Soundbytes: Top Albums Of 2015
2015 / Music / Top 10

Soundbytes: Top Albums Of 2015

At the precipice of a new year, there’s only ever one important question to be asked at this moment in December: What will we remember? Continue reading

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Remembering Scott Weiland: 6 Songs That Reveal Lasting Musical Contributions
2015 / Memorial / Music

Remembering Scott Weiland: 6 Songs That Reveal Lasting Musical Contributions

Although sometimes seen as a divisive figure among music fans and the industry in general, former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland had an undeniable impact with a steady string of alternative-rock hits in the 1990s and early ’00s. His death on Thursday offers a chance to reflect on those contributions. Continue reading

Concert Review: Glorifying Americana, Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch Excel As Roots-Music Missionaries
2015 / Live Reviews / Music

Concert Review: Glorifying Americana, Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch Excel As Roots-Music Missionaries

Although the members of the Dave Rawlings Machine took the stage in Madison Friday night dressed as every rural American archetype, the reason wasn’t to get a start on Halloween trick-or-treating. This Appalachia-loving string band was just getting in character to do what musical evangelist do best: Bring the fire to the people. Continue reading

Remembering Steve MacKay: Listen To Stooges’ Sax Player Forge A Masterpiece
2015 / Memorial / Music

Remembering Steve MacKay: Listen To Stooges’ Sax Player Forge A Masterpiece

Authors and critics might be correct when they write off Detroit-area saxophone player Steve Mackay as simply a sideman to the Iggy Pop-led Stooges in the early ’70s, but doing so sadly undervalues the importance of his contributions. Hired hand or not, any musician would want to be involved in making a musical masterwork. Continue reading