Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.
With David Lee Roth on vocals, the original Van Halen produced six phenomenal albums from 1978-1984.
When you look at Alice in Chains’ finest album, Dirt, there is a chain of songs, all in a row, dealing with heroin and being an addict. All the lyrics for those tracks were written by Layne Staley.
Wiretap Records performing and recording artist, Watch For Horses, played their final show of 2017 at The Satellite in Los Angeles, CA.
While former AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott left the world all too soon in 1980, he left AC/DC fans a musical legacy in recordings with the Australian hard rockers.
With the success of 1982’s Number of the Beast, one would think Iron Maiden would be hard pressed to follow it with an equal or better record, but they did just that with Piece of Mind.
After parting ways with original singer David Lee Roth after the 1984 tour, Van Halen was a band without a singer.
These songs are five of the best AC/DC recorded with the great Bon Scott on vocals and writing the lyrics.
In 1973, Black Sabbath were riding high on the success of their Vol. IV album and mammoth tour of the U.S., Australia and Europe.
I tell my daughter that this album was written after the singer of the Distillers left the singer of Rancid. She doesn’t give a sh*t.
1986 saw Slayer’s masterpiece “Reign in Blood” become the standard-bearer as one of the greatest thrash albums of all time.
It was the summer 2009.
A group of five twenty-something-year-old dudes embarked on (what was supposed to be) a three-month tour spanning across all of North America.
Kanye West. The man of many faces. Some say he’s a god. Some being Kanye. Others, like J.Cole, think differently.
According to Muir, “All I wanted was a basic, durable, no bullshit watch, like my old Casio, but with an Institutionalized ring tone and THEY WOULDN’T GIVE IT TO ME.”
In 1998, the Swedish punk band Refused released an album so influential that its fans and bands alike would guide the Invisible Hand of fandom.
There’s no question Led Zeppelin IV is one of the most iconic rock albums ever recorded.
It can be pretty daunting if you’re a new Rolling Stones fan and want to know which albums to get into from their vast catalogue, or which are their best records to check out first.
October 2018 marked 15 years since the Distillers’ “The Coral Fang” debuted. For many Distillers fans, “The Coral Fang” will always maintain its legendary status.
Only a few months after the release of his hit song, “Lift Yourself,” Kanye has announced that he will be creating a line of pet waste scoopers for both cats and dogs.
Megan Thee Stallion’s unapologetic lyrics and ownership of her physical space and sexuality as a woman couldn’t be more important given the current political landscape.
Among the truly great heavy metal albums, Alice in Chains’ masterpiece Dirt is easily a cut above the rest.
With the continuous influx of soulless, mumble rap, many of us are yearning for the good old days. Fortunately, there are a few rappers out there restoring our faith in the genre.
There’s no question Metallica’s sophomore album, Ride the Lightning saw the band finding their thrash metal stride with better songs and production than on their stunning debut Kill ‘Em All.
While Nirvana became the poster band for the so-called grunge revolution, Soundgarden is the group that really first broke significant ground in Seattle. And it was their sophomore album, Louder Than Love, that paved the way for the rest of the bands in Seattle in the late 1980s.
Few people in the music industry have made an impact on a specific genre like Dr. Dre did with rap and hip hop.
Much like a family, members of rock bands don’t always see eye to eye and often aren’t shy about venting their feelings and frustrations towards each other.
This group doesn’t talk about how financially solvent they are. They talk about being late on their rent. They talk about letting their parents down and missing them. They talk about letting their friends down. They talk about not judging others who have made different choices. And when Dave says, “I’m the greatest MC in the world,” it’s ironic, it’s self-deprecating.
There’s not one guitarist who has had more influence on heavy metal than Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi.
I ask myself: “What record would I want if I was stranded on a deserted island?” The answer is the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St.
Awesome’s pick for circle pit of the year goes to the pit in the VIP section of the Punk in Drublic Festival (whose name was later changed to Punk and Brew Festival after a dispute with the City of Huntington Beach), during the October of 2017. The Punk in Drublic festival was a giant shit show.
For the Canadian power trio Rush, you could say their landmark album 2112 was the record that saved them from rock ‘n roll oblivion.
With the recent passing of AC/DC’s founder, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter, Malcolm Young, it’s a good time to look back on the band’s massive body of work and the riffs Malcolm came up with.
Randy Rhoads’ time in the spotlight as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist was oh so brief, but in the two records he recorded with the former Black Sabbath frontman, Rhoads left an indelible impact.
Look around the internet for what people think are Pink Floyd’s best albums, and The Final Cut usually rates as one of the worst, at least of those from the Roger Waters era.
“Anybody got room for us stay the night, we would really appreciate it,” I would say into the microphone before our last song.
The lights draw. The DJ with a cheeky name and pension for superficially underground tracks on a playlist he or she designed…of other people’s music…has ceased entertaining the impatient (and sometimes chanting) crowd.
There was tension today when chiseled, blonde, blue-eyed, Newport Beach High/USC alumni, Chase Von Gruber showed up at the monthly after work mixer wearing a Bad Brains, Youth Are Getting Restless, T-shirt.
Syd V. Cias, former front man for late ‘90’s straight edge band, “No Fun At All,” recently quit his job as manager of the Tire Center at Costco in Tustin, CA to start an online magazine inspired by all things Ian MacKaye.
Headbangers Ball opened my eyes to so many great artists, but none greater, in my opinion, than SAVATAGE.
The pale grey, pink sky was fading in the rearview mirror as I drove along the canyon road that leads home after a joyful time at the coast. Bob Marleyʼs “Waiting In Vain” came on and immediately Iʼm reminded of a special memory with my Dad, who passed a couple years ago.
It’s not the hits we are looking at but the five of the most underrated tracks during the Johnson era featuring his distinct bluesy, raspy vocal style.
We get into Lupe Fiasco more closely especially after his most recent release, Drogas Wave.
The Rays just left Mexico City and were on our way to Guatemala where we were scheduled to play two shows in three nights.
It’s been 34 years since virtuoso guitarist Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash, yet his legacy is stronger than ever today.
Slayer is starting their final tour ever, which means their final tour until they decide they need another couple of million in the bank, at which point they’ll have a reunion tour. Nevertheless, assuming this is the end, it’s also the end of one of the greatest cathartic battle cries ever: F***ING SLAYERRRRR!!!
There’s nothing like watching a great band rocking at their peak on a night when they really have their proverbial shit together.
Since it’s just a few weeks until Santa comes to town, we decided we’d have a ourselves a heavy metal Christmas. That means checking out five of the greatest metal Christmas songs ever recorded.
Metallica has been around for more than 33 years, touring quite a bit. With that comes the fact they tend to play the same songs live. Over and Over.
Age is the one thing that creeps up on everybody, and for Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, he worries about Father Time taking a toll.
A big reason for the success of Beggar’s Banquet, Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St. (the Stones’ top four albums) was the work of producer Jimmy Miller.
No doubt many metal fans — especially those over 40 years of age —had heard or listened to Gojira until they opened up for Metallica in the summer of 2017. For a hardcore, French, speed-metal band like Gojira to slot onto Metallica’s WorldWired Tour was a huge coup
The Legend of the Seagullmen (Seagullmen) is a furious and heavy supergroup. Their self-titled debut album consists of dark and heavy, psychedelic, and evil pirate metal anthems all revolving around the deep dark sea.
Suffice it to say, the making of Wish You Were Here was a time of uneasiness for Pink Floyd.
Legendary Oklahoma-based psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips have announced that their unusual Record Store Day release for 2018 is going to be a 7-inch vinyl pressed entirely from band members’ collective ear wax.
The hip-hop community has been torn to shreds by its great white shark, Eminem, these past few weeks with the release of his newest album titled Kamikaze.
What makes Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album transcend into that musical stratosphere is the real emotion inherent behind the amazing harmonies and sound within the songs.
During the original incarnation of Black Sabbath during the Ozzy days, the band put out eight albums in eight years from 1970-1978. Here are 5 of the most underrated songs.
While he’s mostly recognized and lauded for his lead playing, there’s no doubt Eddie Van Halen is also one of the best rhythm guitar players you’ll ever hear in rock.
Not all, but many Black Sabbath fans point to the phenomenal Sabotage as the Birmingham band’s best album.
Adidas 747 was an epic event. Spanning several blocks surrounding and within the old American Apparel manufacturing building in downtown LA, Adidas went all out to represent during this year’s NBA all-star game.
As the music world mourns the tragic loss of vocalist Chris Cornell, we can take solace in the fact his music will live on.
When you’re tasked with following up one of the greatest rock records ever made, you know it won’t be easy.
Over the years, metal bands have come up with some interesting and controversial album covers, both as intentional, and sometimes unintentional, ways to garner publicity.
With All Hallows’ Eve quickly approaching, we thought we’d compile a list of the greatest metal tracks with a spooky Halloween spirit to them.
If you’re hoping Metallica will someday remix . . . And Justice For All, don’t hold your breath.
It’s amazing the influence weed has had on the music industry from the old blues right up to today where many bands celebrate the kush.
We want to believe that we are morally “good”, but when the shit actually hits the metaphorical—or literal—fan, sometimes we fail.
Most Iron Maiden fans rave about the Killers album, while others think it’s overrated. But everyone agrees it’s the record that gave birth to Iron Maiden’s unique sound.
When Metallica fans purchased the Load album in 1996, they were probably shocked seeing what the band looked like in the liner notes.
I love 90’s hip-hop, so I tend to let that be my compass during the summer months. I decided to put together a list of 10 perfect summer hip-hop records that stay in my rotation. They aren’t ranked, but they are sure to give you summer vibes.
Guitarist Mick Taylor’s time in the Rolling Stones was brief, but he helped them create a handful of their best songs from 1969-1974
From his raspy voice and lighting fast raps laden with controversial remarks, Joyner Lucas demands your attention on even the most mellow of his records.
Most Rolling Stones fans know the impact guitarist Mick Taylor had on the band during his tenure from 1969-1974.
It’s safe to say Ozzy Osbourne was blindsided when he was unceremoniously fired from Black Sabbath.
One of the most significant albums of the 1980s, Jane’s Addiction’s seminal Nothing’s Shocking, almost didn’t get recorded. While the album turned out to be so influential to alternative music and the beginnings of grunge, the band that went into LA’s Eldorado Studio to record it nearly broke up during production.
Powerage, released in 1978, is the record that made people, including AC/DC’s record label, Atlantic, stand up and really pay attention to the grubby misfits.
Imitation is the highest form of flattery. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that phrase growing up. I also remember learning about plagiarism.
Upon the news that Bono completely lost his voice, partway through U2’s performance in Berlin Saturday, atheists around the world began to seriously question their worldview.
Check Your Head was named after a random occurrence wherein Ad Rock had purchased a pack of Desert Storm trading cards and brought them to the studio.
Many fans argue over which is the best Rolling Stones record. Well, it’s Exile on Main St.
As Slayer winds down it’s career with a final world tour, one thing can be said about them: They never compromised their sound. Like Motorhead before them, Slayer has always been angry, straight ahead, and fast.
By 1978, the Rolling Stones’ star was waning in the U.S. Disco was taking the States by fire and punk rock was making its move in England.
The first time I saw the Pharcyde was at Lollapalooza ’94. They played the second stage at the Cal State Dominguez Hills velodrome.
Although I have a couple verses memorized from some of my favorite tracks, now I find that nothing sticks in my head more consistently than an irresistible beat/hook.
I remember seeing one guy, all tatted up with, “XXX” and “straight edge” written everywhere. He must have had something along the lines of straight edge tattooed, at least, ten times all over his body.
Here’s our look at the five most underrated songs from all their studio albums, excluding 1982’s CODA.
Elton John famously sang that “Sad songs say so much” and it’s true, even though that song is too chipper sounding to make this list.
When you look at how Van Halen originally broke up in 1985, the truth about David Lee Roth leaving is a cloudy affair. It’s generally accepted that Roth left the band to pursue a solo career, however that may not be the real story.
In today’s music world, it seems my teenage kids are hooked on every two-bit, no-name hip hop or rap artist who can mumble “Skirt, Skirt” (which is a rapper mimicking the sound of an expensive sports car screeching its tires on the asphalt) behind some poorly programmed bass and drum track.
For fans of AC/DC in the early 1980s, the release of Flick of the Switch took plenty of people by surprise, as well as a host of radio stations.
Without pressing play, you may assume that J.I.D. is another one of the mumble rappers we don’t need more of.
In February 2002, Saddle Creek Records released Desaparecidos’ album “Read Music/Speak Spanish”. Desaparecidos was a side project for frontman Conor Oberst.
Labelled as the Greatest Rock N’ Roll band in the world, the Rolling Stones have also produced their fair share of ballads over the years.
It’s 1977 and the hard rock scene in Los Angeles is thriving in booze-soaked, Hollywood bars like the Starwood and Whisky thanks to two local bands: Van Halen and Quiet Riot.
Among Metallica’s vast catalogue are many jewels buried behind those more popular tracks. Here are five of Metallica’s most underrated songs.
Many rock stars have died way too young because of their addiction to alcohol and drinking. Here are five famous rockers who died from the bottle.
It’s a long way back in time now, but the man who helped Ozzy Osbourne record two of the greatest albums in metal history still has a pretty good memory of how they were made back in the early 1980s.
These are party jams for something like comic book nerds, long before quite so many declared themselves comic book nerds.
The eyes might be the window into someone’s soul, but for Alice in Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, his second solo album Degradation Trip is the window into his soul.
When it comes to rhythm and guitar riffs, Keith Richards is the backbone of the Rolling Stones and one of the all-time great rhythm players.
Revered and influential Metallica bassist Cliff Burton died 30 years ago today during the Master of Puppets Tour in Sweden. Burton helped write many of the great tracks from Metallica’s first three albums. Here are 5 of the best songs Burton co-wrote.