ALBUM REVIEW: Alice Cooper – Detroit Stories


 

Foregoing songs about masked serial killers, nightmares and mental asylums, Detroit Stories (earMUSIC), the twenty-first solo album from shock-rock legend Alice Cooper, has been written expressly as a tribute to his hometown of Detroit. Forget about guillotines, spiders, Vincent Price and Frankenstein. This is a more down-to-earth, less twisted and surreal version of Alice, even if the record does occasionally touch base with the likes of From the Inside.

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Dictator Ship – “Your Favorites”


Sweden’s soulful throwback rockers Dictator Ship are releasing their new album, Your Favorites, tomorrow, April 17th via The Sign Records.Your Favorites was recorded in a small cabin in Värmland, Sweden, engineered by band member John Sijbren Leonard using only lo-fi aesthetics and gear to achieve that old-school sound. If you love the primal scent of raw rock with no B.S. Like classic proto-punk rock bands such as MC5, The Saints, The Stooges, The Sonics and more, you will love Dictator Ship! Jam out to all of Your Favorites right now and pre-order it too! Continue reading


Gilby Clarke Releases New Single – “Rock n’ Roll is Getting Louder”


Gilbey Clarke, best known for his work with Guns N Roses, Slash’s solo career, the MC5 and Matt Sorum’s Kings of Chaos, has dropped a new single! ‘Rock n’ Roll is Getting Louder’ is pure Gilby music, unpretentious, well-crafted, and full of riffs! The track comes from Golden Robot Records, and a new Gilby album is coming soon from the label. Jam out the track now! Continue reading


NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: January 17th New Music Releases


Purchase And Stream All The New Music Released Today!

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Nine Inch Nails, The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., T-Rex and Whitney Houston Voted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has officially announced its 2020 inductees: The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex and Whitney Houston will all join the class of 2020. They will be inducted on May 2 at a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Surprisingly metal favorites Judas Priest, and fan-favorite Soundgarden which includes late frontman Chris Cornell, The Dave Matthews Band and Pat Benetar did not get enough votes to be elected. Other deserving artists on the ballot and not earning election include Thin Lizzy, Motörhead, Kraftwerk, MC5, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, and Todd Rundgren. Continue reading


Motörhead Makes a Case For Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Christmas Message


Motörhead has a big 2019 with its acclaimed 1979 boxed-set and their nomination for the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hard playing and hard living band founded in 1975 continues to reverberate among fans old and new. Watch drummer Mikkey Dee (Scorpions) make a plea for his band as well as all of the rock and Heavy Metal bands nominated, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, MC5 and Soundgarden, the video urges fans to participate in the fan vote for the RNRHOF, and wish fans a Merry Christmas! With any person allowed to vote once a day for up to five bands, fans can make their voice heard. Continue reading


Billy Gould Added To Wayne Kramer’s MC50 Concert Tour


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Billy Gould, the legendary bassist, and songwriter of Faith No More has been added to Wayne Kramer’s all-star MC50 band, celebrating the 50th-anniversary of the MC5 with tour dates this fall. Perofming the classic album Kick Out The Jams, Gould joins Kramer, Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Marcus Durrant (Zen Guerrilla) and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden). Former Hanoi Rocks singer Michael Monroe as direct on all UK dates.Continue reading


Judas Priest And Rage Against The Machine Among 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees


The 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominees have been announced. Continue reading


Lecherous Gaze – Zeta Reticuli Blues


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When the band began life as Annihilation Time, a punk/hardcore band from California 13 years ago, there would have been few people that could have predicted its progression to Lecherous Gaze andZeta Reticuli Blues (Tee Pee). While the band still retain their attitude, the music took a radically different path, with the band more aptly describing it as ‘psycho-delic shred-tastic ultra-hyphened rock-punk heavy jams’. The album has a serious throwback sound, taking heavy inspirations anywhere from the rock n roll of the 50s to psychedelic rock and punk from the 60s and 70s, all tied together perfectly with the rasped vocals of Zaryan Zaidi.

The album opens on ‘End Rising’ diving straight into huge riffing with a distinctly retro sound. The myriad of influences ensure that each song has its own distinct sound, with ‘Animal Brain’ screaming Chuck Berry meets the Ramones, while ‘Zeta Reticuli Blues’ steps back for a hazy psychedelic Hendrix style instrumental. The music may dance between genres, but it’s Zaidis vocals that really highlight the straight up punk attitude to the music with his distinctly graveled tones.

While you could endlessly pick out and analyze the genres and painstakingly list each of the influences you’d be missing what this album is really about. The music is the culmination of decades of drug-fueled, mind-altering and downright sleazy musical endeavors. It is the lovechild of everyone from Motorhead to Black Flag to MC5. This is drinking and whisky music. This is trashed motels and vomit stained carpets. This is a record for those looking for a solid injection of partying straight back into punk.

8.0/10.0

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CAITLIN SMITH