Psychedelic & Conceptual

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Rush Plays Epic Opus Live in 1976

When I took a quick glance through the articles posted here at the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll, I thought that it needed just a little more hard rock and heavy metal. I live all genres of rock and roll, but there is something special about screeching guitars played far too loud, with epic grandiose songs and all spectacle that goes with them. And if you're talking about grandiose songs, one of the obvious bands to come to mind is Rush, who back in 76 were debuting a hard rock opus that would become one of the band's shining moments.

5 Songs from the Queens of the Stone Age

In the post alternative age, some bands have risen to dominate the scene with their own brand of guitar driven rock. The Queens of the Stone Age are of course one of those bands, rising from the remains of stoner metal band Kyuss and really gaining some mainstream steam after a collaboration with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters (although they easily would have gotten to the same point on their own as well). This band became one of my favorites relatively quickly because their sound is so unique.

From Pablo Honey to In Rainbows: 7 Songs from Radiohead

Well, as per an earlier post, yesterday, October 10th 2007, Radiohead released their latest album for download. It will later be available for distribution through both traditional CD means and a collectors edition diskbox as well. I pre-ordered the diskbox myself and was pleased to find that it also included access to the download so I wouldn't be waiting until sometime in December perhaps to listen to this new album.

Full Live Set from the Jazzy and Progressive... Tortoise

Some bands go above and beyond in terms of creativity and develop a sound and style that is completely unique. Tortoise is a band like that. A band that's been floating around in my radar for a number of years now, usually in reference to having influenced other artists, I've only recently come to start to take a closer look at their catalog. There unique blend of styles, with a sort of jazzy, progressive twist is unlike anything I've ever heard of before and I'm thoroughly impressed by their artistic style and creative depth.

5 Reasons to Listen to Hendrix... If We Need More that We Already Have

When it comes to classic rock, what artist is more widely known than Jimi Hendrix, except maybe the Beatles. I remember when I first started listening to this legendary guitarist and being blown away of course by his fret work, but also by the overall creativity of his music. Sure it was the age of psychedelia when it was written (and the drugs were flowing), but there is still something special about his music. It's progressive, soulful and complex all while being more about expression that overtly showy or indulgent.

Thoughts on the New Radiohead Album to be Released Online

Perhaps you heard the news the other day, just about every music news outlet I saw had the story. After months and months of hearing that the latest release from Radiohead would not be out till early next year, this extremely progressive band has once again defied everyone's expectations.

The Velvet Underground Live: Two Clips to Check Out

Some bands are harder than other than others to find some decent live footage of. I've been looking for those elusive clips of the Velvet Underground playing live, specifically from their time with Andy Warhol, for a while. I'm pretty sure it exists and have seen some online, but nothing of too great a caliber till recently (then again, I don't spend all day looking for clips so I'm sure some have eluded me).

Progressive Sonic Landscapes from Phoenix and the Turtle

Some bands have art and the cerebral embedded in their music from the very start. I'm thinking about bands like Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Tool... bands that I like listening to in the dark to be better immersed in their sounds and musical textures... bands that just seem to beg higher thought. I can see Phoenix and the Turtle being a band I can add to that list, although they are certainly not clones of any of the ones I mentioned, or any band really.

The Late Great Cream: Less than Three Years, but a Huge Influence

In rock and roll history, there are some bands that have obtained legendary, even mythic status. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead etc... each with careers that span multiple albums and often a decade or more. Then there is another group of rock groups that achieved this massive status is an almost impossibly short amount of time. The Sex Pistols were only around for one album and even Jimi Hendrix was on the scene for only about 4 years at most and yet both had a huge impact on rock and roll... And then there is Cream.

Misunderstood and Under Appreciated: The Story of Zwan

Some bands go unappreciated in their time becoming sort of cult favorites as opposed to what their talent might deserve. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances, or a particular market or perhaps "the world simple wasn't ready for their music" as is so often the case. With Billy Corgan's seemingly "doomed from the start" side project, between solo career and the Smashing Pumpkins, it seems to be more the shadow of his previous band that led so many to dismiss the group on first listen.

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