We’ve all been there… someone you trust enthuses about a contemporary album while you’re having beers in your local pub (“Dude, you’ve never heard of them?”), but you forget to check them out. That’s why RPM’s man in Paris – Guillaume LaFon – put together a list of five albums you probably missed for your cranking pleasure. Hell, we even included handy-dandy links to make this truly effortless. We live to serve. You’re welcome.
With their Motown-influenced blend of pop and soul, Los Angeles-based duo Electric Guest are the perfect group to be featured in Hard Rock Cafes worldwide as our Artist of the Month for March 2017.
From time to time, some of our more passionate guests will get worked-up over certain pieces of memorabilia in our collection and try to take us to task over them. Usually, this stems from someone assuming that a joint called the Hard Rock should exclusively display memorabilia that fits into their personal definition of what “hard rock” music is.
When you’re in a band, selecting the proper jam for an encore is critical to maximize your chances to crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentations of their women. Everybody knows that.
Vintage Beatles toys are undeniably awesome. Let’s play with ’em.
“I’m in love with my car, got a feel for my automobile…” – QUEEN
Though rock ‘n’ roll music is now over 60 years old, it remains predominantly a boy’s club. Why is that? Is the swagger necessary for good rock music inherently masculine? Are electric guitars too phallic? It can’t be that simple.
In some ways, Brooklyn-based pop phenom Bebe Rexha personifies the 21st century music biz ideal – she’s predominantly known as a guest singer, she ignores the old-school concept of an album release, her image is perfectly crafted for Instagram and her voice is manipulated into what is essentially a computer noise. In short, she’s a completely digital creature… and it’s kind of perfect.
Last week, I queued up in cyberspace to drop the better part of a week’s pay on tickets to see U2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Much like they did 30 years ago, U2 are selling out stadiums and playing songs from The Joshua Tree. For a band so wary of using nostalgia to remain relevant, taking The Joshua Tree on the road represents an unmistakable shift in the band’s thinking.