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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.
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:55am
Happy Birthday: Alice Cooper

Turning 68 today…

1. Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970): When this Carrie Snogress / Richard Benjamin dramedy hit theaters in August 1970, “I'm Eighteen” was still several months away from being released as a single, which is a way of saying that Alice Cooper was still several months away from any significant mainstream success. One can only imagine how many people walked away horrified by the band's stage antics in this party scene, but it's much nicer to think about the handful of folks who watched it and said, “Those guys are awesome.”

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 1:40pm
Happy Anniversary: Depeche Mode, “Barrel of a Gun”

19 years ago today, Depeche Mode fans had their vicious appetite for new material sated at last, thanks to the band releasing the first single from their ninth studio album, Ultra.

Composed by Martin Gore, “Barrel of a Gun” was a song that some folks might've reasonably feared would never arrive, owing to all the turmoil going on within the ranks of Depeche Mode since the release of their previous studio album, 1993's Songs of Faith and Devotion. For one thing, Alan Wilder had departed the band in 1995, which - considering that he'd been in the band since 1982 - was a pretty substantial blow in and of itself, but Dave Gahan had been dealing with substance abuse issues that had been bad enough at one point to result in a suicide attempt, Martin Gore had been battling the bottle as well as suffering a series of seizures, and Andy Fletcher was suffering from depression. (Gee, go figure…)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 1:21pm
Once Upon a Time in the Top Spot: The Blues Brothers, Briefcase Full of Blues

37 years ago today, Jake and Elwood Blues, a.k.a. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, successfully grooved their way to the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with their debut album.

Briefcase Full of Blues documented a live performance by Belushi, Aykroyd, and their astonishingly awesome band: Matt Murphy and Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, Paul Shaffer on keyboards, Steve Jordan on drums, Lou Marini and Tom Scott on sax, Alan Rubin on trumpet, and Tom “Bones” Malone on sax, trumpet, and trombone, too. On this particular evening - and it was September 9, 1978, if you were wondering - the Blues Brothers were opening for Steve Martin at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, and given the amount of energy that these guys put into their performances, the audience reacted just as you'd expect: they went wild.