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John Fogarty Hints at CCR Reunion With New Album Release

John Fogarty‘s distinctive voice powered Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) to an amazing, uninterrupted string of top ten singles during the ’70s, before he fell out with the band and brought it all to a crashing halt. When CCR made The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, he refused to even appear with the band....

Stephen Stills Brings it All Home on New 'Carry On' CD Collection

Stephen Stills put on a show at Madison Square Garden back in 1971, supporting his second solo album Stephen Stills 2. It was a mess from start to finish, but I couldn’t take my eyes off him. It was a brilliant failure that I’ve never forgotten. The definitive collection of his music could well be Rhino Records’ newly released a four-CD set, called Carry On....

Courtney Zito, aka Hollywood Girl, Has Surprise Theme Song Hit

Courtney Zito, who writes and direct her own web-based comedy series, “Hollywood Girl,” may have landed a soon-to-be music hit on her hands. Both “The Voice” and “X Factor” reportedly have been in touch about Dominick DiPietrantonio’s hit “Only One For Me.” The show, scripted by Zito, is based on her real life experiences (both comic and blundering) in Hollywood....

Led Zeppelin Kennedy Center Fete Rock Moment of Year (watch!)

Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, better known as the duo “Heart” gave the rock performance of the year in my opinion during the Kennedy Center Honors for seminal rock band Led Zeppelin. Their rendition of “Stairway To Heaven,” with full orchestration and chorus moved Robert Plant to tears. It’s been a long time coming for the band, and for rock music. Plant, guitar virtuoso Jimmy Page and keyboardist John Paul Jones savored the moment....

Bob Dylan, Bruno Mars Lead List of Best 2012 Albums

Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Lana Del Ray, these are the artists whose albums did it for me this year. When it comes to a Best Albums 2012 list, I wouldn’t be satisfied without them. It was a great year in music, even if the industry continues to struggle. Here's why I thought these albums stood out. in no particular order:...

Bruno Mars Stands Out as Master of His Own Unique Sound (video)

Of all the albums and artists that surfaced last year around this time on “Best of” lists, only one has made good on their promise. And, that is unquestionably Bruno Mars. His debut album doo-wops & hooligans was an amalgam of everything right and wrong with music today. Mars aka, Peter Gene Hernándezis, is simply a whirling dervish of creativity; he wrote, sang, produced or co-produced everything on his first album....

Peter Gabriel: Insights Into His Genius on New 'So' DVD

Peter Gabriel’s classic album So was featured in a compelling behind-the-scenes documentary in October and has just been released on DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment. I have to say, it’s one of the best behind-the-scenes compilations I’ve ever seen. Gabriel’s smash album contained many of his most beloved songs including “Sledgehammer” and “In Your Eyes.” Released in 1986, it was his fifth studio album and seventh album overall. So became the best-selling album of Gabriel’s career and went five-times platinum in the U.S., selling more than 5 million copies. It was also his first experiment with pop music, albeit “on his own terms,” he once said....

David Crosby to Weigh in on Election on Brett Winterble, XM Radio

David Crosby, who personified the ’60s counterculture through his music with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (sometimes Young), is hip deep in the presidential fray along with bandmate Stephen Stills, who’s lambasting GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Crosby will be featured on Brett Winterble’s show on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 168) on Monday (Nov. 5). The interview could be electric. Winterble used to work for right-wing screamer and conspiracy formentor Rush Limbaugh....

Howard Stern 30 Years On: Will Internet Radio Challenge Him?

When did Howard Stern stop being a shock jock? Was it when it became a rather prescient judge on “America’s Got Talent?” Or, when he recently celebrated his 30th anniversary on radio in New York; he debuted Aug. 30 in 1982 on WNBC. With his move to satellite radio from terrestrial radio, naysayers claim he’s lost his edge. As for me, I’d listen to him anytime. Meanwhile, another new format, Internet radio, has emerged since Stern’s departure....

Adam Levine, Maroon 5 Are Kings of Rock With New Album

Since Adam Levine and Maroon 5 burst onto the scene in 1997, they’ve been hard to ignore. With songs like this year’s “Moves Like Jagger,” “Payphone” and the current “One More Night,” they’re the kings of rock. I love Levine’s voice; face it, he’s got the perfect instrument and his role as a judge/mentor on NBC’s “The Voice” has clearly bumped him along. He may be playing the bad boy onscreen, but clearly, he knows exactly what’s he’s doing....

Peter Gabriel's 'Secret World' Revisited on DVD, Blu-Ray

Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Live … from 1993 has been fully re-stored and remastered by Eagle Rock Entertainment, which has just released the famed tour footage on DVD and Blu-ray, and it’s a fascinating viewing and listening experience. This particular band featured not only his regulars, bassist Tony Levin and guitarist David Rhodes, but also Paula Cole on vocals (what ever happened to her?), Shankar on violin and guests Papa Wemba and Molokai....

Brett Winterble Puts Political Spin on Pop Culture on Sirius/XM

Brett Winterble, long known for his outspokenness on political issues on Sirius/XM Talk 168, is now bringing his pungent commentary to the best of the current world of pop culture and entertainment. And does he have a few things to get off his chest. He scooped a number of other major media outlets by landing an interview with Casey Anthony attorney Jose Baez. And, he just spoke to Judge Jim Gray, the Libertarian party VP nominee....

Tom Silverman: The New Paradigm in Music Starts at NMS

Tom Silverman has spent more than 30 years in the recorded music business, as the founder and chairman of Tommy Boy Records, one of the leading dance record labels. Silverman saw a gaping hole in the music industry so in 1981, he and partners, Joel Webber and Marc Josephson created the original New Music Seminar....

Appreciation: Robin Gibb, The Bee Gees Defined a Music Era

Bee Gee Robin Gibb, in failing health for the last year died today, after battling valiantly to beat a variety of ailments, including cancer, Along with him, the iconic pop group The Bee Gees is passing into history. As a group, the brothers Gibb, Robin, twin Maurice and older brother Barry, defied almost insurmountable odds to become an iconic entity like no other. ...