Rant’N’Roll: Aussie Pink Floyd

BETHLEHEM, PA 2016—The Australian Pink Floyd Show landed at the Sands to blow us all away. The wattage of the lights alone made for a spectacular in-your-face presentation. The green laser beams criss-crossing above our heads, the smoke, the giant inflatables, the original animation and still photography of a young …

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Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes: Gregg Allman Sick, Southside Johnny To The Rescue

Sept. 1, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, the big band from Jersey, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, will open for that little old band from Texas, ZZ Top. Gregg Allman got sick so Southside, able and ready, will rock this joint as part of WDHA’s annual …

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Exclusive: An Interview with Les Claypool of The Lennon Claypool Delirium

Primus bassist/composer Les Claypool and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sean Lennon have teamed up in The Claypool Lennon Delirium, whose Monolith of Phobos debut (ATO Records) is one of the most surprisingly refreshing and entertaining rock albums of the year. You can classify it as Instant Classic Alt-Rock. Or not. Their tour will …

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Rant’N’Roll: Exclusive! One-On-One With Legendary Producer Tommy LiPuma

Legendary producer Tommy LiPuma was honored earlier this year in his Cleveland hometown for decades of incredible productions with the likes of Miles Davis, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Dave Mason, Paul McCartney, Dr. John, Diana Krall, Anita Baker, George Benson and dozens of artists who certainly wouldn’t have sounded as …

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Rant’N’Roll: Moon Hooch

When all of us hippies used to camp out, smoke weed, strum our acoustics and howl at the moon in the early ‘70s in the New York State wilderness, we also drank a concoction of rotgut whiskey and cheap red wine. We called it “moon hooch.” That’s why I was …

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Rant’N’Roll: David Stanley’s New Elvis Book Is Not Pretty

When Elvis Presley’s father, the widower Vernon, married Dee Stanley, she came complete with three sons, one of which, David E. Stanley, became part of Presley’s security team at the tender age of 16, and, thus, an integral part of The Memphis Mafia (the cadre of close friends and family …

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Rant’N’Roll: Zapped By Dweezil

Dweezil Zappa, photographed by Michael Lewis for the New York Times on April 6th, 2016 at his home in Los Angeles CA.

Montclair, NJ—“I’m Dweezil Zappa and I’m going to play whatever the fuck I want!” With that bold declaration of independence, super-guitarist and extraordinary bandleader Dweezil Zappa, 46, launched …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Musikfest August 5-14

Bethlehem, PA—First the stats: 33 years running…15 stages…500+ free shows…60 international food venders…40 national artisans…fireworks…free parking (Southside)…every imaginable genre…shuttles between Northside and Southside sites…thus, as a famous band once said, “a splendid time is guaranteed for all.”

Nothing against X-Ambassadors (8/5), Run DMC (8/6), Dierks Bentley (8/7), Boston (8/9), Don …

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Rant’n’Roll: Steve Winwood and Steely Dan Provide The Countdown to Ecstasy

Holmdel, NJ—The 100-degree temperature permeated the sides of the open-aired PNC Bank Arts Center to the point where during Steve Winwood’s epochal set—of Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and solo hits—we wandered like Jews in the desert searching for shade. They say the music you grew up with still …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Svetlana And Wycliffe Are The New Ella And Louis

New York, NY—Ella Fitzgerald [1917-1996], born in Virginia and raised in New York City, came out of Yonkers to join Chick Webb’s big band before hitting stardom as a solo. Louis Armstrong [1901-1971], born and raised in New Orleans, hit stardom in Joe “King” Oliver’s band in Chicago. Their 1956 …

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