October 7, 2020

Courtesy of Joe Bielawa/Wikimedia Commons

Van Halen’s first entry into what would eventually become the classic rock canon came in 1978, with their cover of the Kinks classic “You Really Got Me,” a song frequently played on radio with the instrumental “Eruption” as a le...

September 27, 2020

“(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”, which celebrates its 25th anniversary on Oct. 2, is Oasis’s best-selling album and is widely regarded as the band’s co-masterpiece along with its debut, 1994’s “Definitely Maybe.” And I have long believed the sophomore release shoul...

April 22, 2020

Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons - Prince performing at Coachella in 2008

Prince is one of the truly transcendent performers in the history of rock and roll. He has one of the genre’s greatest wails, his utterly confident guitar play was consistently spectacular, and that he...

February 6, 2020

Throughout their history, Stone Temple Pilots have been, if nothing else, willing to eschew expectations of the band. With their first two albums, the band was widely perceived as, depending on the listener, the successors to or derivative of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. But...

December 26, 2019

Bruno Mars, courtesy of Kai Z. Feng/Atlantic Records

It is that time of the decade once again – a time in which we compile best-of lists to commemorate the last 10 years. And now, it is my honor to evaluate the top songs of the 2010s.

But unlike a conventional best-...

December 3, 2019

Van Halen, courtesy of Joe Bielawa/Wikimedia Commons

During an interview segment on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” the host was running through artists from a generation before Billie Eilish's birth. Though the 17-year-old was evidently familiar with Madonna, Eilish responded, “...

September 16, 2019

Ric Ocasek may have been the most important rock and roll frontman of the late-1970s/early-1980s new wave movement. The Cars combined the pop chops of Blondie or Duran Duran with the eccentricity of Talking Heads or Devo, remaining cool enough for the artsy crowd and i...

August 19, 2019

Photo courtesy of Will Fresch/Wikimedia Commons 

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of “Definitely Maybe,” my favorite album ever. This isn’t to say that Oasis’s debut is the best album ever, but it is the one which most spoke to me.

I wa...

May 21, 2019

It should come as no surprise that a hockey team called the St. Louis Blues produces a fan experience in which music is an integral part. For every home game during their 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs run, in which the Blues have won more games than in any other season in...

May 8, 2019

Categorizing music by decade is an arbitrary practice. The 1960s began with Marty Robbins, a country singer, topping the pop charts, and ended with psychedelia. The 1990s began with hair metal still in style, yet also saw the peaks of grunge, gangsta rap, Britpop and e...

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