Stereo Is Father to the Surround: Al Kooper on Mixing Super Session and Blood, Sweat & Tears in 5.1

BY MIKE METTLER — MARCH 2, 2015

Al Kooper has been a mastermind behind the board of many a storied session over his half-century career (for artists such as Mike Bloomfield, Blood, Sweat & Tears, […]

The Harmonic Converger: Juliana Hatfield on Harnessing Melody and Battling the Inability to Communicate

BY MIKE METTLER — FEBRUARY 25, 2015

Being appointed one of the queens of the alternative music scene was never one of Juliana Hatfield’s goals. But there she was, right in the thick of the […]

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Don Felder Welcomes Us to the High-Resolution Hotel – Such a Lovely Place

BY MIKE METTLER — FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Don Felder has found his groove. The former lead guitarist of the Eagles is now flourishing as a solo artist, having found his sea legs on record with the […]

Former BoDeans Vocalist Sam Llanas Reveals How to Capture a Great Performance to Make a Record Hit Hard and Fast

BY MIKE METTLER — JANUARY 28, 2015

“I’ve always been a fan of records that tastefully use effects to enhance the listening experience,” says Sam Llanas, former vocalist/guitarist for roots-rock pioneers BoDeans, now ensconced in […]

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Roland Orzabal & Curt Smith of Tears for Fears Enjoy Taking Their Seats in the High-Resolution Big Chair

BY MIKE METTLER — JANUARY 14, 2015

“Once we had dipped our toe in the water, it set us on a course to have a much bigger, much more robust, and not-so-introspective sound.” Roland Orzabal […]

The SoundBard’s Top 31 Songs of 2014

BY MIKE METTLER — DECEMBER 31, 2014

Whether you choose to digest your music via 7-inch wax, high-resolution downloads, and/or full 5.1 surround sound, this past year served up a score of meaty individual tunes for your […]

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The SoundBard’s Top 31 Albums of 2014

BY MIKE METTLER — DECEMBER 31, 2014

Whether you choose to digest your music via 180-gram wax, high-resolution downloads, and/or full 5.1 surround sound, this past year delivered a spate of full-length aural goodness. In reverse […]

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Dave Kilminster on Being the Other Brick Atop Roger Waters’ Wall and How to Set THE TRUTH Free as a Solo Artist

BY MIKE METTLER — DECEMBER 24, 2014

“I don’t know why these songs all came out so long. I think we’re going to have to blame Steven Wilson,” laughs Dave Kilminster. The ace guitarist is […]

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Mark Rivera Digs Into a Deep Groove to Share His Uncommon Bond With Vinyl

BY MIKE METTLER — DECEMBER 10, 2014

When Mark Rivera isn’t splitting his time being Music Director for Ringo Starr or serving as a versatile multi-instrumentalist with Billy Joel (the latter for 32 years and counting), he’s doing […]

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Steve Hackett Re-Revisits Genesis and Looks Forward to Being “Ambushed” by Music in All Channels

BY MIKE METTLER — NOVEMBER 26, 2014

“I personally like to be surrounded and ambushed by music. I want it to surprise me, and I want it to come from surprising places,” says Steve Hackett, echoing […]

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