Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 4:25pm

There is clearly a light that never goes out... The Smiths' THE QUEEN IS DEAD reigns in the most recently updated list of the NME's Top Albums Of All Time. The 1986 release beat out some stiff competition from The Beatles, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stone Roses, and Pixies.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:26pm

Thirty years ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was launched “to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll.” Beginning in 1986 with an inaugural class including such greats as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and the Everly Brothers, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has enshrined select groups of performers, sidemen, songwriters, producers and industry heavyweights every year.

Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record. The Hall of Fame's nominating committee seeks inductees of unquestionable musical excellence, based on such criteria as the influence their work has had on other artists, longevity and depth of their catalog, musical innovation and superiority of craftsmanship. Nominees are then put to a vote; ballots are sent to more than 600 artists, historians and music business leaders around the world. Performers who receive the most votes (and been named on at least half of the ballots) are inducted into the Hall – typically between five and seven artists per year.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 11:43am

New Boxed Set Features Seminal First Six Albums From The Punk Rock Pioneers The Six-Disc Collection Arrives October 29 From Rhino

“Hey ho, let’s go!” With that call to arms the Ramones launched their recording career and changed the face of music forever, spawning punk rock and reinvigorating the ailing art form known as rock ’n’ roll. Formed in the Forest Hills section of Queens, NY in 1974, the Ramones were completely original, forging a whole new sound and direction for music and giving birth to punk.

Rhino explores the incomparable footprint of the Ramones’ musical legacy with a boxed set featuring the band’s seminal first six albums. RAMONES: THE SIRE YEARS (1976-1981) includes the band’s 1976 eponymous debut, LEAVE HOME (1977), ROCKET TO RUSSIA (1977), ROAD TO RUIN (1978), END OF THE CENTURY (1980), and PLEASANT DREAMS (1981), each presented with their original running order and artwork. The set will be available on October 29. The set will also be available digitally.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 5:54pm

"Had he accomplished nothing else, his work with the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties would assure him a place in anyone's rock & roll pantheon; those remarkable songs still serve as an articulate aural nightmare of men and women caught in the beauty and terror of sexual, street and drug paranoia, unwilling or unable to move. The message is that urban life is tough stuff—it will kill you; Reed, the poet of destruction, knows it but never looks away and somehow finds holiness as well as perversity in both his sinners and his quest. . . . [H]e is still one of a handful of American artists capable of the spiritual home run."

Rolling Stone, (1975)

Lou Reed, guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the widely influential band The Velvet Underground, passed away today of undisclosed causes at the age of 71. The musical luminary first became a prominent figure in the burgeoning New York music - and art - scene in the 1960s when he helped form The Velvet Underground and later maintained authenticity as a solo artist in the face of pressures to conform to the mainstream. Today, we remembered the impressive legacy he leaves behind with one of VU's most beloved albums - Loaded. R.I.P. Lou.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:18am

Van Morrison’s Classic Revisited With Five-Disc Deluxe Edition Loaded With Unreleased Takes From The Sessions, Including the Lost Track “I Shall Sing”

The Newly Remastered Album Also Available As Single Disc And As Double Disc Featuring 11 Unreleased Tracks

All Three Available October 22

In the fall of 1969, Van Morrison entered the studio to record MOONDANCE, the album that would soon become his commercial breakthrough and one of the most beloved recordings of all time. Fans will soon have the rare opportunity to experience this classic album like never before with the newly remastered and expanded version featuring 50 unreleased tracks including studio outtakes of favorites like “Caravan, “Moondance” and “Into The Mystic,” plus multiple takes and a final mix of the unheard track “I Shall Sing.”