Styx Launch ‘The Mission,’ First Studio Album in 14 Years, and It’s a Career Milestone in Sonics & in Content

BY MIKE METTLER — JUNE 16, 2017
“We can do this.” This was the mantra undertaken by Styx as the band spent almost 2 years on and off behind closed doors working on the music that ultimately became known as The Mission, its sonically sweet 16th studio album and most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding […]

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Man Machine Poet: Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip Has Always Been Ahead by a Century

BY MIKE METTLER — AUGUST 20, 2016

ev*o*lu*tion noun. An unfolding, a process of development, as from a simple or complex form, or of gradual, progressive change. See also: The Tragically Hip.

In honor of The Hip playing the final show of their brief Man Machine Poem Summer 2016 Tour tonight in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario […]

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Remembering Sir George Martin, 1926-2016: Producer Way Beyond Compare

BY MIKE METTLER – UPDATED JUNE 14, 2016 / ORIGINALLY POSTED APRIL 10, 2016

Sir George Martin passed away at the age of 90 in Wiltshire, England on March 8, 2016. Best known for his indelible, enduring, and daringly innovative studio work with The Beatles from 1962–70, Martin also produced a wide swath of artists including […]

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38 Special Co-Founders Don Barnes & Donnie Van Zant Continue Rockin’ Into the Night, Onstage and Off

BY MIKE METTLER — MAY 19, 2016

Rock is rock, no matter where it comes from and who’s playing it. Sure, certain sounds and styles will always get some kind of genre label attached to them, but it all really boils down to one thing: Does the music move you? “Obviously, we’re from the South […]

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Peter Wolf Has the Sure Sonic Cure for Hi-Fi Loneliness

BY MIKE METTLER – APRIL 20, 2016

I think it’s fair to say Peter Wolf is one badass Mamma Jamma Wolfa Goofa. The fast-talkin’ onetime DJ and longtime J. Geils Band frontman proves that point to the nth degree on his eighth solo album, A Cure for Loneliness (Concord), which teems with honest energy and […]

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Danny Hutton and Three Dog Night Continue to Bring Harmony and Super Sonic Joy to the World

BY MIKE METTLER — FEBRUARY 24, 2016

It takes a special breed to put down serious roots in Laurel Canyon, California — and that’s exactly what Three Dog Night vocalist Danny Hutton did more than four decades ago. “I bought my house from Alice Cooper in 1977 or ’78, and Micky Dolenz [of The Monkees] lived next door,” […]

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Sweet Sonic Dream Mixes Are Made of Dave Stewart

BY MIKE METTLER — FEBRUARY 10, 2016

He’s a man who’s been everywhere and done it with everyone, and lived to tell the tales. He’s Dave Stewart, the production wizard best known for his indelible partnership with Annie Lennox in the uber-popular ’80s electronic duo Eurythmics. His new memoir, Sweet Dreams Are Made of This – […]

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