Since Rudy Sarzo turned up on heavy metal's radar in the early '80s as Ozzy Osbourne's bassist, he's made a career out of providing the low end to a slew of heavy, household-name bands, from Whitesnake and Quiet Riot to Dio and Blue Oyster Cult.
The current version of Van Halen is to music what a street rod is to the automobile. With David Lee Roth back as the band’s frontman, Van Halen has restored its classic appeal, but at the same time the addition of 21-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen on bass has modified the band with a significant boost in power and style.
Since hitting the scene in 1988, guitarist Greg Howe’s contributions to the world of instrumental rock and fusion cannot be underestimated. Howe has performed alongside some of pop music’s biggest stars, including Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna.
"I always thought that it would be really cool to compose an album of music in the same way that you’d score a movie," says Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor. "In other words, the lyrics and storyline would come first and the music would be almost secondary to the plot. The arrangements are going to be very unconventional, even by our standards."
Halfway through the first listen of Neck of the Woods, the excellent third effort from Los Angeles alternative rock group Silversun Pickups, it should be clear that the band has moved to a completely different neighborhood.
An interesting and unique blend of rock, punk and a hint of Brit pop, Seattle band Branden Daniel & The Chics is singer/guitarist/songwriter Branden Daniel, baritone guitarist Aaron Schroeder and drummer Matt Winter.
The Chuck Dukowski Sextet (CD6) -- the creation of former Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski -- is three quarters Dukowski. Chuck handles bass duties; his wife, Lora, sings and creates the band's album artwork; their son, Milo, plays guitar. The family/band released a new album, Haunted, in June.
John Parr, best known for his Stars and Stripes Gibson Les Paul and 1980s hits “Naughty Naughty” and "St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)," has just released The Mission, an album dedicated to the men and women who have served in our armed forces. In addition to his regular tour stops, Parr makes it his mission to donate his time and perform for the troops and their families.