It is Duran Duran Appreciation Day around the world and you’re probably wondering if I made that up. I wish I had!
“Ladies and gentlemen, rock ‘n’ roll.” – August 1, 1981
Rock-n-roll has always celebrated unchecked bravado. So, when Echo & the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch declared (often) that “The Killing Moon” was the greatest song ever written, we might not have agreed with him but we certainly didn’t allow his over-confidence to lessen our appreciation for the band’s work.
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of OK Computer, the album’s influence continues to cast an icy shadow across modern rock ‘n’ roll.
Here’s what’s in heavy rotation in my world. It should be in yours, too.
You can dance if you want to, you can leave your friends behind – or on this sweltering summer Saturday in Las Vegas, you can bring your friends along.
How do you replace the most exciting and innovative frontman in rock-n-roll history? You simply don’t.
Opposing tides flowed into each other in Las Vegas on Friday evening as the candy-colored festival goers heading north to the Electric Daisy Carnival walked through a mass of faded Pink Floyd t-shirts in the queue outside T-Mobile Arena.
All roads have led us here. On their sleek new album Last Young Renegade, All Time Low establish themselves at the forefront of contemporary music by daring to shake off pop-punk expectations.
The 262-mile road trip from Las Vegas to Pasadena, CA includes a stretch along the hip of Mojave National Preserve. With all due respect to the impeccably attired Lumineers, the real opening act for U2’s return to the Rose Bowl was the miles upon miles of Joshua trees stretching around us as my wife and I descended into California to celebrate the 30th anniversary of U2’s landmark album with 100,000 or so friends.