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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 1:08pm
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World

"While there is time
Let's go out and feel everything
If you hold me
I will let you into my dream"

Steve Winwood was a star in the Spencer Davis Group when he was still underage and referred to as "Stevie," frontman for the first supergroup Blind Faith, a cutting edge band leader in Traffic and then a solo star in 1981 with "While You See A Chance." It wasn't completely uninterrupted, there were some slow days in the seventies, but nothing like the dry spell after "Arc Of A Diver" (yes, there was a mild hit on "Talking Back Through The Night," but the album was nowhere near as big as "Arc Of A Diver"), and then came 1986's "Back In The High Life."

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:04pm
David Gilmour

69 years ago today, a guy was born in Cambridge, England who went on to become one of the most distinctive guitarist in rock history: David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.

Mind you, to simply say that Gilmour is “of Pink Floyd” somewhat undercuts not only the fact that he’s had a solo career – albeit a sporadic one – since 1978, when he released his self-titled debut, but that he’s also carved himself a solid reputation as a producer and a guest guitarist. His work behind the console began when he helped Syd Barrett shamble through his two studio albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, but he’s also twiddled the knobs for Kate Bush and the Dream Academy. Meanwhile, you can hear Gilmour’s playing on material by a rather remarkable variety of artists, including – but not limited to – Arcadia, Grace Jones, Kirsty MacColl, Jimmy Nail, Bryan Ferry, Roy Harper, Peter Cetera, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney, both with and without Wings.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 5:24pm
Andy Gibb

Today would’ve been Andy Gibb’s 57th birthday, and the fact that it isn’t – he died in 1988 at only 30 years of age – makes it a highly bittersweet celebration, indeed. We shouldn’t forget, however, that the youngest of the Gibb brothers released quite a few great pop songs during the course of his all-too-brief career, which is why we’ve spotlighted a number of them in the playlist below.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 1:42pm
Rhino Factoids

23 years ago today, R.E.M. could easily have been described as the most popular band in America and find little in the way of argument after receiving a six-pack of honors from the Rolling Stone Music Awards.

Now, when we say “Rolling Stone Music Awards,” we’re not talking about some glitzy ceremony. In fact, we’re not talking about a ceremony at all: we’re referring to the awards designated by the magazine within its pages. Still, even after all these years, there are few music publication which have as much street cred as Rolling Stone, and when a band manages to take home – virtually speaking – Artist of the Year, Best Band, Best Guitarist (Peter Buck), Album of the Year for Out of Time, and Best Single and Best Video for “Losing My Religion,” you certainly can’t say that they’re unpopular, that’s for sure.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:31pm
Digital Roundup

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

Collapsing Lungs, Colorblind: If the name “Olivia Newton Bundy” doesn’t mean anything to you, then it’s likely the band Collapsing Lungs won’t ring a bell, either, but Bundy – a stage name, of course – was one of the founding members of Marilyn Manson back when Marilyn Manson was a proper band rather than just a guy. (You know, kind of like Alice Cooper.) After departing the Manson family – see what we did there? – Bundy started Collapsing Lungs, an amalgam of hip-hop and heavy metal which caught the ears of critics but did very little from a commercial standpoint. If either the musical concept or the background of its creator strikes you as intriguing, then consider giving it a shot. It’s pretty infectious stuff.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00pm
Gig of the Week

Last month, Ride made their long-awaited comeback after 20 years away. At the legendary 100 Club venue in central London, Andy Bell and Mark Gardener took to the stage for a 75 minute set all in aid of the War Child charity, playing to a tiny number of lucky fans. There are more Ride shows to come this summer so get in the mood with the setlist from their comeback gig.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 2:59pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

Screw it. I’m sticking with the ‘90s again this week. 1990, suit up.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 2:24pm
Debbie Gibson

26 years ago today, Debbie Gibson earned the second #1 hit of her career with a ballad that served as the soundtrack to many a first kiss in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, even if it might be better remembered by Family Guy fans as the song Stewie sang when he auditioned for American Idol.

As the first single for her sophomore album, Electric Youth, a tremendous amount of weight was placed on the shoulders of “Lost in Your Eyes,” but given that her previous #1 hit had also been a ballad (“Foolish Beat”), there was certainly reason to believe that following in its footsteps wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world…and, indeed, it wasn’t.

Gibson, however, had already gotten a feel for how well audiences liked the song from having introduced it to her live set during the Out of the Blue tour, and in a 2014 interview with Billboard, she recalled the crowds’ reactions.