We pretty much love everything Jack White touches, whether as part of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs or the Dead Weather; as record producer (see Loretta Lynn’s stunning 2004 Van Lear Rose plus his own band recordings) or as mastermind behind Nashville’s Third Man Records.
So news that the American singer/songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire is set to release his first-ever solo album could not be more welcome. White will issue the fabulously named Blunderbuss - featuring all-new songs recorded in Nashville - on April 24.
You can glug KISS-approved wine, putt at the KISS-themed golf course, even prepare to meet your maker in a KISS casket. But nothing says ‘show me the money’ with the panache of vintage-style KISS Action Figures.
Longtime U2 and PJ Harvey manager Paul McGuinness has come out swinging against Google for not doing more to prevent illegal downloads of music while calling the search engine a “monopoly.”
Speaking at annual music industry conference MIDEM, currently underway in Cannes, France, McGuinness also questioned Google’s rationale in supporting the campaign against SOPA/PIPA anti-piracy legislation in the U.S., which saw the search engine’s logo blacked out for one day earlier this month in protest.
It’s not an entirely new idea – Weezer just did it and Poison’s Bret Michaels tried but couldn’t get it off the ground. Still, given the popularity of cruise ship holidays, it’s likely we’ll be seeing more targeted to rock fans and hosted by bands. The latest? A Caribbean jaunt anchored by 70s rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Doobie Brothers.
It is easily one of the best rock and roll documentaries ever made – and among the most dazzlingly, with effusive interviews with Alice Cooper, Slash, Dave Grohl and members of Metallica, Megadeth, the Clash, Pulp and Poison.
Now Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch, 2010’s jaw-droppingly candid look at the life and music of Motörhead supremo Lemmy Kilmister, is also among the most celebrated.
If the half-time presence of Madonna – possibly abetted by LMFAO and Cee Lo Green – during the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show doesn’t offer music fans enough incentive to catch the February 5 showdown between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, maybe this will.
Car maker Kia has revealed that an ad for its new Snow Pearl White 2012 Optima Limited - which will air during the fourth quarter of the big game – features rock and roll bad boys Mötley Crüe, Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima and MMA fighter Chuck Liddell. Hoo-ey, talk about star-studded. Check out the teaser below.
This is the kind of revelation that can really spin your head if you read about it while under the influence (not that we EVER drink and blog. Just saying….)
American wrestler and reality TV star Hulk Hogan has revealed that he almost joined an early version of Metallica when he was hanging out in the Bay Area with drummer Lars Ulrich in the 1980s.
During last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival, where music-themed documentaries were so abundant they constituted a full-fledged trend (see films about U2, Neil Young, Paul Williams, Paul McCartney), director Cameron Crowe’s outstanding Pearl Jam Twenty won raves.
It seems like it just began and now – sniff – it’s almost over. The 11th and final episode of Metal Evolution: The Series rolls tonight at 10 pm on MuchMore and it promises to go out with a bang. In documentary filmmaker Sam Dunn’s crosshairs tonight: progressive metal.
Meet Andrew Woolery.
Like many artists, the New York-based Woolery is always on the prowl for concepts that articulate his vision and stand out from the crowd. He’s achieved both with his newest collection, the Mixtape Experience, in which he renders black icons Jimi Hendrix, Jay-Z, President Barack Obama, Kanye West (and a $100 bill) using thumbtacks.