Within instrumental music circles, the majority of the talented musicians run alone--releasing solo albums, working as sidemen, dipping deep into numerous projects. And on occasion, a handful of those virtuoso artists come together to create more than just a collaborative album, and it gets a little ... More >>
Led Zeppelin was, is, and always will be a driving force in the evolution of heavy metal. Their heavy, guitar-driven blues rock opened the world to an intriguing new sound, influencing generations of bands. Now, more than 40 years after they first came together, they are still one of the most popula ... More >>
Our sister blog, West Coast Sound, has caught a lot of shit lately for their disdain for neo-blues rockers The Black Keys. Just remember we're only critics, and opinions are just opinions. Nicholas Pell even offered up some alternative blues bands for you to dig. The problem is, as commenter AlexNic ... More >>
Speaking with Robyn Hitchcock back in 1996, the conversation quickly diverged from music to the difficulties of growing tomatoes at high-elevation. It was not his issue, but mine, as he lives in England where growing tomatoes is much easier, and I was in Colorado. Still, that conversation made it cl ... More >>
In a "Tangerine" mood.Given the nature of the tribute band game, acts usually wow or disgust. There's not much room for gray area. When it comes to the real legends and the emotional attachments fans have to their records, bands like Led Zeppelin, it's go big or go home. For example, "Achil ... More >>
The Westboro Baptist Church can suck it as far as the Foo Fighters are concerned. Yeah, the big, fat, homoerotic "it." When the inbred, bigoted "church" decided to protest the Foo Fighters Kansas City show last month, the band pushed back with a satiric tribute that left the godhatesfags.com pur ... More >>
When Cactus Chainsaw's singer said the band's list of influences was possibly a higher number than his criminal record charges, I took it with a grain of salt (courtesy of a cheap tequila shot). But within the first 20 seconds of listening to their music, I could hear the band's specific inf ... More >>
Jason Bonham pays homage to daddy dearest
Robert Plant: Who says Led Zeppelin needs him anyway?According to NME, Jason Bonham, former drummer for Led Zeppelin and son of John Bonham, the band's original drummer, said that Zep came close to reuniting and playing new material -- without lead singer Robert Plant, that is. Apparent ... More >>
Up on the Sun is counting down the days until the unveiling of music editor Martin Cizmar's personal Best of 2009 list with some other lists from Phoenix New Times' stable of excellent freelancers. Today we bring you a list from Mike R. Meyer, a New Times contributor, wannabe musician, video game en ... More >>
By Martin Cizmar So, hey there, I’m Martin, the new Music Editor here at New Times. It’s Thursday, when Niki usually does her Flier of the Week but, I gotta say, I’m not feeling a lot of the local fliers I’ve been seeing on MySpace this week. I feel like we should be in a Golden Age of con ... More >>
The Sporting Life
When you just have to keep a rock legend from swallowing his own tongue
Yes, she can, actually. The enigmatic Diamanda Galás returns with four sweeping discs of new material.
Led Zeppelin DVD (Atlantic)
Chicago's Gaza Strippers take it all off and show their scars on a high-powered sophomore album
What happens when you cram too much music into one city and two pairs of eardrums? Nothing, if you move too fast to hear it all.
Swingin' Sting? Bluegrass Bruce? Rhapsodic R.E.M.? You'll do a double take now that CMH Records has given your '80s favorites a second look.