Edge Part 3 - Roger Dean Interview We wrap up our Cruise to the Edge 2014 coverage with a conversation with Roger Dean, the renowned English artist who designed the iconic Yes album covers including Close to the Edge, the celebrated prog rock classic. Read the full Cruise to the Edge Part 3 - Roger Dean Interview Road Trip article

Ronnie James Dio - This is Your LifeThe late Ronnie James Dio is beloved for many reasons, primary among them is for his powerfully evocative voice. With that in mind, fans should go into this tribute album knowing that the contributing artists are not trying to do the impossible and outdo Ronnie with their takes on his songs (4 stars) Read the full Ronnie James Dio - This is Your Life review

7Horse - Songs for a Voodoo WeddingAstute fans may recognize the two men who make up 7Horse, guitarist Joie Calio and vocalist/drummer Phil Leavitt as being longtime members of the band Dada (Dizz Knee Land.) But the guys have changed horses, er, musical styles. (4.5 stars) Read the full 7Horse - Songs for a Voodoo Wedding review

Road Trip: Cruise to the Edge Part 2 -Yes and Cozumel Our fun aboard the MSC Divina continues as the Cruise to the Edge sails into sunny Cozumel, Mexico. The event's name is actually a play on the title of the epic prog rock album Close to the Edge by Yes, the stars of the massive floating music festival. Read the full Cruise to the Edge Part 2 -Yes and Cozumel Road Trip article

3 Years Hollow - The CracksThe bands penchant for spot-on radio rock was recognized early on by guitarist Clint Lowery of Sevendust who not only produced this debut full-length for 3 Years Hollow but also co-wrote a handful of the songs and performs on the, you guessed it, surefire radio biggie For Life. (3.5 stars) Read the full 3 Years Hollow - The Cracks review

Road Trip: Cruise To The Edge Part 1 - Rockin' the Caribbean 2nd annual Cruise to the Edge, starring the legendary English band Yes and featuring Marillion, UK, Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited, Renaissance, Strawbs, Queensryche, Lifesigns, the Pineapple Thief and many others. Read the full Cruise To The Edge Part 1 - Rockin' the Caribbean Road Trip article

Super Duper Alice CooperCurrently showing in theaters, Super Duper Alice Cooper chronicles the band and the man over about a 20-year period, from early-60s beginnings to a fresh start in the 80s. The story begins with Vincent Furnier and Dennis Dunaway meeting in high school in Phoenix. - 5 Stars (5 stars) Read the full Super Duper Alice Cooper review

Road Trip: Horsin' Around: A Visit to the Kentucky Horse Park If you occasionally like to spend the day just horsin' around, have I got a place for you! Saddle up and head to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky where you can interact in all sorts of fun ways with the equine creatures. Read the full Horsin' Around: A Visit to the Kentucky Horse Park Road Trip article

Quick Flicks: Concert for Ronnie Montrose- Joni Mitchell In this edition of Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new DVD releases Concert for Ronnie Montrose which showcases the all-star tribute show to the legendary guitarist and Joni Mitchells Woman of Heart & Mind/Paintings with Words and Music. Read the full Concert for Ronnie Montrose- Joni Mitchell review

Record Store Day: MGMT - Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations The wait is over! Record Store Day 2014 is this Saturday and indie record stores all over the nation will be celebrating with sales on tons of limited edition vinyl titles as well as special edition CDs and even a handful of releases on cassette. Read the full MGMT - Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations review

Remake-Remodel: The Alan Parsons Project- Crow- Adrian and the Sunsets In this latest installment of the Remake/Remodel series, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about The Alan Parsons Projects The Complete Albums Collection, Crows The Best of Crow and Adrian and the Sunsets Breatkthrough Read the full The Alan Parsons Project- Crow- Adrian and the Sunsets review

Record Store Day: Outkast- The The/DJ Food If youre a fan of vinyl then a holiday just for you is right around the corner: Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19! This week well be telling you about a few of the RSD titles that weve had an advance look at. Today we look at special releases from Outkast and The The / DJ Food. Read the full Outkast- The The/DJ Food review

Lou Reed - Transformer/Live at Montreux 2000Heres the latest in Eagle Visions two-fer series, holding both a full-length documentary examining Reeds Transformer album and a stellar performance recorded in Montreux. (4 stars) Read the full Lou Reed - Transformer/Live at Montreux 2000 review

Brian May & Kerry Ellis - The Candlelight ConcertsHeres an interesting pairing of Queen guitarist May and musical theater performer Ellis. The connection for the seemingly oddball duo is that Ellis was one of the performers in the London stage version of the Queen musical We Will Rock You. (3.5 stars) Read the full Brian May & Kerry Ellis - The Candlelight Concerts review

Road Trip: Thomson, Georgia's Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival In his song "Blind Willie McTell" Bob Dylan honors the late bluesman with the line "No one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell." Similarly there's nothing on earth that celebrates McTell's legacy like the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival Read the full Thomson, Georgia's Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival Road Trip article

Get To Know... 28 North Currently enjoying a hit single and counting the days till their new album World on Fire drops, 28 North is in the fast lane headed for Big Time and theres not a cop in sight. Kevin Wierzbicki gives us a look at this band as they prepare to release the new album later this month. Read the full 28 North review

The Blues: John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers- Mark T. Small- More Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to new blues releases including John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers Stories + Road Dogs + In the Palace of the King, Mark T. Smalls Smokin Blues, Terry Gillespies Bluesoul and Annika Chambers & The Houston All-Stars Making My Mark. Read the full John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers- Mark T. Small- More review

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box SetHappy birthday Elton! In a nice touch from the record label this excellent celebration of the 40th anniversary of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is being released on March 25, Sir Eltons 67th birthday. And while release day is Eltons special day, it is his fans who with this set get to load up on presents. (5 stars) Read the full Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set review

The Fluffy Jackets - Fighting DemonsWho are these brave men of the fluffy jacket, living with but one purpose in mind, to fight demons? Fighting rocknroll demons that is, and bringing on the good times? Chances are that you have heard all of these musicians before. (4 stars) Read the full The Fluffy Jackets - Fighting Demons review

St. Paddy's Day Special Its that fun time of year once again when everybodys Irish! And how better to enjoy St. Patricks Day than with some Celtic music? So load up a plate of corned beef and cabbage, pour yourself a Guinness and turn up these new releases- theyre leprechaun approved! Read the full Passport St. Paddy's Day Special review

Live at Wacken 2012Germanys Wacken Open Air Festival is sort of the holy grail of live events for metalheads: each year the festival presents an astonishing line-up of established and up-and-coming metal and hard rock acts from all over the world. (4 stars) Read the full Live at Wacken 2012 review

Passport: U-Roy, Follow Jah, Eek-A-Mouse and The Skints This time out we listen to reggae releases by artists checking in from Jamaica, London and South Africa . Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on the new albums from U-Roy, Follow Jah, Eek-A-Mouse and The Skints. Read the full U-Roy, Follow Jah, Eek-A-Mouse and The Skints review

The Moody Blues Cruise: An Interview with Moody Blues' John Lodge On the Blue cruise charters has announced the 2nd annual Moody Blues Cruise, a rockin six-day adventure to be held aboard the new ship MSC Divina. Kevin spoke with Moody Blues singer and bass player John Lodge to ask about his memories of the Isle of Wight show and the upcoming Moody Blues Cruise. Read the full The Moody Blues Cruise: An Interview with Moody Blues' John Lodge review

The Who - Sensation: The Story of TommyFor most fans there wasnt a whole lot of thinking that needed to be done when The Who released their destined-to-be-a-classic rock opera Tommy in 1969. Fans needed only to listen casually to recognize the effort as a masterpiece. (4 stars) Read the full The Who - Sensation: The Story of Tommy review

Sites and Sounds: Savannah Stopover Music Festival- Musink Tattoo & Music Festival- more In this edition of Sites and Sounds, antiMusic Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki tells about the leading music festivals taking place across America this month including the Savannah Stopover Music Festival, Jazz Bash By the Bay and Travis Barkers Musink Tattoo & Music Festival. Read the full Savannah Stopover Music Festival- Musink Tattoo & Music Festival- more review

East End Babylon: The Story of the Cockney RejectsThis documentary about English punk/hard rock band The Cockney Rejects does an excellent job of telling the bands story and in doing so goes way beyond just talking about the group. This is sort of necessary if you want to understand what the guys were all about. (4 stars) Read the full East End Babylon: The Story of the Cockney Rejects review

RockPile: Trauma- Marco Iacobini- Days Between Stations- Silvertung Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new rock releases from Trauma, Marco Iacobini, Days Between Stations and Silvertung in this new installment of his Rock Pile series. Read the full Trauma- Marco Iacobini- Days Between Stations- Silvertung review

Quick Flicks: The Secret Policeman's Ball - U.S.A.Filmed at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2012, The Secret Policemans Ball - U.S.A. was a benefit show for Amnesty International that featured a stellar line-up of comedians and a couple of musical acts. (4 stars) Read the full Quick Flicks: The Secret Policeman's Ball - U.S.A. review

Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock - Bridge the GapTheres no questioning the prowess of veteran guitarist Michael Schenker but hes also earned a reputation for putting out uneven albums with songs that tend to lack memorable hooks. Thats not the case here though. (4.5 stars) (4.5 stars) Read the full Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock - Bridge the Gap review

5 Stars: Scorpions - MTV Unplugged in AthensScorpions have released a lot of live efforts but none until now has been bombast-free. Yet the words stripped down dont apply to MTV Unplugged in Athens- there is far more here than you would get had the same set been played through a stack of Marshalls. (5 stars) Read the full 5 Stars: Scorpions - MTV Unplugged in Athens review

Get To Know... Blacklite District Blacklite District plays modern metal music thats influenced by vintage hard rock sounds, enhanced with up-to-the-moment electronic styling and awash in melody and the kind of hooks it takes to get on the radio, a perfect example of which is the new Blacklite District single With Me Now. Read the full Blacklite District review

Road Trip: Cardiff, Wales: A Time Traveler's Delight! The capital city of Wales is only 2 and a half hours from London's Paddington Station by rail and there's an express train to Paddington from Heathrow Airport so travelers freshly arrived in the U.K. need only endure one transfer on the way to Cardiff, making the journey extremely easy. Read the full Cardiff, Wales: A Time Traveler's Delight! Road Trip article

Rock Reads: Experiencing NirvanaAuthor Pavitt is the co-founder of the Sub Pop label, the imprint that Nirvana recorded for in their nascent days. Hes also a photographer and this coffee table-style book is packed with photos he took of Nirvana and Sub Pop acts Tad and Mudhoney during a European tour in 1989. (4 stars) Read the full Experiencing Nirvana review

Sites and Sounds: Moody Blues Cruise- Yes's Cruise to the Edge and More This special edition of Sites & Sounds looks at some fun out-of-country music events coming up in Mexico and at sea in the Caribbean including the Moody Blues Cruise and the prog legends Yess Cruise to the Edge Read the full Moody Blues Cruise- Yes's Cruise to the Edge and More review

On The Record: The Technicolors- The Silent Comedy For this installment of On the Record Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new vinyl releases from The Technicolors (double vinyl Listener – Deluxe Edition and Again picture sleeve single) and The Silent Comedys Friends Divide. Read the full The Technicolors- The Silent Comedy review

Quick Flicks: Sick Birds Die Easy Theres a plant that grows in Africa called Iboga that when ingested causes psychotropic effects that are believed to have the ability to cure serious addictions including those to drugs like heroin. Believers in Ibogas powers indulge in a ritual called Bwiti that culminates in the taking of Iboga. Read the full Sick Birds Die Easy review

LeAnn Rimes, Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck - Gasoline and MatchesIts red hot! Its burning up the charts! Man, it has really caught fire! DJs around the country are having some fun with the latest hit single from LeAnn Rimes, the incendiarily-titled Gasoline and Matches. Read the full LeAnn Rimes, Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck - Gasoline and Matches review

The Doors: R - EvolutionR - Evolution is a collection of 19 clips featuring the Doors performing on various television shows and in brief music films, designated as such because many of them pre-date the MTV-style video era. (4 stars) Read the full The Doors: R - Evolution review

Eagle Rock Week: Morrissey - 25 Live Kevin Wierzbicki continues his special Eagle Rock week with a look at the new home video release of Morrisseys 25 Live, which was filmed in the rather intimate confines of the auditorium at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles. Read the full Morrissey - 25 Live review

Eagle Rock Week: UB40- Neil Sedaka Kevin Wierzbicki is kicking off 2014 with a special look at recent home video releases from Eagle Rock. Today he tells us about UB40s Live at Montreux 2002 and Neil Sedakas The Show Goes On: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Read the full UB40- Neil Sedaka review

Eagle Rock Week: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Black Masquerade Kevin Wierzbicki is kicking off 2014 with a special look at recent home video releases from Eagle Rock. Today he tells us about Ritchie Blackmores Rainbows Black Masquerade which was filmed in Germany in 1995 during the tour to support Stranger in Us All. Read the full Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Black Masquerade review

Eagle Rock Week: Peter Gabriel - Live in Athens 1987 Kevin Wierzbicki is kicking off 2014 with a special look at recent home video releases from Eagle Rock. Today he tells us about Peter Gabriels Live in Athens 1987 which was filmed during the tour to support the So album and is nothing short of electrifying. Read the full Peter Gabriel - Live in Athens 1987 review

Quick Flicks: Mike + the Mechanics + Paul Carrack - Live at Shepherds Bush LondonThe bands Rewired album was new when this 2004 concert was filmed and the show opens with Carrack out front playing acoustic 12-string guitar and lending his soulful vocals to that albums Falling. Several other cuts from Rewired are scattered throughout a set that also includes favorites (3.5 stars) Read the full Quick Flicks: Mike + the Mechanics + Paul Carrack - Live at Shepherds Bush London review

RockPile: Annihilator- Ephel Duath- Trash the Brand- Roses Unread Kevin Wierzbicki gets the year off to a rockin start with his latest Rock Pile where he tells us about Annihilators Feast, Ephel Duaths Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness, plus new self-titled releases from Trash the Brand and Roses Unread. Read the full Annihilator- Ephel Duath- Trash the Brand- Roses Unread review

Neil Young - Live at the Cellar DoorAt this point in time few people think of Neil Young in the context of being an ex-member of Buffalo Springfield but he was only a couple years removed from that group when these songs were recorded in late 1970 during a series of solo acoustic shows in Washington, DC at the now-defunct Cellar Door. (4 stars) Read the full Neil Young - Live at the Cellar Door review

Sites and Sounds: globalFEST- A389 Recordings X Anniversary Bash- more Heres a cool resolution for the New Year: Im going to attend more live music events! Thatll sure be a lot easier to stick to than going on a diet and itll be a lot more fun too. Kevin Wierzbicki has some ideas to get you started. Read the full globalFEST- A389 Recordings X Anniversary Bash- more review

Psychedelic Shack: Psych-Out Christmas- Luder- Okta Logue- Chris Forsyth This installment of Psychedelic Shack features a Christmas freak-out and some super-psych for your new year including Psych-Out Christmas, Luders Adelphophagia, Okta Logues Tales of Transit City and Chris Forsyths Solar Motel. Read the full Psych-Out Christmas- Luder- Okta Logue- Chris Forsyth review

Rock Reads: If You Like the Ramones...The idea behind Backbeats If You Like series is not to provide an in-depth band bio or tell you what a particular group sounds like. This book is for folks who already know and enjoy and want to explore options for obtaining music thats in some connected to the Ramones Read the full If You Like the Ramones... review

Santa's Jukebox: Classic Christmas Albums From Johnny Cash, George Jones, Gladys Knight, Neil Diamond and more Santas on the way but hes made a quick stop at Legacy Records; the jolly elf wanted to make sure he had plenty of the labels latest Classic Christmas Album releases on hand for when he makes his rounds on Christmas eve. Lets peek into Santas bag and see if we cant find a couple were really gonna like. Read the full Classic Christmas Albums From Johnny Cash, George Jones, Gladys Knight, Neil Diamond and more review

The Blues: Eric Bibb- Sheba- Bryan Lee- Sean Chambers In this edition of Get The Blues, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new releases from Eric Bibb (Jericho Road), Sheba (Butter on My Rolls), Bryan Lee (Play One For Me) and Sean Chambers (The Rock House Sessions). Read the full Eric Bibb- Sheba- Bryan Lee- Sean Chambers review

Road Trip: Tall Ship Star Clipper Part 3: Antigua, Iles de Saintes and Guadeloupe Let's wrap up our Caribbean adventure aboard Star Clipper with stops in Antigua, the rarely-visited Iles de Saintes and Guadeloupe. This particular itinerary is so packed with exciting destinations relatively close to each other that no "at sea" days are experienced Read the full Tall Ship Star Clipper Part 3: Antigua, Iles de Saintes and Guadeloupe Road Trip article

Devin Townsend - Retinal CircusThis live set presents music from Townsends back catalog so maybe youve heard it before but you have never seen it like this before. Townsend has his trademark ear-to-ear grin in place throughout the show and no doubt most viewers of this film will have the same. (4 stars) Read the full Devin Townsend - Retinal Circus review

The Rolling Stones - Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park LiveThe argument could be made that any Rolling Stones show is more an event than it is a mere concert but that is truly the case for this show filmed at Londons Hyde Park before 100,000 fans earlier this year. (4 stars) Read the full The Rolling Stones - Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live review

Black Sabbath - Live: Gathered in Their MassesThis film was shot in Melbourne, Australia earlier this year as Sabbath began a tour to support their not-yet-released 13 album. Four songs from the bestseller are played and the crowd roars for each of the previously unheard songs like they are longtime favorites (4 stars) Read the full Black Sabbath - Live: Gathered in Their Masses review

Road Trip: Sail Into Sunshine Aboard Tall Ship Star Clipper, Part 2: St. Barts Normally when Star Clipper sails into a port she's the center of attention. But in the harbor at Gustavia, St. Barts she has a little eye candy competition as luxury yachts, albeit motorized ones, ring the city's marina. Read the full Sail Into Sunshine Aboard Tall Ship Star Clipper, Part 2: St. Barts Road Trip article

Black Friday: Jimi Hendrix- Cheap Trick- Uncle Tupelo This time out we take a look at a few of the collectibles that Legacy Records will be releasing in conjunction with the Record Store Day Back to Black Friday 2013 event, occurring at independent record stores throughout the land on Friday, November 29. Read the full Black Friday: Jimi Hendrix- Cheap Trick- Uncle Tupelo review

Road Trip: Tall Ship 'Star Clipper' Part One: St. Maarten, Nevis, Dominica The calendar will tell you that this time of year is known as fall or autumn but for fun-loving adventurers the season is known as Caribbean, mon! It's starting to get chilly in North America but down in the islands the only thing getting frosty is a fruity rum cocktail with your name on it. Read the full Tall Ship 'Star Clipper' Part One: St. Maarten, Nevis, Dominica Road Trip article

Nick Turner's Hawkwind LiveSpace rock fans in Phoenix were given a rare treat as Nik Turner, founding member of Hawkwind and now front man of Nik Turners Hawkwind played a show at small venue The Rhythm Room. Read the full Nick Turner's Hawkwind Live review

On The Record: The Sexican - Conscription While there are plenty of interesting sounds here for those who just want to listen, Conscription is meant to get the listener moving their feet. Either way fans can enjoy Conscription in true Sexican style- just stick on the free mustache that comes with the record. Read the full The Sexican - Conscription review

RockPile: Tom Keifer and Jacky Vincent For this latest edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki tells about some new rock album releases including Cinderella frontman Tom Keifers new solo album The Way Life Goes and Jacky Vincents Star X Speed Story. Read the full Tom Keifer and Jacky Vincent review

RockPile: Saxon and Queen V For this latest edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki tells about some exciting new rock album releases including classic metal legends Saxons latest studio album Sacrifice and Queen Vs The Decade of Queen V. Read the full Saxon and Queen V review

Lita Ford Live Lita Ford has a new hits-and-favorites album out and after beginning the show with the brief Your Wake Up Call from her Stiletto album played the first four cuts from the new album in order and ended the show with crowd participation for two of her biggest hits. Read the full Lita Ford Live review

Road Trip: WOMEX - A World of Music Comes to Cardiff, Wales WOMEX, the World Music Expo that's held in a different country each year, took place this year October 23-27 in Cardiff, Wales in the UK. The event draws bands and solo performers from all over the world Read the full WOMEX - A World of Music Comes to Cardiff, Wales Road Trip article

Quick Flicks: Bryan Ferry- Willy Deville In this latest installment of Quick Flicks Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new DVD/Blu-Ray releases including Bryan Ferrys Nuits de Fourviere: Live in Lyon and Willy Devilles Live in the Lowlands. Read the full Bryan Ferry- Willy Deville review

Quick Flicks: Santana & McLaughlin- The Mission In this latest installment of Quick Flicks Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new DVD/Blu-Ray releases including Santana & McLaughlins Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux 2011 and The Missions Silver.
Read the full Santana & McLaughlin- The Mission review

Motorhead - AftershockMotorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister has had some serious health scares lately. As far as new record Aftershock is concerned, Lemmy is as hearty and hale as ever. Some internet rumors have gone so far as to proclaim Lemmy dead, clearly nothing could be further from the truth. (4 stars) Read the full Motorhead - Aftershock review

Psychedelic Shack: Sky Picnic- Black Hearted Brother- Aqua Nebula Oscillator Plug in your lava lamps and light the incense; heres the mind bending scoop on some of the best new psychedelic releases including Sky Picnics Paint Me a Dream, Black Hearted Brothers Stars Are Our Home and Aqua Nebula Oscillators Spiritus Mundi.
Read the full Sky Picnic- Black Hearted Brother- Aqua Nebula Oscillator review

Passport: Deep Forest- Nashaz- Techung In this edition of Passport, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new releases from across the globe including Deep Forest from Africa, Nashaz for the Middle East and exiled Tibetan musician and singer Techung. Read the full Deep Forest- Nashaz- Techung review

Quick Flicks: Black Label Society's Unblackened- Brasslands In this edition of Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the new DVD releases Zakk Wyldes Black Label Societys Unblackened and the Balkan brass music documentary Brasslands. Read the full Black Label Society's Unblackened- Brasslands review

Ra - Critical MassDespite their considerable achievements Ra has sort of bubbled-under with the masses, never quite reaching the height of popularity they truly deserve. That situation should be put to bed with the release of Critical Mass. (4 stars) Read the full Ra - Critical Mass review

OBBZach, Jacob and Nich Oswald decided a long time ago that they would work under the professional moniker OBB instead of the more obvious Oswald Brothers Band handle. But the choice of band name is about the only time youll catch the trio doing anything short and sweet. Read the full OBB review

On The Record: Hey! Hello!- American Sharks In this edition of On The Record Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new vinyl releases from The End Records including Hey! Hello! (featuring Ginger Wildheart) self-titled debut and American Sharks new self-titled album. Read the full Hey! Hello!- American Sharks review

Righteous Vendetta - The Fire InsideThe Fire Inside is full of heavy yet melodic radio-friendly metal, and thats whats causing the bands fan base to blow up rapidly. Whether you get the spiritual message or not the musical message comes through (very) loud and clear: rock out and have some fun. Read the full Righteous Vendetta - The Fire Inside review

Road Trip: Roots N Blues N BBQ There's no stopping it; when the calendar says that fun-in-the-sun season is over, it's over. But in Columbia, Missouri there's no sadness as summertime slips into autumn; in fact there's a huge farewell party in the form of the city's annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Read the full Roots N Blues N BBQ Road Trip article

Quick Flicks: The Dutch Woodstock, Crossing and Fear the Forest In this latest Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look at new DVD releases including The Dutch Woodstock DVD and 2CD set from the Holland Pop Festival in 1970. He also tells us about the films Savages Crossing and Fear the Forest. Read the full The Dutch Woodstock, Crossing and Fear the Forest review

Quick Flicks: Rick Springfield and Christopher Cross In this latest edition of Quick Flicks, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look at new DVD releases including 1980s hit makers Rick Springfield and hit An Affair of the Heart and Christopher Crosss A Night in Paris. Read the full Rick Springfield and Christopher Cross review

Jimmy Needham - The Hymn Sessions Vol. 1Jimmy Needham is a Christian artist and its easy to tell, even with a quick listen, that hes passionate about his faith. What isnt so apparent from just a quick listen though is the depth of this young mans talent; grasping that requires a listen all the way through. Read the full Jimmy Needham - The Hymn Sessions Vol. 1 review

ZZ Ward LiveWard is not yet a household name but the young soul singers star has been ascending rapidly the past couple years thanks to a stellar debut album in 2012s Til The Casket Drops (Hollywood Records) and a penchant for playing intimate fan-friendly clubs Read the full ZZ Ward Live review

Get To Know... American Young Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone are the hot new country duo known as American Young and if you notice that the two have a very comfortable camaraderie on stage while singing about love and all that goes with it, as they do on their just-released first single Love is War. Read the full American Young review

Rock Reads: Cemetery Gates: Saints & Survivors of the Heavy Metal SceneIts no secret that many rock stars choose to live fast and hard, opting for a debauched existence where booze and drugs are consumed like mothers milk. Its no secret either that this way of living has led to a horrible way of dying for lots of musicians. Read the full Cemetery Gates: Saints & Survivors of the Heavy Metal Scene review

Rock Reads: Starting Your Career as a Musician and The Little Red Book of Musicians' WisdomOne book focuses mostly on how to properly promote your band and your music and the other is a compendium of quotations uttered by musicians of all genres. Read the full Rock Reads: Starting Your Career as a Musician and The Little Red Book of Musicians' Wisdom review

Road Trip: Down by the River- Frankfurt, Germany's Museum Embankment Festival To really have fun and get to know Frankfurt you need to spend at least a long weekend and there's no better time to do so than during the Museum Embankment Festival, the city's end-of-summer celebration which is taking place this week! Read the full Down by the River: Frankfurt, Germany's Museum Embankment Festival Road Trip article

Passport: Gondwana Dawn- Elemoto- Etienne Charles- Ana Alcaide In this latest edition of Passport, Kevin Wierzbicki explores new music from across the globe including Gondwana Dawn, Elemotos My Africa, Etienne Charless Creole Soul and Ana Alcaides La Cantiga Del Fuego Read the full Gondwana Dawn- Elemoto- Etienne Charles- Ana Alcaide review

Rock Reads: Metallica: The Thrash StashThe story of Metallica has been told many times before both in books and on film. Still, fans will find this book, another Metallica bio, a must-have. The bands history is here, from early 80s beginnings through to the poorly received 2011 Lulu collaboration with Lou Reed Read the full Metallica: The Thrash Stash review

Doyle - AbominatorDoyle is the name of the new band anchored by former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and rounded out by Cancerslug vocalist Alex Story and the rhythm section of bassist Left Hand Graham Reaper and another former Misfits member, drummer Dr. CHUD. Read the full Doyle - Abominator review

Rock Reads: Teenage News - Issue No. 1The first thing you need to know about this fanzine is that there is nothing in it about Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, or other current acts that appeal to the teen and tweens. To the contrary, the idea behind this mag is to make readers of a certain age flashback to their teen years. Read the full Rock Reads: Teenage News - Issue No. 1 review

Quick Flicks: Iggy and the Stooges - A Tribute to Ron Asheton Filmed at the Michigan Theater in the Stooges hometown of Ann Arbor about two years after the 2009 death of Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, this film presents both a typical Iggy Pop/Stooges show and a touching tribute to Asheton. Read the full Iggy and the Stooges - A Tribute to Ron Asheton review

Road Trip: Loving the Llama (And Everything Else About Taos, New Mexico!) You can really have some fun with your friends when they find out that you're just back from your visit to Taos, New Mexico. Before you regale them with details of your adventure, tell them that while you were in Taos you had lunch with a llama. Read the full Loving the Llama (And Everything Else About Taos, New Mexico!) Road Trip article

Rock Reads: Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Early Years 1963- 1982Clapton himself may or may not actually see this book but if he does hell no doubt get a big kick out of it and so will the more fanatical of his fans. Day by Day is a chronicle of Claptons professional life broken down by date and focusing on live performances and recording sessions. Read the full Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Early Years 1963- 1982 review

Deep Purple - NOW What?!Longtime Deep Purple fans may need a bit of time to warm up to NOW What?! but the album is a fine example of how a band can continue to evolve while also retaining familiar elements. Read the full Deep Purple - NOW What?! review

Quick Flicks: The Moody Blues Heres a double dose of Moody Blues love for fans of this highly-influential prog band. The new DVD and CD releases Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 and Live at Montreux 1991. Read the full The Moody Blues review

Quick Flicks: Frank Zappa - A Token of His Extreme A Token of His Extreme is a presentation that Frank Zappa put together at his own expense that was recorded before a live audience in 1974 and subsequently shown during prime time on a few stations in Europe but not in the States. Read the full Frank Zappa - A Token of His Extreme review

5 Star: Aerosmith - Rock for the Rising SunDespite being advised not to go, Aerosmith went to Japan to tour shortly after that countrys 2011 tsunami disaster and nuclear plant meltdown. Aerosmith rocks hard and fans should not hesitate to add this excellent show to their collection. (5 stars) Read the full 5 Star: Aerosmith - Rock for the Rising Sun review

On The Record: Balkan Arts 701 - Bulgarian Folk Dances This is definitely a party record guaranteed to liven up any gathering but if youre trying to clean house or do some other mundane chore, spinning this one will help you get the job done in no time with a smile on your face. Read the full Balkan Arts 701 - Bulgarian Folk Dances review

LeAnn Rimes - SpitfireDespite the fact that shes had numerous country hits over the past decade, many still think of LeAnn Rimes as a pop singer thanks to her massive and evergreen hit How Do I Live. But the 15-year-old girl that sang that song is now a young woman about to turn 31 (4 stars) Read the full LeAnn Rimes - Spitfire review

Laura Wilde LiveFor a 23-year-old guitar goddess who just happens to be named Wilde, who better to go on tour with than the wild man of rocknroll, the Motor City Madman himself, Ted Nugent. Laura Wilde is warming up crowds for Uncle Teddy all across the nation all summer long Read the full Laura Wilde Live review

The Blues: Rory Block- Candye Kane featuring Laura Chavez- Pam Taylor- More Woman Get The Blues too as we learn in Kevin Wierzbickis latest look at the recent blues releases where he gives us the lowdown on new releases from Rory Block, Candye Kane featuring Laura Chavez, Pam Taylor and Kara Grainger. Read the full Rory Block- Candye Kane featuring Laura Chavez- Pam Taylor- More review

Quick Flicks: Paul McCartney and Wings - Rockshow Fans that relish the 1976 triple-live Wings Over America album can now enjoy its video counterpart with Rockshow, until now only available to those who could scrounge up an outdated Beta videotape copy. Read the full Paul McCartney and Wings - Rockshow review

Lisa Matassa - Somebody's BabyRelatively few of the singers and musicians that dream of being stars actually hit the big time and almost none taste stardom twice. But Lisa Matassa has scored an impressive career two-fer, firstly back in the late 80s with a Top 10 dance hit and now with her new country music EP. Read the full Lisa Matassa - Somebody's Baby review

Quick Flicks: History of the Eagles This 3-disc set is the Holy Grail for hardcore Eagles fans as it tells the bands story from inception to nearly present day, through lots of great vintage and recent interviews with band members and studio, concert and candid footage. Read the full History of the Eagles review

Rock Reads: Louder than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of MetalHeres the story of metal --- every kind of metal --- as told through the voices of those who made it and are still making it. The book is structured as a series of themed chapters consisting of brief (one paragraph) commentaries from the appropriate characters. Read the full Louder than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal review

Dio - Magica (Deluxe Edition)Some feel that Dio got a little off track with this (originally released in 2000) ambitious concept album about aliens and magicians and the battle between good and evil, and relatively poor sales caused it to go out of print years ago. Read the full Dio - Magica (Deluxe Edition) review

RockPile: Midnight Oil- Here Come the Mummies- White Buffalo Woman- Another Lost Year In this latest installment of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Midnight Oils Essential Oils, Here Come the Mummies Cryptic, White Buffalo Womans The White Buffalo Woman EP and Another Lost Years Better Days. Read the full Midnight Oil- Here Come the Mummies- White Buffalo Woman- Another Lost Year review

Remake-Remodel: Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck, Elvis Presley, Shuggie Otis and Swamp Dogg Bands and labels love to remaster, remix, revisit and rejigger previously-released music and we love to listen to the new versions. Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about new ones from Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck, Elvis Presley, Shuggie Otis and Swamp Dogg. Read the full Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck, Elvis Presley, Shuggie Otis and Swamp Dogg review

Morgan Frazier: Life on the "Yellow Brick Road"Shes barely 20-years-old, blond and beautiful and with a penchant for writing and singing hook-laden country tunes that are radio and CMT ready, so its only natural that Morgan Frazier is being labeled the next Taylor Swift. Read the full Morgan Frazier: Life on the "Yellow Brick Road" review

3 Pill Morning - Black Tie Love AffairFans that like forceful 4-minute rockers that you can sing along to should not hesitate to accept this invitation to a Black Tie Love Affair. Read the full 3 Pill Morning - Black Tie Love Affair review

Remake-Remodel: Mad Season- Dust- Styx Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about reissues or revisiting of previous classics from Mad Season (Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and members of Screaming Trees and the Lamont Cranston Band), Dust and Styx. Read the full Mad Season- Dust- Styx review

Quick Flicks: The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane This documentary finds director Brett Morgen telling the story of how the Rolling Stones transformed from an upstart band with a hooligan image to one of the most respected and successful bands of all time. Read the full The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane review

5 Stars: Black Sabbath - 13Fans will hear hints of classic songs like Iron Man and Paranoid throughout the album but this is no rehash. Some will call 13 a return to form but really it is a new form- a zenith-reaching work that may never be bettered. (5 stars) Read the full 5 Stars: Black Sabbath - 13 review

Dylan Scott - Dylan Scott EPOn his current hit single, a sexy slice of modern country called Makin This Boy Go Crazy, Dylan Scott works himself into a bit of a froth as he anticipates the next time hes able to meet up with his special lady. Sure, its just a song, but the tables are about to be turned. Read the full Dylan Scott - Dylan Scott EP review

Passport: Sizzla- Ragga Ragga Ragga 2013- Soca Gold 2013- Morgan Heritage For this latest installment of Passport Kevin Wierzbicki takes us to the land of reggae and takes a listen to Sizzlas The Messiah, Ragga Ragga Ragga 2013, Soca Gold 2013 and Morgan Heritages Here Come the Kings. Read the full Sizzla- Ragga Ragga Ragga 2013- Soca Gold 2013- Morgan Heritage review

Quick Flicks: Dio - Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 Long time Dio fans may have a crusty old VHS copy of this film somewhere in their archives but this newly restored version of Finding the Sacred Heart presents the entire concert for the first time, and with remastered sound. Read the full Dio - Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 review

Sites and Sounds: June Music Festivals Guide Pt II June kicks off the summer music festival season and last week antiMusics Kevin Wierzbicki gave us the lowdown on some of this months festivals. He returns today with another installment covering the 2nd half of June. Read the full June Music Festivals Guide Pt II review

Alanis Morissette - Live at Montreux 2012Morissette recently put out a studio album and several songs from Havoc and Bright Lights are featured in this live set but Morissettes strength lies in her early work, and to that end the bulk of this show is packed with more familiar tunes. Read the full Alanis Morissette - Live at Montreux 2012 review

Quick Flicks: Iced Earth - Live in Ancient Kourion Iced Earths Jon Schaffer had the idea to stage a show in the 6000-year old Kourion Theater where all the power to run the tons of equipment and lighting had to be supplied by generators the band brought in, not to mention the fact that the concert was held on a hot summer day. Read the full Iced Earth - Live in Ancient Kourion review

Quick Flicks: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Live: Architecture & Morality & More In the States O.M.D. was more known as a singles band than they were an album band but in their U.K. homeland it was the sublime synthpop album Architecture & Morality that first garnered major attention Read the full Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Live: Architecture & Morality & More review

The Villains - VelocityWith this solid set of honest and memorable tunes, polished to a fine sheen by star producers Stan Lynch (Tom Petty, Don Henley) and Billy Chapin (Backstreet Boys), the Villains are singing a significantly different tune now. Read the full The Villains - Velocity review

Quick Flicks: Out the Gate This is a Jamaican feature film starring Everton Dennis (musician E Dee) as an aspiring dancehall artist who gets in trouble in Jamaica and gets shipped off to the imagined safety of America by a benevolent uncle. Read the full Out the Gate review

Quick Flicks: Pat Metheny Group - We Live Here: Live in Japan However you describe the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, one thing it almost always is is breezy, and thats how this live show begins with energetic and airy numbers Have You Heard and And Then I Knew. Read the full Pat Metheny Group - We Live Here: Live in Japan review

Quick Flicks: Scissor Sisters - Live in London Heres a solid show from these campy disco poppers. The concert opens with Night Work, a buoyant pop tune where singer Jake Shears cranks up the falsetto vocals Bee Gees style. Read the full Scissor Sisters - Live in London review

Road Trip: Alabama Getaway: Hangin' Out in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach There's always a guy or a gal ready with a guitar and a serenade, the tigers and lemurs that live in the area would like to meet you and flying machines of all vintages are standing by to show off as well. And there's a pretty good chance that you're gonna get bushwackered too! Read the full Alabama Getaway: Hangin' Out in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Road Trip article

Quick Flicks: Paul Williams: Still Alive This film is an absolute hoot for anyone who remembers Williams 70s heyday when he was a fixture on TV and his songs were all over the radio, performed by stars like the Carpenters, Three Dog Night and more. Read the full Paul Williams: Still Alive review

Road Trip: Texas Top to Bottom Part 3 - McAllen: It's For the Birds! Each year millions of visitors fly into McAllen, Texas where they are generously provided with lush accommodations at no charge. They eat for free too, 24-hours a day if they wish. And when they depart not a single one of these visitors offers a thank you or a tip. Read the full Texas Top to Bottom Part 3 - McAllen: It's For the Birds! Road Trip article

Quick Flicks: Tarja Turunen & Harus - In Concert: Live at Sibelius Hall Turunen is best known for her work with Finnish prog-metal band Nightwish but here she steps about as far away from that genre as you can get. Filmed around Christmastime in Lahti, Finland, this show finds Turunen in diva mode Read the full Tarja Turunen & Harus - In Concert: Live at Sibelius Hall review

Judas Priest - Epitaph DVD and Blu-RaySuperior musicianship and showmanship is on full display, the light show and pyrotechnics and the roaring crowd loves every minute of the high-energy show. Fans will quickly put Epitaph in the must have category. (5 stars) Read the full Judas Priest - Epitaph DVD and Blu-Ray review

Sites and Sounds: Rock on the Range- Texas Thunder Music Festival- SoulStock 2013- more Spring festival season is heating up across North America and Europe and antiMusic Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki today tells us about the upcoming Rock on the Range, Texas Thunder Music Festival, SoulStock 2013, Downtown at Sundown and Le Guess Who? May Day. Read the full Rock on the Range- Texas Thunder Music Festival- SoulStock 2013- more review

Rock Reads: Lou Gramm's Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock'n'RollGramm doesnt say this directly in the book but its easy to see here how his roller coaster of a life as the singer and front man for Foreigner prepared him for the serious personal problems he would face later. Read the full Lou Gramm's Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock'n'Roll review

RockPile: Skid Row- Prospect Hill- A Criminal Risk- Vestibule Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Skid Rows United World Rebellion Chapter One, Prospect Hills Impact A Criminal Risks The Art of Dropping Names and Vestibules Through the Surface. Read the full Skid Row- Prospect Hill- A Criminal Risk- Vestibule review

Quick Flicks: I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney Because of the giant (commercial) shadows cast by bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Mudhoney is often out in the dark when it comes to conversations about rocks grunge era even though the band was one of the most active on the late-80s Seattle scene. Read the full I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney review

Quick Flicks: Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band 2012 - Ringo at the Ryman Ringo has taken to the road with various versions of his All Starr band over the past couple of decades and the format is a good way to keep fans coming back to see his shows time and time again Read the full Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band 2012 - Ringo at the Ryman review

Rock Reads: The Merciless Book of Metal ListsLists that are bound to provoke heated discussions among metal fans while also in many cases turning them on to bands, individual players, songs and albums that they have not yet discovered. Read the full The Merciless Book of Metal Lists review

Todd Rundgren - StateOne of the most interesting things about Todd Rundgren is that you never really know which version of him will show up for a new album. Rundgren is always in motion and he moves the listener to lots of gratifying places here. (4 stars) Read the full Todd Rundgren - State review

On The Record: Record Store Day Edition Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Legacys Record Store Day plans including special releases from Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, Sly Stone, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, Mad Season (Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam), Cypress Hill, Dust and more. Read the full Record Store Day Edition review

Skinny Molly - Haywire RiotCrack open a bottle of Jack, let out a rebel yell and turn the stereo up loud- southern rock is back! Fans of the rowdy side of southern rock as made by groups like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, the Outlaws and Blackfoot will absolutely love Haywire Riot (4 stars) Read the full Skinny Molly - Haywire Riot review

RockPile: Beatallica- Blowsight- Spoken In this edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Beatallicas latest melding of The Beatles and Metallica on their new album Abbey Load plus Blowsights Life & Death and Spokens Illusion. Read the full Beatallica- Blowsight- Spoken review

Quick Flicks: Clannad - Christ Church Cathedral This isnt Flogging Molly- theres nothing rowdy here. But if you want to hear Celtic music as its been traditionally played for generations you cant do any better than Clannad. Read the full Clannad - Christ Church Cathedral review

On The Record: Red Jacket Mine- Heavy Glow For this installment of On the Record, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to the 12 colored vinyl Red Jacket Mine release Someone Elses Cake and Heavy Glows Mine All Mine b/w Headhunter colored vinyl 45-RPM single. Read the full Red Jacket Mine- Heavy Glow review

Comeback Special: Focus - X Founding member Thijs van Leer, the bands keys and flute player, continues to come forth with new Focus music and theyre back with nearly an hours worth here after a six year hiatus. Read the full Focus - X review

Darling Parade - Battle Scars and Broken HeartsDarling Parade has had measured success in the recent past including with their 2011 E.P. Until We Say Its Over, an effort that landed them in the Top 10 on Billboards Next Big Sound chart. They are now poised to fulfill Billboards prediction with their new album. (4 stars) Read the full Darling Parade - Battle Scars and Broken Hearts review

Road Trip: Geneva- Having Fun with Science! Like many cities all over Europe, Geneva is steeped in history; in fact Geneva is Switzerland's largest historic city and with 2000-years under its belt there's plenty to keep a real history buff occupied for a long time. Read the full Geneva- Having Fun with Science! Road Trip article

Justin Hayward - Spirits of the Western SkyAs the lead singer for the Moody Blues Justin Hayward not only helped shape the direction of prog rocks most important era (late 60s/early 70s), he also literally became the voice of the generation through such hits and underground standards (3 stars) Read the full Justin Hayward - Spirits of the Western Sky review

Psychedelic Shack: Jacco Gardner- Psych Trail Mix Music Zine In this latest installment of Psychedelic Shack Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Jacco Gardners new release Cabinet of Curiosities and tells us about what fans will find on the Psych Trail Mix Music Zine, Vol. 7. Read the full Jacco Gardner- Psych Trail Mix Music Zine review

Sites and Sounds: KISS Rock & Brews Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS are partners in Rock & Brews and theyll host the grand opening of their new San Jose del Cabo location on March 22 and 23. Read the full KISS Rock & Brews review

The Blues: Doug McLeod- Scott Ramminger Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to recently Blues releases Doug McLeods Theres a Time and Scott Rammingers Advice from a Father to a Son and gives us the low down. Read the full Doug McLeod- Scott Ramminger review

Road Trip: Ireland Let us offer you a dream of Ireland this St. Patrick's Day in the form of a second helping (we first published this in 2009) of travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki's feature about his visit to the southwestern part of the Emerald Isle including the gorgeous Ring of Kerry area Read the full Ireland Road Trip article

Sites & Sounds: Early Spring Music Festivals Spring time is here and its time to head out to music festivals. This week antiMusic Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Mondomusica New York, Reno Fest 2013 Bluegrass Festival, Hard Miami Pool Party and more. Read the full Sites & Sounds: Early Spring Music Festivals review

The Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood Legacy Edition Its been three decades since Stevie Ray Vaughan stunned both the rock and blues worlds with the release of debut album Texas Flood and fans really have an excellent reason to pick up this 30th anniversary Legacy Edition: the inclusion of a full, previously unreleased live show from the era Read the full Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood Legacy Edition review

RockPile: Anthrax- Orianthi- Ricky Byrd- Adrenaline Mob In this latest installment of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on new releases from Anthrax (their new covers album), Orianthi (Alice Cooper guitarist), Ricky Byrd (from the Blackhearts) and Adrenaline Mob. Read the full Anthrax- Orianthi- Ricky Byrd- Adrenaline Mob review

Sites and Sounds: The Moon Rock with Chuck Berry Package - St. Louis, MO antiMusics Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki has some good news for Chuck Berry fans. Heres a package deal that lets you see one of the founding fathers of rocknroll in concert and then spend the night in one of the hippest hotels in St. Louis. Read the full The Moon Rock with Chuck Berry Package - St. Louis, MO review

Shelby Lynne - Revelation Road Deluxe EditionThe original version of the album, included here with a few bonus cuts appended, is performed with a full band but the material really has a chance to shine performed solo and acoustically as it is on the included CD Live at McCabes and DVD Live in London. Read the full Shelby Lynne - Revelation Road Deluxe Edition review

Road Trip: Good Water, Bad Nauheim! - Germany's City Of Health (And Elvis) You've heard the old saying "there must be something in the water" and in certain places, like the city of Bad Nauheim in Germany's Frankfurt Rhine-Main region, the adage rings completely true. Read the full Good Water, Bad Nauheim! - Germany's City Of Health (And Elvis) Road Trip article

Sites and Sounds: Savannah Stopover Festival and Snowball Music Festival The long cold winter will soon be over and the spring and summer music festival season will begin. Today antiMusic Travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about two festivals that will jumpstart the season. Read the full Savannah Stopover Festival and Snowball Music Festival review

Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and AngelsIt doesnt come as much of a surprise that the Hendrix estate has come up with yet another albums worth of material to release but it is somewhat startling how good People, Hell and Angels is. (4 stars) Read the full Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and Angels review

Quick Flicks: Michael Schenker - Temple of Rock Live Over the course of his solo career Schenker has experimented a little with changes to his sound but what his fans have always appreciated the most is the stuff that sounds like his early work with the Scorpions and UFO. Read the full Michael Schenker - Temple of Rock Live review

Love and Death - Between Here & LostHead is now recording under the band name Love and Death and is back in the mainstream with the release of Between Here & Lost. Those who miss Heads work with Korn will be delighted from the albums get-go. (3.5 stars) Read the full Love and Death - Between Here & Lost review

Hot In The City: The Resonars - Crummy Desert Sound Okay, pay no attention to the album title; Resonars main man Matt Rendon must have his reasons for dubbing this collection Crummy Desert Sound but it is certainly not an apt descriptor for the music contained therein. Read the full The Resonars - Crummy Desert Sound review

Quick Flicks: The Doobie Brothers - Let the Music Play: The Story of the Doobie Brothers Let the Music Play thoroughly tells the story of the Doobies from inception through to current day. Performance snippets are interspersed with the interview segments but bonus footage includes full performances of nine favorites. Read the full The Doobie Brothers - Let the Music Play: The Story of the Doobie Brothers review

Psychedelic Shack: Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship- Django Django- Six Organs of Admittance Get ready to trip out at the Psychedelic Shack as Kevin Wierzbicki gives recent releases from Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship, Django Django and Six Organs of Admittance a spin. Read the full Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship- Django Django- Six Organs of Admittance review

Quick Flicks: Beach Boys 50 Live in Concert- Wilson Phillips Live The Beach Boys created some of the most endearing pop music ever made and this 50th anniversary show finds them playing a good selection of the tunes that made them an American icon. Read the full Beach Boys 50 Live in Concert- Wilson Phillips Live review

Battle of the Band: Deep Purple vs. Blackmore's NightKevin Wierzbicki tells us about the reissue of a classic Deep Purple concert (Ritchie Blackmores final show with the group) and a new live release from Ritchie Blackmores current group Blackmores Night. Read the full Battle of the Band: Deep Purple vs. Blackmore's Night review

Rock Reads: Hammered: Heavy Tales from the Hard Rock HighwayThe book is called Hammered mostly because its author, rock journalist Kirk Blows, is the former editor of Metal Hammer magazine. The moniker is quite apt in another respect though since a great deal of the subjects that Blows speaks with for these 50-or-so remembrances are thoroughly inebriated. Read the full Hammered: Heavy Tales from the Hard Rock Highway review

Quick Flicks: Ike & Tina Turner - On the Road 1971-72 At first look this film is shambolic. Shot by famed rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife, On the Road is 81-minutes of what amounts to home movie quality footage of Ike and Tina on and off stage shot entirely in black & white. Read the full Ike & Tina Turner - On the Road 1971-72 review

Quick Flicks: Queen - Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest There are a few significant things about this show filmed in Budapest, Hungary in 1986. The Berlin Wall had not yet fallen and Hungary was still behind the so-called Iron Curtain and this was the first stadium show by a Western rock act Read the full Queen - Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest review

Road Trip: Bowled Over By Reno Some of the pleasures of the Reno area are well known, but those activities just scratch the surface of the fun to be had in and around Reno. There really is something that'll really bowl you over. Read the full Bowled Over By Reno Road Trip article

Battle of the Band: The Velvet Underground vs. John CaleIn this latest installment of Battle of the Band, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look at The Velvet Underground and Nico Super Deluxe 45th Anniversary Edition and John Cales Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood. Read the full Battle of the Band: The Velvet Underground vs. John Cale review

Quick Flicks: FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening with Peter Frampton Frampton no longer has golden curls down to his shoulders but he still has those lively eyes and the ear-to-ear grin that he sported on the cover of Frampton Comes Alive!, the album that made him a superstar and set the sales bar impossibly high for all live albums released subsequently. Read the full FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening with Peter Frampton review

Sites and Sounds: globalFEST 2013 antiMusic Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about what we can expect at this years globalFEST which is taking place on January 13th in New York City. Read the full globalFEST 2013 review

Quick Flicks: The Yardbirds and The Doors In this latest Quick Flicks Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look at new DVD releases for two legendary rock bands The Yardbirds and the new Making Tracks DVD and The Doors and their new Live at the Bowl 68 release. Read the full The Yardbirds and The Doors review

Quick Flicks: Gregg Allman - I'm No Angel: Live On Stage Allman was at one of the high points in his roller-coaster of a career when this show was filmed in 1988- he was addiction-free, unshackled from his marriage to Cher and enjoying the success of 1986s Im No Angel album and its identically-named hit single. Read the full Gregg Allman - I'm No Angel: Live On Stage review

Quick Flicks: Patti Smith - Live at Montreux 2005 Smith opens this show with Redondo Beach, a cut from her 1975 debut album Horses, and thats not the evenings only nod to the era- the punk poetess performs her set wearing the same outfit that she wore for the Horses cover photo shoot. Read the full Patti Smith - Live at Montreux 2005 review

Flashback (Magazine - Winter 2012)Flashback is not the kind of magazine that you skim and then toss aside; rather it is a treasure that belongs in your archives right along with your Captain Beyond albums and your dog-eared copies of Cheetah magazine. Read the full Flashback (Magazine - Winter 2012) review

Rock Reads: Turn it UpEckerman is a concert tour manager and he was handling Lynyrd Skynyrd around the time of the release of their Gimme Back My Bullets album. In Turn it Up! (a reference to the beginning of Sweet Home Alabama) Eckerman reveals that he didnt really want the job Read the full Turn it Up review

Santa's Jukebox: Elvis, Willie Nelson and More Santa is getting in the holiday mood with five new titles in Legacy Records The Classic Christmas Album series. Each release features favorites and rarities culled from a beloved artists entire career including Elvis, Willie Nelson, Luther Vandross and more Read the full Elvis, Willie Nelson and More review

Adler - Back from the DeadOverall Back from the Dead is an exercise in melodic rock- every song eventually (or right from the beginning) turns into a harmony-filled showcase for singer/guitarist Jacob Bunton and guitarist Lonny Paul. (3.5 stars) Read the full Adler - Back from the Dead review

Quick Flicks: Stray Cats - Live at Montreux 1981 This is the first ever DVD release from Stray Cats and that might have something to do with the fact that their rockabilly music is designed to get people dancing and not really geared to having people just stare at the stage (or TV set.) Read the full Stray Cats - Live at Montreux 1981 review

Quick Flicks: Peter Gabriel - So: The Definitive Authorized Story of the Album Gabriels work with Genesis and his early solo albums garnered tons of accolades from the music press and prog aficionados but the general public had no idea who he was until he broke massively big with 1986s So album Read the full Peter Gabriel - So: The Definitive Authorized Story of the Album review

Passport: Africa - Lobi Traore, Habib Koite & Eric Bibb and Vusa Mkhay For this special edition of Passport Kevin Wierzbicki lands in Africa to tell us about new releases from Lobi Traore, Habib Koite & Eric Bibb and Vusa Mkhaya. Read the full Africa - Lobi Traore, Habib Koite & Eric Bibb and Vusa Mkhay review

On The Record: Empty Orchestra - One More Time, All Together Now... This band is from the oft-maligned city of Flint, Michigan and the rough Michigan winter is mentioned in The Ballad of Bulls Run but you would never guess Empty Orchestras geographic location based on their musical orientation Read the full Empty Orchestra - One More Time, All Together Now... review

Rock Pile: Ladies Edition For this special Ladies Edition of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to new releases from Amy Gore & her Valentines, Chaos Chaos, The Dollyrots, and Bonnie Bishop. Read the full Rock Pile: Ladies Edition review

Root 66: Taj Mahal- Michael Koppy- Josh Phillips Folk Festival- The BopcatsFor this latest edition of Root 66, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to new releases from Taj Mahal- Michael Koppy- Josh Phillips Folk Festival- The Bopcats. Read the full Taj Mahal- Michael Koppy- Josh Phillips Folk Festival- The Bopcats review

Sites and Sounds: The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival For this weeks edition of Sites & Sounds, Kevin Wierzbicki Travel Editor gives us the lowdown about the The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival which is set to take place in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on November 22-24 Read the full The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival review

Quick Flicks: The Rolling Stones - Under Review 1975 - 1983: The Ronnie Wood Years (Part 1) This film is not authorized by the Stones, their label or management but it offers an excellent overview of what was going on with the band during the approximate decade that it covers Read the full The Rolling Stones - Under Review 1975 - 1983: The Ronnie Wood Years (Part 1) review

Battle of the Band: Peter Criss vs. KISSIn this edition of Battle of the Band, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look at original KISS drummer Peter Criss new autobiography, Makeup to Breakup, as well as KISS latest studio album, Monster. Read the full Battle of the Band: Peter Criss vs. KISS review

Road Trip: Texas Top To Bottom Part 2: In The Middle - Popping Into Waco: Be a Pepper! Charles Alderton invented Dr. Pepper about 125 years ago in Waco, Texas, and one of the fun things to do in the city is spend some time at the Dr. Pepper Museum where you can find out just how Alderton came up with his concoction and how it became so popular. Read the full Texas Top To Bottom Part 2: In The Middle - Popping Into Waco: Be a Pepper! Road Trip article

Rock Reads:My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary MusiciansThe Tales of True Love portion of this books title certainly rings true as many of the essays presented here are dripping with affection, if not for the actual guitar. Each selected guitarist offers a reminiscence of his or her chosen length. Read the full My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians review

Sites and Sounds: ShipRocked- M For Montreal- More antiMusic Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about upcoming music events this month including ShipRocked 2012, Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, and M For Montreal. Read the full ShipRocked- M For Montreal- More review

Quick Flicks: Freddie Mercury and Los Lobos In this latest edition of Quick Flicks with Kevin Wierzbicki, Kevin takes a look and listen to the new DVD and Blu-Ray releases: Freddie Mercury The Great Pretender and Los Lobos Kiko Live. Read the full Freddie Mercury and Los Lobos review

Quick Flicks: Stone Temple Pilots and Gary Moore In this latest edition of Quick Flicks with Kevin Wierzbicki, Kevin takes a look and listen to the new DVD and Blu-Ray releases: Stone Temple Pilots Alive in the Windy City and Gary Moores Blues for Jimi. Read the full Stone Temple Pilots and Gary Moore review

RockPile: T & N (ex-Dokken)- Incubus- EndAnd- Hopewell For this installment of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to new releases from former Dokken rockers in T & N with their Slave to the Empire, Incubus Essential Incubus, EndAnds Adventures of Hi-Fi in Space and Hopewells Another Music. Read the full T & N (Dokken)- Incubus- EndAnd- Hopewell review

RockPile: Dethklok- Living in Question- Tracer In this installment of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Dethkloks Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, Living in Questions Recipes and Remedies and Tracers Spaces in Between. Read the full Dethklok- Living in Question- Tracer review

Motorhead - The World is Ours Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy as Anywhere ElseThis is a really nice 4-disc live package (2-CDs, 1-DVD, 1-Blu-ray) containing all or parts of Motorhead shows at three of 2011s biggest overseas rock festivals: Wacken Open Air, Sonisphere and Rock in Rio. Read the full Motorhead - The World is Ours Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy as Anywhere Else review

Sites and Sounds: Virginia Film Festival antiMusic Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about what we can expect at The Virginia Film Festival which features movies about Journeys frontman Arnel Pineda and James Gandolfinis Not Fade Away and more. Read the full Virginia Film Festival review

Rock Reads: Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy MetalIn the last paragraph of the last chapter of this book, Judas Priest front man Rob Halford, himself a member of Black Sabbath for three live shows, says I think its kind of agreed that metal all started with Sabbath. Few will disagree with that assessment. (3 stars) Read the full Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal review

Hot In The City: Lexa Raquel, Cecile Hortensia, Triple Double Band and Ladybird A battle of the sexes in the desert? Heres a quick look to four new releases from Arizona-based acts: Lexa Raquels One of a Kind, Cecile Hortensias Papillons, Triple Double Bands Greater Than Four and Ladybirds Ontological Physicalism. Read the full Lexa Raquel, Cecile Hortensia, Triple Double Band and Ladybird review

RockPile: Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Releases The Rolling Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary this fall and there are lots of great collectibles being released to mark the occasion. Kevin Wierzbicki has the lowdown on all of them! Read the full Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Releases review

Quick Flicks: Peter Gabriel- Jimi Hendrix- Beach Boys- Gojira Kevin Wierzbicki has an extra special Quick Flicks as he takes a look at new DVD and/or Blu-Ray releases including Peter Gabriels Secret World Live, Jimi Hendrixs Jimi Plays Berkeley, The Beach Boys 50: Doin It Again and Gojiras The Flesh Alive. Read the full Peter Gabriel- Jimi Hendrix- Beach Boys- Gojira review

Tanita Tikaram - Can't Go BackTikaram has probably been feeling a bit left out lately as fellow U.K.-bred acts like Duffy, Adele and the late Amy Winehouse get all the soulful songstress action, but now Tanita is back with her first release in eight years. (3 stars) Read the full Tanita Tikaram - Can't Go Back review

The Blues: Oli Brown- Meena- Cee Cee James- Royal Southern Brotherhood In this edition of Get The Blues Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to the rockin new Blues releases: Oli Browns Here I Am, Meenas Try Me, Cee Cee Jamess Blood Red Blues and the self-titled release from the rockin supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood Read the full Oli Brown- Meena- Cee Cee James- Royal Southern Brotherhood review

On The Record: Jimmy at the Prom, Berhane (Snoop Dogg) and Darren Deicide In this edition of On the Record, Kevin gives new vinyl releases from Jimmy at the Prom, Berhane (Snoop Dogg) and Darren Deicide a spin and gives us the low down. Read the full Jimmy at the Prom, Berhane (Snoop Dogg) and Darren Deicide review

RockPile: Dio- Spiders- Lost Sounds- Radio Fallout For this edition of Rock Pile, Kevin takes a listen to Dios The Very Beast of Vol. 2, Spiders Flash Point, Lost Sounds Lost Lost: Demos, Sounds, Alternate Takes & Unused Songs 1999-2004 and Radio Fallouts Vox E Tenebris Read the full Dio- Spiders- Lost Sounds- Radio Fallout review

Sites and Sounds: Jack Kerouac, Jerry Garcia, Kathy Griffin and Haagen Dazs antiMusic travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki takes a trip to the Bay Area for this weeks edition of Sites & Sounds. Find out what Jack Kerouac, Jerry Garcia, Kathy Griffin and Haagen Dazs have in common. Read the full Jack Kerouac, Jerry Garcia, Kathy Griffin and Haagen Dazs review

Heart - FanaticIt seems though that Heart has found some type of musical fountain of youth. Ann is now in her 60s but a listen to Fanatic makes it seem like hardly a day has passed since the release of Bebe Le Strange. (4 stars) Read the full Heart - Fanatic review

Judgement Day - Polar ShiftSome will see Polar Shift as modern classical music, others will hear classically-tinged jazz and still others might define Judgement Day as players of twisted newgrass or prog rock. It doesnt matter- theyre all correct. (3.5 stars) Read the full Judgement Day - Polar Shift review

Sites and Sounds: Liverpool Psychedelia- Rock Vegas- More As summer turns to fall temperatures are dropping but the music festival scene is just starting to heat up. antiMusic Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look at some of this autumns bumper crop. Read the full Liverpool Psychedelia- Rock Vegas- More review

Rock Reads: Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & RollAnyone whos ever rocked out to Barracuda, Magic Man or Crazy on You knows that Ann and Nancy Wilson, the front ladies of Heart, can kick sonic butt with the best of them. (4 stars) Read the full Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll review

Dave Stewart - The Ringmaster GeneralDave Stewarts music calls for an acquired taste. Not that his output is quirky or bizarre- its just that it is not that memorable. The bulk of The Ringmaster General is good for a one-time listen and thats about it. (2.5 stars) Read the full Dave Stewart - The Ringmaster General review

Root 66: Johnny Cash Its a veritable Cashapalooza from Legacy Records as the label honors Johnny Cash with a new series called The Greatest. Three of the releases in the new series break down Johnnys work by genre while the fourth is a collection of his long list of hit singles. Read the full Johnny Cash review

Sites and Sounds: Railroad Revival Tour With Willie Nelson, Band of Horses and More In late October Willie Nelson will be embarking on a brief tour that may be the most unique of his long, storied career. Willie and support acts Band of Horses, Jamey Johnson and John Reilly will be traveling by train Read the full Railroad Revival Tour With Willie Nelson, Band of Horses and More review

Queen - Greatest Video HitsEarlier this year Eagle Vision released the excellent documentary Queen: Days of Our Lives and that film was appended with a handful of the bands music videos. Now the 2-DVD set Greatest Video Hits compiles all a Queen fan could ask for in the way of music videos (5 stars) Read the full Queen - Greatest Video Hits review

Comeback Special: Triumph, Toadies and Jimmy Cliff For the latest installment of Comeback Special Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to long-awaited releases from Triumph, Toadies and Jimmy Cliff. Read the full Triumph, Toadies and Jimmy Cliff review

Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi - Who CaresWho Cares is the name of the one-off band that Gillan and Iommi of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, put together with Iron Maidens Nicko McBrain, Metallicas Jason Newsted, Linde Lindstrom from HIM and late Purple keys man Jon Lord (4 stars) Read the full Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi - Who Cares review

Road Trip: In Tune with Columbia - Music a Mainstay in Fun-Loving Missouri City Kansas City to the west and St. Louis to the east are the big dogs in Central Missouri but right at about the half way point between the two, on the state-traversing I-70, lies Columbia- a medium-size city that often outshines its larger neighbors when it comes to entertainment value. Read the full In Tune with Columbia - Music a Mainstay in Fun-Loving Missouri City Road Trip article

Sites and Sounds: Rockapalooza- Pop Montreal- ATP I'll Be Your Mirror- Gonerfest 9 antiMusic Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the low down on music events taking place in North America this month including Rockapalooza, Pop Montreal, ATP Ill Be Your Mirror and Gonerfest 9. Read the full Rockapalooza- Pop Montreal- ATP I'll Be Your Mirror- Gonerfest 9 review

Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance 30th Anniversary EditionScreaming for Vengeance has been released on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. The double-disc set contains the original album appended with reprisals of five of the albums cuts performed live. The second disc is a DVD holding a never-before-released concert from 1983. (4 stars) Read the full Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance 30th Anniversary Edition review

ZZ Top - La FuturaLa Futura finds the trio going back to their roots while also defining the sound theyll likely move more toward in the future. Long time fans who havent boogied with the bearded ones for a couple of decades should have no hesitation whatsoever about picking this one up. (4 stars) Read the full ZZ Top - La Futura review

Quick Flicks: Simply Red - Live at Montreux 2003 Live at Montreux though gives a snapshot of where the band was seven years before they called it quits. No thought of a permanent retirement was on their minds but still they left all they had on the stage. Read the full Simply Red - Live at Montreux 2003 review

RockPile: The Treatment- Saint Diablo- Leander Rising- Kadaver In this new installment of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to The Treatments
This Might Hurt, Saint Diablos new self-titled effort, Leander Risings Heart Tamer and Kadavers new self-titled album.
Read the full The Treatment- Saint Diablo- Leander Rising- Kadaver review

Box Sets: Paul Simon and Dean Martin For this new edition of Box Sets, We peek inside the new box sets from Paul Simon (Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition) and Dean Martin (Collected Cool) and let you know what each has to offer. Read the full Paul Simon and Dean Martin review

On The Record: On the Record - Red Jacket Mine Spotlight on the vinyl output of Seattle-based indie band Red Jacket Mine with their two special single releases of Listen Up b/w Rosy Days and Bellar & Bawl b/w Grow Your Own. Read the full On the Record - Red Jacket Mine review

Psychedelic Shack: Donovan- Bong- Future of the Left and More In this latest edition of Psychedelic Shack Kevin Wierzbicki takes us on a musical trip to check out recent releases from Donovan- Bong- Future of the Left- Aqua Nebula Oscillator- Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound Read the full Donovan- Bong- Future of the Left and More review

Quick Flicks: Duran Duran - A Diamond in the Mind Its been a long time since Duran Duran has been a vital band but they still mean something to those who were around to enjoy the groups heyday, back when they were MTV darlings and purveyors of hits like Rio and Hungry Like the Wolf. Read the full Duran Duran - A Diamond in the Mind review

Box Sets: The Smashing Pumpkins and The English Beat For this new edition of Box Sets, We peek inside the new box sets from The Smashing Pumpkins (Pisces Iscariot) and The English Beat (The Complete Beat) and let you know what each has to offer. Read the full The Smashing Pumpkins and The English Beat review

Quick Flicks: Pink Floyd - The Story of Wish You Were Here This documentary features commentary from Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and even a few vintage clips from the late Rick Wright as it tells the story of the making of 1975s Wish You Were Here. Read the full Pink Floyd - The Story of Wish You Were Here review

The Darkness - Hot CakesNow seven years after their last album Hawkins and his band are back with the very impressive Hot Cakes and sounding like not a day has passed since all the hoopla of their strong debut. (4 stars) Read the full The Darkness - Hot Cakes review

It's Elvis Week!Elvis fans always have a reason to party. All of 2010 was spent celebrating the 75th anniversary of Presleys birth and now, on the 35th anniversary of his August 16, 1977 death, this week has been proclaimed Elvis Week and a special time to remember The King. Read the full It's Elvis Week! review

Sites and Sounds: Tesco Fest- Slaughter By The Water 3- Ride Festival- More Whether you fancy punk, metal, Americana or a little of everything, theres a festival for you! antiMusic travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on Tesco Fest, Slaughter By The Water 3, The Ride Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival and FYF Fest Read the full Tesco Fest- Slaughter By The Water 3- Ride Festival- More review

Sites and Sounds: Knot Fest, St. Barth Jam Musik Festival and More A number late summer music festivals will keep you rocking and dancing plus it is Carnival time in the Caribbean! antiMusics travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki has all the details for you! Read the full Knot Fest, St. Barth Jam Musik Festival and More review

The Blues: Johnnie Bassett - I Can Make That Happen Johnnie Bassett, a long-standing fixture on the Detroit and indeed the worlds blues scene, has died. Bassett passed at the age of 76 on August 4 of complications brought on by liver cancer. Read the full Johnnie Bassett - I Can Make That Happen review

Quick Flicks: The Raconteurs - Live at Montreux 2008 If youve had maybe just a casual interest in the Jack White-fronted Raconteurs and have never gotten around to buying any of their releases, heres a very good chance for you to catch up. Read the full The Raconteurs - Live at Montreux 2008 review

Road Trip: Hank Done It This Way - Montgomery's Hank Williams Museum With the new Hank biopic The Last Ride now in theaters there's a whole new generation of fans wondering what this legendary figure was really like. There's no better place to look for answers than at the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. Read the full Hank Done It This Way - Montgomery's Hank Williams Museum Road Trip article

Sites and Sounds: Late Summer Music Festivals The summer music festival season keeps rolling on! No matter where in the world youre headed theres music and fun awaiting you and antiMusic travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki has lowdown on the upcoming events! Read the full Late Summer Music Festivals review

Road Trip: Texas Top To Bottom, Part 1 - Way Up North: It's Amarillo! antiMusic travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki has such a BIG adventure on his recent trip to Texas that has to present his Road Trip report in several installment. Check out Part I of his Texas Top To Bottom special: Way Up North: It's Amarillo! Read the full Texas Top To Bottom, Part 1 - Way Up North: It's Amarillo! Road Trip article

Comeback Special: Public Image Ltd- Susanna Hoffs- The BlastersToday Kevin Wierzbicki presents his Comeback Special where tells you about new releases from old friends including an impressive new album from Public Image Ltd, The Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs, and The Blasters once again in unforgettable form. Read the full Comeback Special: Public Image Ltd- Susanna Hoffs- The Blasters review

Passport: Karneval- Muj- Special Providence- Mon Electric Bijou Kevin Wierzbicki once again takes us on a musical journey around the world. This time he takes us to Serbia with Karneval, Turkey with Muj and then to Hungary with Special Providence and finally to Canada with Mon Electric Bijou. Read the full Karneval- Muj- Special Providence- Mon Electric Bijou review

Remembering Jon Lord With A Look At Classic Deep Purple Live SetsEagle Records released four 2-CD sets of live Deep Purple material, all recorded in the 70s and all featuring the groups late keyboard player and founding member, Jon Lord. Most of this music has previously been available only as an import, a bootleg or on long deleted vinyl. Read the full Remembering Jon Lord With Look At Classic Deep Purple Live Sets review

Sites and Sounds: After the Fire - Colorado Springs is Open for Business The folks in Colorado Springs and at the Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association want you to know that the fires are out, the air is clear and all highways have been re-opened. Read the full After the Fire - Colorado Springs is Open for Business review

Santana - Shape ShifterThis first release on Santanas own Starfaith Records contains many fine moments but some fans may find the mostly instrumental set a bit too introspective for their tastes. (3 stars) Read the full Santana - Shape Shifter review

The Blues: Heritage Blues Orchestra- James Armstrong Kevin Wierzbicki has the perfect cure for your summer time blues with a look at new releases from Heritage Blues Orchestra and James Armstrong for this latest installment of Get The Blues! Read the full Heritage Blues Orchestra- James Armstrong review

Sites and Sounds: World Choir Games antiMusic travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about the upcoming World Choir Games which is taking place in Cincinnati from July 4th thru 14th, which marks the first time the event has ever been held in the U.S. Read the full World Choir Games review

Hot In The City: Job For A Cowboy, Ti 22 and Godhunter This time out our spotlight on music made in Arizona shines on --- what else during an Arizona summer --- lava hot molten metal with new releases from Job For A Cowboy, Ti 22 and Godhunter. Read the full Job For A Cowboy, Ti 22 and Godhunter review

RockPile: Bachman & Turner- Miss May I- Beyond the Bridge- Voodoo Terror Tribe In this installment of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Bachman & Turners Live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC, Miss May Is At Heart, Beyond the Bridges The Old Man and the Spirit and Voodoo Terror Tribes Stands to Reason E.P. Read the full Bachman & Turner- Miss May I- Beyond the Bridge- Voodoo Terror Tribe review

RockPile: Lita Ford- Whitechapel- Sep7ember- Wayland In this installment of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Lita Fords Living Like a Runaway, Whitechapels self-titled album, Sep7embers Strange Ways of Going Home and Waylands Welcome to My Head. Read the full Lita Ford- Whitechapel- Sep7ember- Wayland review

Midnight Salvage Co. - What You Hope ForThese are songs about the slightly dark side of everyday life where Alexander sings like hes resigned to the fact that this is reality but hes not beaten, surely theres a little joy around the corner. (3.5 stars) Read the full Midnight Salvage Co. - What You Hope For review

Sites and Sounds: Rockapalooza- Rockwave and More If you are looking for a rockin destination this summer, antiMusic travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on four great events taking place in June and July: Rockapalooza, A Taste Of Bloomington, Montreal Guitar Show and Montreal Guitar Show Read the full Rockapalooza- Rockwave and More review

On The Record: Rachel Brooke and White Buffalo Woman Kevin Wierzbicki gives new vinyl releases from Rachel Brooke and White Buffalo Woman a spin for this latest installment of On The Record. Read the full Rachel Brooke and White Buffalo Woman review

Heart - Strange Euphoria Box SetHeart fans have been waiting a long time for some type of comprehensive career retrospective and now it finally comes in the form of this 3-CD/1-DVD box set personally curated by Ann and Nancy Wilson. (4.5 stars) Read the full Heart - Strange Euphoria Box Set review

Passport: Bob Marley & the Wailers- Ceu- Fela Kuti & Egypt 80- Kitsune America For this new edition of Passport, Kevin Wierzbicki takes us around the music world by giving new releases from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Ceu, Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 and Kitsune America a spin. Read the full Bob Marley & the Wailers- Ceu- Fela Kuti & Egypt 80- Kitsune America review

Spider Rockets - BittenSpider Rockets seemingly has everything going here to breakthrough: well-written songs full of slashing guitars and swagger, a sexy and sassy front woman and just enough innuendo to keep a knowing grin on the listeners face. (3.5 stars) Read the full Spider Rockets - Bitten review

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - AmericanaTheres no pigeon-holing Neil Young ever but with Americana theres absolutely no reason to panic either unless youre going to be embarrassed at how much fun you have singing along to songs you havent put your pipes to since 5th Grade. (4 stars) Read the full Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana review

Bob Burger - The Day AfterNot to be confused with the Fox networks Sunday night cartoon show of nearly the same name, Bob Burger is a musician from the Jersey Shore, the same region that yielded talents like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny. (3 stars) Read the full Bob Burger - The Day After review

RockPile: Blue Oyster Cult- Primal Rock Rebellion (Iron Maiden)- Behold the Monolith- Racebannon Kevin Wierzbicki pulls out the heavy guns for the latest installment of Rock Pile including new releases from Blue Oyster Cult, Primal Rock Rebellion (Feat Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden), Behold the Monolith and Racebannon Read the full Blue Oyster Cult- Primal Rock Rebellion (Iron Maiden)- Behold the Monolith- Racebannon review

George Harrison - Early Takes Volume 1At first glance this 10-song set of previously unreleased versions of familiar Harrison songs, consisting mostly of demos, may seem like a typical unplugged collection. It is, however, far more than that. (4 stars) Read the full George Harrison - Early Takes Volume 1 review

The Cult - Choice of WeaponThe Cult is not the kind of band thats going to give their fans anything to worry about. Theyre not going to drastically change their sound or bring in someone like Skrillex to do some tinkering. (3 stars) Read the full The Cult - Choice of Weapon review

Remembering Robin GibbantiMusics Kevin Wierzbicki offers up his personal remembrance of Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb and how a few years ago Robin impressed him and made him a true believer during a trip to Aruba. Read the full Remembering Robin Gibb review

Road Trip: Jefferson City, Missouri - It's a Gas! You're going to prison! No, this has nothing to do with those unpaid parking tickets or that jaywalking incident. You'll likely enjoy your trip to the historic Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City and, while you'll want to spend some time, you don't have to stay. Read the full Jefferson City, Missouri - It's a Gas! Road Trip article

Passport: Drunk Souls- Slim Loris- Rooftop Runners- Monks of Mellonwah Kevin Wierzbicki takes a musical trip around the world to listen to new releases from France, Sweden, Canada, Germany and Australia. Read the full Drunk Souls- Slim Loris- Rooftop Runners- Monks of Mellonwah review

Wilson Phillips - DedicatedWilson Phillips arent trying to build a better mouse trap here- their parents created the quintessential California sound with this music but the girls dont have any such burden of genius upon them. Theyre just having fun interpreting some of the most enduring pop songs ever written. (3 stars) Read the full Wilson Phillips - Dedicated review

Sites and Sounds: Blackout Festival- Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival and More antiMusics travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki once again tells us about rockin places to visit this month including The Blackout Festival, the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, Soul Beach in Aruba and the Revival Festival. Read the full Blackout Festival- Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival and More review

Road Trip: Cleveland's Rock Hall Induction and The Home of Rock & Roll antiMusic travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki takes on a trip to rock city Cleveland, Oh to see the rockin' sites and to check out the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Guns N' Roses, Donovan, The Faces and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Read the full Cleveland's Rock Hall Induction and The Home of Rock & Roll Road Trip article

Sites and Sounds: Planes, Trains & (Really Fast) Automobiles On the look out for some rockin vacation events in the month of May? Look no further as antiMusics travel editor gives you the lowdown on three great events taking place next month! Read the full Planes, Trains & (Really Fast) Automobiles review

Maximalism - Soundtrack for a Great AdventureThis 10-song instrumental set is certainly well-titled- the symphonic rock found on Soundtrack for a Great Adventure sounds like something youd hear while action unfolds on the silver screen. Read the full Maximalism - Soundtrack for a Great Adventure review

On The Record: Gotta Groove Records Spotlight (Les Cousins Dangereux- Crossing Boundaries and more) In a few days youll be able to read all about my trip to Cleveland for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. I got to spend a few days finding out why Cleveland Rocks! and one of the things I did was tour the citys record manufacturing plant, Gotta Groove Records. Read the full Gotta Groove Records Spotlight (Les Cousins Dangereux- Crossing Boundaries and more) review

Room Service: The Dark Side of Captain Morgan If youve ever sipped a drink made with Captain Morgan rum youve had a cocktail thats custom made for fun in the sun. Captain Morgan has revealed his dark side. You can remain relaxed though, the lovable spokesperson hasnt suddenly decided to start making people walk the plank. Read the full The Dark Side of Captain Morgan review

Motown Memories: Diana Ross and The Supremes- The TemptationsBeautifully packaged 50th anniversary retrospectives from Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations hit all the right notes! Read the full Motown Memories: Diana Ross and The Supremes- The Temptations review

The Richard Thompson Band - Live at Celtic ConnectionsWhen Thompson first steps onstage at the beginning of this show he stares silently and deer-in-the-headlights like at the crowd, drawing an uneasy laugh from the audience who dont know what hes up to. Read the full The Richard Thompson Band - Live at Celtic Connections review

Sites and Sounds: Music Travel News April 2012 antiMusic travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki gives us the lowdown on rockn travel events this month including the Wild Hog Music Fest, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Barbados Reggae Festival and Bear on the Square. Read the full Music Travel News April 2012 review

Iron Maiden - En Vivo! Blu-RayIron Maiden is at the point in their career where they could easily rest on their laurels but these road dogs are getting ready to launch yet another tour- those whove seen En Vivo! will no doubt be amongst the first to snap up tickets. (4 stars) Read the full Iron Maiden - En Vivo! Blu-Ray review

Road Trip: Wintertime Fun in Oslo Winter is the favorite time to come out and play in Norway. So don't expect deserted streets when you visit hip Oslo during winter. You'll find that smiling faces greet you everywhere in the easy-to-explore city where everyone is out relishing the season. Read the full Wintertime Fun in Oslo Road Trip article

Road Trip: Troll Patrol - On the Lookout (For Fun) in Lillehammer, Norway Now a new spotlight is shining on Lillehammer thanks to the Netflix television series Lillyhammer that stars Steven Van Zandt as a New York City gangster relocated to Norway as a Witness Protection Program participant. Read the full Troll Patrol - On the Lookout (For Fun) in Lillehammer, Norway Road Trip article

Passport: Norway Rocks Next week Kevins two-part Road Trip feature about Norway tells you all about the fun he had on his recent visit there but in the meantime you can warm up for his wintry tales by checking out these new releases from Norwegian artists. Read the full Norway Rocks review

Sites and Sounds: Music Travel News - Lady Antebellum, KISS, Rocklahoma, Rhythm On The Rails Vacation season is coming up and antiMusics award winning travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki gives us info on the latest rockin destinations for you to consider including KISS Kruise, a getaway with Lady Antebellum, Rocklahoma 2012 and Rhythm On The Rails. Read the full Music Travel News - Lady Antebellum, KISS, Rocklahoma, Rhythm On The Rails review

The B-52s - With the Wild Crowd!: Live in Athens, GA DVDCindy Wilson and Kate Pierson dont wear their hair in beehives anymore but the two clearly have as much fun singing and shimmying around on stage as they ever did, as does the groups male singer Fred Schneider. Read the full The B-52s - With the Wild Crowd!: Live in Athens, GA DVD review

Santana - Greatest Hits: Live at Montreux 2011 DVD and Blu-RayYoud be hard-pressed to say that Santana has ever done anything short of perfection and this set is a shining example of stellar musicianship and positive energy in action. Read the full Santana - Greatest Hits: Live at Montreux 2011 DVD and Blu-Ray review

Rock Reads:Hack Your Hit - Free And Cheap Marketing Tips For Musicians The tips for budding musicians found in Hack Your Hit dont involve any illicit manipulation of the World Wide Web or any other nefarious actions. Hack Your Hit is a mash-up of tried and true guerilla promotion tactics and hacks (shortcuts) for the digital age. Read the full Hack Your Hit - Free And Cheap Marketing Tips For Musicians review

St. Paddy's Picks: U2- Celtic Woman- Clannad Kevin Wierzbicki helps us get in the spirit for Saint Patricks Day with a look at new Irish-centric releases including a U2 documentary, a new release from Celtic Woman and double disc retrospective from Clannad. Bain sult as. Read the full St. Paddy's Picks: U2- Celtic Woman- Clannad review

Meat Loaf - Hell in a HandbasketHell in a Handbasket may not be headed for the top of the charts but its also far from going the direction the album title indicates. (3 stars) Read the full Meat Loaf - Hell in a Handbasket review

Queen - Days of Our LivesDays of Our Lives is a thorough and compelling look at one of the most successful bands of the so-called classic rock era, told mostly through interviews with the surviving members of Queen. (5 stars) Read the full Queen - Days of Our Lives review

On The Record: War on Women- The Shondes Kevin Wierzbicki gives new vinyl record releases from War on Women (Improvised Weapons) and The Shondes (Searchlights) a spin for this latest installment of On The Record! Read the full War on Women- The Shondes review

RockPile: Lamb of God- Riotgod- Temblad- Astral Doors For this edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look and listen to Lamb of Gods Resolution, Riotgods Invisible Empire, Temblads Mockery of the Fanatic, Astral Doors Jerusalem. Read the full Lamb of God- Riotgod- Temblad- Astral Doors review

Road Trip: Feel the Magic - Alamos, Mexico's Festival Ortiz Tirado Some places literally have to scream at you to hold your attention, glitzy Las Vegas comes to mind. Other places, though, are so secure in the wonders of their people, culture and natural surroundings that they entice visitors with a mere whisper. One such magical place is the charming small city of Alamos, Mexico. Read the full Feel the Magic - Alamos, Mexico's Festival Ortiz Tirado Road Trip article

Elvis Found AliveThis is one of those films where you go into it knowing full well that youre going to get your leg pulled and Gilbert is proving to be quite adept at making it fun. Makes you wonder who his next tongue-in-cheek target will be. Read the full Elvis Found Alive review

Rock Reads: Dirty Deeds- My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DCEvans, the bass player for AC/DC during the Bon Scott, takes about thirty pages to cover his family and upbringing but then quickly gets into what fans are hungry to know about. Read the full Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC review

Scorpions - ComeblackThe band has produced one last treat for their legion of fans in Comeblack, an album of re-recorded favorites and cover songs. The first half features newly recorded versions of seven of their big songs, all of which have noticeable differences from the original cuts. (3 stars) Read the full Scorpions - Comeblack review

Room Service: Chicago, Ohio, Missouri and Quebec Our travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki finds you a nice place to stay and something to do while youre there. This month he visits Chicago, Hocking Hills, Ohio, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri and Quebec.
Read the full Chicago, Ohio, Missouri and Quebec review

RIP: Etta James - The DreamerIn tribute to the late great Etta James, who lost her battle with cancer, we are republishing Kevin Wierzbickis recent review of her last release The Dreamer: (4 stars) Read the full RIP: Etta James - The Dreamer review

The Doors - Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. WomanUsually thought of as the bands finest work, L.A. Woman was also the last Doors album to feature Jim Morrison, who died a few months after the albums release. This documentary offers a track-by-track dissection of the album (4 stars) Read the full The Doors - Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman review

Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning: The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960This collection of Wolfs output during his years with the Chess label though offers fifteen tracks not previously released in the U.S., including self-penned numbers Read the full Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning: The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 review

Passport: Forty Winks- Giorgio Tuma- I Build Collapsible Mountains- Spring Offensive This time out, a listen to modern music from Europe including Forty Winks and Giorgio Tuma from Italy, I Build Collapsible Mountains from Scotland and Spring Offensive from England. Read the full Forty Winks- Giorgio Tuma- I Build Collapsible Mountains- Spring Offensive review

Prog Report: Yes- Emerson, Lake & Palmer- NiagaraA listen to releases from progressive bands including Yes In the Present-Live from Lyon, Emerson, Lake & Palmers Live at the Mar y Sol Festival and special 3 disc Niagara reissue. Read the full Prog Report: Yes- Emerson, Lake & Palmer- Niagara review

On The Record: Bottomfeeder (Gaslight Anthem)- The Farewell Drifters- Richard Swift We rock into 2012 with Kevin Wierzbicki kicking things off by giving some new vinyl releases a spin including the debut from the Supergroup Bottomfeeder featuring members of Gaslight Anthem, Jaguar Shark, Gates and Let Me Run! Read the full Bottomfeeder (Gaslight Anthem)- The Farewell Drifters- Richard Swift review

Road Trip: Goin' Mobile! - Fun on Alabama's Gulf Shore It doesn't matter, really, if maybe you've been mispronouncing the name of Alabama's sparkling city on the Gulf of Mexico- the folks in "Mo-beel" will welcome you with a generous heap of southern hospitality anyway. Read the full Goin' Mobile! - Fun on Alabama's Gulf Shore Road Trip article

Surf's Up! Nelson Montana- Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos and Surf Beat: Rock'n'Roll's Forgotten RevolutionDont be a hodad---catch this wave of new and newly reissued vintage surf music! And a book to explain it all to you! Read the full Surf's Up! Nelson Montana- Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos and Surf Beat: Rock'n'Roll's Forgotten Revolution review

Etta James - The DreamerThe Dreamer is a very suitable entry point for the uninitiated. Now is the perfect time for fans of acts like Amy Winehouse to come home to the soon to be gone treasure that is Etta James. (4 stars) Read the full Etta James - The Dreamer review

Peter Gabriel - New Blood: Live in London (DVD)Gabriel has always favored lush instrumentation and still does for this show, although it is present in a different form. Gabriel is backed here by a forty-six person orchestra and no rock band---no guitars, no bass and no drum kit. Read the full Peter Gabriel - New Blood: Live in London (DVD) review

L.A. Guns - Acoustic Gypsy LiveIts hard to imagine a raucous group like L.A. Guns doing an acoustic record but the title of this album is a little misleading. True, the arrangements are stripped down, but most songs feature a full band. Read the full L.A. Guns - Acoustic Gypsy Live review

Room Service: Bolongo Bay Beach Resort He has taken us on rockin Road Trips around the world and now our travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki checks in his latest in hotel and resort finds for you to check out! We start today with the beautiful Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read the full Bolongo Bay Beach Resort review

Styx - Regeneration Vols. I & IIThe original arrangements of favorites including The Grand Illusion, Lorelei, Sing for the Day and Come Sail Away are not tampered with- rather theyre enhanced by the improved sound provided by todays technology and, in places, punchier playing of guitar and keyboard parts. Read the full Styx - Regeneration Vols. I & II review

The Elves featuring Ronnie James Dio - And Before Elf... There Were ElvesSome fans of Ronnie James Dio know that before he joined Rainbow and began his climb to fame he was in a band called Elf, also at one time called the Elves. Elf put out a few albums in the early to mid seventies and there is renewed interest in this material now that Dio is no longer with us. (2 stars) Read the full The Elves featuring Ronnie James Dio - And Before Elf... There Were Elves review

RockPile: Slash- Bebe Buell- The Kenneth Brian Band For this latest edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Slashs Made in Stoke 24/7/11 Special Edition, Bebe Buells Hard Love and The Kenneth Brian Bands Welcome to Alabama. Read the full Slash- Bebe Buell- The Kenneth Brian Band review

Passport: Reggae Edition Featuring Jimmy Cliff, Sugar Minott and Gregory Isaacs In this special Reggae edition of Passport, Kevin Wierzbicki gives recent releases from Jimmy Cliff, Sugar Minott and Gregory Isaacs a spin! Read the full Reggae Edition Featuring Jimmy Cliff, Sugar Minott and Gregory Isaacs review

Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Vol. 2Hollywood Records and the others responsible for putting this 10-CD box set together should be commended for concentrating on the music instead of bloating the box and its price with assorted tchotchkes that will only sit around and collect dust. (4 stars) Read the full Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Vol. 2 review

Paul Rodgers & Friends - Live at Montreux 1994 DVDPaul Rodgers, the former lead vocalist for Free, Bad Company, the Firm and Queen + Paul Rodgers, gives a brief present-day introduction to this film that was shot in 1994. (3.5 stars) Read the full Paul Rodgers & Friends - Live at Montreux 1994 DVD review

Megadeth - Th1rt3enTh1rt3en is Megadeths thirteenth album and it may be lucky 13 for them for a couple of reasons If theres anything to complain about its that Mustaine doesnt seem to want to take any chances with the Megadeth sound and that results in a predictable set of tunes. (3.5 stars) Read the full Megadeth - Th1rt3en review

Steel Panther - Balls OutThe music of Steel Panther though is real sex rock, so salacious that before listening you just might want to fit condoms over your ears. Do you think you can listen to a song like 17 Girls In a Row without catching something? Fortunately Steel Panther is extremely witty with their sleaze and not just gratuitously naughty. (3.5 stars) Read the full Steel Panther - Balls Out review

On The Record: Chu Chu Santamaria y Usted and FIDLAR For this latest edition of On The Record Kevin Wierzbicki spins new vinyl releases from Chu Chu Santamaria y Usted and FIDLAR. Read the full Chu Chu Santamaria y Usted and FIDLAR review

Rock Reads: Ozzy Osbourne - Trust Me, I'm Dr. OzzyOzzy Osbournes I Am Ozzy memoir from last year was such a surprise best-seller that you could almost sense at the time that there would be more to come. But no one could have foreseen the form that this follow-up book would take. (4 stars) Read the full Ozzy Osbourne - Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy review

Judas Priest - The Chosen FewEach of the seventeen included cuts has been chosen by one of Judas Priests peers and the luminarys reason for picking the song can be found in the notes printed in the CD booklet. (3 stars) Read the full Judas Priest - The Chosen Few review

Halloween Treats From The Zombies, Ghost Knife, Epitaph, Savoy Brown and moreIn the spirit of the season were having a little fun here- all of these items refer to something scary in their title. But chances are youll find each item more delightful than frightful. Happy Halloween! Read the full Halloween Treats From The Zombies, Ghost Knife, Epitaph, Savoy Brown and more review

Root 66: Kevin Fowler- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band- Connie Smith For this installment of Root 66 Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Kevin Fowlers Chippin Away, Nitty Gritty Dirt Bands Under the Big Top Vol. 1 and Connie Smiths Long Line of Heartaches Read the full Kevin Fowler- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band- Connie Smith review

Rock Reads: Talk-Action=0: An Illustrated History of D.O.A.Author Keithley is a founding member of D.O.A., one of the bands that like Black Flag and Minor Threat is considered to be seminal in the creation of hardcore punk. D.O.A. came on the scene in 1978 and is still active today so this illustrated history, laid out in soft cover coffee table book style, is quite extensive Read the full Talk-Action=0: An Illustrated History of D.O.A. review

Machine Head - Unto the LocustWhenever an album starts off with phrases chanted in Latin you can pretty well rest assured that theres eternal damnation just around the corner, and thats exactly what Machine Head brings on I Am Hell, the opening number of Unto the Locust. (4 stars) Read the full Machine Head - Unto the Locust review

Root 66: Ten out of Tennessee Vol. 4- 35 Years of Stony Plain- Kenny Vaughan For this installment of Root 66 Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Ten out of Tennessee Vol. 4, 35 Years of Stony Plain and Kenny Vaughan new self-titled release. Read the full Ten out of Tennessee Vol. 4- 35 Years of Stony Plain- Kenny Vaughan review

Counting Crows - August and Everything After Live at Town HallWith the exception of late album track Raining in Baltimore being meshed into the opening song, Counting Crows perform August and Everything After in the original sequence here (3.5 stars) Read the full Counting Crows - August and Everything After Live at Town Hall review

Hot In The City: The Love Me Nots- Psychostick- The Necronauts Everybody knows that summers in Arizona are hot, hot, hot, and this year Hot in the City came up with a bright idea to avoid the heat----simply stay inside with a cool beverage or two and listen to music. Then these new releases came along... still hot! Read the full The Love Me Nots- Psychostick- The Necronauts review

Elvis Presley - Elvis: The Great PerformancesFans of the Kings very early work will find this 2-DVD set to be an absolute treasure as it collects more than thirty video clips, many rare, culled from a wide range of sources. (4 stars) Read the full Elvis Presley - Elvis: The Great Performances review

Battle of the Band: Sonic Youth Sonic Youth has just released a documentary film shot during their 1991 tour of Europe that also features Nirvana and, in true Sonic Youth fashion, has also released a companion CD featuring non-hits. Read the full Battle of the Band: Sonic Youth review

Rainbow - Live in Germany 1976Its Christmas come early for fans of Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio as this long-shelved recording from Rainbows first tour of Europe in 1976 finally sees rerelease. The 2-CD set only contains 8 songs but thats because Blackmore had only recently shed the constraints of Deep Purple (3.5 stars) Read the full Rainbow - Live in Germany 1976 review

The Bangles - Sweetheart of the SunIn a sense Sweetheart of the Sun is more a new beginning for the Bangles than it is a comeback and therefore shouldnt be measured against the successes of the past. (3.5 stars) Read the full The Bangles - Sweetheart of the Sun review

Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My NightmareOh my god whats this males-wearing-makeup world coming to? On this sequel to Welcome To My Nightmare, its not thirty seconds into the opening number I Am Made of You that Alice has his vocals running through---gasp---Auto-Tune! (3.5 stars) Read the full Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare review

Anthrax - Worship MusicTheres an obvious push for commercial success here but that shouldnt disappoint fans of the early Anthrax sound but theres still plenty of headbanging to be had and theres superior musicianship on display throughout. (3.5 stars) Read the full Anthrax - Worship Music review

Simply Red - Farewell: Live in Concert at Sydney Opera HouseThis film is definitely a keeper and those who have previously only been casual Simply Red fans should recognize here with one viewing what theyve been missing for all these years. (4 stars) Read the full Simply Red - Farewell: Live in Concert at Sydney Opera House review

3 From Hank3: Ghost to A Ghost/Gutter Town- Attention Deficit Domination- Cattle Callin'Hank Williams III, son of Hank Bocephus Williams Jr. and grandson of the legendary Hank Williams has released more material in one day than many artists release in a decade or for that matter, a career. Read the full 3 From Hank3: Ghost to A Ghost/Gutter Town- Attention Deficit Domination- Cattle Callin' review

Kittie - I've Failed YouMuch of Ive Failed You focuses on the thrashy side of Kitties repertoire where Lander delivers sore-throat vocals suited to the bash-your-teeth-in music that weve come to expect from the band. But Kittie has really matured. (4 stars) Read the full Kittie - I've Failed You review

RockPile: Puddle of Mudd- Love Crushed Velvet- Falling in Reverse Today Kevin Wierzbicki gives new rock releases Puddle of Mudds Re:(Disc)Overed, Love Crushed Velvet, Falling in Reverses The Drug in Me is You a spin and gives us the lowdown. Read the full Puddle of Mudd- Love Crushed Velvet- Falling in Reverse review

The Ballad of Mott the HoopleThis documentary provides the most in-depth look at Mott the Hoople that theres ever likely to be and no doubt the most authoritative too since most of the commentary comes from the bands two main men- singer Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ralphs. (4 stars) Read the full The Ballad of Mott the Hoople review

Remake-Remodel: REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity 30th Anniversary Edition The music on Hi Infidelity may not exactly be timeless but it holds up pretty good today; if you liked it then youll still like it today. And with the release of this 30th Anniversary Edition you can hear the demos for the entire album (except for Out of Season). Read the full REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity 30th Anniversary Edition review

Rock Reads:Tori Amos In the Studio It can sometimes be tempting to skip the first couple chapters of a biography; they usually delve into the subjects childhood and although obligatory, they can be pretty dull. Dont make that mistake with Tori Amos In the Studio Read the full Tori Amos In the Studio review

Live at Montreux: Rockpile- Canned Heat- Average White BandToday Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look at the latest Live at Montreux releases from Eagle Rock including Rockpiles Live at Montreux 1980, Canned Heats Live at Montreux 1973 and Average White Bands Live at Montreux 1977. Read the full Live at Montreux: Rockpile- Canned Heat- Average White Band review

The Human League - CredoThis one is maybe not for those who only love the Human League for the hit singles but those whove found pleasure in playing the bands albums all the way through in the past will find Credo a nice addition to the present. (3.5 stars) Read the full The Human League - Credo review

Root 66: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers- Mike Zito- Alec Gross For this latest installment of Root 66 Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Rare Bird Alert, Mike Zitos Greyhound, Alec Gross Strip the Lanterns: The Night Terrors of Mr. Ron Avery. Read the full Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers- Mike Zito- Alec Gross review

Rock Reads:The Armageddon ChordWagner is a contributing writer at publications like Metal Edge and RIP Magazine as well as a songwriter and guitarist for the groups Broken Hope and Lupara. Here he channels his energy into his first novel, a story about how an ancient text written by Satan himself Read the full The Armageddon Chord review

Razika - Program 91If the Strokes were 19-year-old Norwegian girls they might have broken onto the scene with a song just like Youth, the tune that leads off this set from Scandinavian up-and-comers Razika. (3.5 stars) Read the full Razika - Program 91 review

Psychoteria - I Think I'll Just Stay HomeCan you imagine what a song called Way Out performed by an artist named Psychoteria might sound like? Probably something feral if not downright crazy, right? Well sort of. (3.5 stars) Read the full Psychoteria - I Think I'll Just Stay Home review

Passport: Mariza- Guarco- Soca Gold 2011- Fanfare Ciocarlia vs. Boban & Marko Markovic For this edition of Passport, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Marizas Fado Tradicional, Guarcos Fiebre, Soca Gold 2011 and Fanfare Ciocarlia vs. Boban & Marko Markovics Balkan Brass Battle. Read the full Mariza- Guarco- Soca Gold 2011- Fanfare Ciocarlia vs. Boban & Marko Markovic review

Rock Reads:Essential Hard Rock and Heavy MetalThis is not a tell all book by any means but Trunks recollections are always entertaining, sometimes focusing on the humorous, like the time Anthrax trashed his hotel room by filling it with shaving cream and things less savory Read the full Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal review

Passport: Seun Anikulapo-Kuti & Egypt 80- Hanggai- Monty Alexander- Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet Kevin takes you on a musical journey around the world with Seun Anikulapo-Kuti & Egypt 80s From Africa With Fury: Rise, Hanggais He Who Travels Far, Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartets Natural Selection and Monty Alexanders Harlem-Kingston Express: Live at Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, NYC. Read the full Seun Anikulapo-Kuti & Egypt 80- Hanggai- Monty Alexander- Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet review

Southern Rock Shootout: 38 Special vs. Molly HatchetKevin Wierzbicki has two Southern Rock heavy weights, 38 Special and Molly Hatchet go head to head for a shootout for their new releases. Who will win, who will lose or will it be a draw? Find out now! Read the full Southern Rock Shootout: 38 Special vs. Molly Hatchet review

Rock Reads: Steven Tyler's Does The Noise in My Head Bother You?Its kind of amusing that Steven Tyler would use a variation of the old trick question Does the ringing in my ears bother you? as the title of his memoir. If the goofy question were not rhetorical, the answer would clearly be a resounding Yes! Read the full Steven Tyler's Does The Noise in My Head Bother You? review

Passport: Cheap Star- Bona Head- Lars Boutrup- Planting Claymore Kevin takes you on a musical journey around the world with Cheap Stars Speaking Like an Elephant, Bona Heads Colours Doors Planet, Lars Boutrups Music For Keyboardss
The Symphonic Dream and Planting Claymore Read the full Cheap Star- Bona Head- Lars Boutrup- Planting Claymore review

RockPile: A Pale Horse Named Death- Coliseum/Burning Love- Pagan's Mind In this latest edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to A Pale Horse Named Deaths And Hell Will Follow Me, Coliseum/Burning Loves Live at the Atlantic and Pagans Minds Heavenly Ecstasy. Read the full A Pale Horse Named Death- Coliseum/Burning Love- Pagan's Mind review

Road Trip: Sound & Vision: Columbia, Missouri's True/False Film Fest If you're an avid movie-goer you've probably noticed theaters advertising showings of Project Nim and Life in a Day lately. Those films are just two of nearly fifty documentaries that were previewed at the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri. Read the full Sound & Vision: Columbia, Missouri's True/False Film Fest Road Trip article

Hot In The City: The Meat Puppets and Ronstadt Generations Hot in the City showcases the hottest new releases with an Arizona connection. In this edition Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to The Meat Puppets Lollipop and Ronstadt Generations Lulo Read the full The Meat Puppets and Ronstadt Generations review

Root 66: Johnny Cash- Jonathan Edwards- John Paul KeithIn this latest edition of Root 66, Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Johnny Cashs From Memphis to Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. II, Jonathan Edwards My Love Will Keep and John Paul Keiths The Man That Time Forgot Read the full Root 66: Johnny Cash- Jonathan Edwards- John Paul Keith review

Status Quo - Quid Pro QuoThe band may be stuck with the one-hit-wonder label in the former colonies but in their homeland theyve had an amazing 62 charting singles, 22 of which have reached the Top 10. (4 stars) Read the full Status Quo - Quid Pro Quo review

Road Trip: Hungry for the Heartland? Have a Taste of Bloomington! Located in southern Indiana just a short drive from Indianapolis, Bloomington is the perfect representation of America's heartland. This is the part of the country that inspired John Mellencamp, currently a Bloomington resident, to write classic celebrations of American life like "Pink Houses," "Jack & Diane" and "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." Read the full Hungry for the Heartland? Have a Taste of Bloomington! Road Trip article

The Parlotones - Live DesignAmerican audiences in general are not yet familiar with the music of the Parlotones but theres a good chance that situation is changing at this very moment. In in their homeland of South Africa they may as well be U2. (3 stars) Read the full The Parlotones - Live Design review

On The Record: Bon Iver- Correatown- Candy Claws/Mike Adams at his Honest Weight Kevin Wierzbicki gives new records from Bon Iver, Correatown and Candy Claws/Mike Adams at his Honest Weight a spin for this latest edition of On The Record. Read the full Bon Iver- Correatown- Candy Claws/Mike Adams at his Honest Weight review

RockPile: Earache's New Noise Attack- Achenar- Kingdom Come- New Keepers of the Water Towers In this latest edition of Rock Pile Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Earaches New Noise Attack, Achenars Super Death Explosion Kittens, Kingdom Comes Rendered Waters and New Keepers of the Water Towers The Calydonian Hunt. Read the full Earache's New Noise Attack- Achenar- Kingdom Come- New Keepers of the Water Towers review

Quick Flicks: Elvis Costello, David Bowie, The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou Kevin Wierzbicki takes a look at new home video releases from Elvis Costello, David Bowie, plus The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou in this latest edition of Quick Flicks. Read the full Elvis Costello, David Bowie, The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou review

Rival Sons - Pressure & TimeRival Sons take their inspiration primarily from the classic blues-rock sounds of the late 60s and early 70s and that it certainly an excellent era to draw from. Fortunately Rival Sons are not into mimicry. This one is meant to blow out cheap speakers and get the neighbors pounding on the wall. (3.5 stars) Read the full Rival Sons - Pressure & Time review

Remake-Remodel: Moody Bluegrass Two... Much Love: A Nashville Celebration of the Moody Blues It is a hallmark of well-written material that it can be adapted to a wide variety of genres and the Moodys material proves to be a good fit for the old-timey, distinctly American music. Read the full Moody Bluegrass Two... Much Love: A Nashville Celebration of the Moody Blues review

Root 66: Dolly Parton- Burns & Poe- Jonny Burke Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to new rootsy releases Dolly Partons Better Day, Burns & Poes self-titled album and Jonny Burkes Distance and Fortune in this brand new edition of Root 66. Read the full Dolly Parton- Burns & Poe- Jonny Burke review

Root 66: Spotlight on Nashville Nashville has a significant music history that goes way beyond the country music that the city is best known for and the SPV label has just released half a dozen archival collections that showcase some other sides of Music City. Read the full Spotlight on Nashville review

Rock Reads: Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers and Kicker CinemaDaniel Ekeroth knows a thing or two about metal- hes the author of Swedish Death Metal and a veteran of such bands as Tyrant, Insision, Dellamorte and Onkel Kankel. But Ekeroth hasnt spent every single minute thrashing away to a death metal roar Read the full Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers and Kicker Cinema review

Remake-Remodel: Rock the Cradle Lullabies: Dreamin' With Def Leppard Def Leppard songs are by default songs that demand attention and participation, so how do they hold up when stripped down and slowed down and turned into lullabies, as they are here? Read the full Rock the Cradle Lullabies: Dreamin' With Def Leppard review

The Blues: Chicago Blues: A Living History- Rory Block- Samantha Fish- Cassie Taylor- Dani Wilde Get the blues as Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to new rockin blues releases from Chicago Blues: A Living History, Rory Block and Girls With Guitars Samantha Fish/Cassie Taylor/Dani Wilde. Read the full Chicago Blues: A Living History- Rory Block- Samantha Fish- Cassie Taylor- Dani Wilde review

Remake-Remodel: The Kinks, Thin Lizzy and Traffic Universal Music has an ongoing project where theyre re-releasing keystone albums from some highly-influential classic rock acts, all loaded with previously impossible-to-find stuff like demos, live versions, alternate takes and other music that was until now collecting dust in the vault Read the full The Kinks, Thin Lizzy and Traffic review

Psychedelic Shack: Music to Blow Your Mind! Welcome to the Psychedelic Shack, the paisley palace where the incense is always burning and yes, we do feel like you do. Come on in, weve left the (Day-Glo) light on for you… Read the full Music to Blow Your Mind! review

RockPile: Korn- Brian Robertson (Motorhead - Thin Lizzy)- Winterus- Olde Growth Kevin Wierzbicki visits the Rock Pile for a listen to the following new releases Korns The Essential Korn, Brian Robertsons Diamonds and Dirt, Winterus In Carbon Mysticism and Olde Growths new self-titled effort. Read the full Korn- Brian Robertson (Motorhead - Thin Lizzy)- Winterus- Olde Growth review

Rock Reads:Trouble in the Camera Club: A Photographic Narrative of Toronto's Punk History 1976-1980Pyle is now a producer and a veteran of the Juno-winning Canadian band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet but back in 76, where this photo essay begins, he was an underage teenager sneaking into the nightclubs of Toronto just as the punk scene was coming to a head. Read the full Trouble in the Camera Club: A Photographic Narrative of Toronto's Punk History 1976-1980 review

Iron Maiden - From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010From Fear to Eternity is a great chance to catch up for old fans who havent updated their collection since Powerslave, especially considering that this generous sampler can be picked up for around ten bucks. (3.5 stars) Read the full Iron Maiden - From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010 review

Rock Reads: Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and RevolutionWith plenty of attitude and mystery to go with his obvious talent and a name like Prince, many may have assumed that the latest fad-maker came from some type of entitled background. But as Draper reveals early in this book, nothing could be further from the truth. Read the full Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution review

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman: 30th Anniversary EditionsThere have been lots of high points in the lengthy career of Ozzy Osbourne but regarding his output as a solo artist fans will almost universally point to his first two releases, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman as his finest recorded works. Read the full Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman: 30th Anniversary Editions review

A MusiCares Tribute to Neil YoungAll the performers here remember that the show is about Neil, not them, and play reverently without showboating, allowing the film to capture the sound and vision elegantly. (3.5 stars) Read the full A MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young review

Road Trip: Yukon Flashback Picking out a favorite Rock Trip the on this occasion of antiMusic's lucky 13th anniversary wasn't easy but I think you'll like this one about the Dawson City Music Festival that I wrote in 2007. Read the full Yukon Flashback Road Trip article

Rock Reads:Keyboard Presents: Synth GodsObviously the book is compiled especially for synth players but music fans in general will be entertained here as well. Among those featured are Trent Reznor, Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson Dr. Robert A. Moog, Edgar Winter and more. Read the full Keyboard Presents: Synth Gods review

Iggy Pop - Roadkill Rising... The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009Listening to Roadkill Rising is like pulling an all-nighter with the Godfather of Punk, and as far as that unpredictability factor goes, how about wrapping things up with a cover of the chestnut Willow Weep for Me? Brilliant. (4 stars) Read the full Iggy Pop - Roadkill Rising... The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009 review

Rock Reads: Bob Dylan New YorkThe latest in the Music Place Series from Roaring Forties, Bob Dylan New York tells the story of Dylans early experiences in the Big Apple through the places where significant things happened. Read the full Bob Dylan New York review

Rock Reads: Guitar Lessons: A Life's Journey Turning Passion into Business Taylor is the president and co-founder of Taylor Guitars and this memoir is mostly about how the company came to fruition and the years of trial-and-error that got them to where they stand now as a leading maker of fine guitars. Read the full Guitar Lessons: A Life's Journey Turning Passion into Business review

Rock Reads: The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American RecordingsThomson has put together a good read for all fans of Johnny Cash but those who hopped on the bandwagon late (or some would say, just in time) during the Rick Rubin American Recordings era will find The Resurrection of Johnny Cash an especially warm read. Read the full The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings review

Rock Reads: Guitar Player Presents: Guitar Heroes of the '70sClapton, Frampton, Garcia, Blackmore, Beck, Page, Zappa, Trower, Van Halen, Townshend, Gilmour and many more. Read the full Guitar Player Presents: Guitar Heroes of the '70s review

Hot In The City: Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers - Unida Cantina Clyne and his mates have for years been one of the southwests favorite party bands, always packing in the crowds at live performances in Arizona and occasionally taking their musical fiesta south of the border for a big blow-out in Mexico Read the full Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers - Unida Cantina review

Passport: Special "Feelin' Irie" edition: Reggae and Dancehall For this special Feelin Irie edition of Passport, Kevin Wierzbicki takes us to the land of Reggae and Dancehall with a look at new releases from Steely and Clevie and Bushman, plus the Strictly the Best Vols. 42 and 43. Read the full Special "Feelin' Irie" edition: Reggae and Dancehall review

Richard the LionheartedThis band hails from the heartland of America but much of their music has shadings of the west coast or the desert southwest. Theyre not exactly cowboys on acid but a generous amount of psychedelia informs their music Read the full Richard the Lionhearted review

Heart - Night at Sky Church DVDThe performance captured on this film from March 2010 is musically flawless but it does not hold the lightning-in-a-bottle excitement created by last falls well-received comeback album Red Velvet Car. (3 stars) Read the full Heart - Night at Sky Church DVD review

Rock Reads: Street Player: My Chicago StorySeraphine was a street tough running with a gang in Chicago when, after a particularly violent rumble, he realized that if something didnt change fast he was on track to become a professional thug, probably employed by the Chicago branch of the mob. Read the full Street Player: My Chicago Story review

On The Record: Guns N' Rosa Parks- Candy Golde (Wilco/Cheap Trick)- The Psychedelic SRB (Spiritualized)- Unholy Grave/Neon Hole Saturday April 16th is Record Store Day, a special day where you can purchase limited edition and collectible pieces of vinyl at over 700 participating indie record. In honor of Record Store Day, were busting into our stash of recent vinyl releases. Read the full Guns N' Rosa Parks- Candy Golde (Wilco/Cheap Trick)- The Psychedelic SRB (Spiritualized)- Unholy Grave/Neon Hole review

Richard Ashcroft - United Nations of SoundIts been four years since the last solo album from Ashcroft, the former lead singer for the Verve. True to the albums title, United Nations of Sound, Ashcroft is here to try different things. (4 stars) Read the full Richard Ashcroft - United Nations of Sound review

Bob Dylan - In Concert: Brandeis University 1963Obviously this recording was made in 1963, but to give you a mental picture of where Dylan was career-wise at the time, both of his milestone events were still a couple years in the future and his second album, The Freewhelin Bob Dylan, was not yet in stores. (3 stars) Read the full Bob Dylan - In Concert: Brandeis University 1963 review

Gay For Johnny Depp - What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills YouWhat Doesnt Kill You is packed with good stuff---this is one of those recordings that make you itch to see the band live and to hope that when you compare notes with your hip friends that you knew about GFJD before they do. (4 stars) Read the full Gay For Johnny Depp - What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You review

Pete Anderson - Even Things UpAnderson and guitar twang are almost synonymous terms and his playing and production work helped to sell millions of records for country twang-master Dwight Yoakam. But as a teenager he saw some of the greatest blues players and has loved the blues ever since Read the full Pete Anderson - Even Things Up review

Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the FansWho knew in the early 1970s that the Stooges would end up being one of the most-respected and influential punk bands of all time? This live performance of Raw Power in its entirety gives everyone else a chance to catch up nearly four decades later. (4 stars) Read the full Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans review

Pearl Jam Under Review DVD This film is not authorized by Pearl Jam or their record label, but really all that means is that certain material could not be used in its making. That didnt keep the filmmakers from putting together a pretty good piece that traces the bands origins Read the full Pearl Jam Under Review DVD review

Pearl Jam - vs & Vitalogy 3-CD Deluxe Edition: Tag Team Pt IToday Kevin Wierzbicki gives us part I of our special Tag Team review coverage of the brand new vs & Vitalogy 3-CD Deluxe Edition from Pearl Jam which is part of the bands 20th anniversary celebration. Read the full Pearl Jam - vs & Vitalogy 3-CD Deluxe Edition: Tag Team Pt I review

Passport: Montreal Special Edition The Arcade Fire album The Suburbs Album of the Year Grammy helped to draw attention to the bands hometown of Montreals hot music scene. So what else is going on in the tres chic metropolis? Here are some of the most interesting of recent releases. Read the full Montreal Special Edition review

Mastodon - Live at the AragonThe fact that the band concentrates on musicianship instead of histrionics and between-song patter pays off as Live at the Aragon is aurally and visually riveting from beginning to end. (4 stars) Read the full Mastodon - Live at the Aragon review

Passport: OK! Good Records Special EditionOK! Good Records is home to a handful of great artists based in Europe that are for the most part unknown in the States. Heres a heads-up on half a dozen new releases from OK! Good acts that are definitely worth hearing. Read the full OK! Good Records Special Edition review

Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still SpeedingBeady Eye in make-up---Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock---is essentially Oasis without Noel Gallagher. No surprise then that Different Gear, Still Speeding sounds like Oasis without Noel Gallagher. (3.5 stars) Read the full Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still Speeding review

Civet - Love & WarTheres plenty of throwback to the Runaways here but these cats arent afraid to take on the boys too and they answer The Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog with Come On (I Wanna Be Your Girl). (4 stars) Read the full Civet - Love & War review

Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss (Throw Rag and Circle Jerks) - Walk Thee Invisible Punks gone not wild! You may as well take the resumes of Wheeler and Schloss, famed for their stints with seminal punk bands Throw Rag and the Circle Jerks respectively, and toss them in the circular file. Read the full Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss (Throw Rag and Circle Jerks) - Walk Thee Invisible review

John Cale & Band Live DVDIts ironic that John Cale, one of the two main personalities (the other being Lou Reed) behind the Velvet Underground, one of the most influential bands of the past half century, gets mistaken for respected but not-so-influential singer/songwriter J.J. Cale. Read the full John Cale & Band Live DVD review

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Live at Nassau Coliseum '78As one of the most influential and popular bands of the early prog scene it is no surprise that the music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer has been fairly relentlessly remastered and repackaged (3.5 stars) Read the full Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Live at Nassau Coliseum '78 review

Quick Flicks: Eric Clapton, Cactus and Fair Warning In this edition of Quick Flicks, Kevin checks out theses new DVD releases: Eric Claptons The 1960s Review, Cactus Live, Loud & Proud and Fair Warnings Talking Aint Enough: Fair Warning Live in Tokyo Read the full Eric Clapton, Cactus and Fair Warning review

Misery - Evil is CrownedThe album is a hybrid of powerful thrash sounds and classic metal influences like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and the Mighty Motorhead. Misery has good chops and ideas and this solid sophomore effort makes them one to watch. Read the full Misery - Evil is Crowned review

Sodom - In War and PiecesAfter three decades of trying its unlikely that Sodom will suddenly get the recognition they merit but In War and Pieces goes a long ways toward proving that they deserve more. Read the full Sodom - In War and Pieces review

Rock Reads: Mosh PotatoesSeabury has used his standing in the musician community to plumb the minds and bellies of his metal colleagues for their favorite recipes and published nearly a hundred of them here along with varying degrees of commentary from the chefs. Read the full Mosh Potatoes review

Rock Reads: My Dead Dad Was in ZZ TopThe book just isnt funny. I mean this thing is such a turkey that it should come with complimentary cranberry sauce. I hope the book is printed on recycled paper because its a shame to think that trees had to die for this. Read the full My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top review

The Blues: Todd Sharpville and Great Northern Blues Society Bake Sale Volume Five In this latest edition of Get The Blues, Kevin Wierzbicki gives Todd Sharpvilles Porchlight and Great Northern Blues Society Bake Sale Volume Five a spin. Read the full Todd Sharpville and Great Northern Blues Society Bake Sale Volume Five review

Rock Reads:A History of Collectible American Record Sleeves Volume 1: 50s & 60s and Volume 2: 70s & 80sIts true. A picture is worth a thousand words. And in the case of this two-volume look at the history of what are commonly referred to as picture sleeves for 45 RPM vinyl singles, a picture is worth considerably more. Read the full A History of Collectible American Record Sleeves Volume 1: 50s & 60s and Volume 2: 70s & 80s review

Rock Reads:Fall to Pieces (Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver)At its heart the book is really a love story as Forsberg-Weiland chronicles how she instantly fell in love with a seemingly disinterested Scott when both were on the brink of fame and fortune Read the full Fall to Pieces (Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver) review

America's Music Legacy DVD SeriesLeave it to a British company to take a good look at the roots of American music. The four DVDs in the current flight of releases spotlight the genres of country & western, rhythm & blues, rocknroll and gospel Read the full America's Music Legacy DVD Series review

RockPile: (hed)p.e.- Shadows Fall- Arson Anthem- Angra- Cough/The Wounded Kings (Split)- Return to Earth Kevin Wierzbicki kicks off 2011 with a look at some rockin releases from the last part of 2010 including new releases from (hed)p.e.- Shadows Fall- Arson Anthem- Angra- Cough/The Wounded Kings (Split)- Return to Earth Read the full (hed)p.e.- Shadows Fall- Arson Anthem- Angra- Cough/The Wounded Kings (Split)- Return to Earth review

The Last Page: Rock Reads From Jane's Addiction- Louis Armstrong- Clapton, Beck, Page- Progressive Heavy Metal and moreKevin Wierzbicki takes a look at another batch of rock books released in 2010 which are worth your attention. These books include the topics of Janes Addiction- Louis Armstrong- Clapton, Beck, Page- Progressive Heavy Metal and more (5 stars) Read the full The Last Page: Rock Reads From Jane's Addiction- Louis Armstrong- Clapton, Beck, Page- Progressive Heavy Metal and more review

The Ones That (Almost) Got Away: Bryan Ferry- Angel Witch- Phil Manzanera- Emilie-Claire Barlow- JP, Chrissie & the Fairground BoysHeres a listen to some 2010 releases from Bryan Ferry, Angel Witch, Phil Manzanera, Emilie-Claire Barlow, and JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys that we almost missed that are definitely worth checking out. (5 stars) Read the full The Ones That (Almost) Got Away: Bryan Ferry- Angel Witch- Phil Manzanera- Emilie-Claire Barlow- JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys review

RockPile: Rockin' in the New Year: Helmet- Ill Nino- Kings Destroy- Immolate- Haarp- Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction Before you pop that champagne cork and butter up your lips for some New Years Eve kissing at midnight, spend a few minutes rounding up some of these 2010 releases and youll surely have a soundtrack to rock painlessly into 2011! Read the full Rockin' in the New Year: Helmet- Ill Nino- Kings Destroy- Immolate- Haarp- Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction review

The Last Page- Recommended Rock Reads from 2010: Stevie Ray Vaughan- Pink Floyd- Todd Rundgren and moreKevin Wierzbicki gives us the first installment of his : Recommended Rock Reads from 2010 including books about Stevie Ray Vaughan- Pink Floyd- Todd Rundgren- Songwriting for Dummies and more Read the full The Last Page- Recommended Rock Reads from 2010: Stevie Ray Vaughan- Pink Floyd- Todd Rundgren and more review

The Ones That (Almost) Got Away: OMD- Dwight Twilley- Richard Thompson- Bad Cop- Johnny Clegg- Diplomats of Solid SoundNo matter how hard we try, theres so much new music being released every week that its just impossible to write about all of it. That means that a lot of worthy stuff from both newcomers and established acts alike tends to fall through the cracks. Heres a listen to some 2010 releases that we almost missed that are definitely worth checking out. Read the full The Ones That (Almost) Got Away: OMD- Dwight Twilley- Richard Thompson- Bad Cop- Johnny Clegg- Diplomats of Solid Sound review

James McCartney - Available LightThe Lennon boys, Dhani Harrison and Ringos kid have all gotten through it but theres no doubt that being a son of a Beatle and putting your own music out is tantamount to throwing yourself to the wolves. (3 stars) Read the full James McCartney - Available Light review

Rock Reads: Return of the King: Elvis Presley's Great ComebackWith all the hoopla and hysteria that usually surrounds any mention of Elvis Presley its not always the first thing to pop to mind that the late icon went through a period when he was more a pouty prince than he was The King. (4 stars) Read the full Return of the King: Elvis Presley's Great Comeback review

Santa's Jukebox: Jimi Hendrix - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year As the ad campaign for this release cleverly puts it---put some purple haze into your eggnog with this remastered holiday-themed E.P. from Jimi Hendrix! There are only three cuts here but they capture Hendrix in a playful mood Read the full Jimi Hendrix - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year review

The Blues: Eric Sardinas and Big Motor- Joe Louis Walker's Blues Conspiracy and Claude Hay Kevin Wierzbicki gives new releases from blues artists Eric Sardinas and Big Motor (DVD), Joe Louis Walkers Blues Conspiracy (album) and Claude Hay (album) a spin and gives us the low down. Read the full Eric Sardinas and Big Motor- Joe Louis Walker's Blues Conspiracy and Claude Hay review

Root 66: Swampvoodoo- Gov. Mike Huckabee, Aaron Tippin and Friends- Jazz & Blues Collection For this installment of Root 66 Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to new releases from Swampvoodoo, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Aaron Tippin and Friends and the The Jazz & Blues Collection Volume I Read the full Swampvoodoo- Gov. Mike Huckabee, Aaron Tippin and Friends- Jazz & Blues Collection review

Metallica- Slayer- Megadeth- Anthrax: The Big Four Live from Sofia, BulgariaTheres no doubt that it was a historic and exciting occurrence last June when Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax appeared on the same. Exciting, at least, for the hordes that were there- the buzz does not really translate to the footage contained on this 2 DVD set. (3 stars) Read the full Metallica- Slayer- Megadeth- Anthrax: The Big Four Live from Sofia, Bulgaria review

RockPile: Battle of the Band- Michael Schenker Group Vs Michael Schenker Group For this installment of Rock Pile, Kevin Wierzbicki presents a special DVD Battle of the Band Edition featuring Michael Schenker Group where Kevin looks at two new DVD releases from the legendary group. Read the full Battle of the Band- Michael Schenker Group Vs Michael Schenker Group review

Rock Reads:Bayou Underground: Tracing the Mythical Roots of American Popular MusicProlific scribe Thompson has authored more than a hundred books about music and pop culture and here he presents 18 essays not so much about music as they are about the things that informed the music. Read the full Bayou Underground: Tracing the Mythical Roots of American Popular Music review

RockPile: Ozzy Osbourne- Emergency Gate- Powerworld Kevin Wierzbicki kicks off his new review series RockPile today with a look and listen to new releases from Ozzy Osbourne, German hard rockers Emergency Gate and heavy melodic rockers Powerworld. Read the full Ozzy Osbourne- Emergency Gate- Powerworld review

The Atom Age - Kill Surf CityLead singer Ryan Perras also is a member of the Queers and while not exactly emulating that band, The Atom Age has the same penchant for well-written, hooky and memorable three minute songs. (3.5 stars) Read the full The Atom Age - Kill Surf City review

The Ruiners - Happy Birthday BitchThe Ruiners encapsulate everything thats cool about garage rock. Happy Birthday Bitch takes an occasional swing at your nose but it also buys you a couple beers; thats a recipe for thrilling fun in any garage. (4 stars) Read the full The Ruiners - Happy Birthday Bitch review

Root 66: Roger McGuinn's Thunderbyrd- The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert- The Lucky Tomblin Band In this installment of Root 66, Kevin Wierzbicki give us his take on Roger McGuinns Thunderbyrd, The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert---Live in Vancouver and the latest from The Lucky Tomblin Band. Read the full Roger McGuinn's Thunderbyrd- The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert- The Lucky Tomblin Band review

On The Record: Kate & Anna McGarrigle and Arling and Cameron Present Music for Imaginary Films In this installment of On the Record, Kevin gives the new double vinyl releases from Kate & Anna McGarrigle (The McGarrigle Hour) and Arling and Cameron Present Music for Imaginary Films a spin. Read the full Kate & Anna McGarrigle and Arling and Cameron Present Music for Imaginary Films review

On The Record: Circle Jerks and Twin Tigers Porterhouse continues their loving treatment of the Circle Jerks catalog with this reissue of the bands fourth studio album, 1985s Wonderful. Kevin gives it a spin along with Twin Tigers Gray Waves. Read the full Circle Jerks and Twin Tigers review

On The Record: Axel Rudi Pell- Sodom- Molly Hatchet Kevin Wierzbicki gives new vinyl releases from Axel Rudi Pell, Sodom and Molly Hatchet a spin and gives us the low down in this latest installment of On The Record. Read the full Axel Rudi Pell- Sodom- Molly Hatchet review

Megadeth - Rust in Peace LiveMegadeths epic Rust in Peace album turned twenty-years-old this year and as is the fad lately the band went on tour specifically to showcase the album by playing it in its entirety every night. (4 stars) Read the full Megadeth - Rust in Peace Live review

The Blues: Foghat- Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble- Piano Red Kevin Wierzbicki takes a listen to Foghats Last Train Home, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Troubles Couldnt Stand the Weather---Legacy Edition and Piano Reds The Lost Atlanta Tapes. Read the full Foghat- Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble- Piano Red review

Rock Reads: Jack Bruce: Composing HimselfFans looking for an expose about Cream need to look elsewhere. Those who want to read about the career of one of rocks gutsiest and most-respected players of all time will love Composing Himself. (4 stars) Read the full Jack Bruce: Composing Himself review

Heart - Red Velvet CarNow fans that quit buying Heart albums can come back into the fold with glee. Heart have made a fresh-sounding album that sounds for the most part like it could have come out between Dreamboat Annie and Little Queen without completely bastardizing their own material. (5 stars) Read the full Heart - Red Velvet Car review

Quick Flicks: Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison- Gold: Before Woodstock. Beyond Reality- Ian Dury Rare and Unseen Kevin takes a look at recent DVD releases including Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison- which deals with the Paul is Dead conspiracy theory, plus Gold: Before Woodstock. Beyond Reality and Ian Dury Rare and Unseen. Read the full Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison- Gold: Before Woodstock. Beyond Reality- Ian Dury Rare and Unseen review

Slayer Live DVDsThe season in the abyss is over! Two titles previously available on DVD, War at the Warfield and Still Reigning are back in circulation along with, for the first time ever on DVD, Live Intrusion. (5 stars) Read the full Slayer Live DVDs review

Hawkwind - Blood of the EarthHawkwind has played almost every type of rock in their forty-plus year career but their specialty is space-rock and thats what youll hear on Blood of the Earth. Lead-off track Seahawks sets the albums tone (4 stars) Read the full Hawkwind - Blood of the Earth review

Road Trip: Flying High in Reno Reno, Nevada is home to the National Championship Air Races and Air Show, a five-day event that attracts the world's top fliers and thousands of spectators who love to watch the pilots in death-defying action Read the full Flying High in Reno Road Trip article

Road Trip: Carnival Ride: Cruising to Mexico Kevin recently took a five-day voyage from New Orleans to sunny Mexico aboard the Carnival cruise ship Triumph and here's just some of what he experienced. Read the full Carnival Ride: Cruising to Mexico Road Trip article

Road Trip: Magic Montreux - Switzerland's Music City Every July Montreux, Switzerland overflows with musicians and music lovers as the Montreux Jazz Festival turns the city into the world's live music capital for two weeks. Kevin's Road Trip week continues with this not to miss trip! (That goes double for Queen fans) Read the full Magic Montreux - Switzerland's Music City Road Trip article

Road Trip: Big Lake, Big Fun - Lake Superior's Canadian Side Kevin continues his special Road Trip week with a visit to Lake Superior's Canadian Side! If you live in Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee or one of the other large cities on one of the lakes then you know exactly how "great" these bodies of water are. Read the full Big Lake, Big Fun - Lake Superior's Canadian Side Road Trip article

Road Trip: Hoedown in the Hills: Exploring Ohio's Hocking Hills Kevin Wierzbicki kicks off his special Road Trip week with a visit to the Hocking Hills area of Ohio, the perfect place to indulge in outdoor activities like hiking and camping, fishing and wildlife viewing or just sitting and relaxing in the peace and quiet. Read the full Hoedown in the Hills: Exploring Ohio's Hocking Hills Road Trip article

Danzig - Deth Red SabaothThis album supposedly completes a seven-album cycle that Glenn envisioned way back in 1987 so theres no telling where hell take the band from here. In the meantime Danzig sound great right where they are. (4 stars) Read the full Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth review

Passport: Mike Patton- Thulium- Psychopathic Romantics Kevin Wierzbicki takes us across the globe once again with a look at new releases from Mike Patton, Thulium, and Psychopathic Romantics in this latest edition of Passport! Read the full Mike Patton- Thulium- Psychopathic Romantics review

Rock Reads: Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83What the zine had going for it was the high entertainment value provided by the uncensored output of its publishers and primary writers, Tesco Vee of the Meatmen and his pal Dave Stimson. Read the full Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83 review

Root 66: Johnny Cash's Setlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash Live and Pogey's Full Speed Ahead Root 66 returns with Kevin Wierzbicki taking over the reigns as he looks at the recent releases of Johnny Cashs Setlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash Live and Pogeys Full Speed Ahead. Read the full Johnny Cash's Setlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash Live and Pogey's Full Speed Ahead review

On The Record: White Flag- Hole- Modest Mouse and Doro Kevin gives new vinyl releases from White Flag, Hole, Modest Mouse and Doro a spin and gives you the lowdown in this latest edition of On the Record. Read the full White Flag- Hole- Modest Mouse and Doro review

Lab Partners - Moonlight MusicPsychedelia is the order of the day for this three-man, one-woman quartet from Dayton, Ohio, and they start their aural odyssey with Weve Been Burned, a Jefferson Airplane-like slice of mind expansion (4 stars) Read the full Lab Partners - Moonlight Music review

Quick Flicks: Rock'n'Roll High School, Suburbia, and Klaus Schulze featuring Lisa Gerrard Kevin takes a look at new DVD releases: 70s Ramones classic RocknRoll High School, the iconic 80s punk drama Suburbia and Klaus Schulze featuring Lisa Gerrards Dziekuje Bardzo. Read the full Rock'n'Roll High School, Suburbia, and Klaus Schulze featuring Lisa Gerrard review

On The Record: Rhapsody- X- Meat Puppets- Peter Gabriel/Stephin Merritt Kevin Wierzbicki gives new vinyl releases from Rhapsody- X- Meat Puppets- Peter Gabriel/Stephin Merritt a spin. Read the full Rhapsody- X- Meat Puppets- Peter Gabriel/Stephin Merritt review

Uriah Heep - CelebrationCelebration is a greatest hits package of sorts, done in an unusual way. The band (guitarist Mick Box is the only remaining original member) has re-recorded a dozen of their favorite tracks from the past (3.5 stars) Read the full Uriah Heep - Celebration review

Molly Hatchet - JusticeIf you liked the Molly Hatchet of days gone by you will not be disappointed with Justice. Or if youve ever wondered what this thing called southern rock actually is Justice is a perfect place to start your research. (3.5 stars) Read the full Molly Hatchet - Justice review

Rock Reads:You Can't Always Get What You Want: My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful ReprobatesCutlers early vocation was that of teacher but his initial experimentation with LSD was the catalyst that sent him off down a path that would eventually lead to gigs as tour manager for the Rolling Stones and then the Grateful Dead. (4 stars) Read the full You Can't Always Get What You Want: My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates review

Krokus - HoodooThe original line up is back after a twenty-year hiatus with a surprisingly strong set. The band hasnt changed their style; you could be forgiven for hearing any of the eleven tracks here and thinking you were listening to AC/DC (4 stars) Read the full Krokus - Hoodoo review

Melissa Auf der Maur - Out of Our MindsIts been about six years since Auf der Maur has put out new music and her sound has evolved considerably. Perhaps its just a natural progression or maybe its a purposeful effort to distance herself from her days with Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins. (3.5 stars) Read the full Melissa Auf der Maur - Out of Our Minds review

On The Record: The Rolling Stones- Girl in a Coma- James Chance Kevin Wierzbicki gives new vinyl releases from The Rolling Stones- Girl in a Coma and James Chance a spin Read the full The Rolling Stones- Girl in a Coma- James Chance review

The T.A.M.I. ShowThis revue style concert featured James Brown, Jan and Dean, Chuck Berry, Gerry and the Pacemakers and a host of Motown acts like the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. The Rolling Stones close the show. (3.5 stars) Read the full The T.A.M.I. Show review

Chickenfoot - Get Your Buzz On LiveMost of the bands only album, last years Chickenfoot, is performed here with relish and professionalism and without excess flash. (4 stars) Read the full Chickenfoot - Get Your Buzz On Live review

Sevendust - Cold Day MemoryIf you consider that acts like AC/DC have been going strong for forty years by recycling their own riffs you cant really blame a group like Sevendust for doling out more of the same old-same old here, especially since its something that works out nicely for them (3 stars) Read the full Sevendust - Cold Day Memory review

BoDeans - Mr. Sad ClownIt would be inappropriate to compare the work of core members Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann to that of Bruce Springsteen but the two acts reveal their ethos in similar manners, albeit with different accents. (4.5 stars) Read the full BoDeans - Mr. Sad Clown review

Road Trip: Reggae Fest, Rum and Flying Fish: It's Delicious Barbados! Barbados is relatively large compared to most Caribbean islands and there's a lot to explore no matter what direction you head in. If you come to Barbados in April you can add some sonic dessert to your menu by attending the Barbados Reggae Festival Read the full Reggae Fest, Rum and Flying Fish: It's Delicious Barbados! Road Trip article

Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power: Legacy EditionThe record was a commercial flop when first released in 1973 but it has turned out to have legs like no other title in the Iggy Pop canon. This 2-CD package includes a remastered version of the album and long time fans should be able to discern the upgrade (4 stars) Read the full Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power: Legacy Edition review

Passport: Razia- Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate- The Very Best of Africa and Alan Lomax in Haiti Kevin takes us around the world to experience music from distant lands. This time we discover music from Madagascar native Razia, Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate, the very best of Africa and Alan Lomax in Haiti. Read the full Razia- Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate- The Very Best of Africa and Alan Lomax in Haiti review

Luther Allison - Songs From the RoadBluesmen tend to have lots of material in the can so this is probably not the last well hear from Allison but if it is you could not ask for a better farewell. Most of the show is included on a bonus DVD. Read the full Luther Allison - Songs From the Road review

On The Record: Punk Splits! This time out we take a listen to six underground punk bands that have new music out on 7 splits. All come in picture sleeves and all play at 33 RPM. Wednesday Night Heroes/For the Worse- Dios Mio/Bring That Sh*t- Black Market Fetus/Brodys Militia Read the full Punk Splits! review

Rock Reads: Echoes - The Complete History of Pink FloydAmazingly, Echoes contains a listing of every known Pink Floyd concert ever given and includes the set list for each show from 1970 forward. And thats just the beginning of all thats packed into this coffee table-style tome-if it has to do with the Floyd it is here. Read the full Echoes - The Complete History of Pink Floyd review

Scorpions - Sting in the TailAfter forty years of arena-rocking the band has announced that theyll be retiring from touring at the conclusion of their Get Your Sting and Blackout tour. Sting in the Tail is the companion piece to the farewell tour and the final Scorpions album. (3.5 stars) Read the full Scorpions - Sting in the Tail review

Seasick Steve - Man From Another TimeClearly theres a great read waiting if Seasick ever decides to pen his memoirs; in the meantime the few chapters set to music here provide a riveting primer. Read the full Seasick Steve - Man From Another Time review

Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of NeptuneIn a move thats a major treat for Hendrix fans and rock historians, the vaults have been scoured to come up with a dozen previously unreleased cuts for Valleys of Neptune. All of the songs here have been heard before but in different forms. (4 stars) Read the full Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune review

On The Record: Jimi Hendrix, The Love Me Nots, and Panther Kevin takes a look and listen at new vinyl releases from Jimi Hendrix, The Love Me Nots, and Panther in this latest edition of On The Record. Read the full Jimi Hendrix, The Love Me Nots, and Panther review

Gorevette - Lustfully YoursThe girls mostly tap into a Runaways/Donnas mash up on this seven song debut E.P., wildly tossing around slashing guitar riffs (some by Radio Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek) and garage rock rhythms like theyre empty PBR cans or spent boyfriends. (4 stars) Read the full Gorevette - Lustfully Yours review

Rock Reads: Ozzy Osbourne's I Am OzzyFollowing Ozzy through several decades of highs and lows in this manner is exhilarating. The book is so well edited that when the story leaves off (at a point in 2009) the reader can hardly wait for what Ozzy does next. (5 stars) Read the full Rock Reads: Ozzy Osbourne's I Am Ozzy review

Road Trip: Throw Me Something, Mister! - Mardi Gras in Lake Charles When it comes to Mardi Gras, everybody has the same thing on their mind: beads! And when you spend Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana you'll find the strands are ubiquitous, smiling back at you from everywhere you look. Read the full Throw Me Something, Mister! - Mardi Gras in Lake Charles Road Trip article

David Bowie - A Reality TourThis thirty-three song set on two CDs will please Bowie fans from all eras and collectors will welcome the 3 tunes included here that were previously unavailable- versions of China Girl, Fall Dog Bombs the Moon and Breaking Glass. (4 stars) Read the full David Bowie - A Reality Tour review

Road Trip: The Magic of Muscle Shoals - Something in the Water? Folklore has it that the portion of the Tennessee River that flows through Muscle Shoals, Alabama, got its nickname "The Singing River" because a young maiden was so enthralled with the rhythm of the waterway that she couldn't help but add a melody. Read the full The Magic of Muscle Shoals - Something in the Water? Road Trip article

Suicidal Tendencies - Live at the Olympic AuditoriumIts been quite a chore for fans of Suicidal Tendencies to find hard copies of any video footage of the band lately. So its like manna from punk-rock heaven that Live at the Olympic Auditorium, shot way back in October of 2005, is finally being released. (4 stars) Read the full Suicidal Tendencies - Live at the Olympic Auditorium review

Jim Weider's Project Percolator - PulseSome may know this versatile guitarist from his work with The Band. Weider has also performed or recorded with an endless list of greats including Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Graham Parker, Keith Richards and Lee Rocker. Pulse, however, sounds like none of these artists (4 stars) Read the full Jim Weider's Project Percolator - Pulse review

Sonic Boom: The History of Northwest Rock from Louie Louie to Smells like Teen SpiritWhen the topic of conversation comes around to music that came out of the northwestern part of the country undoubtedly most folks today would point to the Seattle grunge scene and probably Nirvana in particular. Read the full Sonic Boom: The History of Northwest Rock from Louie Louie to Smells like Teen Spirit review

Dear Andy Kaufman I Hate Your GutsThe late comedian Andy Kaufman was one of those talents that people either loved or hated. For those who werent around back then the introduction by Kaufmans lady friend Lynne Margulies does a good job of explaining how the whole thing came about. Read the full Dear Andy Kaufman I Hate Your Guts review

The Bigger Damner Book of Sheer ManlinessDo you have a friend or family member whos lacking a little bit in the testosterone department? Would you say this person is a wet noodle, a weakling, or perhaps a milquetoast? Read the full The Bigger Damner Book of Sheer Manliness review

Passport: Insingizi- Kailash Kher & Kailasa- Susana Baca antiMusics traveling scribe Kevin Wierzbicki takes a sonic journey around the world with new releases from Insingizi (Zimbabwe), Kailash Kher & Kailasa (India) and Susana Baca (Peru). Read the full Insingizi- Kailash Kher & Kailasa- Susana Baca review

On The Record: As Tall As Lions and French Miami Kevin Wierzbicki gives new vinyl releases from As Tall As Lions and French Miami a spin to see if they belong on your turntable! Read the full As Tall As Lions and French Miami review

Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music by Greg PratoInstead of coming across as a history lesson, a reading of Grunge is Dead is more like sitting around and having a few beers with all these folks while they speak candidly. Over a hundred musicians and scenesters were interviewed for the book. Read the full Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music by Greg Prato review

Quick Flicks: All Tomorrow's Parties- U2- Umphrey's McGee- Renaissance Kevin Wierzbicki checks out the new DVD releases All Tomorrows Parties, The Rebirth of Cool: U2 in the Third Millennium, Umphreys McGee Live, and Renaissance Song of Scheherazade and he gives us the lowdown. Read the full All Tomorrow's Parties- U2- Umphrey's McGee- Renaissance review

Alter Bridge - Live From AmsterdamAlter Bridge fans will eat up this new concert film that was shot in Amsterdam last year. Twenty-four cameras capture the show in high-definition and while Kennedy and guitarist Tremonti get the bulk of the lens time. (4 stars) Read the full Alter Bridge - Live From Amsterdam review

Final Gravity - Final GravityFinal Gravity has a deep respect for classic rock and especially for Rush. You can go right down the set list and call off the influences, youll hear Metallica, Kiss and the Cult. But it always comes back to Rush in one way or another. (4 stars) Read the full Final Gravity - Final Gravity review

Hot In The City: Age of Evil, Triple Double Band, blessthefall and The Word Alive Its not often that a band whose members are still in high school draws raves from a respected rocker like ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. But Age of Evil has done just that. Kevin gives you more on this and other hot new releases from AZ bands! Read the full Age of Evil, Triple Double Band, blessthefall and The Word Alive review

On The Record: New Tales to Tell---A Tribute to Love & Rockets- Wax Tailor A whos who of music greats team up to pay tribute to Love & Rockets and Kevin pays tribute to the color vinyl LP release and 7 color single. Plus he reviews the new vinyl disc from Wax Tailor featuring ASM. Read the full New Tales to Tell---A Tribute to Love & Rockets- Wax Tailor review

Nirvana - Live at Reading DVD/CDIts probably a good thing that this legendary, highly sought-after concert film has been kept under wraps for seventeen years. Its now been long enough that the viewer can simply enjoy the performance for what it is. (5 stars) Read the full Nirvana - Live at Reading DVD/CD review