Mary Lambert opens heart in debut album

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:47

Mary Lambert. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Mary Lambert is nothing if not grateful for her newfound popularity. The lesbian singer/songwriter swiftly rose to fame after being featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ groundbreaking gay rights single “Same Love” in 2012. 

Fleetwood Mac — ALL together now

Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 06:50

Their “dream girl” is back.

The members of Fleetwood Mac each took a moment earlier this week at New York City’s Madison Square Garden to welcome longtime bandmate Christine McVie back to the stage after a 16-year hiatus, thus restoring the band to its mid-1970s and most successful configuration.

Mike Watt: The musical sailor on bass

Written by James Preston Allen,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:05

Mike Watt, former frontman for the Minutemen. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The workday had ended and the nightlife at the San Pedro, California, art walk was just gearing up. Lumbering down in his white econo-van, Mike Watt, 56, looked more like an old sailor than punk legend and frontman of the pacesetting group Minutemen. His van has probably tallied more road years touring than members of younger bands have been alive.

Summer Set Festival brings EDM north of the border

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:04

Bassnectar headlines the Summer Set Festival. — Photo: Amorphous Music

Only in its third year, Wisconsin’s Summer Set Music and Camping Festival has quickly become a top destination on the summer music scene. Spread across three days — Aug. 15–17 — the festival features music from the electronic and jam band genres.

Aretha takes on divas, comes out swinging

Written by JEFF KAROUB,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 17 October 2014 17:27

Aretha Franklin sings the sound of America like nobody else alive — a point of unceasing pride for Detroit, the place she was raised and remains near today. So the release of “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” raises one question right off: Does the singular Queen of Soul really need to borrow from other divas?

The answer is she doesn’t need to do anything, but a dive into the realm of other divas is a solid move.

Rachel Sage’s ‘Blue Roses’ blends the old and the new

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:56

Through a connection made via Facebook, New York-based singer-songwriter Rachael Sage is collaborating with a visual artist from Jordan. Young art student Majd Alomari sent samples of her work to the singer, who was so impressed by the anime and graphic novel influences in the art that she invited Alomari to create pieces inspired by the song “Happiness.”

Mellower with age, Bob Mould still plays fast and loud

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:28

Bob Mould. — PHOTO: Courtesy

When thinking of gay artists in popular music, the alternative rock genre rarely comes to mind. However, 53-year-old out artist Bob Mould can fairly lay claim to being an elder statesmen of alt rock. He was a co-founder of legendary punk band Hüsker Dü and, through his later band Sugar and a series of well-received solo albums, he’s been a guiding light in the alternative rock community for 25 years.

In tune online: Live Nation, Yahoo stream a concert a day

Written by The AP Monday, 04 August 2014 09:13

Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band in mid-July, offers free, high-quality concert footage in a way that helps the companies providing it, since selling ads is more profitable than concert promotion.

The deal opens up a new revenue stream for Live Nation, which reported second quarter earnings Thursday that fell short on profit but beat Wall Street's revenue expectations. And for Yahoo, premium video ad prices could be a cure for its plunging display ad rates.

Pop and jazz artist Bruce Hornsby goes classical

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:39

Bruce Hornsby’s new album explores atonality. — PHOTO: Courtesy

“Some things will never change,” Bruce Hornsby sings in his 1986 hit “The Way It Is.”

Aretha Franklin CD of diva classics due Oct. 21

AP Music Writer
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:52

Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers.

“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” will include songs such as Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Barbra Streisand’s “People” and Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman.”

Review: Petty’s rock ‘n’ roll triumph

Written by DAVID BAUDER,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:37

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Hypnotic Eye” (Reprise)

Tom Petty isn’t singing about himself on his new tune, “Forgotten Man,” but he can’t be blamed for thinking like that.

Mile of Music brings Americana artists back to Appleton

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 27 July 2014 03:36

Hugh Bob and the Hustle. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Appleton becomes Americana Central during the weekend of Aug. 7–10, when the Wisconsin city hosts the second Mile of Music Festival.