The first time Randy Cordero covered a Neil Diamond song, he did it as a lark, never dreaming that it would become his full time job for the next 20 years. "In 1988, I was the singer and songwriter of a regular rock band," Cordero recalls. "Sometimes I'd do open mics, playing my own songs solo, with ... More >>
By DAVE GIL DE RUBIO
When Howlin' Rain's Ethan Miller answers the door of the Brooklyn flat he's borrowing from a friend, the disheveled hair and wildly scraggly beard he's sporting gives him the look of a modern-day Rip Van Winkle. In many ways, the analogy fits, given that it' ... More >>
There was a time, back in the late '80s, when the legendary Bronx rapper KRS-One was a candidate for the title of Greatest Rapper of All Time. Twenty-five years later, though, the self-anointed Blastmaster's latest long-player, The B.D.P. Album, suggests that compulsory retirement from the recording ... More >>
The Hag will make you eat that gee-tar, hippiesMerle Haggard may contain multitudes, but he tends to feel just one of those multitudinous things at a time - and to feel it so hard and pure that he seems to have forgotten all the previous things he's felt that might not square with it.
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The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers have been busy. Following the commercial success of their 2009 release, I And Love And You, the band has been touring nonstop through the U.S. and Europe, including a stop at the Grammys with fellow banjo aficionados Mumford & Sons and, oh yeah, Bob Dylan ... More >>
Rick Rubin: Now this is what Metallica's producer should look like.UPDATE: In more local Metallica news, a posting on the band's website today indicates the band will perform at the annual Salesforce.com convention at Moscone Center on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Turns out Kirk Hammet's next-door neighbo ... More >>
Mark SeligerSlayer, with Kerry King at far rightLos Angeles thrash-metal juggernaut Slayer has been kicking ass so ferociously for so long that the word "fucking" has practically been appended to the front of the band's name. Raising the metal bar for brutality and blasphemy over the course of ne ... More >>
October 25, 2009
Regency BallroomBy Rossiter Drake
Better Than: Staying home to watch Dexter and Mad Men. But be sure to DVR them.
"We started a band 'cause we were bored. Our mission is to make you dance, and if you're not gonna dance, just stay at home and listen to the old ... More >>
If you've ever packed it into the Make-Out Room on a Saturday night, you have El Kool Kyle to thank for making you sweat. The El Superrritmo DJ goes crate digging across continents to bring back the best the barrios have to offer (and over Halloween weekend, you can take advantage of his sonic tr ... More >>