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You Can't Wrap an MP3

Box sets and other special releases make fine holiday gifts for music lovers

1 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Stumped for a last-minute gift for the music lover on your list? Here are a few of the better box sets and special music releases from 2013.
  

Resilient Rebellion

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club re-emerges from some difficult, dark times with 'Specter at the Feast'

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
On Specter of the Feast, MidPoint Music Festival headliners Black Rebel Motorcycle Club showcases both the band’s buzzing Rock & Roll side and its more atmospheric approach.  

A Man on a Mission

The legendary Buddy Guy continues his efforts to keep the Blues alive

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Buddy Guy may be 77 now, but he doesn’t act anywhere near his age. He’s energetic and passionate about Blues and is doing more shows this year than many musicians half his age. Guy and longtime friend B.B. King, though, are among the last of the major Blues stars from the post-World War II wave of Blues artists still alive and working regularly.  

As a Whole

Increased collaboration made Wilco’s latest release the sum of all the band’s parts

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
While Tweedy is the band’s songwriter and he makes the call in terms of what songs end up on the band’s albums, Wilco is far from a one-man show.  

Work Hard, Play Hard, Get Better

Wiz Khalifa adds new dimensions to his tales of “smoking, chillin’, partying and feeling good”

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 2, 2013
 O.N.I.F.C. feels like the logical next step in Khalifa’s development and ability to blend Hip Hop mentality with Pop melody. Tracks like “The Plan” (featuring Juicy J), “Let It Go” (featuring Akon) and “No Limit” are among the songs that feature sleek, synthesized melodies that flow around rapped vocals.   

Whole Lotta Heart

Heart rides Hall of Fame induction and Led Zeppelin tribute into a hot summer tour

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Heart has had huge success, selling more than 35 million albums and notching 21 Top 40 hit singles, headlining the biggest arenas along the way. The Wilson sisters in particular have had a major impact on music as well, helping open doors for several generations of female artists.  

Going up in Style

Dropkick Murphys' deft Punk/Celtic mesh continues to draw fans

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The band’s national profile has grown steadily over subsequent albums, while Dropkick Murphys have become hugely popular in the band’s hometown of Boston. The city has been celebrated in a number of the group’s songs, most notably “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.”    

Finding Balance in 'Peace'

Reggae rockers Rebelution blend liveliness, studio craft on latest LP

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Despite self-releasing 2007’s Courage To Grow and 2009’s Bright Side Of Life, SoCal Reggae/Rock crew Rebelution has steadily grown its audience (and also saw the second album debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Reggae chart). The band has been enthused about touring lately, in part because, with the arrival of Peace Of Mind, the group now has more songs than it can fit into a headlining set, giving members a chance to mix up set lists.   

It's a Long Way to The Top …

After gradual chart success, Ed Sheeran straps in for a potentially epic 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Writing since his teen years, 21-year-old singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran became a star in the U.K. in 2011. His U.S. success picked up in earnest last year and now Sheeran appears to be on the verge of becoming a household name in the States.  

You Can't Unwrap A Download

Stumped for a last-minute holiday present? One of these music collections just might do the trick

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A few last minute gift ideas, featuring 2012 boxsets and  from The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Heart, Strange Euphoria, Bob Dylan, The English Beat, Elvis Presley, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Los Lobos and Taj Mahal.