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Lollapalooza 2007 in Full Swing

Another truly massive music event has been set up in Chicago this summer once again. Lollapalooza is in full swing this weekend beginning yesterday Friday Aug 3rd, and going till tomorrow, Sunday Aug 5th, with multiple stages and last I heard 100+ different musicians an artists performing.

Rock and Roll Feature: U2 Plants the Joshua Tree

This is the ninth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

The Legacy and Possible Rebirth of the Smashing Pumpkins: Part 3 The Rebirth through Zeitgeist?

For me, the Smashing Pumpkins are one of those bands, like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, that even at their worst I found interesting and compelling enough to listen to. I'm a big fan of their first three albums of course, but can also appreciate the their new directions on Adore and even MACHINA I and II. Since the announcement that they would be "reforming" for a new album and subsequent new tour I have been preparing myself for new Pumpkins music and have stated multiple times that I was looking forward to hearing new material from one of my all time favorite bands.

The Legacy and Possible Rebirth of the Smashing Pumpkins: Part 2 The Songs

For me, the Smashing Pumpkins are one of those bands, like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, that even at their worst I found interesting and compelling enough to listen to. I'm a big fan of their first three albums of course, but can also appreciate the their new directions on Adore and even MACHINA I and II. Since the announcement that they would be "reforming" for a new album and subsequent new tour I have been preparing myself for new Pumpkins music and have stated multiple times that I was looking forward to hearing new material from one of my all time favorite bands.

The Legacy and Possible Rebirth of the Smashing Pumpkins: Part 1 The Live Shows

For me, the Smashing Pumpkins are one of those bands, like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, that even at their worst I found interesting and compelling enough to listen to. I'm a big fan of their first three albums of course, but can also appreciate the their new directions on Adore and even MACHINA I and II. Since the announcement that they would be "reforming" for a new album and subsequent new tour I have been preparing myself for new Pumpkins music and have stated multiple times that I was looking forward to hearing new material from one of my all time favorite bands.

The Grinderman: Nick Cave Makes Some of the Most Visceral Rock and Roll to Date

It was a few months ago when I first heard of the Grinderman, a new project from Nick Cave and a few of the members of this previous band, the Bad Seeds. It was only a slight mention in some music publication, nothing much that stood out but for some reason, the name Nick Cave rang a bell and the more I searched the more I saw this new project receiving a lot of hype on the Internet.

Taking a Glance at Telling On Trixie: Epic Power Pop and Anthem Rock

Although I'm a firm believer in the stripped down, dark and minimal rough edges of garage bands etc, that is definitely not a knock against arena rock and power pop. These genres are often catchy, exciting, uplifting and fun, and sometimes that exactly what we want out of rock and roll. It's a little strange really because for a long time the arena rock and power pop bands were typically the bands that first caught my attention while the rougher garage rock and more experimental bands took longer to sink in, but become more of my favorites.

Velvet Revolver, the Curse of the Super Group and Slow Sales

There I was sitting at my desk working, with my headphones on as always, this time blasting the latest release from Velvet Revolver Libertad. I checked out some of the sales numbers from this album and noticed that they were barely a half of what their debut album sold in it's initial week. Normally I don't care what album sales indicate because there are some groups that I consider to be complete over marketed mainstream junk.... I mean... not my kind of music... that have sold millions of copies in their first week.

Capturing Lightning in a Bottle Through Spontaneity: The Tale of the White Stripes

Let me paint a picture for you... It's 2002, late one night around 3 AM and you're watching one of the backwater television stations that turns into MTV2 somewhere around midnight. A song comes on with a straight forward proto punk rock and roll riff with a video of little red and white lego blocks dancing around in various combinations. It's a short catchy song and video but nothing that completely blows you away... you're more interested in mainstream alternative at the moment...

Moses Guest: Authentic Folk Rock Jam Band with Some Jazzy Style

I must be a bit of a contradiction in my musical tastes... I like minimalism in music and believe that immense complexity can come out of simplicity, but at the same time I have a special place in my heart for jam bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish that let improvisation run wild. Few bands can compare to either of these bands in terms of their jams, as both could easily push past the 30 minute mark, but that was not what originally attracted me to either of them and keeps me coming back to listen to them. Instead it was and is their unique blend of styles.

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