With three decades of storied history, acclaimed singer/songwriter Kevin Lee continues to inspire generations as one of the best big-hook, power pop songwriters in the business. Flanked by his incredible band, The Kings, Lee recently released Sticks & Stones on Sigus Records. With an infectious sound of modern pop/rock packed with big guitars, indelible hooks, and soaring vocal harmonies, the songs deliver the kind of car-radio magic that turn winter nights into summer bright. Tracks like “On Top of the World,” “Tell the Truth,” the Tom Petty-esque, “All We Have Is Now,” and the ultra-catchy “Hold On to Yourself Tonight,” remind you of why you loved rock and roll in the first place. Ahead of some summer live dates and an upcoming performance at Joe's Live in Rosemont, IL to benefit Lurie Children's Hospital, our writers caught up with Kevin to talk a little bit about the new album, the music business and the Chicago sound.
The vinyl resurgence of the past decade has been an interesting thing to watch - particularly as my wife and I raise two daughters in an age where music is known for coming from a flat piece of glass and circuits in everyone's pocket. I grew up with vinyl, and as a kid it was played from a turntable housed inside a wooden stereo console that was probably six feet long and weighed a ton - it wasn't just audio equipment, it was furniture. Over the years, I would own my own turntables, from low-end Kmart style (actually purchased at Kmart) all-in-ones to high-end audiophile components and some of the more recent USB-connected models. But, like many, I parted ways with much of my vinyl collection somewhere in the mid-90s, a move that I now regret as our girls really like listening to records with us. In recent years, the biggest challenge has been finding turntables that legitimately have the right balance between quality, sound, price and size. Having owned a lot of turntables, I've been very surprised at how much I love the new Rock 'N' Rolla UFO turntable, one of which was recently sent to us for review.
Wisconsin duo UNDER DARKEST SKIES (Steven Fedder, Adam Didier) has released the first official single from their forthcoming new album. "All My Life, I've Hated This Thing Called Living" features a guest appearance by ALLEGAEON guitarist Greg Burgess performing leads. Stream the new track in the player below...
Prepare for the Age of REPENTANCE - Frontman Announced as Band Preps to Make Live Debut with TRIVIUMWritten by James Zahn
The age of REPENTANCE is upon us, and today the band formally reveals themselves ahead of their live debut this May in support of TRIVIUM and TOOTHGRINDER. For the past several months, REPENTANCE has been feverishly writing music at Chicago’s Superior Street Studios, keeping a relatively low profile as the project took shape. Robby J. Fonts will be handling vocal duties, joining a lineup that includes guitarists Shaun Glass and Markus Johnsson, drummer Anthony Lien and bassist Mike Sylvester.
There's some great summer tours hitting the road in 2018, and today comes news of another one. 311 and The Offspring are teaming up for the Never-Ending Summer Tour, a fun-filled summer amphitheater outing with special guests Gym Class Heroes. The tour will also make stops at select regional events throughout the summer. Check out the official announcement video below, along with all the dates and cities where you can catch this tour live!
Over the past year, my girls (The Rock Daughters™) have come to love the music of Dan Auerbach, making that discovery through an unexpected place - the soundtrack for Disney•Pixar's Cars 3. This year The Black Keys frontman is supporting his new solo album, Waiting On A Song and one recent stop was at NPR for a new Tiny Desk Concert. NPR’s Bob Boilen called the performance “an explosion of talent” and Auerbach played alongside the Easy Eye Sound, his studio’s house band, made up of “an abundance of gifted musicians who have all played with a long, long list of legends, including Elvis, Don Williams and John Prine.” Auerbach was also joined for a song by labelmate Robert Finley. Check out the full performance via NPR below...