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  • Franz Ferdinand & Sparks Release Collaborative Album

    Franz Ferdinand & Sparks Release Collaborative Album

    So, what happens when two very distinct bands with their hands in the pop, electronic, dance and rock spheres decide to start recording together? They release an album like the eponymous FFS, which abbreviates the names of each of the bands involved: Glasgow-based Franz Ferdinand (formed in the early 2000s) and the American sibling duo... »

  • Royal Southern Brotherhood Connects With Soul History on “Don’t Look Back”

    Royal Southern Brotherhood Connects With Soul History on “Don’t Look Back”

    Blues-rock-funk supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood visited the almost-magical environment of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to produce Don’t Look Back: The Muscle Shoals Sessions. The band, featuring stalwart Louisiana player Charlie Wooton (ZABADODAT) on bass, is a powerhouse of blues/funk players, including Cyril Neville (The Meters, The Neville Brothers) on percussion and vocals; Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks... »

  • The Stones Give “Sticky Fingers” Extensive Reissue

    The Stones Give “Sticky Fingers” Extensive Reissue

    The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers is an iconic album, from its Andy Warhol-designed cover featuring a fly that really zipped open, to its songs, like “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” and “Bitch.” Now, the 1971 record has been reissued in all its glory, to coincide with the Stones’ North American “Zip... »

  • Lorenzo Feliciati Releases “Koi”

    Lorenzo Feliciati Releases “Koi”

    Progressive music fans take note: bassist Lorenzo Feliciati has released Koi, a 12-song concept album based on the life the river carp fish. Blending progressive rock and ambient soundscapes, the record features a host of guest musicians including Japan drummer Steve Jansen and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto. “Traditional Chinese folktales tell the story of... »

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  • Hot Tuna Announce Summer Tour Dates

    Hot Tuna Announce Summer Tour Dates

    Legendary blues rock duo Hot Tuna is hitting the road again this summer with a string of tour dates in Hawaii and the Northeast. Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen will be performing mainly in their acoustic setting to start the tour, which begins on June 19th in Honolulu. Their tour wraps up with four electric... »

  • Armored Saint Returns with Seventh Studio Album

    Armored Saint Returns with Seventh Studio Album

    Veteran metal band Armored Saint describes their new studio album, Win Hands Down, as “a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life.” Bassist Joey Vera holds down the low end with a gritty tone, but he also co-wrote the majority of the music with singer John Bush. “John and I... »

  • The Darkness Release “Last of Our Kind”

    The Darkness Release “Last of Our Kind”

    The Darkness is back with Last of Our Kind, a stripped-down album that hearkens back to the original spirit of rock. Anchored by bassist Frankie Poullain, the band’s fourth studio effort was written in Ireland and thematically centers around defiance. It’s also the first and only of their albums to featured drummer Emily Dolan Davies,... »

  • The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management Now Available as eBook

    The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management Now Available as eBook

    Dr. Randy Kertz has reissued his seminal work, The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management, as a downloadable eBook. The book covers a wide range of common and uncommon physical issues that bass players may face. Dr. Kertz explains injuries and conditions that may occur as well as prevention and treatment options for each. A symptom... »

  • Seven Yes Concerts Released in Their Entirety in New Set

    Seven Yes Concerts Released in Their Entirety in New Set

    Early 1970s Yes is in all of its glory on the 14-CD box set Progeny — Seven Shows from Seventy-Two. The set features recently unearthed recordings from seven full concerts performed in North America between Oct. 31 and Nov. 20, 1972, back when Close to the Edge was a new album. Live material from that... »

  • Graham Parker & The Rumour Bound by “Mystery Glue”

    Graham Parker & The Rumour Bound by “Mystery Glue”

    Graham Parker and the Rumour has continued to build on its 2011 reunion with the release of Mystery Glue. The band, in its original lineup, includes bassist Andrew Bodnar, known for his years of work with Parker and on recordings like Elvis Costello’s “Watching the Detectives.” What is the mystery glue of the title? Parker... »