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.
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.
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 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.
There’s not one guitarist who has had more influence on heavy metal than Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many fans argue over which is the best Rolling Stones record. Well, it’s 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.
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.
We want to believe that we are morally “good”, but when the shit actually hits the metaphorical—or literal—fan, sometimes we fail.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
It’s safe to say Ozzy Osbourne was blindsided when he was unceremoniously fired from Black Sabbath.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first time I saw the Pharcyde was at Lollapalooza ’94. They played the second stage at the Cal State Dominguez Hills velodrome.
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.
Suffice it to say, the making of Wish You Were Here was a time of uneasiness for Pink Floyd.
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.
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.
Wiretap Records performing and recording artist, Watch For Horses, played their final show of 2017 at The Satellite in Los Angeles, CA.
Among the truly great heavy metal albums, Alice in Chains’ masterpiece Dirt is easily a cut above the rest.
With David Lee Roth on vocals, the original Van Halen produced six phenomenal albums from 1978-1984.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.