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Robert Miller Swings for the Fences With Project Grand Slam (video)

Robert Miller is living a dream he’s had since he joined his first band. The Manhattan native played piano and trumpet, but his first love was bass. He studied under Jimmy Garrison, who played for John Coltrane. In 2007, he created Project Grand Slam, and his dream was realized. The nine-member band combines rock, jazz and fusion in a unique sound that has won praise from music critics....

Elvis Costello Explains Himself in New ‘Live in Liverpool’ DVD (video!)

Elvis Costello’s career, like his music, has been multi-layered and ever changing, delighting and sometimes baffling fans and critics alike. But he finally puts it all in perspective in a just-released DVD from his recent solo “Detour” tour. It’s stripped down and simply terrific. The DVD, “Elvis Costello Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Featuring Larkin Poe,” is best described as a musical documentary....

Ryan ‘Gooch’ Nelson Crafts Stunning Debut Album as Quadriplegic (Video!)

Ryan “Gooch” Nelson, a New Jersey singer-songwriter, has done the impossible. A quadriplegic who was recently diagnosed with cancer, he’s conjured a rip-snorting, foot-stomping songs for his debut album Comin’ Home. It’s a tribute to anyone who’s undergone personal tragedy. In 2004, Gooch was in a terrible car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Five years later, he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia....

Micky Dolenz Talks With Peter Noone: An Actor’s Studio for Musicians

Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Peter Noone of UK rock group Herman’s Hermits share a lot of rock history. Both broke out in the 1960s and have continued performing ever since. Now, they’re sharing their experiences in a sort of actor’s studio for musicians. Dolenz recalled a party at his house in Los Angeles during the 1970s which served as a sort of coming out party on the West Coast for John Lennon. Many bold-faced names were there, but when a limo pulled up at 2 AM and out stepped Brian Wilson ...

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell So Sublime on New Album ‘So Familiar’ (Video!)

Steve Martin’s and Edie Brickell’s first album, 2013’s Love Has Come for You, found the two iconoclastic artists making emotionally resonant, readily accessible music. Their collaboration continues, taking them into fresh creative territory on the duo’s new sophomore album, 'So Familiar.' Producer Peter Asher has worked with everyone from James Taylor to Linda Ronstadt and Elton John. ...

Canadian Brass Scores a ‘Perfect Landing’ With Latest Studio Album

Canadian Brass is building on its international reputation as one of the most preeminent brass ensembles with the release of Perfect Landing, their 96th studio album, going back to the group’s origins in the early 1970s. The group currently includes founding member Chuck Daellenbach on tuba, Christopher Coletti and Caleb Hudson on trumpets, Achilles Liarmakopoulos on trombone and Bernhard Scully on horn....

Lenny Kravitz at His Best, Rocking Live on Tour, Captured on New DVD

Lenny Kravitz, known for his retro style and innovative sound, has just released “Just Let Go,” a live-concert DVD, recorded during the European leg of his recent world tour. Kravitz in concert is a force to be reckoned with The 51-year-old singer spans genres from rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk and jazz, to reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop and folk. Playing with Kravitz on the tour were David Bowie’s bassist Gail Ann Dorsey Carlos Santana’s wife Cindy Blackman Santana...

Ingersol Joins Wave of Female Singer-Songwriters With Debut Album

Ingersol may not be an artist you immediately associate with Adele, Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, but the young singer, songwriter is part of a trend that has re-ignited the music world. The passion and insight of today’s female singer, songwriters recalls the golden era of Joni Mitchell, Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan. Ingersol, will released her self-titled, debut album (via JIC Music) on Nov. 6....

Rob Thomas New Solo Album Recalls Matchbox 20’s, Rock’s Golden Era

Rob Thomas and his work with Matchbox 20 has been consistently exemplary. But as a songwriter, he’s beyond compare. His new solo album The Great Unknown is a superlative work in every way. “Hold On Forever,” “Pieces” and the title track are simply terrific. His work with Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Marc Anthony, Taylor Hicks, Travis Tritt and Daughtry are superlative. His Smooth triple platinum album with Carlos, is perhaps his zenith....

Bobby Whitlock Talks Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Rock’s Golden Era

The number one issue interviewing a rock-legend like Bobby Whitlock is where to begin. Whitlock was an important player with such noted groups and musicians as Delaney & Bonnie, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Derek & The Dominoes during the ’60s and ’70s. Whitlock is still going strong at 67. He’ll hit the road in September with wife CoCo Carmel on their “The Just Us Tour 2015,” featuring 11 all-acoustic shows....

Boy George, Culture Club Preview New Songs at NYC Show (Video!)

With visions of London’s King’s Road circa 1985 in my mind, I witnessed Culture Club’s return to New York City at The Beacon Theatre. Despite some rough patches, the re-formed bunch kicked off with my personal favorite, “Church of then Poisoned Mind” and took off from there. The Club also played some new songs, destined to end up on their next album, Tribes, due out next year. The most impressive of the lot was “More Than Silence.,”...

Allen Klein, The Man Behind Beatles, Stones, Captured in New Book

Allen Klein was the man behind the curtain when The Beatles and Rolling Stones made it big. His influence on rock and roll is incalculable for someone who is unknown outside tight industry circles But Fred Goodman is out to change all that. Klein founded ABKCO Music & Records Inc. in 1961. While managing the Rolling Stones, he bought the rights to all of the band’s music composed before 1971....

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys Strikes Gold With a New Solo Album

Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame went out on the road last year with guitarist Jeff Beck, of all people, and announced he was working on a new solo album. The album, No Pier Pressure is a confusing affair on several fronts, but Wilson’s genius shines through nonetheless. The album also features guest performances by Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, of She & Him, and former band member Blondie Chaplin. Al Jardine and Dave Marks also contribute. ...

Hozier Takes Music World to Church With Unique Sound, Music (video)

When Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” first came out, it was unlike anything else on the radio, and that’s a really good thing. “Church” just shook things up and became an instant radio hit; and, not too mention a pretty emotional video in black and white. I got his album and loved it as well. With totally original songs like “Jackie Wilson” and “Someone New” and our favorite, “From Eden,” he approached his music in a whole new and original manner....

Daryl Hall & John Oates Issue Live Dublin Show Encore on DVD, Blu-Ray

Daryl Hall and John Oates, the No. 1 selling duo in history, are giving fans another shot at their music with a new live set recorded in Dublin, Ireland last July and set to debut later this month on DVD and Blu-Ray. It’s their first release in six years. Better known simply as Hall & Oates, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, a fitting coda to a remarkable career. ...

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