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Joe Milliken
Mar 19 2019 - 6:04pm

March 30, 2018, saw the continuation of Rhino Records’ revamp of The Cars’ classic catalog with the release of the expanded edition of Heartbeat City (in tandem with Shake It Up, previously reviewed on SRO). This wildly unique fifth album from the band proved The Cars to be at the forefront of technological experimentation, cutting edge visual representation (aka music videos), and eclectic synth pop sorcery – all addictive elements prevalent in the 1984 music scene.

Joe Milliken
Feb 11 2019 - 8:57pm

After recently conducting an interview with Mike Girard, long time front-man of the crazy-cool rock band The Fools, I learned that Mike had written a book chronicling the 40-plus year escapades of this odd yet very talented group from the coal-mining town of Ipswich, Massachusetts, the original home (believe it or not) of the fried clam!

“... a group with balls, The Fools!” ~ Charles Laquidara, WBCN radio personality

Joe Milliken
Jan 28 2019 - 11:52am

Author and former New York Times correspondent, Christopher Wren, recently released his second “Vermont themed” book title Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution (Simon & Schuster). The new release follows Walking to Vermont, which told the story of how upon his retirement from The Times, Wren packed up a backpack and walked from Times Square, all the way to his second home in Fairlee, Vermont. But I digress...

Joe Milliken
Oct 10 2018 - 5:14pm

Veteran guitarist, keyboardist, and song writer, Randy Klawon, has been around the block... a couple times over. A Mentor, Ohio, native who became a member of The Choir in 1968 - joining his brother Dan in the band that would eventually morph into national hit makers the Raspberries - Klawon has played it all: originals and covers, the British Invasion, progressive and punk rock and now? Original Cleveland power-pop!

Joe Milliken
Sep 15 2018 - 4:18pm

Although Chargin Falls-native musician, Chris Butler, is most known for his creating of the experimental new wave band The Waitresses, the Kent State University student (yes, he experienced the infamous Kent State shooting) was also actively involved in the highly influential 70s Kent/Akron/Cleveland music and art scene that practically invented the American new wave sound with such bands as Devo, Chrissie Hynde’s Jack Rabbit, the Bizarros, Pere Ubu, Pagans, and Butler’s own Waitresses, 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) and Tin Huey.

Joe Milliken
May 4 2018 - 10:01am

Rhino Records has done it again. Coinciding with The Cars’ 2018 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and paving the way for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of their debut album, Rhino has released expanded editions of Shake It Up (1981) and Heartbeat City (1984), The Cars’ fourth and fifth albums, respectively. Of course, you may recall that expanded editions of Candy-O and Panorama were released last summer, causing quite a stir in the “Fanorama,” and these March 30, 2018, offerings have generated their own buzz, as well.

Joe Milliken
Apr 2 2018 - 11:26pm

I have been an Iron Maiden fan since 1981. Through all the ups (Powerslave) and the downs (Virtual X), I have always anticipated the next Maiden album with high expectations.

Joe Milliken
Jan 5 2018 - 11:33pm

Back in 2005, recordings of seven consecutive 1972 concerts performed by the legendary progressive rock band Yes, were discovered by Rhino Records, but deemed “too rough to release.” However, subsequent technology has enabled these recordings to finally be cleaned up and released, creating what may be the definitive live collection of "classic" Yes music to ever be released.

Joe Milliken
Dec 12 2017 - 11:53am

LOS ANGELES – In 2015, legendary Yes guitarist, Steve Howe, released the two-disc collection Anthology, A Solo Career Retrospective, a 33-track set taken from his vast archive of solo music. This was followed by the 2017 release of Anthology 2, Groups & Collaborations, a three-disc, 56-track collection covering material from the guitarist’s participation in bands, including songs from Yes, Asia, GTR, Tomorrow, and collaborations with other artists. Both collections also feature design and artwork from famed artist Roger Dean.

Joe Milliken
Nov 20 2017 - 2:23pm

Steve Hunter is one of those musicians - in the wide and deep pantheon of rock music - who may not necessarily be known to the masses. Yet also to many other fans and musicians alike - and some of the names you may be familiar with – Hunter, also known as ‘The Deacon,” is very well-known and highly respected as a studio musician and live performer. He has recorded and toured with such artists as Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and Robert Fripp, to name some.