Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Johnny Marr

Johnny In Germany

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Stankonia Outkasted 2000

October 31, 2000 - The Outkast album "Stankonia" was released.

T Bone Burnette, Buddy Miller & Nashville

“Nashville’s” music is being guided in part by super-producer T Bone Burnett and the legendary Buddy Miller.

Future episodes are set to feature music by Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.


Happy Birthday Russ Ballard

Ted Nugent In The Red Chair

Ted Nugent is the feature of a CNN “Red Chair Interview,” which took place at his hunting ranch Sunrize Acres in western Jackson County, Michigan over the summer.The Nuge shows flashes of his sharp tongue, but also shows a softer side. See it HERE

Illinois Jacquet October 31, 1922 - July 22, 2004

The Forgotten : Green Day

Green Day debuted the video for “The Forgotten,” the lead single off the latest installment of the 'Twilight' film series' forthcoming soundtrack, Tuesday October 30, 2012 on MTV. MORE HERE

Halloween 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Grace Slick

Jack White Shakin' Blues on Two Trees

Jack White has unveiled a 30-second snippet of "Blues on Two Trees" (below), the B-side to his "I'm Shakin'", and over the dirty-blues gutter howl, Jack is rapping in an unshowy cadence. About... commitment. And fallen trees.

The full track is streaming for members of Third Man Records' Vault subscription series. The 7" A-side (a boisterously shufflin' Little Willie John cover with a memorable Jack White vs. Jack White video (above), is being released today (October 30, 2012) via Third Man Records. GO HERE


Late Show Black Sabbath Reunion 1998

October 30, 1998, All four original members of Black Sabbath reunited momentarily to play 'Paranoid' on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Funky Donald Fagan

Donald Fagan's new 'Sunken Chords' has got to be the funkiest album ever made by a 64-year-old white man. It doesn't hurt that he threw in a highly faithful cover of Isaac Hayes' '77 hit, 'Out of the Ghetto'.


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Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill In 1986

October 30, 1986 - The Beastie Boys released the LP "License To Ill."

Big Bruce Bio

Simply titled "Bruce" by Peter Ames Carlin, this is the book Springsteen fans have long been waiting for, a behind-the-curtain look at the journey a kid from Freehold took to became one of the most famous rock stars in the world. MORE HERE

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Happy Birthday Norman West

Rolling Stones Warm Up In Paris Deux

The Rolling Stones played another secret gig last night October 29, 2012 in Paris.

The rock legends tore through 12 tracks at the 1,800 capacity venue le Théâtre Mogador, playing hits including 'Tumbling Dice', 'It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)' and 'Honky Tonk Women'.

The gig follows the band's first performance in over five years last Thursday (October 25, 2012) at the tiny 600-capacity La Trabendo venue. The Stones hadn't played together since August 2007, when they finished up their two-year Bigger Bang tour. MORE HERE


Patsy Montana October 30, 1908 – May 3, 1996

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Peter Green

Elvis & Lisa Marie Love You Because

On October 15, 2012, Lisa Marie Presley premiered her emotional duet with her father, Elvis Presley.

"I Love You Because" was first recorded by Elvis on July 4th and 5th, 1954 at SUN Studio.

Lisa Marie recorded her vocals to the song on August 8, 2012 at The Village in Santa Monica, Calif., after consulting with producer T-Bone Burnett who presented her with the idea of "I Love You Because" as a special song for her fans. Available HERE

Happy Birthday Denny Laine

San Francisco's Early Xmas Announcement

Not So Silent Night 2012, LIVE 105’s Annual Holiday Rock Show.

For the first time ever… Two Nights … Friday, December 7, 2012 and Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Oracle Arena, Oakland. Featuring The Killers, Jack White, The Shins, and more!

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Duane Allman November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971

R.I.P.: Terry Callier

Terry Callier, a soul and jazz singer and guitarist who collaborated with Massive Attack and Beth Orton, died yesterday at his home in Chicago. He was 67.

Callier was a veteran musician who released a handful of critically acclaimed jazz-folk albums in the Seventies and toured with George Benson and Gil Scott-Heron and was friends with Curtis Mayfield and the singer Jerry Butler as a child. MORE HERE

The Who Generation 1965

October 29, 1965, The Who released the single 'My Generation' in the UK. The song was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It reached No. 2 in the UK, the Who's highest charting single in their home country but only No. 74 in America.

Hot Rod Lincoln In The Valley

Bill Kirchen celebrates an American musical tradition where country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass and in the Western swing of Texas and California honky tonks.

Bill performed at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley California Friday October 26, 2012.

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Pink Floyd Surpasses Johnny Mathis 1983

October 29, 1983, Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' marked its 491st week on the Billboard album chart in the US, surpassing the previous record holder, 'Johnny's Greatest Hits' by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, 'Dark Side' had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Charlie Daniels

Chuck Berry Honored By Vast Musical Spectrum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum have honored Chuck Berry for the 17th annual American Music Masters® series.

Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry, was a weeklong celebration ending in a tribute concert last night October 27, 2012.

Berry turned 86 this month; yet there he was, doing his signature duck walk across the stage during the sold-out show.

Tribute concert performers included Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ernie Isley and Darryl DMC McDaniels, Rick Derringer, Rosie Flores,  David Johansen, Ronnie Hawkins, Lemmy Kilmister, Merle Haggard, Vernon Reid, Dave Alvin and more.

Berry received a standing ovation but it was only the second of the night. The first went to Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard. The Hag offered up "Maybellene," Berry's first offering for Chess Records, a 1955 hit that rose to No. 1 on Billboard's R&B charts and No. 5 crossing over to the pop charts.MORE HERE, HERE & HERE

Interview HERE

Porter Wagoner August 12, 1927 – October 28, 2007

Madonna's Erotic Milestone

Madonna's fifth studio album, EROTICA, celebrated its 20th anniversary October 20, 2012!

Admittedly, a favorite from the world of Madonna, it was released on October 20, 1992, alongside a coffee-table book, SEX. MORE HERE

Saucy videos HERE & HERE

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Sex Pistols Come To America

October 28, 1977 - "Nevermind The Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols" was released in America.

Star-Spangled Zooey

Recording artist Zooey Deschanel of She & Him had another shot at the national anthem when she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 3 of the 2012 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers Saturday October 27, 2012. Deschanel sang the anthem during the 2011 series as well.

Her classic alto voice was solid, although she was a little shaky on the sustained notes; overall, it was a solid performance.

Interview with anthem singer Zooey Deschanel HERE

Detroit native Jack White slipped onto the field at Comerica Park with relative anonymity on Saturday...when told that Deschanel was performing the anthem, White said: “Is she really? She’s a good gal.” MORE HERE

Bob Dylan Biograph '85

October 28, 1985 : Lots of Bob Dylan music is made available in one place as his 5 album Biograph set is released.

Musica en Méjico

The Corona Capital music festival was held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, on October 13 & 14, 2012. source

As you can see, a lot of bands can find most of the performances HERE

The festival was a great one for the Epiphone and Gibson family in Mexico City as well. MORE HERE

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Billy Wright May 21, 1932 – October 28, 1991

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Happy Birthday K.K. Downing


Neil Young & Crazy Horse close out the first day of the Voodoo Music Fest Friday October 26, 2012 on the Le Ritual Stage at City Park in New Orleans. MORE HERE

The festival continues through the weekend and is streaming live HERE

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Happy Birthday Philip Catherine

Voodoo Bootsy, Baby

The Voodoo Music Festival opened last night (October 26, 2012) in New Orleans and Bootsy Collins, who celebrated his 61st birthday yesterday as well, performed. source

The festival continues through the weekend and is streaming live HERE

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Floyd Cramer October 27, 1933 – December 31, 1997

Motorhead Looks Ahead

The Motorhead crew plans to rev up for its next album in early 2013.

"We're gonna start in the new year, go into the studio in January," frontman and iconic mainstay Lemmy Kilmister tells Billboard.

Lemmy has also spoken out about plans for the band's forthcoming 40th anniversary, which will take place in 2015.

The metal legend said: "We'll think of something; we always do - probably involving naked women or something."

Elvis Presley Got Stung In '58

October 27, 1958 : Elvis Presley releases "I Got Stung"

Quarter Century Kylie

Kylie Minogue looks sultry in a gold dress as she launches her new album in celebration of 25 years in the music industry.

Kylie marks her silver anniversary by revisiting her back catalog with the help of an orchestra and an Abbey Road studio. MORE HERE

The Abbey Road Sessions to be released October 29, 2012. Album Sampler HERE

In 1996, the Australian pop-star traded in her cheerful pop songs for a dark duet with Nick Cave called “Where The Wild Roses Grow.” Now 16-years later, the unlikely pair teamed up again to re-record the melancholic song for Minogue’s new album. MORE HERE

Kylie Interview HERE

In celebration of her 25th anniversary in music (christened K25) has seen the singer request fans to tweet 'blast from the past' photos to share with her followers. See them HERE

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Xavier Cugat 1 January 1900 – 27 October 1990

Keith Richards : Picture Perfect

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performs at a secret club gig in Paris, France on October 25, 2012. Photo by Dave J. Hogan. source


Another Video from Paris HERE

A pair of highly anticipated Rolling Stones concerts in Newark, New Jersey sold out in minutes when outlets opened at noon yesterday (October 26, 2012), following a similar frenzy last week when fans snapped up 38,000 tickets to two London shows in seven minutes. MORE HERE

Frogman Ain't Got No Home

October 27, 1956 : Clarence "Frogman" Henry releases "Ain't Got No Home"

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Bootsy Collins

Rolling Stones Warm Up In Paris

The Rolling Stones played their first show in five years yesterday, blowing through a 70-minute warm-up set for an crowd of 600 in the Paris club La Trabendo.

The band made 350 tickets available for the show, at about $20 each.

The rockers played 12 songs spanning their career, including the classics "Tumbling Dice," "Midnight Rambler" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and the new song "Doom and Gloom," which comes from the band's new greatest his collection GRRR!, due November 13, 2012. MORE HERE & HERE

And this...

Rolling Stones tickets in Newark reach 'insane' $600K online. MORE HERE

Al Green Spins Gold 1971

October 26, 1971 - Al Green's "Tired of Being Alone," his first hit, went gold.

Mitt's Meat Loaf Recipe

Meat Loaf bestowed a meandering, some might say: thoroughly confusing, endorsement upon Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Defiance, Ohio Thursday night October 25, 2012, making what the hard rock icon said was his first move on the political stage.

Meat Loaf performed a few songs familiar to his most devoted fans and then, with dramatic flair and wearing a sparkly black ensemble, explained why he was getting behind Romney’s candidacy. MORE HERE

Meanwhile... Ann Romney makes meatloaf cakes on ‘The Rachel Ray Show’...Coincidence? MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Natalie Merchant

Leon Russell Played The Bay

Leon Russell Played three sold out shows in the Bay Area. Nary any media coverage so far. MORE HERE

Tour Info HERE

Hoyt Axton March 25, 1938 – October 26, 1999

Roky Erickson Tour 2012 Poster

Psychedelic rock legend Roky Erickson and new school Brooklyn punks Nude Beach are heading out on a tour together. MORE HERE

Tour/Ticket Info HERE

Happy Birthday Maggie Roche

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Jon Anderson

Rolling Stones' Big Paris Surprize

The Rolling Stones announced a surprise "warm-up gig" in Paris, and within an hour the Champs Elysees was swarming with fans hoping to get satisfaction with one of the 350 tickets for the Thursday (October 25, 2012) night show.

The (EURO)15 ($19.5) tickets, announced on the Rolling Stones Twitter account, came with strings attached: No more than two per person, names printed on them and IDs required at the door at the show intended as a prep for the band's 50th anniversary arena shows in London and Newark, New Jersey.

Guitarist Ronnie Wood had said that the Stones could play several small clubs, possibly under the name the Cockroaches, an alias they've used before. MORE HERE


Roger Miller January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992

Johnny Joins Jr.

Johnny Marr will be a special guest at Dinosaur Jr.’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of their second studio album You’re Living All Over Me at Terminal 5 in New York City on 1 December 2012. The album will be performed in its entirety, with other special guests to be announced. Tickets are available HERE.


Dionne & The Spinners Top The Pop Chart '74

October 25, 1974 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Then Came You by Dionne Warwick & the Spinners

Stevie Nicks Documents Dreams

Stevie Nicks' In Your Dreams Documentary Premiered on October 7, 2012 at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The second screening for the In Your Dreams Documentary took place October 12, 2012 at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Interview HERE

Dave Stewart collaborated with Nicks on this project.

No word on a release date yet.  MORE HERE


Sugar, Sugar Is A Sweet One

Possibly the best bubble gum song ever, by a group who didn't even exist. A song which if you believe the rumours, was turned down by The Monkees who thought it was too cheesy! Cheesy?

The song spent 8 weeks at the top of the charts in the UK, and 4 weeks on top in the US beginning October 25, 1969.


Stevie Nicks Bewitches San Francisco

On October 27, 2012 Stevie Nicks will be in San Francisco for "A Bewitching Evening with Stevie Nicks". It's a Halloween street party benefit for the revamping of A.C.T.'s Strand Theatre. MORE HERE

Tickets available HERE

Electric Ladyland Voodoo

October 25, 1968 : Jimi Hendrix Experience release Electric Ladyland

Janis Joplin : Fashion Icon

At the edge of downtown L.A., Janis Joplin’s style stepped into high fashion.

The rock ‘n’ roll legend’s brother Michael Joplin and her niece Malyn Joplin visited a venue both dicey and artsy, One-Eyed Gypsy, on October 22, 2012 to take in a preview of Made For Pearl, a better contemporary line inspired by Janis Joplin.

For an update on Janis' Summer of Love, thrift shop- fabulous look, the Joplin estate worked with designer Katie Kay Mead who has championed bohemian and local designers at her boutique GatherLA. The result was a current look that Janis would have approved of Malyn said. MORE HERE & HERE

Minnie Pearl October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Bettye Swann

Ask Neil Young

Less than a month after joining the Twitterverse, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and guitarist Neil Young will field questions from fans Wednesday through the service's new #LegendsOnTwitter feature.

Today, Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Noon (12 pm), Pacific Time (pdt), Neil Young will take questions from fans. Young will answer questions tweeted to his Twitter handle @neilyoung with the hashtag #AskNeil.

Also, the new album from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, PSYCHEDELIC PILL will be available for streaming exclusively at beginning October 24, 2012 until its October 30, 2012 release date.

You can pre-order "Psychedelic Pill" HERE

Happy Birthday Ted Templeman

Gary Clark Jr. Debuts Blak & Blu

Gary Clark Jr. is one of the music industry's rising stars, and this year he played every major music festival.. "Blak & Blu" represents his debut album, and it's a solid outing. MORE HERE

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John Lennon Shaved Fish

October 24, 1975 : John Lennon releases Shaved Fish

Jeff Lynne Brings Mr. Blue Sky Back

Frontiers Records celebrates the 40th anniversary of ELO with the October 9, 2012 release for a new look at some ELO classics and a new solo album from the group's mastermind Jeff Lynne.

Lynne's new solo album, Long Wave, is billed as a tribute to some of the songs that originally inspired him.

The second release, Mr. Blue Sky–The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra features Lynne revisiting and re-recording--at his home studio in Los Angeles--the greatest hits of Electric Light Orchestra. MORE HERE

The new documentary "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO," premiered on MTV's high def channel Palladia on October 7, 2012 and airs throughout the month, as well as on VH1 Classic which started airing it October 10, 2012. The film was broadcast on the British TV channel BBC Four on October 5, 2012. See it HERE

There was also a broadcast on BBC Radio 6. Listen to Part 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 & 5

Merl Saunders February 14, 1934 – October 24, 2008

Who Is Pete Townshend

Fans might want more about the Who in its heyday. What the songwriter-guitarist offers instead is a frank assessment of what drives him.MORE HERE

Interview regarding the book HERE

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Numero Uno Abraxas

October 24, 1970 : Santana's LP Abraxas hits #1

Prison Camp For Pussy Riot

THE jailed Pussy Riot band members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have arrived at prison camps in remote Russian regions. MORE HERE & HERE

Yekaterina Samutsevich, the Pussy Riot member allowed to walk out of court after the judge gave her a two-year suspended term, said she was happy to be freed but also sad for her bandmates who would remain in jail. MORE HERE

With Pussy Riot moving to penal colonies, misery of Russian prison camps gains fresh focus. MORE HERE

 Amnesty International petition to Free Pussy Riot is HERE

J. P. Richardson October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Dwight Yoakam

The Doors At The Bowl Remixed & Remastered

On July 5, 1968 The Doors took to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl for a concert that has since passed into legend. Now for the first time the original film footage of Live at The Bowl '68 has been digitally scanned and restored to present the show better and more complete than it’s ever been seen before, with 2 previously cut tracks returned to the running order and with sound newly remixed and mastered from the original multitrack tapes by The Doors’ engineer and co-producer Bruce Botnick. This is now the definitive edition of this famous performance. MORE HERE
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George Harrison's First Single 1970

October 23, 1970 : Release of George Harrison's first single, "Isn't It A Pity," is announced.

The Zen of Tony Bennett

The Tony Bennett documentary film "The Zen of Bennett" will receive a theatrical release; launching with an October 24, 2012 opening in New York.

"Zen," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012, will debut in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs on November 2, 2012 and continue to expand to select cities nationwide throughout November and December. MORE HERE

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Ellie Greenwich October 23, 1940 – August 26, 2009

Flea At Fifty

October 16, 2012 marked Flea's 50th birthday, and the iconic bass player of the Red Hot Chili Peppers held an event celebrating both his life and his life's focus on giving back. MORE HERE & HERE

Brenda Lee Wants To Be Wanted in 1960

October 23, 1960 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: I Want to Be Wanted by Brenda Lee

Country Music Hall of Fame Inductions 2012

Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and keyboard player Hargus “Pig” Robbins are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. They were inducted in a star-studded ceremony in Nashville Sunday night October 21, 2012.

Merle Haggard presents Connie Smith during the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony.

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Keyboard player Hargus 'Pig' Robbins is one of the most widely recorded session players in Nashville history, though his reputation spread far beyond Music City's borders. From George Jones and most of his country contemporaries to rock 'n' roll pioneers like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and J.J. Cale, he worked with some of the most dynamic artists in music history. MORE HERE & HERE


Mother Maybelle Carter May 10, 1909 – October 23, 1978

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Leslie West

Bobby Womack Bravest Best Album

Bobby Womack was recuperating from pneumonia and colon cancer in a hospital bed when Damon Albarn first called. Now the soul legend’s comeback has been sealed after the record he crafted with the Blur frontman was named album of the year.

Womack, 68, took the prize at the Q magazine awards for The Bravest Man In The Universe, the album co-produced by Albarn, which set the soul man’s emotional vocals against a backing of contemporary, electronic textures. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Shelby Lynne

Alicia Keys To Release Girl On Fire

In her new video “Girl on Fire” from her upcoming album of the same name, singer Alicia Keys looks stylish, but she is also caring for an elder, entertaining kids, fixing meals, paying bills, spending quality time with a significant other, basically keeping the home fires burning. Release date is November 27, 2012.

Pre-order HERE


Keys has unveiled the tracklisting for her upcoming album 'Girl On Fire'. She uploaded a clip on her Official Viddy Account of her writing the last two songs of the tracklisting in a notebook. See it HERE

The Damned First Punk Single

October 22, 1976 : The Damned release "New Rose," the first ever British punk single.

Bridge School Benefit 2012 Wraps

Frank Sampedro, Lukas Nelson, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder, Gary Clark Jr. and John Doe perform as part of the Finale at the 26th Annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 20, 2012 in Mountain View, California. MORE HERE

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'Like A Hurricane' acoustic HERE

Axl Rose did the impossible and actually appeared on-time for the Guns n Roses set. MORE HERE

Video HERE


Jane Dornacker October 1, 1947 – October 22, 1986

The Kingston Trio's Major League Harmony

In Game 6 of Major League Baseball's National League Championship Series, the San Francisco Giants took pains to ensure that all sorts of musical tastes were represented at the McCovey Cove Center for the Performing Arts.

The current version of The Kingston Trio sang "The Star Spangled Banner," James Hetfield of Metallica gave a rousing pep talk and even rapper Lil Wayne sang 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game'.


Happy Birthday Annette Funicello

NLCS Game 6 Metallica Pep Talk

Metallica's James Hetfield was handed a microphone in the NLCS Game 6 pregame yesterday (October 21, 2012) and asked fans if they're ready to "kick some Cardinals ass."

A distinguished national baseball writer said, "Let's stay classy, Giants. This is not WWF."



Bobby Fuller October 22, 1942 – July 18, 1966

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Steve Cropper

Roky Erickson Halloween in Texas 2012

Psychedelic rock legend Roky Erickson and new school Brooklyn punks Nude Beach are heading out on a tour together this fall.

But before Roky leaves his home of Austin, Texas, he'll play a local show at The Parish on October 27, 2012.

I Walked With A Zombie/Two Headed Dog live 2012 HERE 


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Happy Birthday Elvin Bishop

Black Keys Under Way Down Under

The Black Keys opened their Australian tour at Newcastle Entertainment Centre last night Sunday October 21, 2012.

The tour marks the biggest Australian shows yet for singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney.

The American rock duo are performing in larger venues, and their show features huge visuals from 20 projectors and giant mirror balls.

A bunch of great artists from that part of the world lined up for the gig posters, and the first is Alex Lehours. MORE HERE


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The Slider 40th Anniversary Collection

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release, T. Rex’s seventh album, The Slider from 1972, has been remastered by its producer Tony Visconti for a new special edition.

Out on November 26, 2012 via Edsel, T.Rex – The Slider 40th Anniversary Box Set, includes B-sides and outtakes alongside the original 13-track album, as well as a previously unreleased demo of the title track taken from Visconti’s private collection and an exhaustive DVD. MORE HERE

Pre-order HERE
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