California singer/songwriters make an electric impression with new songs from their forthcoming albums
If you are a fan of rock ‘n’ roll history then the Rock Con festival in New Jersey is the place you want to be. On three days — July 30 through August 1 — the festival promotes itself as the “Weekend …
It’s been a quarter-century since Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof put together what has been, in hindsight, the most extensive multi-continental benefit concert to date, Live Aid.
David Bowie’s hugely influential 1976 album, “Station To Station,” will be released in two expanded packages
In addition to featuring well-drawn characters, interesting storylines, razor-sharp dialogue, and, for better or worse, the fashions of the early 1980s, Ashes to Ashes also has a fantastic soundtrack that is chock full of the music of the time.
Here’s how Geoff MacCormack puts it:
“Say you’re my friend,” he says, “and I invite you to a party, and the party goes on for three years, and you change costumes, and maybe we go home and say hello to mother — which is important, obviously — and we check with our families and, and we do all that, and we come back to the party and we carry on the theme, or the next theme, or the other theme, or whatever the theme is going to be and that’s kind of what it’s like.”
An excellent condition copy of the David Bowie 45 “All The Madmen” b/w “Janine” brought nearly $4,000 at online auction.
The excitement surrounding the remastered Beatles catalog can’t have hurt this auction item: One of the most-coveted Fab Four vinyl rarities — an early stereo copy of their first LP in near-mint condition, with the black-and-gold Parlophone label. The stereo version is significantly rarer than the mono since it came out at a time when mono was still the format of choice for British record buyers.
Don’t tell David Bowie, but Gail Ann Dorsey is, above all, at least as far as musical inspirations go, a Queen fan. That puts a certain amount of stress on Dorsey, the respected session musician who’s had a long partnership with Bowie.
Reviewed by Dave Thompson.