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Richard Lloyd

Still Broadcasting
 

Television always seemed to be from another planet. Alien-like, the band was an anomaly: a dichotomy of punk attitude and intellectual musicianship. To put it another way, they hated hippies, but liked guitar solos. “Television would be out of place anywhere,” co-guitarist Richard Lloyd said regarding the mid-’70s New York City punk/new wave scene the […]

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Fu Manchu – Go For It… Live!

 

Britain’s NME magazine nailed Fu Manchu’s oeuvre when it dubbed them “damn near the most conceptually perfect rock band since the Ramones.” Now comes a damn near perfect double live album. Fu’s concept: Southern Cali pinball playin’ surfer dude into classic American muscle cars, ’70s hard rock and skate punk, belting fuzzed-to-the-gills, yet economical and […]

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Steve Miller – King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents

 

Before he was FM rock radio king, Steve Miller was known as Stevie “Guitar” Miller. This live release, recorded in 1973 and ’76, shows why. Culled from Washington, D.C. and New York City shows taped for the “King Biscuit Flower Hour,” the two-disc set eloquently makes the case for Miller as consummate singer, songwriter, and […]

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Audioslave – Audioslave

 

The news that former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell was joining the three musicians in Rage Against the Machine, the hard rock/hip hop group that lost rapper Zack de la Rocha, was a true headscr-atcher. Would Cornell start rapping? Would the Rage guys go soft behind a singer? No. And No. Cornell still wails and the […]

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Glenn Phillips – Angel Sparks

Angel Sparks
 

Glenn?! What’s up, you ol’ squirrelly Atlanta devil? You haven’t released an album since 1996; it’s good to hear from you again. I never figured you’d given up music, it’s much too important to you for that – heck, you’ve been coaxing otherworldly solos out of your guitar since the late ’60s, when you were […]

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Fifty Seven Stitch – Nerveblock

Nerveblock
 

Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned American hard rock? You know the kind – crunching guitars, strong vocals, a deft melodic touch that never threatens to spiral into goo (thanks in large part to smoldering tube amps), a rhythm section tight enough to bounce numerous quarters off? Check the sales charts or MTV and you’ll notice […]

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Green Amps

Turning America Green
 

It hit Joel Wheeler in a flash of white light, a memory fried extra crispy into his brain. Just how you’d picture an epiphany to be, right? A random sentence from a recent acquaintance – five words from a bass player, in this case – knocking the soul for a loop, a sense of clarity […]

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Robert Quine

Prime Time
 

Robert Quine’s name rhymes with “wine.” And while he may be considered “little-known,” the Ohio-born guitarist played a crucial role in the New York punk scene of the 1970s – his work on Blank Generation, the 1977 album by Richard Hell and the Voidoids, one of the most musically acclaimed records of the original punk […]

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THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX – II

 

Ed Mundell – my choice for Guitar God 2001. Although Mundell, lead guitarist for Monster Magnet (his day gig) and the Atomic Bitchwax (his side gig), might lack name recognition, he certainly doesn’t lack in the chops department. And TAB’s sophomore CD, II, a rip-snortin’ riff rock juggernaut, is yet further proof of his prowess. […]

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Ten Years After – The Anthology (1967-1971)

 

If you’re lucky enough to catch Ten Years After on classic rock radio these days, it’s likely the 1971 hit “I’d Love to Change the World.” As strong as that tune is, it barely skims the surface of a truly great band. This new two-disc, 26-track retrospective offers listeners a wonderful chance to go deeper […]

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