Classic Tracks: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Watching the Wheels"

Dec 8, 2010, By Matt Hurwitz

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Grammy-winning album Double Fantasy was released in November 1980, just weeks before Lennon’s tragic murder. The disc spawned three Top 10 singles, including “Watching the Wheels,” this month’s “Classic Track,” which producer Jack Douglas counts among his favorite songs on the album. ...

Music: Secret Sisters

Nov 10, 2010, By Blair Jackson

Considering the music industry buzz surrounding the impressive debut album by the neo-traditional country duo the Secret Sisters, it’s remarkable to think that a year ago the act didn’t exist and that real-life sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers hadn’t been knockin’ ’em dead at talent shows or coffee houses in their hometown of Muscle Shoals, Ala., the past several years. They’re that polished, that charismatic. ...

Classic Tracks: Metallica's "Enter Sandman"

Oct 25, 2010, By Sarah Benzuly

Today, San Francisco Bay Area–based band Metallica are aptly called “The Monsters of Metal.” But that wasn’t always the case. After finding their hometown not as receptive to their brand of metal, the then-current line-up (James Hetfield, rhythm guitar/lead vocals; Lars Ulrich, drums; Ron McGovney, bass; and Dave Mustaine, lead guitar) headed down to L.A. in the early ’80s to make their way into the burgeoning metal scene. ...

Classic Tracks: John Fogerty's "Centerfield"

Oct 6, 2010, By Blair Jackson

It’s October, and that means playoff baseball and the World Series, so what better “Classic Track” to talk about this month than John Fogerty’s “Centerfield”? Not only does 2010 mark the song’s 25th anniversary, it also earned the supreme honor this past summer of being formally “inducted” into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.—it plays there ’round the clock. ...

Music: Nellie McKay

Oct 6, 2010, By Barbara Schultz

“Where do songs come from?” Nellie McKay asks in our interview about her latest release, Home Sweet Mobile Home. Her question may be directed inward in part, but it’s not rhetorical. After making five albums—four composed of original material and one collection of Doris Day covers, Normal as Blueberry Pie—this sweet-voiced, quirky, gentle artist is still somewhat mystified by her own process. ...

Music: Michael Franti and Spearhead

Sep 22, 2010, By Blair Jackson

Offhand, Michael Franti and Spearhead would not seem to be likely candidates to land songs in the Top 20 and become a popular headliner. After all, the tall, biracial, dreadlocked, tattooed, perennially barefoot Franti has been dancing (literally) around the periphery of what we might call “popular” music since the mid-’80s. ...

On the Cover: Chris Lord-Alge's Mix L.A.

Sep 21, 2010, By Maureen Droney

Does Chris Lord Alge really need an introduction at this point? From Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Nickelback and My Chemical Romance, to Faith Hill, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge and countless more, Lord Alge has had a long run of mixing hits. ...

Mavis Staples

Sep 9, 2010, By Barbara Schultz

The electronic press kit for Mavis Staples’ new album, You Are Not Alone (Anti, out September 14), includes video of Staples and her producer, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, talking about the sessions in Wilco’s Loft studio in Chicago. “This session for me was the most joyful and uplifting and spiritual,” Staples says. “I feel this was meant to be.” ...

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