Led Zeppelin, in my opinion, is rock music’s most legendary band, one which has no equal and probably never will. Attempting to rank their albums could be seen as a fool’s game, but still, I’ve endeavored to do so.
Koltun’s fierce fretwork and grizzled, throwback vibe have proved a perfect fit for an invigorated Faster Pussycat. In addition to those duties, the Les Paul wielding demon troubadour also ably holds down ax duties for new wave of classic rock icon, Dorothy Martin.
Recently, we caught up with drummer Dennis Diken, of veteran New Jersey outfit, The Smithereens. Among other things, we touch on The Smithereens’ homecoming show at NYC’s Sony Hall, the band’s early years on the college rock scene, The Smithereens’ importance on the early 90s alt-rock scene, what’s next on the horizon for the band in terms of new music, and a whole lot more.
Forty years on, Metal Blade is both a safe harbor for elder bands and a beta test for the unknown. As for Slagel, his vision is clear, with eyes always fixed on the horizon. Forty years in, the label’s figurehead has little time to look back, and his focus steadfastly remains forward-facing.
In the minds of many, the 1980s will forever be remembered as a decade characterized by innovation, overindulgence, and transcendent music. While some of the Sunset Strip faithful have since moved on from the days of big hair and excess, preserving the essence of their decade, the 80s hard rock genre has enjoyed a staying power unique to its era.
The list of artists who can say that they’ve had a successful solo career and then transitioned into a second act with a seminal band in need is relatively short. Lawrence Gowans has achieved just that.
Quatro’s angelic, yet rocking voice, and galloping basslines burst upon an unsuspecting scene with her debut record, Suzi Quatro (1973). As the decade wore on, Quatro remained one of the genres defining figures behind the release of a string of classic albums, Quatro (1974), Your Mamma Won’t Like Me (1975), Aggro-Phobia (1976), and If You Knew Suzi… (1978).
Recently, we caught up with veteran vocalist, Kirsten Rosenberg of the Iron Maidens. Among other things, we touch on how the Maidens are kicking off 2022, her origins in music, her animal advocacy, and a whole lot more.
In our second round of interviews with Record Store Day co-founder, Michael Kurtz, we go more in-depth about the inner workings of Record Store Day itself.
Aldrich first joined the Daisies in 2016 and in the ensuing years, the band has gone on to make three of its finest records in Make Some Noise (2016), Burn It Down (2018), and Holy Ground (2021), all of which feature Aldrich’s signature riffing, and distinctive, mind-blowing soloing.