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I have a theory. It goes like this: Every true music lover will eventually and inevitably be indoctrinated into the Cult of Tom Waits. All it takes is time. One day you’ll hear a Tom Waits song and you’ll just get it. You’re in. Whether it’s the demented underworld Disney of “Tango Till They’re Sore” or the dark slice-of-life that is “Franks Wild Years,” eventually every true music fan falls in love… Read More

I’m only going to say this once. Frankly, I shouldn’t have to say it at all. It’s common sense. It’s the sort of universal truth everyone is aware of without ever needing to be told. You were born knowing this. Flute does not belong in Rock-n-Roll. Duh right? It’s a bit like telling someone that the fire extinguisher is for, you know, extinguishing fires. Of course you know where I’m headed… Straight… Read More

ATTENTION ALL MUSICIANS: Regardless of your chosen instrument or preferred genre, DO NOT under any circumstances consider covering AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.” You can’t pull it off. You will fail. You will embarrass yourself. Allow me to elaborate… Let’s begin by meticulously dissecting “You Shook Me All Night Long” beginning with the historical significance of the Back In Black album when it was released in the summer of 1980. If… Read More

Who can forget that time in 1986 when the Swedish King of Heavy Metal Guitar Wonks Yngwie J. Malmsteen released his third solo album Trilogy? Most of us as it turns out. Which is sad, because it sports one of the most perfectly clichéd heavy metal album covers ever to grace the shelves of your local Tower Records. It depicts a sole guitar hero (the band apparently had the day off) battling… Read More

Essentially, internet clickbait creators are utilizing the same deception that’s served fortune tellers and astrologists well for eons. Tell people what they want to hear, and you’ll never go broke.