Today we celebrate the 74th birthday of Smokey Robinson, one of America’s favorite R&B singers and songwriters. He is well known for being his time with The Miracles and Motown. Robinson was one of the most in-demand writers and producers for Motown, writing hits like “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and “My Girl” for The Temptations. After leaving The Miracles in 1972 Robinson took a year off and announced his solo career with his album, Smokey in 1973.
Robinson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Read more…
Lake Street Dive release their new album today – Bad Self Portraits.
With jazz at heart, Lake Street Dive pulls influences from classic rock, country and natural pop, top it off with Rachel Price’s killer vocals and you’ve got one unique sound. The group got together in 2004 and have since evolved into a versatile band, showing that they are just as at home on an acoustic stage as they are in a bar, jazz club or summer festival. Bad Self Portraits shows just how far Lake Street Dive has come since their Fun Machine EP. Pick up your own copy of Bad Self Portraits to brighten up the remaining gloomy winter days!
We are celebrating Peter Gabriel, who turns 64 today! Gabriel began his solo career in 1975 after leaving Genesis. He released So in 1986.
When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name
Looking back on the life and times of The Doors, we remember Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors, who would have been 75 today. Manzarek passed away on May 20, 2013. He was considered one of the greats of his time, considered to be “instrumental in shaping one of the most influential, controversial and revolutionary groups of the ’60s. Such memorable tracks as ‘Light My Fire’, ‘People are Strange’ and ‘Hello, I Love You’ – to name but a few – owe much to Manzarek’s innovative playing.” (Greg Harris)
Emmaar is Tinariwen’s sixth studio album, out today on ANTI-Records. Tinariwen is a collective of Tuareg singers, songwriters and musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, who come together in various combinations to play concerts and record each album. The group has been together since 1979, their songs are heavily influenced by their Tuareg roots. Read more…
Although Ziggy Stardust was only “alive” for just over a year, it was considered one of the most electric and exciting periods in rock history. On this day in 1972, Bowie played his first gig as Ziggy Stardust at the Toby Jug Pub in Tolworth, England.
On Feb. 7, 1980, Pink Floyd premiered The Wall at LA Sports Arena.
…multimedia rock theatre took several mammoth leaps forward when, in 1980, Pink Floyd transferred their new double album The Wall to the stage for the first time and produced a truly multimedia production that more than a quarter of a century later is still regarded as a highlight in rock concert history. – Mark Cunningham
Below, Pink Floyd: The Wall Live on 2/27/1980 in New York.
Celebrating the life and legacy of Nesta Robert Marley, born on this day in 1945.
Join us on Feb. 13 at Brewvies in Salt Lake City for Music Meets Movies, Bob Marley – Live at London’s Rainbow Theatre, followed by the award winning documentary, Caribbean Nights: The Bob Marley Story. We will be screening both films again on Feb. 18 at Movie Grill in Ogden.
The 25th Anniversary edition of Lucinda Williams self-titled album was released on Jan. 14, 2014.
The two-disc reissue features remastered versions of the original recordings, as well as a bonus disc with six live tracks and a previously unreleased live recording of a 1989 concert in Eidenhoven, Netherlands.
After the Disco is the Sophmore release from Broken Bells.
Broken Bells is made up of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, lead vocalist of The Shins. After meeting in 2004, the two started recording together in secret in Burton’s studio in 2008. The project wasn’t announced until 2009. Their first self-titled debut was released on March 9, 2013 and sold over 400,000 copies, putting the album at #7 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on iTunes.