At age 4, Van Dyke Parks committed himself to music. Now 73, the eclectic pianist-songwriter-arranger is just as dedicated, in spite of many articles.
Listen to any Cream album and it’s apparent that Jack Bruce and the bass guitar are a perfect match. But how he discovered his musical calling? That’s sheer destiny.
The Pixies were never easy to categorize. Their songs mirrored members’ eclectic tastes, yet still sounded undeniably like The Pixies. It still holds true.
While the term Americana is bandied about freely these days, in 1968, the idea of a group melding down-home sentiments with an upbeat attitude was somewhat revolutionary. That’s when Poco — consisting of pedal steel player Rusty Young, singer and guitarist Richie Furay, singer and guitarist Jim Messina, guitarist Randy Meisner and drummer George Grantham — made its bow at The Troubadour, L.A.’s trendsetting club of the day.
Members of KISS, Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe all cite Sweet as an influence. Guitarist Andy Scott explains why the 1970s glam-rockers’ music holds up.
Tom Jones has piled up dozens of chart hits and countless pairs of panties hurled onstage by lovestruck female fans since the 1960s. (Fittingly, his star on the Walk of Fame is in front of a lingerie store). But don’t let the Welsh crooner’s now-gray hair fool you: His voice is as fierce as ever.
Janis Ian won her first Grammy when she was 16. Forty-six years later, she picked up the Best Spoken Word Grammy for “Society’s Child: My Autobiography.”
As Garbage — the band, that is — releases its first full-length concert film, fans wonder: Can a new album be far behind? Drummer Butch Vig weighs in.
“Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit, yelling for help,” Mahalia Jackson once remarked. And if anyone can relate to that remark, it’s Beth Hart. She was an up-and-coming vocalist before drugs, alcohol and numerous trips to the psych ward derailed her career.
With her personality and pizzazz, Grace Potter could be whatever she wanted. But, as Little Richard says, “The girl can’t help it.” She just wants to rock.