I remember in the sixth grade when we were all arbitrarily assigned instruments to learn. It was hell for broke parents who were now forced to buy or rent instruments they knew were just going to collect dust in a broom closet. And it was hell for us kids, as when you are a young boy, everything aro ... More >>
By Nate Jackson What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who ... More >>
It's April and the smell of vinyl is in the air. Record Store Day is this weekend, that annual celebration of those places where the things you illegally download live. This equates to a wealth of exclusive releases and reissues, some of which are made in such small quantities they are practically o ... More >>
In this day and age, it's become almost commonplace for artists to plug songs into a video game. Heck, there's an entire freaking genre dedicated to translating music into video game form. While musicians and their labels frantically rush to get a song in the latest FIFA title, there's a small subs ... More >>
The key change is an essential device in the pop canon. Play song, move chords and melody up a half step or so, continue in new key until otherwise noted. It's simple, really, and often effective, which is why it has been employed to the point of abuse. Here are the six best key changes in pop music ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, February 20. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
According to Crain's Cleveland Business: ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies and the Stooges! David Geffen will be inducted as an executive, while songwriting teams of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry also made it in. (Other songwriters getting the nod include Jesse ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 4. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard.
B-Sides gets intimate with Rhino Records' new Genesis reissues, then catches up with the cool cats in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Coming of age and stayin' alive on the mean streets of Astoria, Queens
American BT builds a new house, to rave reviews from both sides of the pond
It's the power of the music, not cartoonish surface appearances, that makes for a music hero, say the local young folk we polled