Late last month, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo released Between The Times and The Tides, his first purely song-based, non-experimental solo outing, on Matador Records. Besides its healthy dose of melodic, guitar-based rock, the disc features a bevy of faces from Sonic Youth's past and present -- assuming there is a present for the band; Steve Shelley plays drums, one-time SY drummer Bob Bert plays congas and frequent SY collaborator Jim O'Rourke contributes some bass.
On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded “Help!” -- the song -- during a four-hour session that started around 7 p.m. at Abbey Road Studio Two in London. Twelve takes were recorded; the first eight were of the rhythm tracks only, with vocals appearing for the first time on take nine. John Lennon -- the song's primary writer -- sang lead vocals, backed by Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
Last year, Ian Anderson took Jethro Tull on tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Aqualung, one of the sacred stones of classic rock. This year, not only is he revisiting another of his crown jewels — 1972’s Thick As A Brick — he’s cut a feature-length sequel and will spend the next year or more putting it on the road.
Here's the exclusive debut of a new track by Hung, a New York City-based metal band whose sound is anchored by a 7-string guitar and electric violin, courtesy of Lyris Hung, formerly of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Canadian rock band Silverstein have been a prime force in the punk and hardcore music scenes since 2000. Silverstein, originally from Burlington, Ontario, consists of singer Shane Told, guitarists Josh Bradford and Neil Boshart, bassist and backup singer Billy Hamilton and drummer Paul Koehler.Silverstein
Halestorm released their new studio album, The Strange Case of…, today, April 10, via Atlantic Recording. Revolver magazine has already dubbed the disc one of its most-anticipated albums of the year. The hard-rocking quartet out of Red Lion, Pennsylvania -- including singer Lzzy Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, bassist Josh Smith and drummer Arejay Hale (Lzzy’s brother) -- is about to hit the road with GodSmack and Staind as part of the Mass Chaos Tour.