Monster Magnet probably needs no introduction to anyone who has paid any degree of attention to the alternative rock scene over the last 25 years or more. The band has always been unashamedly and unapologetically rockist in their approach. Largely ignoring scenes such as grunge as they have come and gone, Monster Magnet have managed to pump out album after album of classic heavy rock, and they continue to play to huge audiences. Somehow they have always stood out from the crowd of rock revivalists and “stoner” bands. Whilst the music of many of these retro bands so often feels tired and trite when compared to the 60s or 70s bands they try to copy, they always exuded a special kind of conviction, authenticity and raw power that sets them apart. Maybe this has something to do with (singer, guitar player and only original member) Dave Wyndorf having been born in 1956 and so having actually lived through the 60s and 70s. Either way, the music has always felt just as legitimate and classy as records by Motörhead or Deep Purple.
On Wednesday, April 21st, Rock and Punk legend Iggy Pop will turn 73, and celebrate over 50 years as a genre-defining artist. Iggy has teamed up with music discovery & ticketing platform DICE to stream some very special performances. In 2019, Iggy played four sold-out shows in Australia, two of which took place at the prestigious Sydney Opera House. This year, on Iggy’s birthday and for the first time ever, DICE will be streaming one of the Sydney Opera House concerts for fans around the world. Tickets can be purchased at the link below. All tickets also include access to an exclusive event merch store with a link that will be sent via email.
Proto-Punk rock legends Iggy and the Stooges will see an amazing 8 disc boxed set celebrating their final show in 1976, before their reunion 29 years later, Metallic KO and French label Skydog. Now all of the Skydog label’s Iggy releases, remastered, in a clam-shell box set containing seven CDs and a DVD – a fitting tribute to the label’s punk pioneer boss Marc Zermati, who passed away in June. Marc started Skydog in 1973, arguably Europe’s first independent rock label, and in the same year that Metallic KO was released he organized the “First Punk Festival” in Mont de Marsan. He worked closely with The Clash, Johnny Thunders, Wilko Johnson, and Chrissie Hynde, and many others. Watch the trailer now!
For many, the nineties would prove to be the end of heavy metal as we knew it. Bands who rose to greatness in the preceding decade suddenly found themselves either retreading old ground, out of their depth trying to explore new territories, or simply grinding to an unceremonious halt. Within just a couple of years, denim, leather and even the term “heavy metal” itself, were out.Continue reading
Iggy Pop has shared a new music video for his new single, ‘Loves Missing’, from his recently released new album Free (Loma Vista Recordings). Pop has been on a whirlwind of promotion for Free, appearing to perform ‘James Bond’ on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and then an interview/ conversation with Jim Jarmusch at 92Y. Directed by Simon Taylor, the clip for “Loves Missing” was shot on location at Sweat Records in Miami with a special appearance by Ale Campos from Las Nubes, watch it now! Continue reading
Iggy Pop is releasing his 18th studio album Free on September 6th and he continues to be the inventive creative force he has been for almost fifty years. His new single, ‘James Bond’, features an incredible trumpet solo that explodes out of nowhere in the midst of its minimalistic, low-key instrumentation. Written and produced by Jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas, the song as a distinctly smoothed out vibe. Continue reading
Troublesome and tumultuous times politically tends to bring out the best in musicians, with everyone from the world of Metal, Punk, Country, Folk, and Blues to name but a few raising their voices in protest. Wigan’s own John Fairhurst is strongly rooted in the latter camp, with his new album The Divided Kingdom (Unmanageable Records) containing impassioned rallying cries against greed and corruption, Brexit and the lying politicians involved with it, alongside riffs and hooks aplenty.Continue reading
Queens Of the Stone Age, currently touring behind their new album Villains (Matador), have announced plans for their very own summer music festival. The inaugural Queens Of The Stone Age And Friends Festival will take place on June 30th at Finsbury Park in London, England. The band will headline and curate the lineup, while other artists announced can be seen below. Continue reading