There has always been debate in regards to naming the best rock guitarist, and it does not seem as though the argument will end in the near future. The problem with labeling musicians is that art is mostly subjective in nature. One person’s favorite guitarist might be hated by someone else, and that is why this heated debate continues throughout each generation of music enthusiasts. Thankfully, there is a guitarist that most people agree has the talent and Read the rest of this entry »
For most people, their interests in music lie in whatever mainstream offerings can be had through services like SatelliteTV-HQ.com. For many of you reading this right now, the time of classic rock might have been well before your time and, if that is the case and all you have known is the modern rock of the ages, then we weep for you. The fact of the matter is that modern rock is fine and the natural progression, but in a genre so oversaturated, things can become generic.
In 2008, an American rock supergroup consisting of Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Joe Satriani (solo artist), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) formed the group called Chickenfoot and reminded us what it truly meant to rock. Breathing new life back into the trappings of classic rock, Chickenfoot was a countermovement to the modern rock movement and really shook things up in the music world. Taking their name from the chicken-like footprint in the peace sign, they have been touring and playing for three years and are still going strong.
If you grew up with the modern stuff and there are a few bands you like, that’s fine. Just maybe give a nod to Chickenfoot and the classics because, without them, there would be no modern rock.
If anything is as important to a rock band than their time in the studio, it’s their time on stage. Most bands put everything they have into keeping the fans happy as the Marshall stacks blast their way through the night.
Red Rocks in Morrison, CO
Many refer to this incredible venue as the best live music experience in the world. A perfect amphitheater was sculpted out of the Colorado Rockies by mother nature herself. The Native Americans used the area that is now the amphitheater as a gathering site, and now tens of thousands of Read the rest of this entry »
Riding the tide of the progressive metal scene is New Jersey’s Black Ocean, with their debut album SEA OF DARKNESS. This hard-hitting four piece features longtime friends and songwriters Steve Hunter (guitars, vocals) and Jay Burchfield (drums, vocals), rounded out by Zach Blickos on lead guitar and Tim “Chigger” Louie on bass. Black Ocean’s influence range from Metallica, Dream Theater, Rush, Sabbath, Slipnot, Tool, Life of Agony and so many others, which they blend into a hardcore sound with technical prowess and vocal style that separates them from Read the rest of this entry »
When should rock bands stop touring is a question often thrown around at parties, with some people arguing that some bands just are relevant anymore and others going so far as to say some should be in old folks’ homes. With opinions being so diverse, however, the only thing limiting whether a band should tour or not seems to be purely financial. If they can book a tour and fill venues, they can tour. It’s as simple as that.
A common situation is that bands who were Read the rest of this entry »
There are certain rock albums everyone owns, and has heard a thousand times over. However, here are five albums you don’t own but should that are just as good:
David Bowie’s “Low”
While this album may lack some of his most popular radio hits, “Low,” it could be argued, is his most important release, combining Bowie’s pop sensibility and Eno’s experimental tendencies.
Pink Floyd’s “Animals”
Sometimes overshadowed by their other albums, “Animals” is probably the quintessential Floyd album, displaying what the band does best: Brooding Read the rest of this entry »
Live performance has always defined rock music. Here are the five best albums immortalizing the best live rock has to offer:
The Who’s “Live At Leeds”
A document of the most explosive live rock band ever, this album demonstrates The Who’s diverse song collection at the height of their career with unparalleled showmanship.
The Band’s “The Last Waltz”
Legendary, this recording documents The Band’s final live performance, featuring a who’s-who of guest performers, including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Neil Read the rest of this entry »