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New Release Section: Fontaines D.C., “Jackie Down The Line”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Fontaines D.C. have announced their third album, Skinty Fia, to be released on April 22nd on Partisan Records. News of the album comes with the release of its first single, “Jackie Down The Line”—replete with a video directed by Hugh Mulhern—as well as the band’s first North American tour dates since 2019. The band will give “Jackie Down The Line” its live performance debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday January 12th.

Working for a third time with producer Dan Carey, Skinty Fia follows 2020’s brooding and vital GRAMMY-nominated sophomore album A Hero’s Death. The band first sprang to international attention in 2019 when their exhilarating debut album, Dogrel, became one of the most highly lauded releases of the year and won them a place on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist. With poetry infusing their music and lyrics, coupled with their ​​joyous, intense live shows, Fontaines D.C. have rightfully earned a reputation as one of the most refreshing and exciting young bands in years; a once-in-a-generation youthquake of literate, bombastic brilliance.

After picking up nominations at the BRITS (“Best International Group”), GRAMMYs (“Best Rock Album”), and the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards (“Best Album”), the band returned from pandemic lockdown to sell out all 10,000 tickets for their October show at London’s Alexandra Palace before wrapping up work on Skinty Fia.

“Skinty Fia” is an Irish phrase which translates to English as “the damnation of the deer” and the album’s cover art features a deer, plucked from its natural habitat and deposited in the hallway of a home, illuminated by an artificial red glow.

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TVD Radar: America’s Deadliest Rock Concert: The Guest List premieres 2/20 on REELZ

VIA PRESS RELEASE | REELZ today announced the network’s original documentary America’s Deadliest Rock Concert: The Guest List premieres Sunday, February 20 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT presenting the deeply personal stories of lives forever altered by the tragic Station nightclub fire that left 100 people dead, more than 200 injured and devastated the tight-knit community of West Warwick, Rhode Island. It is also a story of the triumph of the human spirit, as seen in a community’s resilience and the recovery and rebirth of Joe Kinan, who was the last survivor pulled from the fire and the most severely burned.

On the night of February 20, 2003, more than 400 music fans packed into the small Station nightclub. Just seconds after ’80s sensation Great White took the stage, pyrotechnics ignited a fire that raced up the walls and across the ceiling of the packed venue. In less than 90 seconds, most of those who hadn’t already made their escape would be trapped inside. They would be burned alive, identified days later only by dental records or tattoos. The Station fire was a perfect storm of human error that became one of the worst nightclub tragedies in U.S. history. It remains America’s deadliest rock concert.

“Seen through the human lens of victims, survivors and their families, the fire and milestones of healing physical and emotional scars all come into focus in this poignant television event,” said Steve Cheskin, SVP of Programming at REELZ. “With intimate insight from people who were impacted by the tragedy, this is a potent portrait of humanity, from deep resentment and brutal suffering to resilience and the power of community.”

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Graded on a Curve: Einstürzende Neubauten, Kollaps

Celebrating Blixa Bargeld on his 63rd birthday.Ed.

At long last, a rock album capable of shattering my nerves. I’ve sat through all manner of horrible noise for decades, but the sheet-metalheads and industrial music pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten are the first to make me wish I was deaf.

Einstürzende Neubauten may translate as Collapsing New Buildings to English speakers, but they don’t sound like an architectural disaster to me. They sound like the foundry where I worked during my summer years at college only worse, because Einstürzende Neubauten are both foundry and insane asylum, and the lunatics have taken over the machinery.

Is Einstürzende Neubauten’s Industrial Revolution clang and clamor a negative commentary on the robotic dehumanization celebrated by the futurists in Kraftwerk? A conservative retreat to the glory days of steam power, when manly men forged manly things with their manly calloused hands? The final revenge of metal shop kids over the pencil-neck geeks destined for lucrative jobs in the towering high-rises of the private sector? All are questions worth pondering, but having just listened to Einstürzende Neubauten’s 1981 debut Kollaps, I have too much of a headache to think clearly.

Theirs is, I must admit, a novel concept–establish rhythmic din by means of building tools, scrap metal and sundry other detritus of the machine age, then set Blixa Bargeld to the task of barking, growling, muttering, moaning, shrieking, bellowing and ululating all over them. It works wonders, that is if your idea of a good time is having ground augers shoved in your ears whilst being beaten over the skull with a 2-1/2 inch split head hammer.

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New Release Section: Destroyer, “Tintoretto, It’s For You”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Destroyer is pleased to announce LABYRINTHITIS, out March 25, 2022, on Merge Records. Pre-order today on CD, LP, and jade and ivory Peak Vinyl in the Merge store and participating independent record shops. Alongside this announcement, Destroyer shares the first song and video from the album, “Tintoretto, It’s for You.”

LABYRINTHITIS is a journey deep into uncharted Dan Bejar country. It brims with mystic and intoxicating terrain, the threads of Bejar’s notes woven through by a trove of allusions at once eerily familiar and intimately perplexing. “Do you remember the mythic beast?” Bejar asks at the outset of “Tintoretto, It’s for You,” casting torchlight over the labyrinth’s corridors. “Tintoretto, it’s for you/ The ceiling’s on fire and the contract is binding.”

More than an arcane puzzle for the listener, LABYRINTHITIS warps and winds through unfamiliar territory for Bejar as well. Written largely in 2020 and recorded the following spring, the album most often finds Bejar and frequent collaborator John Collins seeking the mythic artifacts buried somewhere under the dance floor, from the glitzy spiral of “It Takes a Thief” to the Books-ian collage bliss of the title track. Initial song ideas ventured forth from disco, Art of Noise, and New Order, Bejar and Collins championing the over-the-top madcappery.

Bejar and Collins conducted their questing in the height of isolation, Collins on the remote Galiano Island and Bejar in nearby Vancouver, sending ideas back and forth when restrictions didn’t allow them to meet. Ahead of mixing, the Destroyer band was brought into the fold to further the unprepared synchronicity and mutual discovery.

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Graded on a Curve: Sacred Soul: The
D-Vine Spirituals Records Story Volume One & Volume Two

On January 14 a crucial chapter in the history of hot gospel gets fresh illumination thanks to Bible & Tire Recording Co.’s two-volume retrospective Sacred Soul: The D-Vine Spirituals Records Story. Across four sides of vinyl (available separately or as a bundle), two compact discs (ditto), and digital (available through Bandcamp), these 28 recordings by nearly as many different groups and performers document a sustained run of inspired artistry and savvy production that was originally released on 45rpm singles. Eminently listenable, the contents also celebrate the no-nonsense go-for-it gusto of grassroots independent record making.

By now, it’s no secret that African-American gospel is one of the indispensable fibers in the grand weave of 20th century music, and not just for its foundational role in the development of Soul. No, the undiluted stuff, almost always waxed by smaller, if not necessarily independent record labels, is worthwhile, indeed highly prized, entirely on its own for its combination of skill and intensity sharply honed through commitment and belief.

Formed in downtown Memphis, TN in the early 1970s by US Air Force veteran, preacher, radio personality, and soon to be record producer Juan D. Shipp, D-Vine Spirituals is as vital to hot gospel’s growth narrative as Nashboro and Pitch/Gusman, both labels from the southern region of the USA that flourished in the same approximate timeframe.

The proof is in the listening, as Bruce Watson’s Bible & Tire Recording Co. has already released two volumes focused on D-Vine Spirituals subsidiary JCR (stands for Juan, Charles, and Robert, not Jesus Christ Records) and an LP dedicated solely to Elizabeth King and the Gospel Souls, who cut the label’s paradigm-shifting first single “I Heard a Voice” in 1972.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 1/12/22

Rome, IT | Pope slips out of Vatican to visit record shop, gets CD: Pope Francis grew up listening to the opera on the radio, is a fan of Argentine tango and thinks Mozart “lifts you to God.” But it still came as a something of a shock to see the 85-year-old pontiff coming out of a downtown Rome record shop late Tuesday with a CD in hand. He had made an unannounced visit that was caught on camera by a Vatican reporter who happened to be nearby. Javier Martinez-Brocal, director of the Rome Reports news agency, said he was in the neighborhood of Rome’s Pantheon when he noticed a white Fiat 500 with Vatican license plates and some police cars parked in front of the Stereosound shop. Francis had slipped inside and stayed for about 12 minutes, chatting with the owners, Martinez-Brocal reported. They then recounted what had transpired: It turns out the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a customer during his visits to Rome, and had promised them he’d come visit when he met with them at the Vatican.

Wales, UK | The independent record shops in Wales enjoying the biggest vinyl sales in 30 years: Vinyl sales have seen a surge in sales with record shops all across the country booming with success. Vinyl record sales in 2021 leading into the new year have been the highest they’ve been in the past 30 years, with record shops across Wales all enjoying the demand. Despite issues with backlogs and delays, independent vinyl stores across the country have established themselves as ‘musical hubs’, with a resurgence of music enthusiasts opting into a hard copy version of their favourite tracks. According to new figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), over five million LP vinyl records have been purchased in the past 12 months accounting for nearly a quarter of album purchases, its highest level since 1990. But like many other industries it has seen its fair share of challenges in a year plagued by shortages, as one independent record shop explained: “It’s gotten to the point where we’re a victim of our own success, there’s a lot of shortfalls just because pressing companies can’t match the overwhelming demand in the industry.”

Pittsburgh, PA | The Largest Record Store In Pittsburgh Has More Than Half A Million Albums: That old saying “everything old is new again” offers a pretty good reason to hang on to those items – from clothes to decor – that have gone out of style. After all, give it time, and everything pretty much comes back in style again. Like vinyl records. Once playing second fiddle to cassettes, CDS, and streaming, old-school records are making a comeback, and you’ll find no better or bigger selection than at the largest record store in Pittsburgh. Jerry’s Records on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill earns props as more than the largest record store in Pittsburgh. It, in fact, is known as the “world’s largest all-vinyl record store,” with an impressive selection of more than a half of a million records. You’ll want to carve out enough time to meander up and down the aisles that are jam-packed with vinyl records.

Ghost, Volbeat commemorate co-headlining tour with limited edition vinyl single: Seven inch will only be available at tour stops. Ghost and Volbeat are commemorating their monumental joint headlining tour to release a limited edition double A-side 7-inch vinyl featuring each of the band’s contributions to The Metallica Blacklist via Blackened Recordings. Ghost’s cover of “Enter Sandman” on Side G and Volbeat’s “Don’t Tread On Me” on Side V will be pressed on crystal clear vinyl and limited to only 3,000 units with 115 copies available at each tour stop on a first come, first served basis. There will be a limit of one per customer. All proceeds from the split 7-inch will be split evenly between The All Within My Hands Foundation and the charities of the artists’ choice: Camp Aranu’tiq (Ghost) and Børne Cancer Fonden (Volbeat).

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New Release Section: Cate Le Bon, “Remembering Me”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The third single from Cate Le Bon’s new album Pompeii.

Today, Cate Le Bon shares “Remembering Me,” the third and final single from her forthcoming album Pompeii, out February 4th. The song exists in Le Bon’s signature aesthetic paradox: songs built for now that miraculously germinate from her interests in antiquity, philosophy, architecture, and divinity’s modalities. “In the classical rewrite / I wore the heat like / A hundred birthday cakes / Under one sun,” Le Bon sings.

The accompanying video was directed by Juliana Giraffe and Nicola Giraffe of Giraffe Studios and features costumes by Monica Adriana Rowlands.

“‘Remembering Me’ is a neurotic diary entry that questions notions of legacy and warped sentimentalism in the desperate need to self-mythologise” —Cate Le Bon

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New Release Section: Johnny Marr,
“Night and Day”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Johnny Marr has released “Night and Day,” the brand-new single taken from the “Fever Dreams Pt 3” EP – the third quarter of forthcoming double album Fever Dreams Pts 1-4, due February 25th via BMG.

Featuring backing vocals and bass from Primal Scream’s Simone Marie, “Night and Day” encapsulates the confusion, the torpor and the entropy of the way we’ve all been living. Speaking about the new single, Johnny said, “I need songs after all the news, news, news. It gets too real in the hotspots.”

Most importantly, “Night and Day” and the themes of Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 also look to the future, and the idea that even in the most trying times, hope endures. “I’m trying to be positive, for me and my audience, really,” Johnny adds. “My personality is such that it occurs to me to think that way. I’m not just writing with positivity for the sake of a song. It’s real, and it’s also very necessary.”

“The Fever Dreams Pt 3” EP features four brand new songs from Johnny Marr’s anticipated first double LP – “The Speed Of Love,” “Night and Day,” “Counter-Clock World,” and “Rubicon.” The EP will be released on limited edition gold vinyl on May 20th, pre-order HERE.

Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 will be available on CD and double vinyl with the official store offering exclusive limited edition white vinyl and cassettes, alongside merch bundles with signed prints. HMV and independent record stores will also be stocking a limited-edition turquoise vinyl pressing. Pre-order/presale HERE.

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Graded on a Curve:
Janis Joplin, Pearl
(MFSL Ultradisc
One-Step Pressing)

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has reissued Pearl, from Janis Joplin, originally released in 1971 as an Ultradisc One-Step Pressing. One-Step packages include an album spread over two vinyl discs, playable at 45 RPM for extra fidelity. The albums are pressed on Super Vinyl, developed by NEOTEC and the uber pressing plant manufacturer RTI, offering vinyl with the quietest surface.

The key to the One-Step format is that aside from using the normal MFSL process of working from the original analog master tape recording, the album goes directly from lacquer to what’s called “convert” negative, adjusting the normal mastering process where the lacquer would go through two more steps before being pressed onto vinyl.

Pearl was Joplin’s third studio album. Her first was as part of the self-titled album from Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1967, and the second was I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, released in 1969, after she left Big Brother. The live Cheap Thrills with Big Brother was released in 1968.

For Pearl, Joplin was backed by Full Tilt Boogie, who was her backing band on the famed Festival Express tour through Canada in 1970. The album was produced by Paul A. Rothchild. All of her albums were produced by a different person. Rothchild worked with many of the most acclaimed American acts of the late-’60s and early-’70s, but he is most known as house producer for Elektra Records and for the albums he did with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Love, and especially The Doors.

Like Cheap Thrills, Pearl went to number one, but was released posthumously on January 11, 1971, a little over three months after Joplin’s death. The album’s centerpiece, “Me and Bobby McGee,” co-written by Kris Kristofferson, went to number one and was Joplin’s most popular song.

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UK Artist of the Week: Tyra Whitson

This week’s Artist of The Week comes all the way from Canada! Emerging artist Tyra Whitson pulls at the heartstrings with the release of her emotively alluring single “Father’s Eyes,” out now.

We’re slowing things down for you today with Tyra Whitson and her stunningly poignant new single “Father’s Eyes.” Tyra’s distinctive, compelling vocal is at the forefront throughout, channelling the likes of Lana Del Rey and Ashe. Talking about the single, Tyra explains, “The song was inspired by a deep appreciation and awareness of the various components that contribute to healing, learning, and coming into oneself.”

We know January can be a rubbish month for a lot of people, especially in terms of mental health, and sometimes you’ve just gotta let it all out. Let it out with Tyra, you won’t regret it.

“Father’s Eyes” is in stores now.

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Graded on a Curve:
Fazer, Plex

Fazer is a Munich-based quintet that specializes in a combination of jazz and post-rock with African polyrhythms. Yes, that means two drummers. The men behind the kits are Simon Popp and Sebastian Wolfgruber, with trumpeter Matthias Lindermayr, guitarist Paul Brändle, and bassist-producer Martin Brugger completing the group. Plex is their latest, an 11-track affair that nicely balances groove complexity with buoyant melodicism. It’s out January 14 on clear or black vinyl, compact disc, and digital through City Slang.

The scoop is that the five members of Fazer all met while attending the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Munich, a circumstance not the slightest bit surprising, as their collective skill is not only easy to discern but impossible to deny, even as they firmly favor the mingling of rhythmic flow and gestures of beauty over the mere flaunting of chops. Or at least that’s the case on Plex, their third full-length and the first this writer has heard (the prior two are Mara from 2018 and Nadi from the following year).

The impact of jazz on Fazer’s sound is also indisputable, but the same is true for the elements of post-rock in the equation. To elaborate, in the promo text for their latest, the group cites Talk Talk, Can, Fela Kuti, and Rhythm & Sound as influences, though it’s to their credit that none of the acts mentioned are blatantly obvious in the overall scheme as Plex unwinds.

Instead, they forge their own personality as a unit, an approach that leans more toward finesse than grit as the record plays, but with enough twists in the progression to keep matters consistently interesting. Opener “Ghazal” immediately establishes an African-tinged rhythmic bedrock, followed in short order by guitar, first a tight plucked pattern complementing the cyclical drum and bass and then a little post-rock atmospherics.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 1/11/22

Why More Gen Zs Fall In Love With Vinyl Records? Streaming music, premium subscriptions, and wireless speakers — these may seem like the norms in a Gen Z’s bubble. But for a growing segment of audiophiles in this demographic, the above-mentioned are nothing but a facade. Nowadays, turntable sales are mostly from millennials and some folks in their late thirties and early forties. A little behind them are Gen Zs, which may come off as a shock. However, the reality that turntables had outlived many of their supposed successors led to discoveries, a path every young adopter would come across. But why does this presumed zombie tech continue to rise in the hearts of our youth? The answer lies in the factors indicated below.

Detroit, MI | Michigan is home to one of the best record stores in America: In this week’s local column, we’re talking about something every music lover enjoys: a trip to the local record shop. In Michigan, we have a wide range of great stores. One of those has actually been voted one of the best record stores in America. There’s something special and unique about spending time at a local record shop. It’s almost like a “Cheers”-type environment, where “Everyone knows your name.” Shoppers and staffers bond of their passion for all things music. It’s a retro experience that shopping online just can’t fulfill. First of all, it’s worth noting that Michigan has a plethora of solid record shops. If you’re in mid-Michigan, Flat, Black and Circular is a longstanding favorite. The shop has been on the campus of Michigan State University for decades and stands out, both because of its cozy feel and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Another mid-Michigan spot is The Record Lounge, which often hosts live music, to boot. Now, Spin Magazine recently released its list of the 10 Greatest Record Stores in America. On that list is Dearborn Music in Detroit.

Chattanooga, TN | Sales of new and ‘new old’ vinyl records can be found at Chattanooga’s Yellow Racket Records: Sales of vinyl records continued to set a record in 2021, according to a report on axios.com, and when Ben Vanderhart decided to take part in the action more than a year ago, he wanted to focus on a market that was not served locally. – freshly pressed vinyl records. It has proven to be a smart move, despite the pandemic forcing him to stop some of the in-store promotional ideas he has. “You can buy previously beloved records at McKay or in an antique mall, but even there it can be hard to find the really good ones because people tend to keep the ones they like,” he said. “The good ones like ‘What’s going on’, who will give it up?” Vanderhart’s Yellow Racket Records on West Main Street in Chattanooga sell the Marvin Gaye album as well as works by The Beatles and other classical rock artists, but they are freshly squeezed and sealed. The store also sells newly recorded albums by artists such as Taylor Swift, Radiohead and local groups Call Me Spinster and Strung Like a Horse.

Birmingham, AL | Vinyl record sales up 50.4% in 2021. Here’s what Birmingham shops have to say: Don’t throw away that old CD player or turntable! According to a yearly report from music data compiler MRC Data, 2021 was a fantastic year for CD sales. For the first time since 2004, CD sales actually increased. Last year wasn’t just a good year for compact discs—apparently, vinyl album sales increased a massive 50.4% over 2020. Why are people starting to buy more CDs and vinyl albums? We spoke with representatives from two record stores in Birmingham to learn more. In an era where nearly the entire wealth of recorded music is available at the tip of your fingers, it seems odd that antiquated forms of recording—such as vinyl albums, compact discs, cassette tapes and more—are picking up popularity. Although physical forms of music saw a steady decline in popularity in the early 2000s due to digital download and streaming services, there has been a renewed interest in vinyl albums over the past decade.

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New Release Section: Sabaton, “Soldier Of Heaven”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Between the several battlegrounds of WWI, there was no scene as hostile as the feared alpine front that involved a series of battles at the border between Austria-Hungary and Italy. High above in the alps, men would fight in the most extreme conditions to protect the borders. Today, these fights are infamously known as the so-called “White War,” where many soldiers froze to death or were buried by dangerous avalanches. Their dead bodies remain under the snow to this day.

Today, Swedish metal war chroniclers Sabaton open the history books again to present their new single “Soldier Of Heaven,” giving that overlooked chapter of WWI a voice, a tune, and an impressive music video featuring both breathtaking special effects and the fatal beauty of this battlefield.

Bassist Pär Sundström states about the song: “We already released the ‘Christmas Truce’ and here comes another song which shows the diversity of the new album. In the early listening sessions of the new album this one was noted among most people as a top song and we know that this will be a powerful sing-a-long anthem on future concerts.”

Following the unique signature style of Sabaton, “Soldier Of Heaven” once again is a catchy headbang anthem that persistently sticks into your head. The song is now available to stream on all digital music platforms.

“Soldier Of Heaven” foreshadows the tenth masterpiece of Sabaton, The War To End All Wars, that will be released on March 4th, 2022 via Nuclear Blast Records. Once again, Sabaton will dive deep into the atrocities, miracles, and happenings around WWI and take the listener to an emotional and exciting ride of 11 tracks.

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TVD Radar: KISS, Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach 3LP in stores 3/11

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On March 11, rock icons KISS will release the next installment of their Off The Soundboard official live bootleg series with KISS – Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach, recorded live at the Virginia Beach Amphitheatre on July 25th, 2004. This is the second in a series of live releases by the band and will be available to stream and download, with a 3-LP standard black vinyl set, a 2-CD set, and a limited edition 3-LP set pressed on 180g opaque green vinyl, all available exclusively through the Official KISS online store, here.

Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach finds the legendary band in the midst of their Rock The Nation Tour, which is notable for being the first full U.S. tour of the longstanding Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer lineup. The career-spanning 20-song set includes classic KISS tracks such as “Lick It Up,” “I Love It Loud,” and the worldwide smash and No. 11 1979 U.S. Billboard charting “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” as well as perennial KISS fan favorites “Makin’ Love,” “King Of The Night Time World,” and “100,000 Years” that dig deep into the band’s astonishing 40+ year back catalog.

KISS are globally recognized as one of the greatest live bands of all time and are the creators of what is universally considered the best live album ever, 1975’s gold-certified and No. 9 Billboard charting Alive!. The KISS – Off The Soundboard series continues their storied legacy of groundbreaking live albums with a document of the spectacular, larger-than-life extravaganza that is a KISS concert.

Known for their trademark performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and are America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time in every category. Peerless as a live act, the band’s illustrious legacy has been marked by record-breaking global tours during a remarkable 48-year career.

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Graded on a Curve:
Rod Stewart,
Never a Dull Moment

Celebrating Rod Stewart on his 77th birthday.Ed.

Rod Stewart remains my greatest lost hero, who went from a likable rogue with a knack for writing great and frequently self-deprecating songs to the cheesy lothario of “Hot Legs” and “Tonight’s the Night.”

And while pinning down when he jumped the shark from jovial rascal to queasy-making lecher (my pick: the lines from “Tonight’s the Night” that go, “You’d be a fool to stop this time/Spread your wings and let me come inside”) can be difficult, in my humble opinion his final great moment was 1972’s Never a Dull Moment, which was not nearly as great as 1971’s Every Picture Tells a Story, but still highlighted Stewart as an irrepressible rake rather than a sleazy ladies’ man.

Sure, both 1974’s Smiler and 1975’s Atlantic Crossing have their moments, and even 1976’s A Night on the Town includes the great “The First Cut Is the Deepest.” But Never a Dull Moment is the last Stewart LP to include more good tracks than mediocre ones, and features some undeniable classics in “Lost Paraguayos,” “Mama You Been on My Mind,” and the wonderful “You Wear It Well.”

Indeed, Never a Dull Moment lives up to its title, although I have to admit I’ve never been a huge fan of the blues standard “I’d Rather Go Blind,” which Etta James turned into a hit in 1968. On the other hand, his cover of Sam Cooke’s “Twistin’ the Night Away” rocks and rolls thanks to the cranked-up guitar of Ron Wood (the Faces featured on Rod’s first four “solo” records; odd how their ultimate disappearance coincided with his downfall) and the powerful drum thump of Micky Waller, who’d played with Stewart back in the days of The Steampacket.

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