Guitar Slinger: Cheap Trick legend Rick Nielsen chats with Revue

Written by Rich Tupica | Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:40 |

In the summer of 1980, Cheap Trick guitar virtuoso Rick Nielsen walked into a New York City recording studio to record I’m Losing You with John Lennon. A few months later, the Beatle was assassinated. 

Working alongside Lennon is just one of the many astonishing plaudits Nielsen has received in his long career that started in 1965 but took off in 1977 with the mainstream success of Cheap Trick’s self-titled debut. 

Revue talked with Borns about his new album, his start here in West Michigan, and coming home after all this time. 

Matisyahu has devoted his musical career to delivering highly introspective messages in a style that’s all his own. 

His latest record, Undercurrent, is described by Matisyahu as what he imagines Abraham’s walk back down the mountain was like after being instructed by God to kill his own son.

In 1981, a newly formed punk band called the Descendents released a frantic, four-and-a-half-minute EP titled Fat. While the pop-music machine of the 1980s was churning out hits like Eye of the Tiger and Hungry Like the Wolf, the Descendents were writing about things real kids could relate to, like grease-ball fast food joints, their jerk of a dad and coffee jitters.

The Descendents were the relatable underdogs, and nearly four decades later, they still are. 

Right from the beginning, A Perfect Circle never fit the shape of a conventional rock band. It’s no surprise then that the group has defied regular touring and recording cycles over its nearly 20-year history.

Often described as an art-rock inspired alt-metal supergroup, A Perfect Circle melds the powerful vocals of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan with the soaring guitar work of Billy Howerdel. 

Life in the Present: Chris Robinson and his Brotherhood create one day at a time

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:39 |

Revue spoke with former Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson ahead of The Chris Robinson Brotherhood's upcoming show at The Intersection.

Eyes Wide Open: Third Eye Blind looks back while moving forward

Written by Eric Mitts | Friday, 29 September 2017 10:31 |

Last summer, alt-rock radio mainstay Third Eye Blind made major headlines all across the country following its concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The reason: Frontman Stephan Jenkins and company live-trolled the event — much to the dismay of the many Republican fans in attendance. 

Livin’ the Fantasy: Paz Lenchantin reflects on life with The Pixies

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 29 September 2017 09:22 |

The story of the Pixies isn’t new: An enormously influential band instrumental in ushering in a dynamic style of alt-rock that helped shape the very music of the ’80s and ’90s. The group influenced bands from Nirvana to Radiohead, and even gained respect from the likes of U2 and David Bowie.

So it was no surprise that after the band’s brief career and breakup in the early ’90s, the reunion and return to touring in 2004 saw shows that sold out almost immediately, multiple festival appearances and touring across the globe.

A lot of bands like to say that the sky’s the limit for their music, their career, and their dreams, but for Nashville-based alternative band Judah & the Lion, it’s especially hard not to believe.

Nashville is a town that likes folks who call themselves outlaws, but it’s a different story if you’re an actual rebel. 

Steve Earle knows more than a bit about this. He’s a gifted singer and songwriter who became a country hit maker in 1986 with the release of his debut album, Guitar Town.

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