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The Evolving Face of Incubus: 6 Songs from Across The Band's Career

I always like looking back on how I came to some of my favorite bands as it usually results in some ridiculously absurd stories and my first experience with Incubus is no exception. It was during a large concert event back in 1999 that I had attended in order to see a few of the other groups on the bill. I actually walked out on Incubus as soon as they took the stage, before the first song, only to catch a glimpse of Brandon Boyd playing what appeared to be a large conga drum in front of some crazy psychedelic lighting on the televisions in the arena lobby.

Why the Stooges Are Still One of the Most Exciting Live Bands of All Time: Iggy Rocks Lollapalooza 2007

Well the votes are in and I think I'll put mine towards the Stooges as the most exciting event to happen at Lollapalooza... Sure I wasn't there, so I don't know for sure, and I'm sure that there were thousands of other moments from the huge lineup of talent, but many were probably a little shown up at the stage antics of a 60 year old man and his band.

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.

5 Reasons to Listen to the Velvet Underground

When I first came to the music of the Velvet Underground, I couldn't understand why some people seemed so devoted to this band; it was certainly a cult following. Now, a few years later, other people surely look at me the same way I used to look at the others, as I've grown to be such a huge fan of this band. I've already written a few things for the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll about the Velvet Underground and I even wrote a piece on their work with Andy Warhol during college, but there always seems to be more I can say about this group.

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.

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...

The Black Keys: Hard Edged Blues Rock at its Finest

Sometime in the not too distance past I seem to remember hearing of a band called the Black Keys... but both that memory and the reason I didn't investigate them further at the time eludes me. The other day though, I happened upon this band again, and if I had not just splurged on music just the previous day, I would have bought every one of their albums on the spot... I was that impressed, and next month, risking financial crisis, I will buy every one of their albums.

Complete Streaming of the New Queens of the Stone Age Album

Well, yesterday I got a glimpse at another interesting way to market new music on the Internet, and it was a pretty sweet glimpse at that as it involved the complete streaming of the new Queens of the Stone Age album Era Vulgaris.

Have bands chosen to stream entire albums before?

Even the Biggest Rock Stars Make Mistakes and Why Pop Culture Always Blows Things Out of Proportion

If you've been keeping an eye on the concert scene recently, I'm sure you're well aware that the much hyped Police reunion tour has gotten underway. I normally steer clear of concert reviews as often times the reviewers just because I can typically always find something good in any concert, even the 1 or 2 I've actually walked out on. Still, when a review comes from one of the band members themselves, you kind of take a little more notice, just to see what the people involved thought of the gig.

The Who Live at Woodstock 1969: My Generation

Woodstock was certainly one of the crowning moments from rock and roll, producing some of the most memorable performances in history, including this one by the Who. Not many bands are as rock and roll as the Who, and few songs better capture the rock and roll spirit than "My Generation".

I've been a fan of the Who for what seems like forever. They're intensity, power and stage presence has few rivals even today. This clip is especially great because not only is it a good example of the sheer brute force of the band on stage, but it is another memory from this classic concert as well.

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