Generally speaking, there isn’t a rock band on the planet that doesn’t owe some sort of debt to the Beatles — even an act as willfully experimental as Radiohead, who stopped tinkering with unorthodox song structures long enough to borrow from one of the Fab Four’s best-known recordings in 1997.
More than 40 years after George Harrison put together the all-star ‘Concert for Bangladesh,’ rock fans have become inured to the concept of stars coming together in order to combat societal ills — and these days, in order to really get attention, a charity festival has to have a pretty impressive lineup. Like, for instance, the 2012 Global Festival, scheduled for Sept. 29 in New York City’s Central Park.
As one of the most classic rock-friendly bands to spring from the grunge revolution, Pearl Jam have always been clearly indebted to Led Zeppelin — but that inspiration soared to painfully obvious new heights with ‘Given to Fly,’ a single from Pearl Jam’s 1998 album ‘Yield.’
For most people, our gender identity is simply accepted as a matter of course — and for those who reach the often agonizing conclusion that they were born with the wrong one, the process of explaining who you really are can be unbearably difficult, even when discussed in private with those closest to you. But for Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, who until recently was known as Tom Gabel, it was simpler to announce the news in a magazine story.
We already know that the new Muse album marks a creative milestone for the band, which found itself at least in part inspired by the dubstep sounds of artists like Skrillex — but for the band’s bassist, Chris Wolstenholme, it marked a new personal beginning as well.
Because writing and recording a triple-album set — and then touring behind it — apparently isn’t enough to keep him busy, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has joined NBC’s reality singing competition series ‘The Voice’ as a mentor.
With its distinctive galloping beat and instantly memorable chord progression, Iggy Pop‘s ‘Lust for Life’ has popped up repeatedly in commercials and movie soundtracks over the years — and perhaps also in the strains of Jet‘s 2003 hit ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl.’
Yesterday (July 23) was a sad day for Seattle Mariners fans, as one of the team’s most beloved and longest-lasting players, Ichiro Suzuki, was traded to the New York Yankees. But Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard helped soothe the burn a bit by posting his own musical tribute to the departed legend, suitably titled ‘Ichiro.’
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