Looking to cash in your iTunes gift card from the holidays? Soundbytes’ David Hyland has recommendations on what to buy.
James Brown’s death last month concluded a career and influence in 20th Century pop music that few figures could equal. But in the rush of eulogies, the truth depth of Brown’s musical legacy was typically waxed over. Soundbytes’ David Hyland remembers Soul Brother No. 1 by examining a few of his overlooked masterworks.
2007 is nearly here. But before we change calendars, Soundbytes’ David Hyland has gazed into his crystal ball and is ready to divulge some musical predictions of what we can expect in the year to come.
No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani has sought to step away from her band by explicitly embracing the pop mainstream in her burgeoning solo career. Her new album, “The Sweet Escape,” sweetens the deal by adding some Hollywood glamour and pop-star cliche to the formula.
This Thanksgiving, Chicago rock band Wilco has plenty to be thankful for. At Wednesday night’s concert in Madison, Wis., the group went a long way to express its appreciation to their deserving fans.
Bob Dylan and his heavyweight opening act, the Foo Fighters, were surprising Halloween treats during their one-two punch performance at Madison’s Kohl Center on Tuesday night.
Besides indie-rock hipsters, there was something else that filled Chicago’s Metro on Monday night for TV on the Radio’s sold-out concert: Doubt.
Left behind by the ’90s grunge movement that they helped foster, the Melvins have persevered by staying true to their hardcore roots. The band’s latest disc keeps their flame burning bright.
Napoleon Bonaparte once said that imagination rules the world, and the copious amounts of it employed on the new album by the Decemberists might give them at least global domination of indie rock.
In an era when so many pop stars’ careers seem ephemeral, alt-rock wunderkind Beck has had a run of great albums that compare with rock’s ’60s and ’70s pantheon. His latest, “The Information,” puts an end to his streak.