STM: Love & Rockets, “Ball of Confusion”

Psychedelic rock has always been the outlier of rock ‘n roll but it’s always had its faithful to keep the genre alive and kicking. The fallout of early 80s goth band Bauhaus gave rise to the superbly wild psych rock of Love and Rockets, made up of three former members of that defunct Peter Murphy-led […]

STM – Paying Tribute to Miguel

I’m planning a road trip later this summer and as I was shuffling through my deep catalog of music to create a playlist to accompany us along the way, the memories of my adolescence came back to me in soft ebbs. I’m still as avid a music fan at nearly 50 years as I was […]

STM: Starcrawler – a Rock n Roll Resurrection

Fronted by a spasmatic anorexic that surely must be the prodigal daughter of Iggy Pop, Starcrawler – a raucous and unfiltered band from LA – is here to take absolutely no prisoners in this retreating, almost apologetic, low watermark era in rock and roll history. For the last couple of years, corporate-bought websites – which […]

STM: Becca Mancari, “Summertime Mama”

This might be a bold statement but it’s an easy one to assert: Becca Mancari is the new definition of roots rock. Her music reminds me why I love Americana music with its tinges of country-rock and rooted in poignant songwriting. All the while, she has the natural musical instinct to make the music enjoyable, fluid, […]

STM: Acid Jazz Profiles

Throughout the 1990s, there was a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, electronica, and house music which went by various monikers. Of course, the purists will punch holes through my generalizations but the music labels included nu jazz, acid jazz, deep house, and (the most unoriginal) jazztronica.  The music mixed house beats with the swaggering improvisational spirit of […]