Saturday, August 06, 2022

The Killers release new single "Boy"

New music from The Killers; check out the new single and related media release...Robert Kinsler


The Killers photographed by Anton Corbijn.
From left: 
Ronnie VannucciBrandon FlowersDave Keuning


Don't overthink it, boy/ White arrows will break

The black night / Don't overthink it, boy

The Killers have released their first new music following the release last year of their acclaimed seventh album Pressure Machineboy” is out today via Island Records. Written by frontman Brandon Flowers, the song sees the band return to their anthemic stadium-filling sound. The band debuted the track at last month’s Mad Cool Festival in Madrid. The song was written before Pressure Machine and, says Flowers, the themes explored in the lyrics actually led him on the path to writing and recording that album.

 

Flowers elaborates, “This was the first song written after we had to cancel the Imploding The Mirage tour due to the pandemic. I had recently moved back to Utah and started to make trips to Nephi, where I grew up. I found that the place I had wanted to get away from so desperately at 16 was now a place that I couldn’t stop returning to. I have a son approaching the age I was at that time in my life. With “boy”, I want to reach out and tell myself - and my sons - to not overthink it. And to look for the “white arrows” in their lives. For me now, white arrows are my wife, children, my songs and the stage.”


Watch & listen to the lyric video for "Boy" HERE.

 

Produced by The Killers, Stuart Price and Shawn Everett, the track’s release comes ahead of the band’s North American stadium and arena tour - the biggest of their career to date - which kicks off in Vancouver at Rogers Arena on August 19, 2022. Full dates are listed below. 

THE KILLERS ON TOUR

August 19, 2022 - Vancouver, CA - Rogers Arena 

August 20, 2022 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena

August 21, 2022 - Portland, OR - Moda Center

August 23, 2022 - San Francisco, CA - Chase Center

August 24, 2022 - San Diego, CA - Pechanga Arena

August 26, 2022 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena

August 28, 2022 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River 

August 30, 2022 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Arena

August 31, 2022 - Denver, CO - Ball Arena

September 8, 2022 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

September 9, 2022 - Austin, TX - Moody Center 

September 10, 2022 - Fort Worth, TX - Dickies Arena 

September 13, 2022 - Miami, FL - FTX Arena

September 14, 2022 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center

September 16, 2022 - Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena

September 17, 2022 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

September 18, 2022 - St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena

September 20, 2022 - Saint Paul, MN - XCEL Energy Center

September 21, 2022 - Chicago, IL - United Center

September 23, 2022 - Toronto, CA - Scotiabank Arena

September 24, 2022 - Montreal, QC - Centre Bell

September 26, 2022 - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Event Center

September 27, 2022 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center

September 30, 2022 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden 

October 1, 2022 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden 

October 3, 2022 - Boston, MA - TD Garden

October 4, 2022 - University Park, PA - Bryce Jordan Center

October 6, 2022 - Pittsburgh, PA - Peterson Events Center

October 7, 2022 - Cleveland, OH - Wolstein Center

October 8, 2022 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena

October 10, 2022 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena

November 21, 2022 - Auckland, NZ - Spark Arena

November 25, 2022 - Christchurch, NZ - Christchurch Arena

November 29, 2022 - Boondall, Aus - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

November 30, 2022 - Boondall, Aus - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

December 3, 2022 - Barossa Valley, Aus - Peter Lehmann

December 6, 2022 - Perth, Aus - Rac Arena

December 10, 2022 - Geelong, Aus - Mt Duneed Estate

December 13, 2022 - Melbourne, Aus - Rod Laver Arena

December 14, 2022 - Melbourne, Aus - Rod Laver Arena

December 17, 2022 - Hunter Valley, Aus - Hope Estate

December 19, 2022 - Sydney, Aus - Qudos Bank Arena

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Jeff "Skunk" Baxter brings 'Speed of Heat' to The Coach House

Who: Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Roselune

Where: The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA

When: Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022


Review by Robert Kinsler

Photography by Bob Steshetz


Over the past 35+ years I've been fortunate to see some of the world's greatest guitarists at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. From Buddy Guy to the late Alvin Lee of Ten Years After fame, the long list also includes the far-flung likes of Nils Lofgren, Jason Falkner, Walter Trout, Tab Benoit, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Peter FramptonMichael Gurley (with Dada), Jim Babjak (with The Smithereens), Joe Bonamassa and countless others.

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter in the zone.

On Thursday night, I checked in at the Coach House to add another notable guitar master to that list; Jeff "Skunk" Baxter came to the venue as part of a West Coast Tour in support of his debut solo album Speed of Heat (BMG/Renew Records). The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is known for his marvelous fret work with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers in the 1970s and with Spirit in the 1980s. Equally impressive are his contributions as a session / studio session guitarist where he has worked with the likes of Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton, The Beach BoysJoni Mitchell, Rod Stewart and Burton Cummings.

"Thank you so much for coming out," the personable Baxter said after coming on stage. "We'll be playing the new record top to bottom."

From left, CJ Vanston, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Mark Damian and Hank Horton.

Indeed, Baxter and his top-tier band 
— keyboardist CJ Vanston, drummer-backing vocalist Mark Damian and bassist-lead vocalist Hank Horton — proceeded to champion the Speed of Heat track listing while ultimately delivering an opportunity to celebrate Baxter's contributions to popular music over the past 50 years.


Opening with "Ladies From Hell," the quartet took the enthusiastic audience on a sonic trip across the Atlantic with a Scottish-flavored ramble. Baxter is a guitarist able to play with both fire and technical precision, and that was evidenced immediately with the dynamics displayed in the instrumental opener.


Concertgoers were then rewarded with a rousing and truly rocking take on the Steely Dan favorite "My Old School," with Baxter handling both the signature fretwork and lead vocals of the 1973 single. The troupe then turned on a dime to perform the jazzy "Giselle," a beautiful and moody work with a sublime arrangement where all four musicians played gracefully to bolster the beautiful composition.

CJ Vanston at The Coach House.

Throughout the set Baxter and Vanston would provide insights into each of the selections, further elevating the magic of the showcase. 

Hank Horton at The Coach House.

The propulsive, aptly-titled rocker "Speed of Heat," ambitious flamenco-tinged "My Place In The Sun" (with Horton acing the vocal lines that Michael McDonald completed on the album recording) and rollicking surf rock-styled "Apache" (the latter an enduring 1960 release from the Shadows) were among the other early standouts of the night.

Mark Damian behind the drum kit on Aug. 4, 2022.

A completely reworked jazz-soaked version of the 1972 Steely Dan favorite "Do It Again," an amped take on "I Can Do Without," the sly rocker "Bad Move" (a song co-written by Baxter, Vanston and Clint Black) and funky "Insecurity" were among the standouts played later in the two-hour set. 


Before launching into his encore Baxter thanked the crowd for listening to the track listing of songs from his new album, and also noted: "Let's hear it for the Coach House."


The first selection of the encore was an artfully reworked take on "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," with the extended version including a symphonic opening featuring Vanston's keyboards before the 1974 classic's original arrangement was pushed to the forefront. 

Fans of Baxter's work with the Doobie Brothers were rewarded with a particularly interesting take on "China Grove." This version was fully reworked into a countrified reading that served as another reminder how great musicians can create magic in ways listeners may never expect. 


Opening the bill was a promising young area quintet Roselune that played a blend of rock, Americana, surf rock and jam rock with confidence and solid chops.



Friday, August 05, 2022

Sights and Sounds: The Cure, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Cult

Here is a recap of some recent high-profile reissues / new titles fans can expect to see over the next few months...Robert Kinsler


The Cure will reissue 1992’s ‘Wish’ for 30th Anniversary on Friday, October 7, 2022



Originally released in April 1992, Wish was the most successful studio album from groundbreaking British rock heroes The Cure.

The ninth official studio LP from Robert Smith and company, Wish included the enduring cuts "High" and "Friday I'm In Love." The album was nominated for the Best Alternative Music Grammy Award too.

On Oct. 7, 2022, Wish will be reissued to commemorate its 30th anniversary; the reissue will include 24 unreleased tracks as part of the expanded release. To preview the highly anticipated package, listen to "Uyea Sound," one of four cuts from the Cure's mail-order-only cassette Lost Wishes first released in 1993 that is included in the forthcoming reissue. Listen to the track HERE.



Below is the track listing for the 3-CD edition:

CD1 Original Album Remastered by Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios

01: Open (6:51)
02: High (3:37)
03: Apart (6:38)
04: From The Edge of The Green Sea (7:44)
05: Wendy Time (5:13)
06: Doing The Unstuck (4:24)
07: Friday I’m In Love (3:38)
08: Trust (5:32)
09: A Letter To Elise (5:14)
10: Cut (5:55)
11: To Wish Impossible Things (4:43)
12: End (6:45)

CD2 Demos – All previously unreleased versions. *Unreleased track.

01: The Big Hand [1990 Demo] (4:38) [final version on B-side to A Letter To Elise 7”]
02: Cut [1990 Demo] aka “Away” (3:31) [final version appears on WISH]
03: A Letter To Elise [1990 Demo] aka “Cut” (5:01) [final version appears on WISH]
04: Wendy Time [1990 Demo] (5:13) [final version appears on WISH]
05: This Twilight Garden [Instrumental Demo] (3:25) [final version on B-side to High 7″]
06: Scared As You [Instrumental Demo] (2:33) [final version on B-side to Friday I’m In Love 12″]
07: To Wish Impossible Things [Instrumental Demo] (3:33) [final version appears on WISH]
08: Apart [Instrumental Demo] (3:38) [final version appears on WISH]
09: T7 [Instrumental Demo] (2:40) *
10: Now Is The Time [Instrumental demo] (2:20) *
11: Miss van Gogh [Instrumental demo] (2:48) *
12: T6 [Instrumental Demo] (3:14) *
13: Play [Instrumental Demo] (2:28) [final version on B-side to High 12″]
14: A Foolish Arrangement [Instrumental Demo] (2:28) [final version on B-side to A Letter To Elise 12″]
15: Halo [Instrumental Demo] (3:06) [final version on B-side to Friday I’m In Love 7″]
16: Trust [Instrumental Demo] (4:02) [final version appears on WISH]
17: Abetabw [Instrumental Demo] (2:26) *
18: T8 [Instrumental Demo] (2:17) *
19: Heart Attack [Instrumental Demo] (2:41) *
20: Swing Change [Instrumental Demo] (2:10) *
21: Frogfish [Instrumental Demo] (2:35) *

CD3: ’Lost Wishes’ / Studio Out-Takes / 12” Remixes / Live / Rare / Previously Unreleased.
*Unreleased track **Unreleased version

01: Uyea Sound [Dim-D Mix] (5:28 [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
02: Cloudberry [Dim-D Mix] (5:22) [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
03: Off To Sleep… [Dim-D Mix] (3:47) [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
04: The Three Sisters [Dim-D Mix] (4:12) [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
05: A Wendy Band [Instrumental] (3:47) *
06: From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea [Partscheckruf Mix] (7:36) **
07: Open [Fix Mix] (6:51) [B-side to High 12″]
08: High [Higher Mix] (7:15) [High 12″]
09: Doing The Unstuck [Extended 12” Mix] (5:54)
10: Friday I’m In Love [Strangelove Mix] (5:29 [Friday I’m In Love 12″]
11: A Letter To Elise [Blue Mix] (6:36) [A Letter To Elise 12″]
12: End [Paris Live 92] (8:38) **


Legendary 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival performance coming Sept. 16, 2022

Previously presumed to be completely lost, a truly mythical live recording of a 1970 performance from Creedence Clearwater Revival will finally be released on Sept. 16.

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall brings together the entirety of CCR’s fiery performance at the noted London concert venue, as previewed with a clip of “Bad Moon Rising.” Listen to the enthralling cut HERE. The title will be released on audio CD, 180-gram vinyl and even cassette!


More than 50 years after the legendary 1970 show, the original multitrack tapes have been meticulously restored and mixed by GRAMMY®-winning producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell. The hits-packed setlist includes such classics as “Fortunate Son,” “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Born on the Bayou” and more.


Here is a media release with more details on the late summer release: 

After spending roughly 50 years in storage, the original multitrack tapes were meticulously restored and mixed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning team of producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell, who have helmed countless acclaimed projects together, including the Beatles’ 50th-anniversary editions of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as audio for the Elton John biopic Rocketman and Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back Series. The LP was mastered by the celebrated engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using half-speed technology for the highest-quality listening experience.

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will also be released as a documentary film, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall.

Directed by two-time GRAMMY® Award winner Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies) and narrated by Academy Award®-winning actor Jeff Bridges, the film takes viewers from the band’s earliest years together in El Cerrito, CA through their meteoric rise to fame. Featuring a wealth of unseen footage, Travelin’ Band culminates with the band’s show at the Royal Albert Hall—marking the only concert footage of the original CCR lineup to be released in its entirety. 


The track listing for the standard CD/LP/cassette editions:

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall tracklist (CD, Digital)

1.    Born on the Bayou
2.    Green River
3.    Tombstone Shadow
4.    Travelin’ Band
5.    Fortunate Son
6.    Commotion
7.    Midnight Special
8.    Bad Moon Rising
9.    Proud Mary
10. The Night Time Is the Right Time
11. Good Golly Miss Molly
12. Keep on Chooglin’

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall tracklist (Vinyl, Cassette)

A1. Born on the Bayou
A2. Green River
A3. Tombstone Shadow
A4. Travelin’ Band
A5. Fortunate Son
A6. Commotion
A7. Midnight Special
B1. Bad Moon Rising
B2. Proud Mary
B3. The Night Time Is the Right Time
B4. Good Golly Miss Molly
B5. Keep on Chooglin’


The Cult to release 'Under The Midnight Sun' on Friday, October 7, 2022


The Cult
is set to return with a new full-length album, Under The Midnight Sun, on Oct. 7, 2022. 

Set for release by Round Hill Records, the album includes the killer advance track "Give Me Mercy." Watch the official music video for "Give Me Mercy" HERE

According to the official media release notes for the album:

The Cult has reveled in a storied career. From the pre-millennial iconic Love album bursting with idealism and the full on blast of 2001’s Beyond Good & Evil to the recent biting truth of Hidden City, the band has lived their art. How the future unfolds will be decided in part by current cultures response and the group’s response. One thing is for sure, The Cult will respond. It’s what they do. The Cult’s next endeavor Under The Midnight Sun is out October 7, 2022.

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Rolling Stones music videos from the ’60s receive 4K restoration

It's clear that's classic is suddenly new again...Robert Kinsler


ROLLING STONES MUSIC VIDEOS FROM THE ’60s RECEIVE 4K RESTORATION 

BOTH VERSIONS OF “JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH” DIRECTED BY 

MICHAEL LINDSAY-HOGG GET FIRST OFFICIAL ONLINE RELEASE TODAY






Aug. 4, 2022 –The Rolling Stones and ABKCO Music & Records Inc. have released today the official music videos of The Rolling Stones performing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. Originally produced in 1968 the videos have been faithfully restored in 4K resolution. The video releases are two different versions of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (one with makeup and one without) directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, Let It Be) and were shot over the course of a single day at Olympic Studios in London during the spring of ’68. The first version, featuring a makeup-free Stones, has the distinction of incorporating a completely unique version of the song (vocals and all other instruments), whereas the version with a makeup-clad Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts utilizes a fresh Jagger vocal take over the backing track from the single.

 

 

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“We shot the one without the makeup first,” explains Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who got his start directing episodes of the British music TV program Ready Steady Go! where he began working with the band. “They were great. As we were doing it, I felt there was an ingredient missing, although at that point I didn’t know what it was. We had a small meal break and I saw Brian Jones sitting by the makeup table and sort of playing with the colors—putting it on his face and then wiping it off—and I thought, ‘Huh. That’s a real interesting look.’ And so I said to Mick, Keith, Charlie and Bill, ‘Just go over there to the makeup table and see what it’s like if you put some stuff on your face—either stripes or eye makeup, or full-face glitter, whatever strikes you.’”

 

Lindsay-Hogg continues, “They worked with our very bright makeup person Linda DeVetta and they kind of got into it. After about an hour they looked different, especially Keith and Brian. Then we found the big, space alien glasses. We got something much better than we might have had, left to our own devices. It crystallized what it should be. It’s one of those serendipitous moments where all the things that might have gone wrong, didn’t.”

 

Lindsay-Hogg notes, “The director of photography, Tony Richmond, and I thought there’s another way to light them as well, because it was kind of general performance lighting on the first one we shot in the early afternoon. In the second version, we shot them in these shadows. It was much more to do with shadows, and Mick coming in and out of light, and that whole little walk he does at the beginning. We put that together, and that’s the one they liked best because it had a slightly decadent feel to it.

 

When I edited them and played them back, they loved the videos. I’d hate to think they didn’t, because then I went on to do their videos for 15 years.”

 

Long before the advent of MTV, music videos (then referred to as promotional films, or “promos” for short) were few and far between, with very limited outlets to air them. The most popular bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Who, made these “promos” did so with the intent of allowing broadcast in several different countries without the bands having to travel to perform in TV studios where there were “genuine security issues” according to Lindsay-Hogg, who directed videos for all three acts. Top of the Pops, the aforementioned Ready Steady Go! in the UK, Shindig!Hullabaloo and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the US were early participants in broadcasting such materials. The Rolling Stones, who were already international superstars by the mid-1960s, now had another tool to help push a single such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (UK #1, US #3) into the upper echelons of the charts.

 

 

 

 

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Monday, August 01, 2022

New Music: Dawes, Alan Parsons, The Offspring, Collective Soul

Fantastic new albums from Dawes and Alan Parsons as well as a greatest hits set from The Offspring finally available on vinyl and two enticing advance singles from Collective Soul make for a diverse field of music.


Artist: 
Dawes
Title: Misadventures of Doomscroller (Rounder Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Dawes, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne
Tell me more: Dawes continues to be a stellar light in the modern rock universe, defying easy categorization while boldly displaying even more dizzying heights with each new release. The Jonathon Wilson-produced Misadventures of Doomscoller is Dawes' 8th studio album and it is certainly one of the best albums of 2022. Take the ambitious opener "Someone Else's Cafe / Doomscroller Tries To Relax," a nine and one-half minute song that somehow blends Laurel Canyon folk rock, Steely Dan-mining jazz and gospel-tinged elements across its luxurious run. The momentum and might of the album continues with the intoxicating acoustic-flavored "Comes In Waves," buoyant "Everything Is Permanent," hard-charging "Ghost In The Machine," sumptuous two-part "Joke In There Somewhere," and eloquent closer "Sound That No One Made / Doomscroller Sunrise." To be sure, many of the longer-than-usual originals feature musical jamming aplenty but the virtuoso musical sorties never negate the sterling songcraft showcased across the seven-track disc. Dawes is Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, primary vocalist), Wylie Gelber (bass), Griffin Goldsmith (drums, percussion, background vocals) and Lee Pardini (piano, organ, synthesizers, guitar, clavinet, background vocals). Dawes performs with the Head and the Heart at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. Information: DawesTheBand.com


Artist:
 
Alan Parsons
Title: From The New World (Frontiers Music Srl)
You might like if you enjoy: Alan Parsons Project, Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Shaw, Ambrosia
Tell me more: Following up on his April 2019 release The Secret, legendary Alan Parsons is back with his new full-length LP From The New World. Blending progressive and classic rock with symphonic elements, a strong field of surrounding players help deliver the latest memorable set from the Grammy-winning English singer-songwriter/producer. The immersive "Fare Thee Well," magnificent "Uroboros" (featuring an especially fine vocal turn from Styx lead singer Tommy Shaw)" and beautiful folk-styled "Don't Fade Now" are early standouts on From The New World. The second half of the album is equally compelling, with the wistful "Obstacles," propulsive "You Are The Light," melodic prog rocker "Halo" and reflective "Goin' Home" among the high marks. Blues guitar great Joe Bonamassa displays his artful fret work on the poignant "I Won't Be Led Astray," a track that features affecting lead vocals from Ambrosia lead singer David Pack and masterful playing from cellist Mika Larson. Information: AlanParsons.com.



Artist:
 
The Offspring
Title: Greatest Hits (Round Hill Music)
You might like if you enjoy: The Offspring, Green Day, 311
Tell me more: Originally released in 2005, The Offspring's essential Greatest Hits compilation is now available for the first time on vinyl. The Garden Grove, California-launched outfit released a parade of winning alt rock and punk fueled tracks in the 1990s and early '00s included on this outstanding and fast-moving set. The band's hard edged sound is bolstered by plenty of melody so it's no surprise that The Offspring's material is truly timeless. Highlights on the collection include early faves "Self Esteem" and "Gotta Get Away" from 1994's Smash, "All I Want" and "Gone Away" from 1997's Ixnay on the Hombre, "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)," "Why Don't You Get A Job?" and "The Kids Aren't Alright" from 1998's Americana. The Offspring's latter material burns just as powerfully; "Original Prankster" and "Want You Bad" from 2000's Conspiracy of One, "Defy You" from the 2002 Orange County soundtrack, and "Hit That" and "(Can't Get My) Head Around You" from 2003's Splinter. The album's killer opener "Can't Repeat" is also included on the title, and was the compilation's first official single  peaking in the Top 10 on both Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks chartsThere are three different versions available: a black LP with a lyric insert, a limited-edition picture disc that features the band’s iconic flaming skull, and an exclusive limited-edition version that boasts a slipmat with the same logo. Information: Offspring.com


Collective Soul, left to right: Jesse Triplett (lead guitar/background vocals), Will Turpin
(bass/background vocals), Ed Roland (vocals/guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), and
Johnny Rabb (drums/background vocals). / Photo credit: David Abbott

Artist: 
Collective Soul
Single titles: "All Our Pieces" and "Cut The Cord" (Fuzze-Flex Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Collective Soul
Tell me more: Although Collective Soul's new album Vibrating isn't due until Aug. 12, two advance tracks from the highly-anticipated return are so strong that fans of top-tier modern rock will want to check out these wonderful cuts via their favorite streaming service (as well as YouTube, where official must see music videos are available). "All Our Pieces" taps into the band's signature sound, with a soaring anthemic rocker every bit the equal of classic cuts like "Shine," "December," "Heavy" and "The World I Know." Singer-songwriter Ed Roland is among the best songwriters of his generation, as evidenced by the song's introspective expanse.  The '70s-mining hard rocker "Cut The Cord" released last week showcases the troupe's more fiery instincts  complete with some dynamic high-flying vocals from Roland and ace guitar work from Dean Roland and Jesse Triplett. Collective Soul has several upcoming performances in Southern California later this month. Information: CollectiveSoul.com



Robert Kinsler


Friday, July 29, 2022

'TheNews' episode: Bruce Springsteen, The Kinks, The Beatles & director Peter Jackson, She & Him, more!

A review of the latest album from She &
Him is included on 'TheNews' episode

Check out the latest episode of "TheNews" where TJR and Robert Kinsler talk about the music makers making headlines including Bruce Springsteen, The Kinks, The Beatles & director Peter Jackson, She & Him, and more! Watch the episode HERE.