Steve Vai – It’s Hard to Realize How Great He Is, Not Many People Understand

If Jimi Hendrix magically reappeared in 2017 and listened to new-ish Steve Vai track Dark Matter, you can imagine he’d have a pretty wide grin across his face. Much like the ’60s legend’s own recordings, it’s funky, spacey and boldly daring in a way no-one else Read More …

Starcrawler Review – More Grunge & Poses

Periodically, a young guitar band will come along and be tasked with saving rock’n’roll. Hyperbole rarely stops to define its terms, of course. Perhaps it should, since the idea that rock’n’roll as some sort of citadel in need of succour is pretty problematic. What does Read More …

Pale Waves Review – Goth-Poppers Emerge From The Shadows

<img src=”http://www.allimusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/6720.jpg” alt=”6720″ itemprop=”image” height=”1152″ width=”1920″ /> You suspect Pale Waves are the sort of new band who delight in subverting expectations. One glance at singing guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Doran – Gothic china dolls with yin-and-yang raven and bleached blond hair – Read More …

Royal Blood – Muscular Debut From Brighton, Two Man Riff Factory

In January, Brighton duo Royal Blood seemed like a tokenistic entry on the BBC’s Sound of 2014. The two twenty-nothing friends might have looked a little like a bearded Disclosure dipped in black Dylon, but they sounded like a riff factory, one cast adrift in a sea of Read More …

Muse Review – Entertainingly Bombastic

At the start, the security staff appear like menacing cyborgs, fanning out in the photographers’ pit. At the end, after Knights of Cydonia – Muse’s portentous, gleeful set closer – singer Matt Bellamy’s grand piano is swallowed up by the ground, along with him. This Read More …