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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:18pm
Happy Anniversary: Collective Soul, Dosage

17 years ago today, Collective Soul released their fourth studio album, an effort which featured a song that was a #1 hit on the Mainstream Rock chart for an unbelievable 15 weeks.

When Collective Soul made their full-length debut with Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid in 1993, there was no particular reason to expect the band to do more than thrive in the grunge era and then struggle to survive in the subsequent years. That's not to say anything against the band or their music, only to say that you never can predict the lifespan of any band that arrives just in time to fit into the latest trend on the pop charts. Collective Soul defied the odds, however, and in a ridiculously big way: they've earned a staggering seven #1 Mainstream Rock hits over the course of their career to date.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:37am
Happy 50th: Sammy Davis Jr., The Sammy Davis Jr. Show
50 years ago this month, the man they called Mr. Show Business released an album in conjunction with his then-new TV series, and to make sure no one missed out on the fact that they were companion pieces, they both bore the same title: The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. There's some great music on the album, make no mistake about that, but the more interesting story belongs to the TV series, owing to the weirdness tied to its premiere.
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 5:50pm

Who's ready to have some fun with The Monkees as they celebrate their 50th anniversary? With a tour kicking off in May and the group’s first new album in 20 years, GOOD TIMES!, due June 10th, Monkee-mania will be taking 2016 by storm!

GOOD TIMES! features all three surviving band members – Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal featured on one song. To produce the new album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy® and Emmy®-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy). GOOD TIMES! will be available on CD and digitally June 10, with a vinyl version coming out on July 1.

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