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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 3:19pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

The Doctor’s back! This week we’ve got the Pretenders and Echo & the Bunnymen. Omigod!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 3:17pm
Happy Anniversary: Better Than Ezra, How Does Your Garden Grow?

18 years ago this week, Better Than Ezra released their third album on Elektra Records, an effort which found the band shifting into different musical territories and seemingly finding themselves creatively reinvigorated in the process.

BTE fans got a preview of How Does Your Garden Grow? when “One More Murder” was included on the soundtrack to the first X-Files feature film, and there was little question that the band was delving into darker territory, but it was easy to write off the darkness as being appropriate for the film. It soon became evident, however, that the band was intentionally staring into the abyss, with their new album offering a subtitle: “A Series of Nocturnes.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 3:08pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

Dr. Rhino's still on vacation (Ed. Must be nice...). So, let us revisit one of his classic playlists! The Doctor will be back in the saddle next week, making new playlists just for you...yes you!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 10:48am
Six-Pack: Shaun Ryder
Shaun Ryder, best known as frontman for Happy Mondays and Black Grape, turns 54 today, which – if you’ve read his 2011 autobiography Twisting My Melon, in which he details his past pharmaceutical exploits – is nothing short of remarkable. To celebrate the date of his birth, we’ve put together a six-pack of tracks that Ryder worked on with other artists.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 10:39am
This Day In

49 years ago today, Joni Mitchell performed her first show in the UK.

Having performed in a variety of cities throughout the US and Canada, Mitchell made her way across the pond in August 1967 to make her London live debut at the famed Marquee Club, but it’s a testimony to how early in her career she still was at the time that she wasn’t even headlining. Instead, she opened for a band with the none-more-British name of The Picadilly Line…and, no, that’s not a typo: there’s only one “c.” (We checked.)

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 11:12am
Six Pack: Tori Amos

Tori Amos turns 53 today, and to put a unique spin on celebrating her special day, we’ve put together a six-pack featuring songs which feature Tori yet aren’t from her catalogue as a solo artist.

1. Y Kant Tori Read, “Cool on Your Island” – We’d feel like we were doing the world a disservice if we didn’t kick things off by offering a reminder of the album that emerged in advance of Tori beginning her solo career. There was a time when it sort of seemed as though she might’ve been a little less than thrilled that Y Kant Tori Read was ever a thing, but in recent years she’s blindsided audiences by suddenly breaking into songs from the album, including this one.

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 11:03am
Happy Anniversary: Led Zeppelin, In Through the Out Door

37 years ago this month, Led Zeppelin released what would prove to be their final album of all-new material.

Its title inspired by the trials and tribulations of battling back from their tax-exile status and getting into the public eye once more, In Through the Out Door was Led Zeppelin’s first new studio album in three years, but in the interim since the release of Presence in 1976, much had gone on in the lives of the band members. As a result, In Through the Out Door has a slightly different feel than some of the albums which preceded it, not least of which because John Paul Jones and Robert Plant had more creative influence over its contents. There were many reasons for this, but as Jones noted to Uncut, one of the biggest in terms of his musical contributions was that he had “a new toy.”

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 2:37pm
That Time Ian Gillan Got Born Again

Today is Ian Gillan’s birthday, and although it’s obviously tempting to venture back into the Deep Purple catalog and spotlight several of the classic tracks from his time with that band, we’ve decided to take a left turn and instead focus on Gillan’s decidedly shorter stint as the frontman of a different classic rock band: Black Sabbath.

When Ozzy Osbourne departed the band during the sessions for the album that would ultimately become Heaven and Hell, he was replaced by Ronnie James Dio, who fought the good fight for that album and the follow-up, Mob Rules. After that, Dio headed off to start his own band – and, yes, they were called Dio! – but when he hit the road, he kind of left Black Sabbath in the lurch in terms of a lead singer.