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The Who’s 50th Anniversary Dates to be Their Final Tour

It’s a sad, sad day for fans of the Who. Speaking to the Evening Standard at a screening for band documentary Sensation, Who guitarist and one-half of the band’s surviving members, Pete Townshend said: “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of

Taylor Swift – The Boyfriends That Inspired The Songs

Not to call Taylor Swift’s wholesome reputation into dispute, but ever since she burst onto the country-pop scene back in 2006, she’s been linked with more celebrity boyfriends than most people have hot dinners. With a list of exes that reads like a who’s who of showbiz, her confessional tales of past relationships have understandably

Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The powerful music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra seems to resonate most during the colder months. Perhaps it’s because the band’s name conjures images of barren snow blankets extending through Russia, as one looks outside from the warm embrace of a railway car. Or maybe it’s the mere feelings holidays can provide rich orchestral music, enhanced by

Eric Clapton’s Love Affair With The Guitar

Blues-rock legend Eric Clapton is not only widely regarded as one of the greatest axemen of all time, but alongside the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Hank Marvin, was an instrumental figure in the popularization of the guitar in the 1960s. Just as much a fan-boy of the instrument today as he was back during

Famous Musicians Who Are Republicans

With their mouths frequently in close proximity to a microphone, musicians often use their star power to voice a wide array of beliefs – from religious to political. The latter category is often seen safer from a PR perspective, at least insofar as one is critiquing a topic that is to the ire of most,

Best Jay Z Guest Spots

One of the most prolific rappers of his generation, Jay Z has released 12 solo albums and four collaborative LPs since first showcasing his talents back in 1996. But his tally of Billboard chart entries has also been bolstered by a huge number of guest appearances on artists from the world of hip-hop, R&B and

Best Contemporary Cover Versions of Rolling Stones Songs

Now entering their incredible 51st year together, The Rolling Stones started out their iconic career back in 1962 as a virtual covers band. They performed renditions of classic R&B and rock n’ roll tracks by the likes of Chuck Berry (“Come On”), Howlin Wolf (“Little Red Rooster”) and Buddy Holly (“Not Fade Away”), not to

Morrissey’s Most Depressing Songs

The jangly guitar riffs and epic indie-pop melodies often masked the rather depressing nature of The Smiths’ output. But Morrissey hasn’t earned his eternal miserablist reputation for nothing and amongst both his solo and former band’s back catalog, there are a plethora of songs that are so immediately unremittingly bleak that they make Leonard Cohen

How Mumford & Sons Made Bluegrass Cool Again

The vintage sound of bluegrass has intermittently weaved in and out of the mainstream over the years, thanks to Dolly Parton and Patty Loveless’ occasional ventures into the genre, Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Grammy Award-winning efforts, and of course the soundtrack to The Coen Brothers’ 2000 Oscar nominee, O Brother, Where Art Thou. But

Best Things Paul McCartney Has Done Since Splitting With The Beatles

Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles career may have always been regarded as second-best to John Lennon’s. But having recently closed both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, he’s entered his 70s still very much the national treasure of British pop. Here’s a look at ten of his best moments since the