Metaphor, allegory, and ambiguous language are often used in music to disguise the true meaning of a song. The lyrics to Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds went over the heads of many who were unfamiliar with LSD. Blondie’s One Way Or Another may sound like a romantic ballad, butRead More →

By Michel Christophe Rock Music Menu Columnist It’s beyond last minute to find a gift for the music lover in your life, but don’t panic; Rock Music Menu is here with the annual holiday gift guide to help the desperate. This week, we’re looking at 10 of the best rockRead More →

The Van Wezel will host the KANSAS in Sarasota on Friday January 28 at 8 p.m. With a legendary career spanning nearly five decades, KANSAS has established themselves as one of America’s iconic classical rock bands. This Topeka garage band released their first album in 1974 after being discovered byRead More →

Emilie Weaving is not your usual Stem ambassador Many 10-year-old girls write letters to themselves as adults. Few say that when they are older they will be the team manager of Italian motorcycle rider Valentino Rossi. Almost 20 years later, mechanical engineer Emilie Weaving is still chasing her dream, fingersRead More →

My column as we see it in the November 2021 issue of Stereophile was a heartfelt expression of regret for my inability to connect with current rock music. It ended with a request for recommendations. I have them. What’s more, most (but not quite) of those who responded found themselvesRead More →

Not everyone who tops the charts will necessarily be the next Beatles release. Sometimes it’s all about being in the right place at the right time, and some artists have reached the pinnacle of success and become the laughingstock of the entire rock scene. That doesn’t mean they’ve always beenRead More →

After a long year of 2020 almost entirely devoid of live music, 2021 has brought with it the return of concerts. Many rules and restrictions were in place as artists and venues tried to move forward amid the ongoing COVID pandemic. Yet vaccination proof and crowd size restrictions were smallRead More →

Rock and roll fans know that the band that suggests the genre has lost its relevance has lost good taste. When you listen to some of the best rock bands of all time, it becomes clear that rock music is sure to pass the test of time and live asRead More →

Some, especially in the image-conscious rock world, enter the holiday season reluctantly, perhaps ringing a sleigh bell here, and briefly donning a Santa hat there, hoping that no one will notice – or remember. The Darkness, on the other hand, had released a Christmas single even before their debut albumRead More →