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Mike Mettler  |  Jun 20, 2018  |  1 comments
There are legends, and then there’s Buddy Guy. The Chicago-based octogenarian blues guitarist originally from Lettsworth, Louisiana just keeps going and going. And if his new album, The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA) is any indication, the Guy train won’t be making its final stop anytime soon.
Mike Mettler  |  Jun 06, 2018  |  0 comments
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Some vocalists turn everything they sing into pure audio gold. One such vocalist is Jennifer Warnes, who brings originality, style, and grace to everything her voice touches, as her new album Another Time, Another Place readily attests. Warnes got on the line to discuss the meticulous process she goes through in making her song choices, her special relationship with Leonard Cohen, and why she feels her voice continues to resonate with her listeners.

Mike Mettler  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  2 comments
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INXS were riding high as the calendar got deeper and deeper into 1987. The alt-rocking Australian sextet had truly come into their own following the wider international penetration of 1985’s Listen Like Thieves. They were also burgeoning MTV darlings, mainly thanks to the magnetic presence of poster-boy frontman Michael Hutchence. That said, the band had enough musical acumen to override their video-centric image, best exemplified by the churning, layered groove of Thieves’ big hit, “What You Need,” itself born of the interlocked songwriting axis of lyricist/vocalist Hutchence and keyboardist/guitarist Andrew Farriss.

Mike Mettler  |  May 17, 2018  |  0 comments
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You say you want a musical (r)evolution? Well, you know, look no further than what’s being done with Rocktopia, the quite inspiring, electrifying hybrid rock-meets-classical musical that recently completed a triumphant six-week run on Broadway, with a tour currently in the midst of being planned for the fall. I sat down backstage with Rocktopia co-creators Rob Evan and Tony Bruno to discuss the clever ways they fuse the worlds of classical and rock music together, and where the show may be headed next.

Mike Mettler  |  May 02, 2018  |  0 comments
Post-Genesis, keyboard maestro Tony Banks has focused on his writing skills via a trilogy of classical-oriented releases, including his latest, 2018 effort, 5. We got on the line with Banks to discuss the evolution of his orchestral compositions, his ongoing appreciation for the surround sound mixes of the entire Genesis catalog and his solo material, and what he might (or might not) tackle next.
Mike Mettler  |  Apr 19, 2018  |  0 comments
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It’s quite fitting that when Alan Parsons—the well-respected English producer and engineer whose enviable behind-the-board C.V. includes the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, Al Stewart, Pilot, and Ambrosia—finally ventured out on his own as a titular recording artist in the mid-’70s, his collective work was dubbed The Alan Parsons Project.

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 18, 2018  |  0 comments
When the time comes to record new music, veteran bands often run the risk of being trapped trying to replicate their past successes to a sonic T by playing it safe and serving up a relatively pale companion to the recognizable sound they’ve established over their careers.

It’s something that was clearly permeating the brainwaves of Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr and his songwriting foil, guitarist/keyboardist Charlie Burchill, as the pair began to construct the tracks that would comprise their new studio album, the aptly named Walk Between Worlds (BMG)...

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 04, 2018  |  0 comments
Steve Gadd is the true drummer’s drummer who’s also quite well-respected by the audiophile community. We recently got on the line with the man who's backed the likes of Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Steely Dan, and Paul Simon to discuss the dynamics of the tasteful jazz that permeates the 11 master-class tracks on the recently released self-titled Steve Gadd Band.
Mike Mettler  |  Mar 21, 2018  |  4 comments
No one had ever seen or heard anything like it before. When Roxy Music released their self-titled debut in June 1972 — ironically enough, on the exact same day their spiritual brother-in-creative-arms David Bowie released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars — the art-school-tempered British sextet instantly ushered in an immediate sea change for both the style and sonic character of an already sagging rock scene...
Mike Mettler  |  Mar 07, 2018  |  0 comments
David Duchovny is no weekend music hobbyist. The original music of the noted actor/director/writer (The X-Files, Californication) is now on full display on his second album, Every Third Thought. I got on the line with Duchovny to discuss the importance of vocal enunciation, leaving what he feels sounds “real” in final mixes, and why you’ll never hear his singing voice on The X-Files — even though you’ve heard one of his songs appear on the show.

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