Despite a few nasty rumors to the contrary, the guitar is alive and well in 2014. It survived the rise of the keyboard in the Eighties and the overwhelming bass-barrage of electronic dance music of the early 21st century and, as evidenced by the 50 selections below, shows no signs of waning in relevancy.
When someone mentions “super group,” the last combination of artists you might think about would be Michael Sweet of Stryper and George Lynch of Lynch Mob, Shadow Train and Dokken. Yet these two masters of shred have joined forces for Only to Rise, the debut album from Sweet & Lynch that will be released January 27.
While this was a somewhat uneventful year for new rock releases, it was bananas for interesting box sets. Record companies reached deep inside their vaults and discovered some really cool and weird things.
OK, so you have your headphones out. What do you want to listen to? Something beautiful? Something cool? Something you’ve never heard before? How about all three? The following are five tracks by some of your favorite bands worth putting under the microscope for reasons listed below. Enjoy!