Mick Farren's Funeral And Memorial Today

By Joe Stevens | September 19, 2013

The Farren send off-affair (affray?), since his death last August from a stroke whilst doing a lead singing gig with his band The Deviants,at a club in London, could last for days,with hundreds of his friends gathering to rejoice in having known him.

Linda Ronstadt Has Parkinson's Disease, A Lousy Excuse For A Song List But Here Goes Nothing

By Iman Lababedi | August 26, 2013

If I could buy your love, I’d truly try, my friend, And if I could pray, my prayer would never end, But if you want me to beg, I’ll fall down on my knees, Asking for you to come back, I’d be pleading for you to come back, Begging for you to come back to me

King Of The Honky Tonks Gary Stewart Remembered

By Steve Crawford | August 10, 2013

His die was caste. Bar rooms and heartbreak, loneliness and whiskey

Stanley Snadowsky's Of The Bottom Line's Favorite Songs!

By Iman Lababedi | June 19, 2013

There was a musical memorial for Stanley on June 2nd and my friend Richard Davis was among those who paid his respects in a room full of movers and shakers

Marianne O'Hagen, A Rock and Roller To The Tips Of Her Dancing Shoes, Dead At 63

By Iman Lababedi | June 15, 2013

Not just the essence of rock and roll but the essence of rock and roll as an art form, Marianne released herself and us from these earthly bonds as we all became highway stars shining forever.

The Seekers Celebrate 50th Anniversary

By Iman Lababedi | May 31, 2013

“Georgy Girl”, “The Carnival Is Over”, ” There will Never Be Another You”, show me another band with this sort of pedigree, indeed, show me another folk band so effortless great in distilling pop to folk and vice versa and i will show you Peter, Paul And Mary

Some Thoughts On The Doors On The Death Of Ray Manzarek

By Iman Lababedi | May 22, 2013

They got their band sound from the keyboards, it is still their most distinctive element and it is the break on “Fire” that made Morrison a superstar sex symbol. Also, with those sideburns and shades, Ray was an important visual element.

Blaze Foley: Forever In Duct Tape

By Steve Crawford | March 6, 2013

Foley played in small Austin bars, when they weren’t banning him due to drunkenness, and lived in a car. He released a few singles in his life, but album releases were never meant to be – master tapes were continually lost or stolen.

Davy Jones: Song and Dance man

By Iman Lababedi | March 1, 2013

“Are you sure he doesn’t know you are filming him?” asks the C.I.A. man as Davey breaks into the old shoe shuffle and a dynamic version of Stephen Foster’s “Old Folks Home”.

Missing John Lennon

By David Bronson | February 24, 2013

We as a species were robbed of such a bright and beautiful human force of hope and goodness and creative power, I can’t help but be struck by the ultimate tragedy of a man who gave the rest of us so much.

Ravi Shankar: Sitar Great, George Harrison friend, Great Tuner Upper

By Iman Lababedi | December 13, 2012

RIP Ravi, a good life, I hope you come back as a musician again.


By M Kriss | December 12, 2012

Just as Bebop and Bird came and never flew the coup, so Dave Brubeck’s take continues to wash down smoothly 50 some odd years afterward; enduring each and every everyman and woman’s jazz cocktail “happy” hour, no worse for the extended play.

John Lennon Still Talks Through The Decades: "There Is Nothing Wrong With You"

By Mahalia Dark | November 28, 2012

There is a reason why Lennon is bigger than the Beatles, bigger than anybody, why he is still adored and the compassion of songs like “Instant Karma”, “Give Peace A Chance” and the Universal good will of the statement. The great secret of live is either everything has a soul and is therefore good enough or nothing has a soul and is therefore good enough.

Pete Ham Memorial For The Badfinger Star, Suicide Victim This April 2013

By Iman Lababedi | November 24, 2012

Look at it this way: 6 million years have gone by without your consciousness, and 6 million more will go by without your consciousness. For fuck’s sake tough it out for the 100 years you are conscious

Warren Zevon's Top 10 Songs

By Iman Lababedi | October 31, 2012

Get your head out of the marijuana patch and into the bottomless pit of Jack Daniels and find yourself in an airconditioned motel room, your body a shaking wrecked as you tilt the medicine deep inside and sleep thru days after days and you will playing frisbie with “One Of These Nights” and turning to the Raymond Chandler of rock

Avalanna Routh, Mrs. Justin Bieber, Dies Of Cancer, Age 6

By Iman Lababedi | October 18, 2012

So while six year old girls die all day long, we don’t know about it. But we know about this one, we got a sense of this lively lovely girl Alanna Routh, and that youngsters loss feels terrible. It sucks.

Ian Dury's Unreleased Work To Be Released!!

By Iman Lababedi | October 18, 2012

Previously unheard songs recorded by late rocker Ian Dury are to be released alongside a book filled with the singer/songwriter’s scrawled notes and photographs.

Andy Williams: The Warm Cardigan Of Pop Appreciated

By Iman Lababedi | October 4, 2012

That’s what William achieved in his career. A kid from Iowa, who made a career by being sincere, self-effacing, in himself and in his songs. Williams died last month at the age of 84

Amy Winehouse's Vocals And Body Appear In New Nas' Video For 'Cherry Wine'

By Alyson Camus | October 4, 2012

Yeah, Salaam [Remi who worked on ‘Back to Black’] worked on her last album, and they were working. We don’t even have an explanation for how it happened. It was just magic. It just happened. It was supposed to happen. She made it happen.

Hüsker Dü Remembered – A Tale of Depression and Umlauts

By Steve Crawford | September 26, 2012

The year was 1985 and I was depressed. Deeply. Due to a combination of a lack of resources and a lack of imagination, I chose a stint in the United States military as my post high school launching point…

The Great Lyricist Hal David Appreciated

By Iman Lababedi | September 8, 2012

He was a professional lyricist and if you want to see how difficult that is, check out Costello laboring on “Toledo”. It isn’t easy and while it is an art it is equally an art and a business.

Lola And Jazz Mellor Talk Life After Daddy Joe Strummer

By Iman Lababedi | July 30, 2012

Jazz was 18, Lola 16 when he died and they were both devastated. It took Jazz years for the loss to sink in, and she reacted with panic attacks, Lola went into an immediate depression. “But you get over it…”

10cc Live… In 1977

By Robert Nevin | July 13, 2012

Let’s go back to an English summer 35 years(!) ago. It’s 1977 and the band is on its “Deceptive Bends” tour. During the course of three June dates at the Odeon Theatre Hammersmith in London, and two nights at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester,

50 Years After Brian Jones And His Band Played Their First Gig: The Stones Today

By Iman Lababedi | July 13, 2012

Brian Jones remains the tragedy at the center of their history, like a warning beacon of the effects of hardcore drug use. Firstly, he was the Stones leader, second he was the most uniquely gifted of all the musicians (yes, even Watts) and finally he got all the hottest girls. If Brian wasn’t so drugged up, Keith would have never nailed Anita.

Glen Campbell's Final Concert On His Farewell Tour

By Iman Lababedi | June 29, 2012

Really, of all the slow malingering deaths, this one sucks so bad. All you have is memories, how cruelly indifferent can nature be, to rob them from people. Terribly sad, really. Glen, like so many of us, went through the lot on his road to redemption, and Alzheimer doesn’t take it for us, it takes it from him

Fleetwood Mac Tribute Features Best Coast Covering "Rhiannon"

By Iman Lababedi | June 20, 2012

the assumption is we would be getting the Buckingham/Nicks Mac to the exclusion of just about everything else but no, even with Best coast doing “Rhiannon”. this bunch of covers digs deeper

Coldplay Tribute to MCA

By Helen Bach | May 8, 2012

As Alyson wrote of yesterrday, Coldplay tributed MCA.  The difference here is our opinions of the action.  I didn't know if i should laugh or cry when I saw this.  I mean first off Chris Martin can make anything sound sad but with piano and hush, "Fight For Your Right To Party", takes on a…

Droppin' Science Like Galileo Dropped The Orange

By Steve Crawford | May 7, 2012

As the Boys once stated, “It’s not how you play the game, it’s how you win it.” The Beastie Boys were pioneers that fearlessly popularized a new style of music and continuously explored new avenues of creative expression

Coldplay Cover The Beastie Boys 'Fight For Your Rights'

By Alyson Camus | May 7, 2012

I mean how can Chris Martin play this song this way whereas it was supposed to be a joke filled with rap gimmicks, rowdiness, disrespect and cream pies in everyone’s face? It’s an ode to having fun for the sake of it, it’s a paaaaarty song and Martin wants to make you cry with it?

Michael Malone Celebrated His 40th B-52's Concert On Sunday

By Iman Lababedi | March 5, 2012

I remember three things about first show…cindy came back and wore a silver turban. Studying fred playing the glockenspiel and getting goosebumps hearing private idaho live.”

Lily Allen To Sing At Amy Winehouse Tribute Concert

By Iman Lababedi | January 12, 2012

There is a little of what killed Amy in all of us, certainly in Lily. Lily came out the other side, maybe it is safe for her to return to the limelight again.

Exhibit E: Elliott Smith -Not Drowning But Waving

By M Kriss | October 20, 2011

Where’s parity when common sense lags alongside of disparity?

If Elvis Presley Was Alive Today, What Songs Would He Be Covering?

By Iman Lababedi | October 20, 2011

Presley 2011 release…

A Decade Of Difference, Bill Clinton’s Celebration At the Hollywood Bowl, Saturday, October 15th, 2011 Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | October 18, 2011

‘Bono and The Edge came up to bore the shit out of everyone’

ZZ Top: “A Tribute From Friends"

By Helen Bach | October 10, 2011

Nickelback, Steven Tyler, Wolfmother, Daughtry, Filter and more

George Harrison Solo Years: Dark Hoarse

By Iman Lababedi | October 5, 2011

not all things must pass…

The 7th Annual Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday October 1st, 2011

By Alyson Camus | October 4, 2011

for a good cause as the proceeds benefit the Johnny Ramone Research Fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Research Center.

"Michael Forever": The Doomed Show

By Helen Bach | September 25, 2011


Tupac Shakur Sighting At Amoeba? At Least Air Brush Artists

By Alyson Camus | September 16, 2011

‘The Don Killuminati’

Happy Birthday Michael Jackson

By Helen Bach | August 29, 2011

I suppose as a society it’s fun to tear apart our heroes

Why Write About Louis Armstrong?

By Iman Lababedi | August 28, 2011

I love Armstrong because when I listen to Coltrane and Mingus and Brubeck and Marsalis today and Ellington… they feel so above me. I don’t feel that way about Armstrong. He is me.