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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 4:26pm
this day in

48 years ago today, a couple of guys named John and Robert performed their first-ever gig in London with a musical endeavor they called the Band of Joy. Within a few months, the joy had apparently left the band, but even after their disbanding, John and Robert continued to play together in a new group. Perhaps you’ve heard of them: they were called Led Zeppelin.

John Bonham and Robert Plant first crossed paths in 1965, when Bonham joined the ranks of Plant’s band at the time, the Crawling King Snakes. That particular band may not have lasted for the long haul, but by 1966 Plant was fronting the Band of Joy, at least for a little while. His stint didn’t last very long due to disagreements between him and the band’s management, so he tried to start his own Band of Joy, a plan which seems destined for failure, as indeed it proved to be.

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 3:02pm
Alt Country

31 new tunes to wipe away those winter blues including tracks from Lucinda Williams, Cyndi Lauper, Buddy Miller, Kacey Musgraves, J.D. McPherson, and Wilco.

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 12:43pm
Neal McCoy

22 years ago today, Texas-born country crooner Neal McCoy released his third studio album, which turned out to be the album that would transform him into a chart-topping superstar during the 1990s.

Born in Jacksonville, Texas, McCoy got his big break in 1981 after entering a talent contest hosted by Janie Fricke – a country superstar in her own right – and walking away with the sweet taste of victory on his lips, not to mention a highly valuable prize: the opportunity to open for Charley Pride. Up to that point in his career, McCoy was still going by his real name, Neal McGaughey, but as he was understandably concerned about people mangling the pronunciation, he opted for a phonetic spelling instead: McGoy.

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:48pm
Gig of the Week
James 'Jim' Seals and Darrell 'Dash' Crofts, better known as Seals and Crofts, enjoyed two Hot 100 hits before they arrived at the California Jam in April 1974. At the show, they played alongside the likes of Black Sabbath and the Eagles, not to mention a TV audience of over 200,000. Here are the tracks they played that day in Ontario.
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:22pm
Now Available: The London Suede, Night Thoughts
Once upon a time, there was a band called Suede…and then all of a sudden there wasn't, at least in America. It's kind of a long story, but…wait, no, it isn't: a cabaret singer who performs under the name “Suede” sued them because she'd copyrighted it first, which resulted in the band that's known everywhere else in the world as Suede suddenly having to
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:13pm
Now Available: Chicago, Love Songs
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, is there any better way to tell that special someone that they're the inspiration, that they're a hard habit to break, and that you don't want to live without their love than by giving them a compilation of Chicago's greatest love songs?
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:15pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

It’s The Stooges vs. The Doors and no one here is getting out alive!

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:59am
Happy 25th: Faith No More, Live at the Brixton Academy
25 years ago today, Faith No More released their concert from April 28, 1990 on CD, thereby saving their fans the trouble of having to stand in front of their TVs with their boom boxes and record the audio from their VHS copies of You Fat Bastard: Live at the Brixton Academy.