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The Finnish band Mushaboom has a solid, classic-rock-style core approach, while also offering their own blend of styles and compositional approach. With influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Cream to jazz to folk to psychedelic, their self-titled, debut album is interesting, entertaining, and original.
September’s Choice 5 features a diverse set of rock artists, with releases from Distorted Harmony, Our Friend & the Spiders, Victor Sierra, Social 66, and Prosevere.
The 2009 self-titled debut album by the super group Them Crooked Vultures is loaded with powerful and interesting compositions. This Modern Classic features vocalist/guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl back behind the drums full time for the first time since his days with Nirvana.
Pulling Upon the Strap masterfully displays the range of influences that form the sound of the Minnesota-based group Gypsy Lumberjacks. While the group’s base sound is solidly Americana based, there is an improvisational element which brings in elements of Latin, jazz, creole, European folk, and even some psychedelic and progressive rock.
August’s Choice 5 features rock artists from across the globe, with releases from Evan Egerer, Stratus, Tongue, Lady Flint, and Iron Bells.
Roger Hodgson, the founder and former composer and vocalist of the group Supertramp, will be coming back to North America for a mini-tour this November.
The 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations, brought the modern alternative band Muse critical and commercial accolades along with international recognition. As our Modern Classic for July 2014, we take a n in-depth look at this album of diverse styles and sonic treats.
With Peach, the Brooklyn-based group Late Cambrain has made an accessible pop/rock album which celebrates youth and joy and the good life, without getting trapped in any formulaic rut or being tethered to any passé musical trends.
July’s Choice 5 features all American artists, examining releases from The Malatauns, Goodnight Tonight, Jenny Oaks Baker, Jacob Latham, and Joy Focus.
Modern Rock Review launched a brand new monthly series called Modern Classics with a review of Brainwashed, the 2002 posthumous final album by the legendary George Harrison. This brilliantly produced record was forged over a course of 14 years and does great tribute as a final output for the former Beatle.
Bread & Circuses, the debut album from Idaho based Furious Jones. The guitar, vocal, and drums work by this husband and wife duo is entirely unique with a bit of alternative/grunge sound along with obvious blues, rock and pop influences.
We start a brand new monthly feature by looking at releases from The Charm The Fury, WitchCo, Timmer, BrandNew Machine, and Drown Incus.
The Veer Union starts their early summer North American tour to promote the release of the deluxe edition of Divide the Blackened Sky.
The most influential period for Lou Reed may have actually been the late eighties through the early nineties. Reed perfected the concept album during this time period.
When a band as been performing for over 40 years, been in the international spotlight for more than 35, and put together 18 studio albums (with a 19th on it’s way any day now), there tends to be some material that has just gotten lost or forgotten over time.
The two man group Scoti*Slate‘s latest album, Good Fight, has eighties influences in style, but it is by no means retro or stuck in time. This CD stands out as a good mix of songwriting and musicianship.
On their latest album Making Others Rich, you can detect a vast array of influences from the 1970s to the present day that originally blend to form the sound of the California-based rock band The Disparrows.