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‘Foreigner: Then and Now’ – Still ‘Feels Like The First Time’ to Gramm

Perfectly timed for the gift-giving holidays, arena rock heavyweights Foreigner have released Foreigner – Double Vision: Then and Now. A grandiose, multi-platform celebration of the band’s legacy, past and present, the package includes the first ever reunion of the entire original lineup of the English-American outfit (minus the late Ed Gagliardi), sharing the stage with […]

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Joan Still ‘Loves Rock ‘n’ Roll’ While Heart Tries To Find the ‘Magic, Man’

Two of rock’s most decorated female-led acts closed out this year’s Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater concert season with both a bang and a whimper, depending on which portion of the performances one referred to. Dubbed Love Alive, headliners Ann and Nancy Wilson, with their bandmates in Heart, teamed up with punk pioneer Joan […]

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Extreme Bring The ‘Funk’ To NY

Widely pigeonholed for their syrupy, Everly Brothers-esque hit “More Than Words,” Extreme has always been a band that’s defied expectations. Although the New England-bred funk rock act’s career was launched with their self-titled debut at the tail-end of the 80s, it wasn’t until their 1990 sophomore release, Pornograffitti, lit up the charts that Extreme became […]

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RATT Singer Delivers A ‘Thrill’ With New Album

View To A Thrill, the latest solo disc from RATT rocker Stephen Pearcy, is a virtual tour de force of 80s-style hard rock hooks. From the frenetic opener “U Only Live Twice” to the infectious “Sky Falling,” an Out Of The Cellar-era-sounding powerhouse (think “In Your Direction” with a splash of “Wanted Man“), all the […]

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Kix’s ‘Blow My Fuse’ Turns 30

One of the more underrated hard rock records (and groups, as well) of the 80s, Kix’s platinum-selling Blow My Fuse is the latest album to get the deluxe treatment aimed at diehard fans longing for something extra from their favorite artists’ catalogues. The seminal work, originally unleashed on audiences back in 1988, was the Maryland-bred […]

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Alter Bridge With An Orchestra Live In London

Recorded over the course of two sold-out shows at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall back in October of 2017, hard rock mainstays Alter Bridge have released their latest live album, out September 7, aptly titled Live At The Royal Albert Hall, through Napalm Records. And although it’s not the first recording of its kind for […]

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The Dead Daisies ‘Rise Up’ Again At The Highline

It’s been exactly one year since The Dead Daisies last played the Highline Ballroom in New York City. And although it would have been difficult to believe at the time, the talented supergroup has become even tighter than they were during their last visit to the Big Apple. Led by the powerful throaty vocals of […]

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New York Metal Fans Still ‘Mad About’ Slaughter

If there was only one word to describe Slaughter’s recent headlining performance at The Space at Westbury, ‘loud’ would be fitting. The metal quartet, led by former Vinnie Vincent Invasion vocalist Mark Slaughter, brought their raucous show to Long Island, N.Y. on Wednesday, August 15, and proceeded to thrash the eardrums of the hundreds in […]

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‘Kick’ing It With Saigon’s Bieler in New York City

Saigon Kick co-founder Jason Bieler, in the midst of a string of one-man acoustic performances, recently proved once again why the singer-songwriter’s gigs have been so well-received by everybody who attends them. More of a sporadic schedule of shows than a full frenetic flock of back-to-back dates, Bieler is clearly having a copious amount of […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]