Category: CD Review

Retro Futura: A Journey Back to the 80s

Totally awesome would be the most appropriate description of the predominantly UK-centric version of the annual Retro Futura concert, the all-1980s package tour that celebrates the decade known for big hair, bold fashion, and bombastic music. The NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Long Island, NY, played host to the popular multi-act event on Friday, the 13th of July – but for those in attendance, the night was anything but unlucky. This year’s edition features six...

Rick and Morty Get Soundtrack Treatment this Fall

Adult Swim is releasing a 26-track “Rick and Morty” soundtrack on September 28 via Sub Pop. The Rick and Morty Soundtrack features songs from Mazzy Star, Blonde Redhead, Belly, Chaos Chaos, original scores by the show’s composer Ryan Elder and two new tracks from Canadian artist Chad VanGaalen and experimental Hip-Hop group Clipping. Available as a standard CD, vinyl and digital release, a deluxe box set will also be released November 23. The deluxe double...

Quiet Riot ‘Feel The Noize’ in New York

They were the first heavy metal band to top the Billboard album charts, with Metal Health, in 1983. They had a string of successful music videos in the MTV-saturated 80s. They toured with some of the most elite acts in rock, such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Whitesnake. Today, in 2018, Quiet Riot is still making records, they’re still out on the road, and they’re still raising hell. But nowadays, there’s a major difference....

Styx Singer is on a ‘Mission’

Royal Flush recently picked the brain of Styx lead singer and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan following the band’s gig at NY’s Jones Beach. The frontman opened up about topics such as the group’s current tour, their latest album The Mission, and the landmarks he likes to visit when Styx performs in New York. Royal Flush: The Mission has been out for just over a year now. Now that you’ve had some time to fully process it,...

Lizzy Borden Set To Slay With ‘Midnight’

Before Marilyn Manson unleashed his distinct brand of ‘shock and roll,’ Lizzy Borden was crafting his own visual version of music to effectively assault the senses. Named after the infamous 19th century New England woman accused of viciously murdering her father and stepmother with an axe, Borden is much more than just a gimmick. Often incorrectly grouped in with pop metal acts of the Los Angeles hard rock scene such as Poison and Warrant, the...

Sons Of Apollo ‘Come Home’ To New York

It’s easy to label progressive rock as pretentious, bombastic, and self-indulgent. The polarizing genre, popularized by prog pioneers such as Rush, Yes, and Kansas, has long been criticized for its propensity for lengthy solos, grandiose stage shows, and nonsensical lyrics. But with any musical style, there are a plethora of both good and bad examples. Sons of Apollo, unquestionably, fall into the former category. For all the complaints about the maligned art form, at its...

Night Ranger Can Still ‘Rock In America’

For those who think Night Ranger is merely the group who rose to the top of the music charts with the 1983 hit power ballad “Sister Christian,” seeing them during their recent stop at The Paramount on Long Island, NY on May 3 would surely change their minds. The gig, part of the band’s 35th Anniversary Tour, featured selections from the San Francisco-bred quintet’s entire catalogue, going all the way back to their debut album...

Guns Are ‘Cocked And Loaded’ At Revolution

The 80s produced many different well known subgenres of “metal,” from speed to thrash to progressive to glam. But there’s one subcategory of the style that’s not quite as established in the vernacular of rock aficionados: sleaze. Often confused with glam, sleaze rockers were regularly lumped together with fellow makeup wearing, big hair bands from the era. In reality, however, there was a major distinction. While most sleaze metal practitioners unapologetically lathered on the lipstick...

Poison Ready For A ‘Good Time’

If you plan on attending a Poison show, don’t expect to hear many, if any, obscure cuts or long lost B-sides. The party-rock group, known for chart-topping anthems like “Unskinny Bop,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” and “Talk Dirty To Me,” are preparing to embark across North America on a summer excursion with the legendary Cheap Trick, as well as the Michigan-bred Pop Evil. And while a healthy number of Poison’s peers will be competing...

Guns N’ Roses Unveil Rarities in Deluxe ‘Appetite For Destruction’ Box Set

Guns N’ Roses are commemorating their 1987 debut with Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded Edition, a box set full of unreleased demos, remastered B-sides, collectibles and more, available June 29. Covered in faux fur, the lavish 12x12x12-inch box set is crafted of solid wood and features a hand-sculpted, hand-painted 3D Appetite For Destruction cross on the front doors. Available for a limited run, only 10,000 box sets will be available worldwide for a hefty...

Garbage Tour for ‘Version 2.0’ 20th Anniversary

Garbage is set for a 17-date U.S. tour in support of the release of the 20th anniversary edition of their second album, Version 2.0. The band will perform the 1998 album in its entirety, in addition to several B-sides from the reissue. The tour, which will kick off September 29 in Seattle and close in Brooklyn, NY at King’s Theatre on October 27, also includes earlier stops in the U.K., starting in Edinburgh on Sept....

Kix ‘Blows’ Its ‘Fuse’ At The Space

As difficult as it is to believe, Blow My Fuse, the seminal album recorded by 80s hard rockers Kix, turned 30 this year. And what better way to mark the occasion than to play the album in its entirety, from top to bottom, as part of the Maryland band’s current string of live performances? From the down and dirty licks of top track “Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT” to the epic, MTV-saturated power ballad “Don’t...