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Journey at the JointFebruary 12, 2015

Journey announced that it has added some special shows to the end of its North American tour dates with the Steve Miller Band. The dates are actually a residency at the Hard Rock & Casino in Las Vegas called The Joint.

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Light Of Day WinterfestJanuary 10, 2015

Over the course of 11 days in January, the 2015 Light of Day Winterfest will take place at various locations in Northern New Jersey and New York City.

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hedpe and Powerman 5000January 8, 2015

Through January and February, (hed)p.e. and Powerman 5000 will tour the Western United States with 24 shows performed by these longtime rock bands over a span of 28 nights.

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Chris ReaNovember 8, 2014

Chris Rea has been called by some the “poor man’s Leonard Cohen” with the husky cigarette voice that can make any song sound serious and fundamentally important no matter how insignificant the topic.

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Roger Hodgson and bandOctober 24, 2014

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.

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The Veer UnionMay 27, 2014

The Veer Union starts their early summer North American tour to promote the release of the deluxe edition of Divide the Blackened Sky.

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Older Blogs

04/14/14The Lou Reed Trilogy
08/20/13Green and Welch: The Fleetwood Mac Before
08/06/13Who Killed the Music Industry?
10/10/12Modern Rock Review Turns 2
07/19/12Giving Credit to Real Musicians
06/18/12Paul McCartney at 70
06/04/122012 Is a Great Year for New Albums

Bret Alexander is a songwriter and producer based in Northeastern Pennsylvania. His career began as a studio engineer in the late 1980s where he met the members of what would become the band The Badlees. The band was signed to a major label in the mid 1990s with Bret playing the role of principle songwriter, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist. In 1999, Bret opened his studio, Saturation Acres and continues to work today with the Badlees as well as other artists on studio and live productions.

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06/28/13The Wisdom of Nonsense
06/21/13Musings From the Tail
06/14/13Are We There Yet?
06/07/13The Muse’s Guestbook
05/31/13The Medici Effect
05/24/13Man vs. Music Business
05/17/13Song Power
05/10/13Sing a Simple Song
05/03/13It Comes With the Job
04/26/13The Last Great Classless Occupation
04/19/13Rock and Roll Never Forgets
04/12/13The Rock And Roll Field Guide (A Study In Species)
03/29/13Two Wolves
03/22/13The Curse of the Roy Orbison Fan
03/15/13My Favorite Advice, Part 1
03/08/13The Musician Business
03/01/13A Sense of Humor
02/22/13Context and The Art of Sound Ownership
02/15/13Music, Cooking, and The Source