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Zappa Plays Zappa: A DVD Review

There's been a number of amazing concert tours in the past few years... many of which I was lucky enough to attend. Certainly up near the top of the ones I wish I could have seen is the Zappa Plays Zappa tour. Critically acclaimed, this project was the brain child of one Dweezil Zappa, who put together an amazing band, complete with a few special guests, to tour performing the music of his late father, Frank Zappa. Having not been able to see Frank when he was still performing, I thought this was a really cool idea and was looking forward to catching a show.

Rock and Roll Feature: Freak Out with the Mothers of Invention

This is the seventeenth 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.

Thoughts on the Smashing Pumpkins Suing Virgin and the Changing Music Industry

It seems that the turbulent end of the music industry (as we know it) is coming closer and closer. I mentioned in a previous post how the Smashing Pumpkins were supposedly going independent after breaking from all label contracts, and now it seems that a break from their label is not enough as they are also suing Virgin Records for breach of contract about using their music in unapproved contexts.

King Crimson Live and the Incredible Guitar Work of Robert Fripp

In the realm of progressive rock there seems to be a band that I have been trying and trying to get into for years: King Crimson. I don't know what it is that has kept me from really getting into their work before, especially because I've been a fan of the guitar work of Robert Fripp for some time. Maybe I've just finally reached the point in my musical tastes and especially my guitar playing where they fit in well. Recently I've been listening to a lot of music from this band and seeking out some of the early footage of them playing live to really get a grasp of what they're all about...

Controlled Chaos: The Experimentalism of the Mars Volta

I'm continually intrigued by how my musical tastes shift as I get older. There was a time when I wasn't into Led Zeppelin. There was a time when I wasn't into the White Stripes... the Smashing Pumpkins... the Velvet Underground... Sonic Youth... "insert band here that I now consider one of my favorites". That trend continues with another adventurous band: the Mars Volta. I remember first listening to the Mars Volta back 2001 when the arose from the ashes of At the Drive-In, a band I had been pretty intrigued by at the time.

Do I Have to Get it to Like it: Thoughts on Progressive Rock

Certain genres continue to be my favorites years after years, one of which is progressive rock. Sure, there are plenty of others too and my tastes are forever evolving, but for some reason I'm very drawn to progressive, experimental and more "adventurous" (a horrible term to use) forms of rock and roll... probably because of my "pretentious-art-major" background. That's not a knock against any other genres at all, it's just part of my personal tastes. Recently I've been listening to a lot of progressive bands...

Welcome to Black Mountain: New and Unique Progressive Rock

Unfortunately I haven't been able to listen to a whole lot of new bands recently. I have lots in my queue all lined up including a couple that I think are really interesting that I just haven't formalized exactly what I want to say about them yet (and for some it's been months since they were suggested or I first found them... also unfortunate). It's been a combination of a very hectic schedule and technical problems that have caused this little drought, both of which still continue.

The Song Remains the Same Part 2: A DVD Set Review

For the past few days I've had the pleasure of screening part two of the new The Song Remains the Same release. I was pretty excited about finally seeing the film to go with the soundtrack and the bonuses certainly sweeten the deal a little.

The Song Remains the Same Part 1: An Album Review

I don't know about the rest of you, but for me, one of the most exciting album releases in 2007 was definitely the expanded version of Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same. This re-master and re-release was for both the original film on DVD and the soundtrack and was timed perfectly to coincide with a little reunion show the band was planning.

David Bowie Live in London 1973: Ziggy Stardust to Celebrate a Rock and Roll Birthday

January 8th is a day of rock and roll birthdays. Today is the birthday of David Bowie. That's right, today Mr. Glam himself turns a very respectable 61 and to celebrate I thought I would share this great collection of clips from a live performance of Ziggy Stardust way back in 1973.

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