Marillion: F*** Everyone and Run

By Chris Anderson   Marillion: F*** Everyone And Run   On their 19th studio album, Marillion continues to stand in a class all its own. Few bands ever get over the loss of their lead singer – Marillion not only got better for it but here we are, some 27 years (and fifteen albums) later, […]

Summer Roundup

By Chris Anderson   Summer Roundup   2016 has already become legendary, the universe claiming the lives of a seemingly endless number of musical icons. To add further insult, 2016 has not been a benchmark year, as far as recorded music is concerned. Few major artists have released albums this year (that I haven’t already […]

Green & Gold: And Then The New Crow Came

Green & Gold: And Then The New Crow Came Tucked away in the farthest corner of North America is the magnificent island of Newfoundland. You may remember that I spent a summer up there in 2014, soaking up the culture and even laying down some roots. While much of Newfoundland’s music, landscape, and culture is […]

The Monkees: Good Times!

By Chris Anderson   The Monkees: Good Times!   It’s safe to assume that, in 1966, no one could‘ve predicted that The Monkees would be a long-term concern. After all, it was just a silly TV show. Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork were hired for their personalities, not their artistry. They […]

Prince Rogers Nelson

By Chris Anderson Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016) I barely know where to begin. It’s been over a month since we lost Prince and it still doesn’t feel real. There’ve been far too many losses in the music world lately and while each has affected me in one way or another, none was as shocking or […]

Gravity Understood

By Chris Anderson   Gravity Understood   And here I was thinking that this rash of musician deaths had finally subsided and then came home today to the news of Merle Haggard’s passing. Along with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, Merle ushered in a new era of country music, known as “Outlaw Country”. Shedding the […]

Black Mountain: IV

By Chris Anderson   …and so 2016 continues its hard slog, claiming musical legends at every turn. Just today we learned of the passing of Malik Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg. Along with Q-Tip, Phife led A Tribe Called Quest, one of the most influential hip-hop groups to emerge in the 1990’s. Originally part […]

Tributes and Astonishments

By Chris Anderson Tributes And Astonishments 2016 continues to move along and, unfortunately the music world continues to lose some of its most beloved legends. While we were still mourning the sudden losses of Lemmy, David Bowie, and Glenn Frey, news came down the pike that Paul Kantner, founder of Jeffersons Airplane & Starship, passed […]

Out Of The Gate

By Chris Anderson   Out Of The Gate   So 2016 has started off with quite a bang in the music world. And that bang is both positive and also quite tragic. Just before the turn of the New Year, we lost the great Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founder of Motörhead. One of the few characters […]

Dave Ihmels: The Severe Angels

  By Chris Anderson   Dave Ihmels: The Severe Angels   The DC-area music scene is an odd one. Sure, we have Go-Go and Hardcore, and we had the Arlington “Teen Beat”/”Simple Machines” bands of the 90s, but we’ve never really had that trademark stamp like New Orleans, Austin, Athens, Nashville, Seattle, San Francisco, etc. […]