Kanye West has had an exciting past couple of weeks. He was on the cover of Time magazine, topped the Billboard album charts, and succeeded in stealing the show with his performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Oh, and he slammed President George W. Bush on live TV during a Hurricane Katrina charity-athon. Controversy aside, David weighs in on whether his new album merits the headlines.
Once easily pigeonholed as diehard New Wave rawkers, Black Rebel Motorcycle have changed their tune on their record, “Howl,” wholeheartedly embracing folk-blues influences. In the process, the group dumped their drummer and had a high-profile falling out with their label. Soundbytes weighs in whether the drama makes for great listening.
Soundbytes remembers Al Aronorwitz, the so-called “the godfather of rock journalism,” who played a critical role in the careers of many ’60s music legends.