Category: Music

Prepare To Be ‘Tempt’ed

For those jaded rock fans who still are of the opinion that their beloved genre is dead, look no further than New York City-based Tempt. A mix of power pop, melodic metal, and classic rock, the talented quartet have been gaining new followers ever since unleashing their debut Runaway nearly two years ago. After all, it’s not every young band that receives an endorsement from legendary rockers Def Leppard. “Awesome job!” declared Joe Elliott and...

Former Crue Singer Releases First ‘Live’ Album

Ask any average metal fan what their favorite Motley Crue song is and you’ll likely receive a wide range of answers, ranging from early, pre-Elektra Records picks like “Live Wire” or “Too Fast For Love,” breakthrough-era selections such as “Shout At The Devil” or “Looks That Kill,” and consequent, post-rehab tunes like “Kickstart My Heart” or “Dr. Feelgood.” Often overlooked are songs created during a brief, Vince Neil-less, period in the band’s history, dating back...

Winger Fans ‘Can’t Get Enuff’ at The Space

When Kip Winger altered the chorus to “Seventeen” and sang “She’s only 47” on December 10 in New York, the intent of the joke was clear – the hit came out nearly 30 years ago, meaning the barely legal subject of the popular song would be exactly that age now. Yet despite the extensive passage of time, Winger and his namesake band are anything but stale. The band played with the ferocity of a group...

Skid Row Still ‘Paramount’ To Rock Scene

While most people might think of either Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen when the subject of New Jersey rockers comes up, it’s difficult to ignore another powerhouse from the Garden State – Skid Row. Formed in 1986 by bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave “The Snake” Sabo, the pair recruited second guitarist Scotti Hill and drummer Rob Affuso before eventually settling on the notoriously extroverted Sebastian Bach to provide lead vocals. Three years later, the...

‘Saigon’s’ Bieler ‘Kicks’ It Up A Notch

No single musical genre immediately comes to mind when discussing the sound of Saigon Kick, the Florida-formed band that first hit the scene in the early 1990s with their self-titled debut that quickly resulted in cult classic status. Not quite metal, not exactly glam, and not entirely alternative, Jason Bieler, Matt Kramer, Phil Varone, and Tom DeFile created a band known for its intricate melodies, complex lyrics, haunting vocals, and all around avant-garde compositions. Best...

‘Life’ is Good For Tom Keifer

  Tom Keifer usually makes it a priority to play the BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City whenever he embarks on a solo tour, a stop that frequently results in being a highlight of the trek. October 11 proved to be no different as the Cinderella frontman performed a blistering, 75-minute set in front of a jam-packed crowd, a feat quite impressive considering the hump day it landed on. “We play...

Now Hear This, Comedy Unfolds in New York

Drag queens in cotton candy wigs and aerodynamic heels strutted in to its massive atrium for the third annual RuPaul’s Drag Con at the Javits Center in New York. Just two flights down, quite a different scene was unfolding. Lined up patiently on the cavernous subterranean level, men with glasses and bookish women carrying tote bags stood quietly, starring at their phones, waiting to listen to podcasts. The second annual Now Hear This Podcast Festival,...

L.A. Guns Find ‘Peace’

It’s been 15 years since one of hard rock’s most talented duos, frontman Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns, have released new music together. The pair, the two core members of 80s metal veterans L.A. Guns, last collaborated on 2002’s Waking The Dead, the initial comeback disc in the band’s history. Its lukewarm response, however, ultimately led to another split between the warring bandmates. The years since haven’t been particularly positive for the band as...

‘Through Worlds Of’ Steelheart

Known for possessing one of rock’s most powerful and melodic voices, Miljenko Matijevic is back with a brand-new album comprised of a healthy mix of throwback anthems and modern tunes. Steelheart, Matijevic’s brainchild, entered the metal scene in 1990 with their self-titled debut album, most remembered for the hit power ballad “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes),” a stand-out in a hair band era that oozed with infectious odes. The band had its highs and...

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Depeche Mode Get ‘Spiritual’ in New York on 9/11

Nothing could be more fitting than a show on September 11 in New York City, wrapped around Depeche Mode‘s 14th studio album Spirit. Partly fueled with political angst, it might be hard for some to think the world is in a better place 16 years later, but Spirit isn’t Depeche Mode sending negative vibes out to the world. As with anything the band has done in their nearly 40-year career, there’s always some darkness, and...

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The Dead Daisies Are ‘Making Some Noise’

Comprised of former members of legendary bands such as Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe, Foreigner and Dio, The Dead Daisies are the prototypical example of a supergroup. Formed in 2012 in Sydney, Australia by guitarist David Lowy and vocalist Jon Stevens, the band has gone through multiple personnel changes in their relatively brief five years of existence. But after witnessing their recent show at New York’s Highline Ballroom (August 17), it’s difficult to believe that the current...