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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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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 […]

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Any Way They Want It: Journey and Def Leppard Rock The Garden

In the crowded summer concert season, artists will often roll out a variety of gimmicks with the hope of enticing music fans to part with their hard-earned money. These may include celebratory performances of classic albums from the act’s catalogue, “farewell tours” that are more often than not followed years later with the requisite  “comeback […]

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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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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 […]

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Daisies Are Set To ‘Burn It Down’

They are a part of the genre known collectively as “new classic rock,” according to rhythm guitarist, businessman, and band founder David Lowy. And if The Dead Daisies’ new disc Burn It Down, out April 6, is any indication, the self-appointed label couldn’t be more veracious. From the blazing, opening chords of “Resurrected,” masterfully played […]

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Ready For ‘Mayhem’

Mayhem seems to follow her everywhere, hence the name. And if Madame Mayhem has her way, more and more rock fans will discover the eclectic artist in the days, months, and years to come. Fresh off the release of her third album, Ready For Me, the New York native is preparing to head out on […]

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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” […]