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 […]

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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Solo Concert Maestro Bruce Hornsby on Capturing Honest Sound, and How to Play “900 Foot of Piano”

BY MIKE METTLER — NOVEMBER 12, 2014

Bruce Hornsby could never be accused of being an artist who rests on his laurels. “I’m such a different musician in every way than I was 20 years […]

Louder Than Words: Producer Andy Jackson Takes Us Exclusively Inside the Making of the Final Pink Floyd Album, The Endless River

BY MIKE METTLER — OCTOBER 22, 2014

“It’s a very common name. Back of $20 bills, that’s me.” Producer Andy Jackson is being typically self-effacing as he leans back in a chair across from me in […]

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Deep Purple Drummer Ian Paice Celebrates Late DP Keyboardist Jon Lord’s Legacy as Composer and Rocker

BY MIKE METTLER — OCTOBER 10, 2014

“Souls, having touched, are forever entwined.” It’s a lyric penned by Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan in honor of his dear friend and late bandmate Jon Lord, the original […]