It’s been nearly nine years since the String Cheese Incident released their last album, One Step Closer. While the jam band may not have “technically” released any new material during that time, they’ve continued to write and perform new music for fans who’ve been following them since their formation in the Colorado ski towns of Crested Butte and Telluride in 1993.
Have you ever wanted to learn the nuances of songwriting and the music business from one of greatest guitarists of all time? Look no further than the inaugural Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp, which takes place June 23 to 27 in Saratoga Springs, New York. And yes, that's Vai as in Steve Vai, the virtuoso guitarist, composer and producer. The camp is billed as the entire manual for being an independent musician — condensed into three days of classes.
Funded entirely by the band’s loyal fan base via a Kickstarter campaign, the new album also is the band’s boldest artistic statement to date. From the anthemic “Criminal” (Hear it below) to songs like “Twisted Halos," “Crooked Smiles” and “Crash & Burn,” the album takes the listener on a journey of struggle and triumph, weaving those feelings into every track.
In his new autobiography, Honestly: My Life And Stryper Revealed, guitarist Michael Sweet bares his soul. Within its pages, the Stryper frontman details everything from his humble upbringing and troubles with the law to the rise, fall and rebirth of Stryper.
This is the music I grew up on. My first guitar was a Gretsch 6120, and I just loved listening to artists like Elvis, Chuck Berry and Stray Cats. But when I wanted to go make records, it was hard. I couldn't really be on the show [Drake & Josh] and then go in and do a three-piece rockabilly-type record of Fifties music.
Aimee Mann is an Oscar nominated singer/songwriter and bassist who’s scored huge hits both as a solo artist (Save Me) and with her band ‘Til Tuesday (Voices Carry). Guitarist Ted Leo is a mid-western punk rocker who’s established his own reputation for musical genius as a solo act and with his band, The Pharmacists. Collaboratively, Mann and Leo have now joined forces to become The Both.
Phosphorescent Harvest is the third studio release from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB). The album features the former Black Crowes vocalist/guitarist along with guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, drummer George Sluppick and bassist Mark Dutton and is a treasure trove of soul that advances the band's bluesy, kaleidoscopic sound.
You'd think a band that's been around for 40 years might just be going through the motions at this point. But for Dave Meniketti and Y&T, that's hardly the case. The band's current lineup — Dave Meniketti (guitar/vocals), John Nymann (guitar), Brad Lang (bass) and Mike Vanderhule (drums) — continues to bring its own unique blend of hard rock to legions of fans around the world.
After forming in the late Eighties, Winger soared to success with their debut self-titled release, the platinum-selling disc that included the songs "Madalaine," “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak." Their followup album, 1990's In The Heart Of The Young, kept things moving right along with the successful singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away."
Viewers would regularly host their own MTV parties, tune in for Friday Night video fights and experience unprecedented musical events such as Live Aid. The MTV phenomenon was so big that Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler referenced the channel, incorporating its "I want my MTV" slogan in the band’s massive 1985 hit, "Money For Nothing.”