Chris Chandler & the Mercenaries Emerge From the Underground

Think about how 2020 began – your life, your plans, your activities, the world around you – and then consider how it ended up, and all that transpired. Did things happen like you imagined they would? Like, if you’d told me last January that a year later I’d be writing about a Decatur real estate agent… Continue reading Chris Chandler & the Mercenaries Emerge From the Underground

Lennon, Dylan Covered on Bowie Birthday Single

On what would have been David Bowie’s 74th birthday – January 8th – a new 7-inch limited to 8,147 copies (is there some significance to that number that I’m not aware of, or is it random?) will be released featuring previously unheard recordings of Bowie covering John Lennon’s “Mother” and Bob Dylan’s “Tryin’ to Get… Continue reading Lennon, Dylan Covered on Bowie Birthday Single

Feast on This: Pylon Box Details Revealed

We’ve been aware for a while now that a Pylon vinyl box set was in the works. Well, now the full details on the four-album package have been revealed, and it looks amazing! The core of Pylon Box – to be released Nov. 6 on New West Records – will be the band’s first two… Continue reading Feast on This: Pylon Box Details Revealed

The Bongos

They Got the Beat! The Bongos Take Their Phantom Train Back Down South “Our first [U.S.] show out of the New York area was in Atlanta at the 688 [club],” reveals Richard Barone, vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter for Hoboken, New Jersey power pop-rockers The Bongos. “[We] first toured Europe before we left NYC [to… Continue reading The Bongos

Ian Hunter

Rant Central: Ian Hunter, All the Way From Connecticut At 75, Ian Hunter could be living the quiet life in Connecticut with his wife Trudi. These days, though, he’s been spending more time on the road with the Rant Band, a versatile group that’s been anchored by longtime drummer Steve Holley and multi-instrumentalist James Mastro… Continue reading Ian Hunter

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs – Under the Covers Vol. 3

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs – aka “Sid ‘n’ Susie,” as the booklet cover gently advises – pull off quite a hat-trick on the third installment of their Under the Covers series. We’ll get to that in a moment. Where 2006’s delightful first volume tackled ’60s covers from the likes of Beatles, Fairports, Velvets and… Continue reading Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs – Under the Covers Vol. 3

The Bongos – Phantom Train

As he tells the story, Richard Barone first met RuPaul around 1985 in New York City. The lead singer for The Bongos had already been told about RuPaul – who, back then, was a young man rollerskating around in a mohawk. In fact, a writer at Rolling Stone had told Barone that RuPaul should cover… Continue reading The Bongos – Phantom Train