In a January issue of Rolling Stone, Dave Grohl was asked about ’90s nostalgia and tough times for rock radio. His response was freaking excellent: I don’t really see anything that I consider ’90s nostalgia. Loud-ass guitars and drummers who trash their kits — when did that ever go away? I love that a band... Read more »
How exactly do you get into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame? Practice, practice, practice? An excellent start. Sell mountains of albums and be annoyingly regular on the radio? That next, yes. Have lots of friends and make nice with all the right folks? There you go. But this is rock ‘n’ roll. Something... Read more »
Perhaps some of you got guitars for Christmas, Hanukkah or that unfortunate holiday birthday at least grandma didn’t forget. If so, your fingers must hurt like hell by now. Unless you’ve made your way as an accident-prone electrician or a particularly terrible sewer, your soft hands just don’t have calluses in the right spots to... Read more »
We all know Zooey Deschanel sang Christmas carols on Elf. But her actual band, She & Him is continually impressive (doesn’t hurt to have guitar virtuoso M. Ward scoring you). A Very She & Him Christmas is their 2011 take on holiday standards, and a solid, no frills update (even my parents enjoyed it when... Read more »
If you look up O’Holy Night on YouTube, you’ll find every single female artist short of Rebecca Black covering it. It’s good to see some bands get creative with Christmas music. With that, here’s a cool Xmas track from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Merry Christmas eve!
This is my favorite song of the 2011 holiday season. I don’t know where it sprung from, but Eels have been known to come up with a pretty cool tune every now and then (I would also direct you towards super-catchy hits “Novocain For the Soul” + “Hey Man (Now You’re Really Livin)”). As I... Read more »
I miss Grandaddy. They make me think of college. It has been nearly a decade since you either loved Grandaddy or had never heard of them. No longer an active band, they’re still kinda like that, slowly gathering appreciators in the little ripple of wake left behind. They always did kinda make you cock your... Read more »
The old folk have seemingly been grumbling about wacky rock ‘n’ roll band names since young Charles Edward Anderson Berry shortened his name to Chuck. The Beatles. (That’s not even a word!) Nine Inch Nails? (Does that mean what we think it does?) The Flaming Lips! (Not until you’re 18!) Budding young artists – while... Read more »