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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
One of the real changes in how Ani
DiFranco approaches live performing these days may be something that, in
a strict sense, isn’t actually part of what she does on stage. But rest
assured, DiFranco says, it’s
making a difference in her performances.
If there’s a recurring theme that seems to
sum up the events of the past few years for Texas trio Girl In A Coma (including
the trio’s latest album, Exits & And All The Rest) it boils down to one word — growth.
Revitalized by a new album, Perry Farrell now has decades of experience
“putting on a show,” especially with the work he’s done with his
trailblazing Lollapalooza, which continues to have a big influence on
today’s ever-expanding multi-act music festival scene, including
this weekend's Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati (which Jane's headlines Friday).
Music always makes a great holiday gift,
and this year the record industry has again put together a wide
selection of box sets and other collections to please fans of just about
any style of music. Here are some excellent options if you’re stuck and
looking for a last-minute present.