• Beatles, American-Style!

    January 22, 2014 6:31 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    In some ways it feels as if the rock ‘n’ roll era is folding into itself! In the same week I witnessed the extraordinarily famous Eagles performing live in L.A.’s newly revamped Forum, I can now pick up a brand new box set of most of the Beatles albums, or a superb DVD celebrating the history of the Doors, and eagerly await this weekend’s Grammy Awards--which all these years later will feature a performance by former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr! But betwee...  | More »

  • New Bruce: He’s Still Got The Goods

    January 14, 2014 11:55 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Hello and Happy New Year—which, as you might note, isn’t exactly new at this point, but about as close as we’re going to get in a column running down the week’s more interesting music releases! What have we missed in the meantime? *An unexpected Beyoncé album! *A spectacular New Year’s Rockin’ Eve featuring a timely live version of “Imagine” urging us to begin 2014 with the full realization that there is “no heaven” and the...  | More »

  • R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’: Tight And Fitting!

    December 10, 2013 6:25 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    As music fans coast into the last half of December—with the excitement of both the recent American Music Awards and the Grammy Awards concert behind us—one thing is obvious: Nothing new is any good! Well, maybe that’s an overstatement. Something probably is! Still, as I look at my carefully compiled list of the week’s most interesting album releases, it does strike me as odd than more than half are either reissues of older material—by artists who’ve alrea...  | More »

  • One Direction: New Album Release Shock!

    November 26, 2013 1:55 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Like most of us, after watching the recent American Music Awards, I’m convinced that pop music has now reached its all-time zenith! And while I’m certain Miley Cyrus’s cat and Lady Gaga’s horse will rank up there with Blonde On Blonde and Sgt. Pepper’s in terms of pop culture references in years to come---though in the long run they’ll have a way to go to beat No Doubt and Sublime!—it doesn’t mean even more great stuff won’t be coming bef...  | More »

  • Standing At The Crossroads!

    November 19, 2013 1:35 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    It’s an admittedly odd time in pop music history when today’s most celebrated pop thrush, Miley Cyrus, has just turned 21, when former pop icons Nirvana recorded their historic Unplugged In New York set an unbelievable 20 years ago, and when two of this week’s biggest albums are by Frank Sinatra & Herb Alpert! Luckily the skillful and well-measured new releases by the even more iconic Webbie and Yo Gotti have arrived to put all that trendy crud in perspective! I think ...  | More »

  • Eminem: He’s Such A Kidder!

    November 5, 2013 1:55 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    We are now roughly within the three-week perimeter in which today’s top record labels strategically release the albums they hope will be among the year’s biggest sellers—and like you, I am excited as heck! New albums by Eminem? Avril Lavigne? Celine Dion? Il frickin’ Divo? If there is a God, surely He oversaw this week’s mammoth new release schedule! And even if He did take a lunch break, 2013 looks pretty darn hep, all things considered! That being said, it&rs...  | More »

  • Fire Down Below!

    October 29, 2013 5:00 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Certainly one of the most rejuvenating aspects of today’s pop music scene is the fact that even now—more than a half-century after the likes of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley established the essential roots of rock ‘n’ roll—good stuff still keeps being made! Unfortunately, most of it resides in the candy rack at my neighborhood 7-11, right above the Reese’s Big Cups and those King Size Hershey’s Take 5s! That said, today’s music scene isn’t ...  | More »

  • Katy Bars The Door!

    October 22, 2013 10:55 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Right around now is when it pays to be a music fan—or, more specifically, it’s when you pay to be a music fan! That’s sort of the idea! Between long-awaited releases by present-day superstars like Katy Perry, deluxe box sets featuring you & your parents’ favorite Van Morrison, and classic rehashing by perennials such as Tears For Fears, Donna Summer and Morrissey, there’s an entire world of legitimate holiday releases for you to purchase for yourself and fo...  | More »

  • Miley Cyrus: She Sings, Too!

    October 8, 2013 5:05 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Readers who perhaps have paid scant attention to the latest in music trends—who have heard they might like Mumford & Sons, say, but aren’t quite sure there are any record stores left in which they might purchase their popular album—should be reassured by the familiar names topping this week’s new releases list! With the likes of Korn, Alter Bridge, and the new, improved Stone Temple Pilots—now featuring Chester Bennington of Linkin Park!—it’s alm...  | More »

  • Justin Timberlake’s Latest–And Nine Other New Albums!

    October 1, 2013 5:20 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    As a thinking, feeling music fan who likes to think he’s completely at one with the current music scene, I’d like to offer up a recap of this past week’s major events! 1)Badfinger are back in a big way thanks to a TV show everyone in the world but me watches! 2)Miley Cyrus apparently likes pot enough to rave about it to the press--but clearly has never smoked it and then looked in the mirror while wearing her Minnie Mouse ears! 3) The otherwise mellow and laidback Kanye W...  | More »

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