Tag Archives: Rock ‘n’ Roll

ROCK HISTORY: QUEEN – ON AIR

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Although the legendary British rock band Queen effectively ended with the tragic death of lead singer Freddie Mercury over 20 years ago, the legacy of the band remains vital and strong. Now, add this previously unreleased set of recordings to the must-have with list of every diehard Queen fan.

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ALBUM REVIEW: KEN SHARP – NEW MOURNING

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Produced by Fernando Perdomo (Todd Rundgren/Jakob Dylan) and Ken Sharp, this record (Sharp’s fourth album and first in nine years) showcases musical contributions from Rick Springfield (“Burn & Crash”, “Satellite”), guitarist Wally Stocker of The Babys, bassist Prescott Niles of The Knack and keyboardist Jimmy Waldo of New England alongside the team of Perdomo and gifted musicians Rob Bonfiglio (Wanderlust/Wilson Phillips) and Ritchie Rubini (The Caulfields).

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ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS ARTISTS – GUILT BY ASSOCIATION 4

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of 1966 – a watershed for pop music – brand new label Team Mensch invited a wide array of current artists to do fresh renditions of songs from 1966 for Guilt By Association Volume 4.

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PoPTV – THE NEW ROCK ’N’ ROLL FT. BIG EYES, SYD ARTHUR, MY, WHITE LUNG & ACTIVE BIRD COMMUNITY!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are videos of new music you should be watching that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

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LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. RAKUNK, FIELD MOUSE, PWR BTTM, CITIZEN ZERO & BELLOWS!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are streams of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

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ALBUM REVIEW: ESSENCE – BLACK WINGS

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A sixth-generation San Francisco native, award winning singer-songwriter essence has been immersed in art and music since childhood. And yes, her birth name really is ‘essence’ – she was raised by quintessential flower children, her parents being two free spirited bohemian artists from the Haight-Ashbury ‘Summer of Love.’ Black Wings is her 2nd album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE LEES OF MEMORY – UNNECESSARY EVIL

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The Lees Of Memory — which features erstwhile Superdrag frontman John Davis & guitarist Brandon Fisher, along with drummer Nick Slack — recently released its sophomore LP, Unnecessary Evil. The new album, a follow up to the band’s 2014 debut Sisyphus Says, once again saw them working with Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz and his team at Rock Falcon Studios in TN.

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LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK ’N’ ROLL

Listening Booth 2016

Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are streams of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

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ALBUM REVIEW: TWINS – SQUARE AMERICA

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TWINS is a family band, rooted generations deep in the rich history of Iowa music. Brothers Harper & Joel Sires handle the songwriting and vocal duties, along with their cousin Luke Sires on drums. Devin Ferguson — bass guitar and vocals — has been playing with the Sires brothers since he was 16 years old and rounds out this rock and roll quartet’s uniquely American sound. TWINS has accepted its mission to Save Rock & Roll. And it couldn’t come at a better time.

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LISTENING ROOM – THE NEW ROCK ’N’ ROLL

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are streams of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE PLEASURE ROUTINE – SUGAR MOUNTAIN

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Formed in 2012 by high school classmates Kevin Sofsrud, guitarist Eric McDonald, and bassist Kirk Jacobs, The Pleasure Routine was designed as an outlet to shift away from a previous incarnation as a punk quartet. Rotating through a seemingly endless cast of drummers, the band eventually connected with Harry Gibbons to man the skins. Singer Lauren Kopp’s airy and soulful alto entered the fold to compliment and contrast with Sofsrud’s deep, narrative baritone. And with lead guitarist Nate Tang completing the lineup, The Pleasure Routine was born.

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EP REVIEW: NOT A PLANET – SMOKE BOMBS & CIGARETTES: THE HISTORY OF NOW

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Nathan Corsi, an Akron, Ohioan, made his way to Kansas City after a featured role in a year-long documentary about life as a busker in New York. It wasn’t long before Nathan and Liam Sumnicht, drummer native to KC, hooked up to form Not A Planet. A rotating cast of bass players tagged in and out alongside the duo on national tours and local shows for years, but in 2012, William Sturges enlisted as a permanent player.

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