Author Archives: Peter

Vampire attack

The inevitable backlash against Vampire Weekend has begun in earnest, and once again, another indie-rock hopeful is trashed on message boards across the Internet after some good, initial word-of-mouth. Want to see the “flaming” — and by that, I mean …

Poor little fool

Sam Nelson is the son of the late ’50s teen idol Rick Nelson. These days, he works as an A&R producer for Capitol Records. Recently, Capitol put out Greatest Love Songs, a collection of Rick’s most romantic recordings. It was …

Goldfrapp: The glamorous life

All glammed-up with plenty of places to go, Goldfrapp’s sexy, glitter-splattered, electro-dance cabaret is wonderfully salacious entertainment. Their burlesque stage show has a Weimer vibe, and the synth-driven music goes from James Bond-theme, widescreen drama to robotic, carnal pleasure principle …

Do you remember your first Kiss?

Take it from Kiss memorabilia expert Jacques van Gool of Backstage Auctions: If you think you’re going to someday collect anything and everything related to the “Hottest Band in the World” – that, of course, being Kiss — it’s never …

Nice shot

When somebody tells Frank Cavanagh “hey man, nice shot” these days, he’s probably firing rounds at an inanimate target. At least, hopefully, in the future, that’s all he’s going to be shooting at … for his sake. Now an Army …

Back Door Slam, Nik Freitas

Is a new golden age of British blues about to dawn? Is Davey Knowles the next Rory Gallagher? Is Brittany Spears ready for love? The answer to those first two questions is … well, a definite maybe, but if a …

Smell the magic

L7 was not for the faint of heart. A female four-piece from Los Angeles that was swept up in the grunge frenzy of the early ’90s, L7 pounded ears with a bludgeoning, heavy mix of metal and attack-dog punk that …

Zappa on playing Zappa

As a guitarist, Dweezil Zappa is no novice. Long ago, he reached expert level, having learned the instrument at the foot of a master like Steve Vai, who was given the task of teaching a young Dweezil the guitar by …

Ray's Return

God, I really am getting old. I was a couple of years out of college when I was seduced by the jangly indie-pop sweetness of The Lemonheads’ It’s A Shame About Ray, the album that served notice that Evan Dando …

Magnetic merger

Every so often, Swervedriver guitarist Adam Franklin surfaces from hiding, like a wanted man the authorities have been chasing for years. Now comes word the space-rock champion is teaming with Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino on a new project called Magnetic …