Looking to cash in your iTunes gift card from the holidays? Soundbytes’ David Hyland has recommendations where to spend it.
Before we cross over into 2008, 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.
Once hailed as the Swedish saviors of rock ‘n’ roll, the Hives have hired rock and pop’s most lustrous names to propel their new disc, “The Black And White Album,” back to the top of the charts. If the new album isn’t quite a hail mary, it’s certainly a collection that underscores the group’s commitment to recapture their past glories.
When Robert Plant breaks out his tight bellbottoms to share the stage again with the reformed Led Zeppelin next month, it won’t just be 30 years of rock ‘n’ roll legends that he’ll be potentially trampling underfoot. He’s also risking the fortunes of his new album, a disc poised to finally fulfill his long-cherished dream of a creative life away from Zeppelin.
Ever the road warrior, Arlo Guthrie proves every night through his live shows that he’s folk music’s most dedicated ambassador and still a favorite son of the Woodstock nation. His recent concert in Madison, Wis., however, aimed to inspire young converts as much as it reaffirmed faith for his older fans.
If you read classic-rock god Eric Clapton’s new autobiography, “Clapton: The Autobiography,” it won’t take you 238 pages to realize why he’s a guitar player and not a writer.
Canadian indie-rock combo Stars bowled over many in the hipster nation with their last album. The band’s latest disc builds on this success, demonstrating an expanded musical vision, and comes tantalizingly close to making good on their name.