Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween from the Showbiz Kids

Happy Halloween from your friends at the Showbiz Kids! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Trey Anastasio-Paper Wheels Review (

Artists, like all living things, are subject to evolution, albeit to varying degrees. If you are a fan of Phish's Trey Anastasio and his solo project, the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB), then you have been privileged to witness this man's remarkable growth, as an artist and as a man, over the past few decades. Though his growth has been punctuated by some marked de-evolution, the artist that graces the stage today is a bastion of health, creativity, positive energy and musical variety. And with the imminent release of his 10th solo effort, the LP Paper Wheels, a whole new breed of compositions is being served up by Anastasio and his co-conspirators; namely his superb band and his songwriting partners Steve Pollak and Tom Marshall.

Read more of Danny Steinman's review of Paper Wheels @

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Primus to Play Pork Soda In Its Entirety on New Year’s Eve (

Primus will ring in the new year with a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on New Year’s Eve where they will offer up their 1993 record Pork Soda in its entirety for the very first time....

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Keith Richards Shares His Desert Island Discs (UCR)

We’ve heard a lot lately about the bands and albums Keith Richards doesn’t like, but which records does he love enough to wish he had on hand if he were stuck on a deserted island?

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Keith Richards Shares His Desert Island Discs

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Mike Gordon Winter Tour 2016

Mike Gordon recently released his winter tour dates in which he will take his solo band out on the road in early 2016

For more information and tickets please follow link to Mike Gordon’s website. 

Mike Gordon Band Tour Dates:
January 22 Austin, TX—Emo’s
January 23 Houston, TX—Numbers
January 24 Dallas, TX—Granada Theater
January 26 Tucson, AZ—Rialto Theatre
January 27 Flagstaff, AZ—Orpheum Theatre
January 29 Los Angeles, CA—Fonda Theatre
January 30 San Diego, CA—The Observatory North Park
January 31 San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
February 2 Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
February 3 Seattle, WA—Neptune Theatre
February 5 Park City, UT—Park City Live
February 6 Denver, CO—Gothic Theatre

Monday, October 26, 2015

Bruce Springsteen, Pharrell, Zac Brown Band to Play TV Concert for Race Equality (

On November 18, Bruce Springsteen, Pharell and many others will perform at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, as part of an A&E-sponsored television concert event for race equality in America...

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Frontiers

Frontiers is the eighth studio album by the American Rock band Journey, released in February 1983 on the Columbia Records label. This is the last album to feature bassist Ross Valory until 1996's Trial by Fire.
The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and would garner four top 40 singles: "After the Fall" (No. 23), "Send Her My Love" (No. 23), "Faithfully" (No. 12), and "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (No. 8), and a rock radio hit in "Chain Reaction". The album would later achieve the RIAA certification of six times platinum.

The album had been sequenced and prepped for pressing when, in a last minute conference with Journey's A&R man Michael Dillbeck, two songs were pulled from the original lineup, "Ask the Lonely" and "Only the Young." These two tracks were replaced with "Back Talk" and "Troubled Child." "Ask the Lonely" was utilized in the soundtrack for the film Two of a Kind. "Only the Young" would find its way into the Top Ten two years later, joining the soundtrack of the movie Vision Quest

Frontiers was the band's highest-charting album in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart in 1983.

In 2005, Frontiers was ranked number 363 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

10 Iron Maiden Songs That Would Sound Awesome With an Orchestra (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Drummer Nicko McBrain’s recent musings on Iron Maiden performing a concert together with an orchestra got us (Ultimate Classic Rock) to thinking about which of the band’s epic songs would be best enhanced with string, woodwind and brass sections.

Read More of Eduardo Rivadavia's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 10 Iron Maiden Songs That Would Sound Awesome With an Orchestra 

Friday, October 23, 2015

"We Did It, Mom": Frank Zappa’s Roxy The Movie Premieres in LA (

Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood hosted the world premiere of the late Frank Zappa’s Roxy The Movie last week. The concert film, over 40 years in the making, presented Zappa’s now legendary run of 1973 shows at the Roxy that resulted in his stellar Roxy and Elsewhere album.The film’s existence is somewhat of an improbable triumph; suffering at the time of its making insurmountable technical difficulties, with the raw footage stored away in Zappa’s vault until its resurrection this year.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Dave Gahan on Soulsavers, Depeche Mode's Future (Rolling Stone)

It's a chilly October morning in New York, and Dave Gahan is feeling impish. "I hope you play basketball," the singer, 53, says sharply to a towering waiter at Gemma, a bustling hotel restaurant on the East Village's infamous Bowery. The would-be giant affirms that he has shot a few hoops over the years, and the singer just laughs and orders regular coffee...

Read more of Kory Grow's interview with Dave Gahan @ Rolling Stone :

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wilco Add Extra Tour Dates

Wilco have recently added a few additional dates to their Star Wars tour in January and February 2016. Be sure to visit their site for ticketing information and more details.

Wilco Tour Dates 2016

January 25 Pittsburgh, PA—Benedum Center*
January 26 Burlington, VT—Flynn Center for the Performing Arts*
January 27 Portland, ME—State Theatre*
January 29 Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre*
January 30 Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre*
January 31 New Haven, CT—College Street Music Hall*
February 2 Port Chester, NY—The Capitol Theatre*
February 3 Port Chester, NY—The Capitol Theatre**
February 5 Brooklyn, NY—Kings Theatre^
February 6 Brooklyn, NY—Kings Theatre**
February 7 Washington, DC—DAR Constitution Hall**
February 9 Norfolk, VA—The NorVA^^
February 10 Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle^^
February 11 Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle^^
February 13 Roanoke, VA—Berglund Center

(*) w/ William Tyler
(^) w/ Bill Frisell
(**) w/ Steve Gunn
(^^) w/ Girlpool

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Phil Lesh Cancels Two Shows As He Recovers from Bladder Cancer (

Phil Lesh has announced the cancellation of the two performances by Phil Lesh & Friends originally slated for Terrapin Crossroads on October 24 and 25. In making this announcement Lesh revealed that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer but is on the road to recovery.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

November 2015 New Music Releases (UCR)

November 2015’s new music releases include an expanded edition of the smash best-of collection Beatles 1, the next installment of Bob Dylan‘s heralded Bootleg Series, Jeff Lynne‘s first album under the Electric Light Orchestra banner since 2001 and Rush‘s career-spanning R40 Live...

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: November 2015 New Music Releases 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...V

V is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Wavves. The album was released on October 2, 2015 through Ghost Ramp and Warner Bros. Records.

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called it "a peppy album about the tragic pleasures of wallowing in poor choices. [...] The balance of good cheer and dark clouds is partly in the arrangements — V comprises exceedingly bright songs verging on true pop-punk. It’s probably the cleanest-sounding Wavves album to date."Consequence of Sound's Collin Brennan felt the album "visceral and downright volatile [...] a self-assured record penned by a songwriter who’s anything but sure of himself, and that dynamic shines right through the curtain of fuzz." The 405's William Tomer commented that "one who chooses to listen to the album in full--an exceedingly easy task to do repeatedly given the immediate appeal of the record--will be treated to one of the most down-to-earth takes on what it is like to be actively battling your demons, internal or otherwise." Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone felt "their songs have never been sharper, brighter or more confident."

Read more @ Wikipedia

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Trey Anastasio Band to Appear on Conan in November

Trey Anastasio will release his latest, full-length studio album with TAB, Paper Wheels on October 30. The Phish front-man will celebrate the release by bringing the Trey Anastasio Band to TBS's Conan on November 2. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Lou Reed Biography Author Promises 'Nuanced Portrait' (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Author Howard Sounes didn’t shy away from the more unpleasant aspects of Lou Reed‘s life while writing his biography of the former Velvet Underground frontman, but he insists the end result is a “nuanced portrait” of a complicated man.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Lou Reed Biography Author Promises 'Nuanced Portrait'

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The New Mastersounds Cover Phish’s "Cars Trucks Buses" (

Funky English quartet The New Mastersounds released their latest album, Made For Pleasure, earlier this month, and during the recording sessions for the record, the band began covering Phish’s instrumental tune “Cars Trucks Buses.”

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Watch Exhilarating Trailer for Rush's Concert Film 'R40 Live' (Rolling Stone)

In August, Rush wrapped what they advertised would be "their last major tour of this magnitude." Thankfully for fans of the prog rock legends, a lasting document of the group's final major trek will be released next month as R40 Live, a 3-CD/Blu-ray package capturing the band's June 17th and 19th, 2015 performances in their hometown Toronto's Air Canada Centre...

Read more of Daniel Kreps' article @ Rolling Stone:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Gaucho

Gaucho is the seventh studio album by the American jazz rock band Steely Dan, released in 1980. The sessions for Gaucho represent the band's atypical penchant for studio perfectionism and obsessive recording technique. To record the album, the band used at least 42 different musicians, spent over a year in the studio, and far exceeded the original monetary advance given by the record label.

During the two-year span in which the album was recorded, the band was plagued by a number of creative, personal and professional problems. MCA, Warner Bros. and Steely Dan had a three-way legal battle over the rights to release the album. After it was released, jazz musician Keith Jarrett threatened the band with legal action for writing credit on the title song "Gaucho".

Gaucho marked a significant stylistic change for Steely Dan, introducing a more minimal, groove and atmosphere-based format. The harmonically complex chord changes that were a distinctive mark of earlier Steely Dan songs are less prominent on Gaucho, with the record's songs tending to revolve around a single rhythm or mood. Gaucho proved to be Steely Dan's final studio album before a 20-year absence from the recording industry.

Read more at Wikipedia

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Tedeschi Trucks Band Add December Tour Dates (

After completing a run at the Beacon Theatre that saw the band jam with the likes of Eric Krasno and Jon Batiste, Tedeschi Trucks Band will return to the Northeast in December with a three-show run that begins December 3 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. 

Read more @

Friday, October 9, 2015

Dead & Company Giving Away 10,000 Tickets to New York Show (Rolling Stone)

Dead & Company, the collaboration between John Mayer and three-quarters of the Grateful Dead's surviving Core Four, have added a third Madison Square Garden concert to their inaugural tour, but this time the band is giving away 5,000 pairs of tickets to the event for free. The November 7th gig in New York will take place as part of the American Express Unstaged series, and Dead & Company have opened up a ticket giveaway for the performance.

Read more of Daniel Kreps' article @ Rolling Stone:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Trey Anastasio Debuts New Song at New Yorker Festival (

Trey Anastasio appeared at the The New Yorker Festival a few days ago, playing a short acoustic set while talking with The New Yorker‘s Alec Wilkinson about his career, family life and, of course, this past summer’s Dead 50 concerts.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

36 Years Ago: Joe Jackson Pushes Boundaries With ‘I’m the Man’ (Ultimate Classic Rock)

It was the era of the angry young man. That was the label applied in the late ’70s to Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello and Graham Parker – songwriters and frontmen who became famous on the heels of the British punk explosion. Although these fellows created music as unfettered as the Sex Pistols and the Damned, they seemed to channel the movement’s gritted-teeth rage with their lyrics more than their music. Call it pub rock, call it punk rock, call it New Wave — this was energetic rock with a point of view.

Read More Bryan Wawzenek's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock : 35 Years Ago: Joe Jackson Pushes Boundaries With ‘I’m the Man’

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Warren Haynes Pays Tribute to Allen Woody (

Saturday would have marked Allen Woody’s 60th birthday. The former Allman Brothers bassist and co-founder of Gov’t Mule passed away in August of 2000 at the age of 44, and bandmate Warren Haynes took some time during his show last night in Maine to honor Woody’s legacy...

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Iron Maiden Announce First 2016 U.S. Tour Dates (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Iron Maiden have unveiled the first round of U.S. stops on the upcoming tour in support of their new album, The Book of Souls.

The announcement comes several weeks after the band revealed the first spate of dates on the tour, a run of spring shows scheduled for April and May in Australia and South Africa...

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Iron Maiden Announce First 2016 U.S. Tour Dates

Sunday, October 4, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Dodge and Burn

Dodge and Burn is the third studio album by the American rock band The Dead Weather. It was released worldwide on September 25, 2015, through Third Man Records.

In October 2013, Third Man Records announced the forthcoming release of a limited edition 7-inch vinyl record containing two newly recorded Dead Weather songs. "Open Up (That's Enough)" and its B-side, "Rough Detective," were released exclusively in this format through the label's record subscription service, The Vault. These two tracks were the first pair of songs to be released in vinyl-only physical form through The Vault. "Buzzkill(er)" and "It's Just Too Bad" were released in similar fashion on November 4, 2014. These four songs and eight others would make up the band's third studio album, Dodge and Burn. The songs were recorded from approximately July 2014 to July 2015 when members of the band had the available time or inspiration to record.  The third single in advance of the album, "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)," was made available for download on August 21, 2015.   It was released on 7-inch vinyl, backed with "Cop and Go," through The Vault in September 2015.

Read more @ Wikipedia

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Foo Fighters and Jewel Cover Led Zeppelin (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Turns out, Los Angeles isn’t the only place boasting potential guest stars for a Foo Fighters show. Just days after playing host to a string of big names in California, Dave Grohl and company were joined on stage by Jewel, who sang lead on the Led Zeppelin favorite “Whole Lotta Love” for fans in Phoenix....

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Watch Foo Fighters Perform a Led Zeppelin Favorite with Jewel

Friday, October 2, 2015

Watch Gary Clark Jr. Go to 'Church' in Intimate Live Video (Rolling Stone)

Earlier this month, Gary Clark Jr. released his second major-label studio LP, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, a collection of tracks that find the versatile guitar virtuoso tackling a variety of genres like blues, acid rock, funk and, in the case of "Church," gospel and folk. In this exclusive video, Clark reenters Austin, Texas' Arlyn Studios, where the bulk of Sonny Boy Slim was recorded, to lay down this aching, soulful rendition of that meditative song...

Read more of Daniel Kreps' article and watch video @ Rolling Stone:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Don Henley on 'Sloppy' Songwriting, National Values and Cultural Decay (Rolling Stone)

Community has always been important to Don Henley. Whether fighting for the rights of artists and songwriters, launching the Walden Woods Project to protect the land and legacy of Henry David Thoreau or soldiering on with his fractious musical brethren the Eagles, community has long been a cornerstone of his life and art and it provides the foundation for his new album Cass County.

Read more of Deborah Evans Price's article/interview with Don Henley @ Rolling Stone: