Sure, one could argue that being a household name within the music industry in any way should disqualify you from complaining. Still, there are plenty of groups out there that deserve way more appreciation than they get. Here is a list of ten groups – new and old – that we think should be talked… Read more
MMM Top Ten: 10 Incredible Debut Rock Albums
To have something important to say and to know how to say it – that’s the art of succeeding with your debut album. Some debut albums have such an important message that they change the world forever. Some of them are just incredibly well executed, burning with the energy of a new artist who finally… Read more
MMM Thoughts: Where is the Future of Rock Music Headed?
Photo Credit: Chuck Berry via Universal Attractions (artist management) “Hail, hail rock and roll // Deliver me from the days of old.” – Charles Edward Anderson Berry Rock and roll always had a problem orienting itself from the beginning. It is the musical product of a dozen styles of American music blended through time and… Read more
MMM Top Ten: 10 Alternative Rock Bands You Should be Listening to in 2022
Mark Josephson, Executive Director of the New Music Seminar said back in 1988 that “alternative music has real strength, real quality, real excitement, and it has to be socially significant, as opposed to Whitney Houston, which is pablum.” That’s a great explanation of what started during the late-‘70s to early-‘80s as college radio features like Dead Kennedys… Read more
MMM Top Ten: The Top 10 Most Memorable Rock Cover Songs
In the rock era alone, there have been many, many cover versions recorded and released. From live-only interpretations to deep album cuts, to #1 hits (even the Beatles, who we’ll get back to in a minute, started as a cover band). In some cases, artists’ cover songs are well-known just because the original already proved… Read more
MMM Thoughts: How is the State of Rock ‘N’ Roll in 2021?
Photo Credit: MTV VMAs This year’s MTV Video Music Awards (which aired live on September 12th) tell us pretty much all we need to know about how the state of rock ‘n’ roll is 2021. Actually, we can even go all the way back to 1997: The award category that had once been “Best Heavy… Read more
MMM Thoughts: Selling Out vs. Evolving in Music – Is There a Difference?
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Ringer illustration It doesn’t even take a million streams on Spotify or three sold out nights at Madison Square Garden to be labeled a “sellout”. Virtually any commercial success in music will inevitably invite claims that an artist has “sold out” and ironically enough, this label is most likely not to come… Read more
2000s Throwback Gallery: Ozzfest 2003
Ozzfest at the Tweeter Center Camden, New Jersey Chimaira Cradle of Filth Disturbed Killswitch Engage Korn Marilyn Manson Motograter Shadows Fall Voivod Photography by: Steve Trager
2000s Throwback Gallery: Kiss ‘The Farewell Tour’ 2000
Kiss ‘The Farewell Tour’ at the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre Camden, New Jersey Photography by: Steve Trager
King Diamond – ‘The Institute’ Concert Review
Photo Credit: Steve Trager It’s hard to pinpoint the brilliant musical success of King Diamond after establishing himself as a solo artist for over twenty years and his career thus far being nothing short of stellar. Many diehard fans know his distinct voice from the days of Mercyful Fate, which propelled King Diamond into a… Read more