"Captain Kirk" himself talks about recording his new Christmas album, hanging out on Brad Paisley's tour bus, and what the recent Mars landing might mean for our future.
By Jaques Sonyieux. Each an acclaimed artist in his own right, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin deliver their first duo album, 30 years in the making.
Johan Duncanson and Martin Larsson of The Radio Dept. discuss their latest album, 'Running Out of Love.'
By Jacques Sonyieux. Transatlantic act The Luxembourg Signal spill what it was like recording their latest album across the ocean.
At age 76, David Crosby’s work has spanned multiple generations—notably as a founding member of quintessential rock acts The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young—whose music has permeated the very fabric of American culture.
With a vast catalog of albums already in hand and having achieved the commercial success that most bands can only dream of, Styx could have called it a day decades ago with classic albums like The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight, indelibly fused into our collective prog-rock radio psyche.
This spring, The Raveonettes released Atomized—the band’s ‘anti-album’ that consisted of 12 songs recorded and released each month over the course of 2016.
Minneapolis, MN-based Pert Near Sandstone calls itself a 'modern American string band', yet appeals to the broader fan base of traditional bluegrass music all across the nation. Taking the string band tradition of old-time music into the future, the band recently completed its latest album Discovery of Honey with Trampled By Turtles member Ryan Young at the helm. Pro Sound News chatted with banjo player Kevin Kneibel about new discoveries unveiled and recording with old friends.
Mark Loughman's Bleedin' Aura, released on Spitfire Music this year, hinges on his English indie-rock roots, demanding an active listening experience as each of its nine songs shimmer with gritty authenticity. On the record, Loughman—who co-produced the album himself with Warren Huart [Aerosmith, The Fray]—is joined by many of his talented friends, including Kenny Aronoff (drums), Steve Stevens (guitar) and Billy Morrison (guitar). Pro Sound News caught up with the ex-Mancurian—now the L.A.-based owner of BAE Audio—as he was working on demos for his next release.
For many of us, Def Leppard represents the mass onset of '80s 'anthem rock'—but beyond this stereotypical persona is a tight knit, sharp-edged band that has worked and toured relentlessly since its debut album On Through The Night—which hit the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene in the U.K. and the U.S. more than 35 years ago. Now, after almost non-stop touring and a nearly 10-year drought between studio records, the band has re-emerged to release Def Leppard. So what can possibly be new? For one thing, they were free of record company pressures and were able to build the album solely 'for the love of music'. Pro Sound News caught up with co-lead guitarist Phil Collen as he was catching his breath in between shows.
The Vaccines are on a roll. Having released their critically acclaimed English Graffiti album in May (their third album in four years), the band has already toured the world, opening for The Rolling Stones, Muse and others while selling out mid-sized halls around the U.S. Produced by Dave Fridmann and Cole M. Greif-Neill and recorded at Fridmann’s studio in upstate New York, English Graffiti is a refined and polished recording.
Grammy-winning violinist, composer and educator Mark O’Connor released his new album MOC4 in June, part of his lifelong mission of bringing the violin and other stringed instruments back to the prominence in our culture they once enjoyed.
Midge Ure has had an enormous influence on the music industry, not just as a member of bands like Slik, Thin Lizzy and Visage, but also as leader of Ultravox—a group that was among the first of its kind, inspiring legions of electronic-based new wave musicians around the world.