Recent News & Features
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 while his original band prepares to release a special 40th anniversary edition of their 1974 classic Crime of the Century.
Self-described as “drifter rock”, Steakhouse forged a unique fusion of modern and classic styles on their self-titled debut LP, which contains music that seamlessly marries synthesized techno motifs with a solid Country and Western rhythm, along with long lyrical narratives.
For Modern Rock Review’s 4th Anniversary, we go back to the beginning, and our very first feature on The Badlees, who end their quarter century of musical and entertainment excellence with a final show in Pennsylvania tonight.
October’s Choice 5 features releases from Tom Moriarty, No Show Ponies, Northern Whale, Velshur, and V.H.F.
Green Day bounced back in a big way with American Idiot in 2004. With a fine blend of raw punk, accessible pop/rock, and some prog-rock elements, this 21st century rock opera struck the right chord for its time and place and we recognized it in September 2014 as our Modern Classic of the month.
Our initial “Rockin’ Around the World” feature looks at the first music festival of its kind in Russia. “Vladivostok Rocks” was held in August and featured more than 80 live performances from about a dozen different nations.
Dustin Douglas recorded his debut album, Black Skies and Starlight over the past two years, while he was an active member of the Badlees. With a mix of big guitars, pop-laced hooks and an alternative rock attitude, Douglas blends a diverse array of influenced to make a formidable record.
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.
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 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 called Choice 5 by looking at releases from The Charm The Fury, WitchCo, Timmer, BrandNew Machine, and Drown Incus.