Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 11:45am

Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.

Francois Hardy is a bona fide superstar in her native France, but in America she’s a bit more of a cult figure, albeit one whose cult has a profoundly devoted membership. In truth, Hardy might actually prefer it if her status was the same way worldwide: she’s long been notoriously shy, and as she said in a 2011 interview with BBC Radio 4 when asked about her classification as a music icon, “I am not comfortable with my professional life, really, so the word ‘icon,’ it’s as though you were talking about someone else. It’s not me, really. I feel happy when I’m on my bed, in my room, with a good book.”

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 12:43pm
During the course of Deep Purple’s long and storied career, the band has explored a variety of different sounds, all of which revealed the diverse musical tastes of the various members. Not all of these sonic explorations captured the interest of the record-buying public, however, which has resulted in some very worthy items in the Deep Purple discography flying under the radar in the years since their initial release.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 12:42pm

Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.

Deep Purple, In Rock: This may have been the fourth studio album released by Deep Purple, but for some of the band’s fans, it might as well be their debut, as it’s the first album to feature the so-called Mark II lineup of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice. The seven-track album is probably best known for the songs “Speed King,” which opens the proceedings, and “Child in Time,” a epic track which lasts more than 10 minutes. Although it’s not as well known in the US, having topped out at #143 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, Deep Purple’s British fans are far more familiar with In Rock, which was the band’s big UK breakthrough, hitting #4 on the album charts.

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 2:32pm

Hey, kids! Remember last summer when we released the limited-edition vinyl box set featuring all of the albums released by The Replacements during their tenure on Twin/Tone Records? Sure you do! And now it’s time for us to release a similar set for the studio albums they issued whilst on Sire Records!

Can you guess what it’s going to be called? That’s right: The Sire Years!

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:34am
When word got out that Ethan Hawke would be starring in a new movie about Chet Baker, the reaction about the same as it is whenever anyone gets cast in a film about someone who actually existed: some people were excited, some people were annoyed. Based on the reaction to Born to be Blue when it was screened at South by Southwest, however, it seems like the end result has been better than anyone could’ve hoped: at the end of the film, the audience leapt to their feet and gave Hawke a standing ovation.