Robert Cray on How He Goes Up the Mountain to Get the Richness of His Live Sound on Record

BY MIKE METTLER — AUGUST 26, 2015

It’s hard to believe, but the eternally youthful blues maestro Robert Cray is celebrating five decades of plying his craft with the imminent release of 4 Nights of […]

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Tony Banks Reveals the Genesis of A Chord Too Far and His Not-So-Curious Love of Surround Sound

BY MIKE METTLER — AUGUST 13, 2015

In a band of equals, some can appear to be more equal than others. “I always like to have the first word and the last word on albums,” […]

Where the Trees Have No Name: Steve Averill on Designing the Artwork for U2’s The Joshua Tree

BY MIKE METTLER — AUGUST 2, 2015

When the Irish band U2 began work on their fifth album in 1986, they had one destination in mind to capture the accompanying visual: the American West as […]

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Pyromania Blues: Going Delta Deep With Def Leppard Guitarist Phil Collen

BY MIKE METTLER — JULY 29, 2015

Dave Grohl is often acknowledged as being the nicest, coolest/cheeriest guy in rock & roll, and while I can indeed confirm Messr. Grohl is (to use a technical term) […]

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Dave Edmunds Provides More Than Just a Few Seconds of Pleasure With His All-Instrumental Rags & Classics

BY MIKE METTLER — JULY 15, 2015

Leave it to Dave Edmunds to always want to take things a little bit left of center. “I’ve never liked listening to albums, and I’ve never liked making them,” […]

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Bruce Botnick on the Perception of Surround Sound and Harnessing The Doors’ Hi-Res Audio Fire

BY MIKE METTLER — JUNE 25, 2015

Jac Holzman, the founder of Elektra Records, signed The Doors after seeing them play four consecutive nights as the Whisky a Go Go house band in Los Angeles in […]

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Graham Parker Squeezes Out Hi-Res Audio Sparks by Adding the Right Amount of Mystery Glue

BY MIKE METTLER — JUNE 12, 2015

Graham Parker has a surefire way of ensuring his longtime backing band The Rumour understands exactly how to execute the arrangements of his new songs: “You have to kick […]

Joan Armatrading Has Deep Love and Affection for Ensuring the Sound Quality of Her Recordings

BY MIKE METTLER — MAY 28, 2015

For musicians of a certain era, it was either The Beatles, Elvis, or the blues that inspired them to start making their own music. For singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading, […]

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Brian Wilson Feels No Pressure When Creating His Sonically Beautiful Pocket Symphonies

BY MIKE METTLER — MAY 13, 2015

How does he do it? How does the eternal Beach Boy Brian Wilson keep composing all-new harmonically gorgeous and sonically seductive pocket symphonies (as he likes to call […]

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Tori Amos on the Hard-Fought Sound-Quality Legacy of Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink

BY MIKE METTLER — APRIL 29, 2015

Tori Amos has always been an artist who knows what she wants, and knows how to get it. “Music was always first,” she says. “The records you hear, […]

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