10 great moments when music met alcohol
It's easy to pick the top booze-fueled moment in music history: all of them (there's a reason live shows take place in bars instead of libraries). But...
Sarah McLachlan: Find Your Voice
This free holiday single is meant to raise awareness of the Canadian music school Sarah McLachlan runs for disadvantaged kids, a number of whom...
AC/DC: 'Live at River Plate'
The release of this double-disc set of ferocious recordings from dates in Buenos Aires a few years back should be a treat for rock fans. It finds...
Soundgarden: 'King Animal'
The first album of new material by these grunge heavyweights since reuniting in 2010 was hotly anticipated by fans and just as dreaded by listeners...
The Heroine: So far, so good
The new Heroine album (and first original one with EMG) will come out next year. But you don't have to wait — besides catching them live...
Aerosmith: 'Music From Another Dimension'
Bands that have been around as long as Aerosmith rarely have the talent, inspiration, and dedication to remain creatively relevant after 30-plus years in...
Killer Kill: 'Act Your Age' EP
Killer Kill's sound is hard to put a pin in — and its unpredictability is a good thing. Its strengths are in a shifty, dynamic sound, especially when the rhythm section of John Guest and Mason Macías play around with tricky time signatures (as on the openin
The new Kiss album is out and it's exactly what fans were expecting. Building on the throwback format they established three years ago with Sonic Boom, the...
Van Morrison: 'Born to Sing: No Plan B'
Van Morrison's best release in ages is bound to invite an unfair comparison. No, it's not as good as Dylan's Tempest, but it's surprisingly agile and lively.
Alvin Lee: 'Still on the Road to Freedom'
Forty years after Ten Years After made a name for itself at Woodstock, guitarist Alvin Lee returns with a sequel to his career-making 1973 solo album. While his chops are as...
Mötley Crüe: Never too old to rock 'n' roll
You're only as old as the bands you feel, and when one of those bands wrote a song called "Dr. Feelgood," well, that's a clue, isn't it? There's almost an infinite number...
Sohns: 'Ripe/Rot' EP
Gloomy sounds of struggle and organ washes open up this EP from Sohns, a quartet of local racket-raisers, but it jumps right into some rewarding noise on...
POC: 'Rise Above'
The debut album by 21-year-old Mexican POC is a pure throwback. From her damaged blonde-hair-and-leather look to the album’s glammed-up shouters (like the fuck-you-dad anthem...
Baroness: 'Yellow & Green'
The release of Yellow & Green made a lot of people nervous. For one thing, Baroness had already put out two terrific records, and the odds of lightning...
Kiss: "Hell or Hallelujah" (Single)
With their first new album in three years set to pop in October, Kiss is getting fans in the mood with "Hell or Hallelujah," the leadoff single from Monster.
Ernie Kovacs: 'Percy Dovetonsils... Thpeaks'
Ernie Kovacs didn't care for the Golden Age of recorded comedy that peaked in the early '60s — or so he said in an interview, just before hawking his own Percy Dovetonsils LP. Trouble is, the album didn't seem to actually exist until collector Ben Model un
Ernie Kovacs: 'Ernie Kovacs: The ABC Specials'
Accompanying the treasure trove that is the 2011 six-disc Ernie Kovacs Collection, Shout Factory has just released a single-disc anthology of TV specials the legendary comedian...
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach's influence is clear on Hacienda's third album; his production hallmarks stand out, as when he pushes the drums to the forefront and...
Back and forth with the Front Bottoms
Hailing from the shores of Bergen County, the Front Bottoms project the pure pop sounds of North Jersey, with a sunny saturation of humor and a catchy...
Immortal Guardian: 'Super Metal EP'
Power metal and prog metal have more in common than the fact that Immortal Guardian flips effortlessly between the two; they're also high-proficiency genres...
2012 Best Heavy Metal Band: Immortal Guardian
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