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Barbara Dane

Posted on Nov 9, 2019 in 60s, BLUES, JAZZ, Traditional Folk

Barbara Dane’s parents arrived in Detroit from Arkansas in the 1920s. Out of high school, Dane began to sing regularly at demonstrations for racial equality and economic justice. While still in her teens, she sat in with bands around town and won the interest of local music promoters…

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Posted on Nov 4, 2019 in 80s, 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Grunge

Nirvana may have been the band that put an entire generation in flannel, and Pearl Jam and Soundgarden both sold a lot more records, but Mudhoney were truly the band that made the ’90s grunge rock movement possible. Mudhoney were the first real success story for Sub Pop Records; their music laid the groundwork for the movement that would (briefly) make Seattle, Washington, the new capital of the rock & roll universe…

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Nine Black Alps

Posted on Oct 25, 2019 in ALTERNATIVE, Contemporary, Grunge, Indie

Manchester’s Nine Black Alps feature Sam Forrest (vocals/guitar), James Galley (drums/vocals), Martin Cohen (bass), and David Jones (guitar). The indie rock foursome came together in 2003, taking their name from a line in the Sylvia Plath poem “The Couriers.” Two years later, Nine Black Alps inked a record deal with Island in the U.K. Their debut album, Everything Is, arrived that June…

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Johnny Burnette

Posted on Oct 18, 2019 in 50s, 60s, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

A contemporary of Elvis Presley in the Memphis scene of the mid-’50s, Johnny Burnette played a similar brand of fiery, spare wildman rockabilly. With his brother Dorsey (on bass) and guitarist Paul Burlison forming his Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, he recorded a clutch of singles for Decca in 1956 and 1957 that achieved nothing more than regional success…

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Spooky Tooth

Posted on Oct 11, 2019 in 60s, 70s, Prog Rock, Psychedelic, ROCK/POP

Part of the early-’70s British hard rock scene, Spooky Tooth grew out of the bluesy VIPs and prog rock group Art and consisted of vocalist Mike Harrison, keyboardist/vocalist Gary Wright, guitarist Luther Grosvenor, bassist Greg Ridley, and drummer Mike Kellie. The group built a following through countless gigs and recorded its debut album, It’s All About, in 1968. Spooky Two became their most successful album…

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Posted on Oct 6, 2019 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, New Wave, Punk

Television were one of the most creative bands to emerge from New York’s punk scene of the mid-’70s, creating an influential new guitar vocabulary. While guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd liked to jam, they didn’t follow the accepted rock structures for improvisation — they removed the blues while retaining the raw energy of garage rock, adding complex, lyrical solo lines that recalled both jazz and rock…

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Thee Hypnotics

Posted on Sep 27, 2019 in 80s, 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Psychedelic

Fusing hard rock muscle with the high-decibel rebellion of Detroit rock trailblazers such as the Stooges, Thee Hypnotics’ maximum-impact approach came along just as the likeminded grunge explosion was starting to take off, and while the band never quite broke through in the USA, it won its fair share of press and popularity at home in the UK…

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The Allman Brothers Band

Posted on Sep 20, 2019 in 70s, Blues Rock, Southern Rock

The story of the Allman Brothers Band is one of triumph, tragedy, redemption, dissolution, and more redemption. Since their beginning in the late ’60s, they went from being America’s single most influential band to a shell of their former self trading on past glories…

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Fred Neil

Posted on Sep 13, 2019 in 60s, COUNTRY/FOLK, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Moody, bluesy, and melodic, Fred Neil was one of the most compelling folk-rockers to emerge from Greenwich Village in the mid-’60s. His albums showcased his extraordinarily low, rich voice on intensely personal and reflective compositions, sounding like a cross between Tim Buckley and Tim Hardin. His influence was subtle but significant…

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Danny Gatton

Posted on Sep 6, 2019 in Country Rock, Fusion, Instrumental

Guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton was known for the incredibly wide stylistic range of his playing; based in rockabilly, Gatton’s musical vocabulary included R&B, pop, country, rock, and jazz, all of which he could play effectively. Gatton began playing at age nine, joining his first band, the Lancers, three years later. In 1960, Gatton pursued a jazz direction when he joined the Offbeats…

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