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New Music from the Eagles: Their First Studio Album in 28 Years

I can't really make up my mind about bands getting back together to record after long periods of... well not recording. It always seems like such an exciting idea, especially when it's huge bands that are rock legends and the mere possibility of "new" music from them makes some people giddy and weak in the knees. When these things actually pan out though, there are only a few cases where it seems that the bands really capture something worth sharing, and that leads me to a wonder whether I'm glad those bands reunited or if I wished they had left it alone.

Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar, MUSEA and the Artists Against Corporate Art

Sometimes I think about how many artists are going by the wayside because they cannot get support for their music. I'm sure there must be thousands if not millions out there who have real talent, just were/are not "radio friendly". This is unfortunately one of the failures of the capitalist music industry; artists that are already playing the sounds of what is popular are what is promoted because companies are in it to make money and sell music, not promote good music.

The Band Live in 1970

Perhaps they're one of the more overlooked bands of the classic rock era (I don't really think so, but it's possible), but it took far too long for me to come to a band simply called "The Band" after I started listening to classic rock, and actually even longer before I could actually name a song they played. Looking back that is really a shame as this group was probably one of the most influential bands of the late 60s early 70s (as well as later) and made some great music to boot.

Rock & Roll Feature: Jefferson Airplane and the Summer of Love on their Surrealistic Pillow

This is the eighth 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.

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.

Overlooked Folk Roots of Vertical Horizon

I'm all for bands evolving their sound, as I like to see groups grow and move in new musical directions. Usually if I'm into the group, I like to see this evolution and can appreciate their broadening scope. Sometimes I prefer this new material, other times I stay with the earlier works that originally drew me to the band. Sometimes it happens backwards as with a band who I started listening to when they broke through to mainstream radio, but who's earlier work I actually prefer over the sound that originally attracted me to them.

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash: Two Legends and a Duet from 1969

In the music community, every so often there are just some absolutely amazing moments that are once in a lifetime events, often consisting of one time collaborations with other artists. These occurrences often up the ante a little bit more because, as I've said before, great musicians seem to feed off one another when playing music together, and the end result is often stellar with each person adding their own unique part to a particular song.

Late Night Festival Folk, Blues, Country and Bluegrass on PBS

I've never really been a 9-5 type of person as it just does not seem to fit well with my sleeping habits. I prefer to be up working or researching during the late night hours when my brain has been active for a while and sleep for a few hours in the early morning, than turning in early every night. One of the benefits of this is that I get to see some interesting things on TV late at night, including some videos from music festivals shown on PBS.

The Nightwatchman Newest Single: Tom Morello Rejuvenates the Folk Protest Song

From Johnny Cash, to Bob Dylan, to the Clash, to Rage Against the Machine, popular music has served as a great vehicle to get across ideas about politics, culture and society. Rage Against the Machine was known for being one of the most active during the 90s as well as one of the most popular for their blend of political and social commentary with rap, hip hop, hard rock and metal (as of recently, they have reunited for a made a slight comeback, which is quite exciting, lets hope there is a new album planned too).

A Second Look at Jethro Tull

As someone who's obsessed with just about everything rock and roll related, occasionally I find some time to scour the Internet for interesting artists. I find lots of new music and compile something of a mental list of bands, both new and old, to eventually look into further because either a song, an interview, a review, a video or something has intrigued me a little. So far the list is pretty long and growing enough by the day to make me wonder when I'm going to get the time to check out all this "new to me" music.

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