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The Flaming Lips

Posted on Oct 14, 2020 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Post-punk, Psychedelic

Even within the eclectic world of alternative rock, few bands are as brave, as frequently brilliant, and as deliciously weird as the Flaming Lips. From their beginnings as Oklahoma outsiders to their mid-’90s pop-culture breakthrough to their status as one of the most respected groups of the 21st century, the Lips rode one of the more surreal and haphazard career trajectories in pop music…

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Paul Robeson

Posted on Oct 9, 2020 in 1920s, 30s, Gospel, Traditional Folk

Paul Robeson excelled as an athlete, actor, singer, and activist, qualifying him as a contemporary renaissance man. His early accomplishments as a professional football player, Columbia law school graduate, and an actor on Broadway in the 1920s seemed but a prologue to even greater achievements to come. Involvement with the political left in the 1940s, however, led to a confrontation with the House of Un-American Activities Committee in the late 1940s. He was blacklisted, his passport was revoked, and his career came to a halt…

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Janis Joplin

Posted on Oct 4, 2020 in 60s, Blues Rock, ROCK/POP

The greatest white female rock singer of the 1960s, Janis Joplin was also a great blues singer, making her material her own with her wailing, raspy, supercharged emotional delivery. First rising to stardom as the frontwoman for San Francisco psychedelic band Big Brother & the Holding Company, she left the group in the late ’60s for a brief and uneven (though commercially successful) career as a solo artist…

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Neil Young

Posted on Sep 30, 2020 in 70s, Americana, ROCK/POP, Singer/Songwriter

Few, if any, major artists in the rock pantheon have been as celebrated, as influential, and as thoroughly idiosyncratic as Neil Young. Since he left Buffalo Springfield to go out on his own in 1968, Young has famously followed his muse in unpredictable directions, rarely employing the same musical template for two albums in a row… the constants in Young’s catalog are few, but they’re strong: the quality of his songwriting, which ranks with Bob Dylan for depth and emotional power…

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Deep Purple

Posted on Sep 26, 2020 in 60s, Metal, Prog Rock, ROCK/POP

With a body of work spanning nearly seven decades, England’s Deep Purple are bona fide classic rock royalty. Along with Cream, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin, they defined hard rock and early heavy metal. Though their lineup has constantly evolved, Deep Purple effectively made music a career for guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Roger Glover, vocalists Ian Gillan and David Coverdale, and organist/composer Jon Lord…

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Eilen Jewell

Posted on Sep 22, 2020 in Americana, Country, COUNTRY/FOLK

Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Eilen Jewell began piano lessons at the age of seven and picked up the guitar when she was 14. She also fell under the powerful spell of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday (along with discovering other artists like Bob Dylan and Howlin’ Wolf). While attending St. John’s College in Santa Fe, she began playing the local farmers’ markets and bars. She moved to Los Angeles, then relocated all the way across the country…

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The Fiery Furnaces

Posted on Sep 19, 2020 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Indie

Restless sonic chameleons the Fiery Furnaces revolve around the brother and sister duo of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, whose prickly childhood relationship and musical family set the stage for their playful, unpredictable music. The Friedbergers’ grandmother was a musician and choir director at a Greek Orthodox church near the family’s home in Oak Park, IL…

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M C 5

Posted on Sep 15, 2020 in 60s, Proto-punk, ROCK/POP

MC5 essentially laid the foundations for the emergence of punk; deafeningly loud and uncompromisingly intense, the group’s politics were ultimately as crucial as their music, their revolutionary sloganeering and anti-establishment outrage crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening. Under the guidance of svengali John Sinclair (the infamous founder of the radical White Panther Party), MC5 celebrated the holy trinity of sex, drugs, and rock & roll…

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Crazy Horse

Posted on Sep 11, 2020 in 70s, Country Rock, ROCK/POP

Out of all the backing bands Neil Young has recorded and performed with during his long and illustrious career, the best-known of the bunch (and perhaps one of the greatest garage rock bands of all time) remains Crazy Horse. The band’s roots lay in the obscure early ’60s doo wop band Danny & the Memories, which contained future Crazy Horse members Danny Whitten, Billy Talbot, and Ralph Molina, among others…

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My Morning Jacket

Posted on Sep 7, 2020 in 00s, Alt-country, ALTERNATIVE, Country Rock, Indie, Psychedelic, Southern Rock

Hailed as the new heroes of the alt-country scene when they debuted in the late 1990s, My Morning Jacket matured into an eclectic, sonically diverse ensemble whose work encompassed indie rock, psychedelia, folk, blues, and even dashes of funk and prog rock. Led by songwriter and lead vocalist Jim James, My Morning Jacket’s music is most strongly rooted in Americana…

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