Exclusive Music, Playlists, Merch & More

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.

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 12:25pm
Six Pack: Robert Plant
It’s Robert Plant’s birthday today, and we’re sure you’re going to be just completely blindsided by the fact that we’ve decided to offer up a Led Zeppelin playlist in his honor, but we’re doing a bit more than that. In addition, we’ve put together a six-pack of tracks which feature Plant on vocals in some capacity, giving you a chance to hear him crooning outside of Led Zeppelin or even his solo work. You’ve probably heard a few of these, but here’s hoping we’ve provided you with at least one or two new songs to cherish.
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 2:54pm
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!

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 11:52am
Happy Anniversary: Travis Tritt, T-R-O-U-B-L-E

24 years ago today, Travis Tritt released his third solo album, an endeavor which provided him with his third consecutive top-10 LP on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

T-R-O-U-B-L-E found Tritt working once again with producer Gregg Brown, who’d also been behind the console for his 1990 debut album, Country Club, and his sophomore effort, It’s All About to Change, but like the cliché says, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.