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Delhi electronica group Tankbund released their debut EP ‘Inside’ on March 9th. Last year their front-man released a massive 15-track album!

Check Out Gibson GuitART!

Amanda Sodhi
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Gibson recently launched GuitART For Good a project where art and music seamlessly merge for a charitable cause. Held at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2014, the project united the art and music communities and raised funds and awareness for deserving beneficiaries. The two segments of this project were the Gibson GuitART Auction, and Gibson GuitART Installations.

Skrat Win Red Bull Tour Bus Contest

Shawn Fernandes
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Since it’s unveiling in October last year, the Red Bull Tour Bus has been chewing up the miles as it’s ferried some of Indian indie’s finest across the length and breadth of the country. Bands that have play on (and lived in) the bus over the last few months include folk rock act Swarathma, metalheads Undying Inc., electronic collective The Dualist Inquiry Band and post-rockers The Supersonics.

Stone Temple Pilots to Play India

Shawn Fernandes

The news hit the Internet and suddenly it’s all that fans are talking about. If you’re a fan of 90’s alternative rock, it’s huge. If noughties rap-rock is your thing, then this is even bigger. Rolling Stone India is reporting that, in a super-storm of sorts for fans of 90’s alternative legends Stone Temple Pilots and noughties superstars Linkin Park, the Stone Temple Pilots, along with Chester Bennington, will play Delhi this February.

LIVE GIGS IN INDIA

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Bengaluru

6 March, Thursday: Live Banned @ Hard Rock Café

8 March, Saturday: Vasuda Sharma, Shaktishree Gopalan, Alexis (The Band) and Sulk Station @ CounterCulture

13 March, Thursday: All The Fat Children + Five Legged Funk Machine @ Hard Rock Café

15 March, Saturday: Tarun Balani Collective @ Windmills Craftworks

21 March, Friday: Your Chin @ The Humming Tree

22 March, Saturday: Parvaaz + Skrat + The F16s + Until We Last + SBTYR @ CounterCulture

26 April, Saturday: An Ode To The Blues feat. Guitar Shorty, Eric Sardinas and The Chronic Blues Circus @ CounterCulture

Chennai

6 March, Thursday: Black Letters @ Hard Rock Café

8 March, Friday: Your Chin @ The Park Hotel

13 March, Thursday: Bluebirds @ Hard Rock Café

18 March, Tuesday: Tarun Balani Collective @ India Habitat Center

20 March, Thursday: Mangloo @ Hard Rock Café

20 March, Thursday: Tarun Balani Collective @ Turquoise Cottage, Saket

21 March, Friday: Tarun Balani Collective @ Speak Easy, Gurgaon

27 March, Thursday: Franks Got The Funk @ Hard Rock Café

Delhi

6 March, Thursday: Jester @ Hard Rock Café

7 March, Friday: Wolfmother @ Hard Rock Café

7 March, Friday: Swarathma @ British Council

13 March, Thursday: Heavens Down @ Hard Rock Café

Hyderabad

6 March, Thursday: White Mug @ Hard Rock Café

8 March, Saturday: Wolfmother @ BITS-Pilani

13 March, Thursday: Audio League @ Hard Rock Café

Kolkata

6 March, Thursday: Big Family Blues Ensemble @ Plush

Mumbai

5 March, Wednesday: Wolfmother @ Hard Rock Café, Lower Parel

5 March, Wednesday: Highway 61 @ Hard Rock Café, Andheri

5 March, Wednesday: The F16s @ Blue Frog

5 March, Wednesday: Sky Rabbit @ Cheval

6 March, Thursday: Snowshoe + Paralights @ Blue Frog

8 March, Saturday: Func, ViceVersa, Laxmi Bomb, Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator @ Sitara Studio

12 March, Wednesday: Mihir Joshi Band @ Hard Rock Café, Andheri

14 March, Friday: Your Chin @ Bonobo

19 March, Wednesday: Blakc + Bone Broke @ Hard Rock Café, Andheri

20 March, Thursday: Skrat @ Blue Frog

23 March, Sunday: Swarathma @ Blue Frog

26 March, Wednesday: Spud In The Box + The Lightyears Explode @ Hard Rock Café, Andheri

9 April, Wednesday: Whirling Kalapas @ Blue Frog

Pune

6 March, Thursday: Empty Café @ Hard Rock Café

13 March, Thursday: Lucynic Fix @ Hard Rock Café

13 March, Thursday: Tarun Balani Collective @ Shisha Jazz Cafe

23 March, Sunday: Your Chin @ The High Spirits

Tool is Not Ready with New Album

Daniel Eriksson
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Tool has been forced to issue a statement in regards to a misunderstanding between Tool guitarist Adam Jones and a fan during a meet and greet: “Last night, Adam Jones, in a private conversation with fans attending the Portland Tool concert, joked that the band’s new album was not only finished but coming out the next day,” the statement reads. “Unfortunately, his off-the-cuff joke was taken out of context. Work on the forthcoming album is ongoing and as soon as it is done, trust me, we will be the first to let everyone know.”

Paul McCartney Working on Soundtrack

Daniel Eriksson
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03.11.2014

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Paul McCartney is a busy man. Having released his sixteenth solo album New last fall, and completing a tour of Japan, the former Beatle is ready to take on his next project.

Steve Perry Denies Journey Reunion Rumors

Daniel Eriksson
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03.11.2014

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There’s been a lot of speculation as of late whether Steve Perry will reunite with his former Journey band mates. But now Perry himself has put those rumors to rest. Speaking to Mingle Media (via Classic Rock) recently Steve said: “Absolutely a false rumour. You’re hearing it from me: Nope. That’s a rumour.”

Roll over, Indian Rock. You’re almost famous

A new book on Indian rock music history in the 60s and 70s galvanises a younger music lover to, in turn, toast his favourite decades and the wild changes they brought.

Musician Konarak Reddy a veteran of the Bangalore Music Strip
In A Blue Hand: The Beats in India, Deborah Baker writes of how the preeminent Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, on an east-looking spiritual quest, sailed to Bombay in 1961. (It is another matter that Keith Richards of the world’s longest-lived rock band The Rolling Stones, in his 2011 autobiography Life, declares Ginsberg was an “old gasbag” who “sat around playing a concertina badly and making ommm sounds, pretending he was oblivious to his socialite surroundings.”) The Beats were a generation that took root in San Francisco in the early 1950s and set off a revolution in literature, performance, culture and art, and their creative voltage was fuelled by pot, mescaline, LSD and a panoply of mind-altering drugs – later the subculture of psychedelia in which Aldous Huxley, the Summer of Love, and the very experienced Jimi Hendrix leap to mind. And it didn’t take long for its reverberations to reach India, or for the counter-influences to take effect.

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Tony Iommi: Health Status Update is “All Positive”

Russell Hall
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Back in January 2012, the Black Sabbath guitarist was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma, and even as the band toured in 2013 he continued to undergo treatment.

Gregg Allman Excited about Upcoming Beacon Theatre Shows

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Since 1989 the Allman Brothers Band has played more than 220 shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre. On March 7, the southern rockers will begin yet another 10-show residency at the legendary venue.

The Best-Selling Album of 2013 in the U.K. is…

Anne Erickson

It’s official: One Direction’s Midnight Memories is the best-selling album in the U.K. for 2013.

Former Cream Member Jack Bruce Promises New Music in 2014

Anne Erickson

Former Cream singer and bass player Jack Bruce will release his first solo studio album in over a decade this March. The album, Silver Rails, was recorded at a famous spot: Abbey Road Studios in London.

2014 Metal Outlook: New Judas Priest

Anne Erickson

It’s been a few years, but Rob Halford and the guys of Judas Priest are ready to serve up some new tunes, as Halford has just confirmed that Judas Priest’ upcoming studio release will arrive next year.

Could a Kinks Reunion be in the Works?

Daniel Eriksson

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards recently turned 70 years old, and many musicians from the early era of rock music are also getting up there in age, including Dave Davies, Ray Davies, and Mick Avory of the Kinks. The former bandmates are fully aware that if a reunion is to take place, it has to be soon.

Santana Takes Care of Homeless Former Bandmate

Daniel Eriksson
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Carlos Santana has been reunited with a former bandmate whom he hasn’t seen in more than forty-five years. In 1967 percussionist Marcus Malone was a member the Carlos Santana Blues Band. Malone and Santana lost touch when the former got in to trouble with the law and was subsequently jailed.

IIT Saarang Releases Lineup for Popular & EDM Nights

Amanda Sodhi

IIT Saarang has announced the lineup for their Popular and EDM Nights.

Colossal Figures Launch Debut Album

Amanda Sodhi

Delhi based progressive metalcore band will release their debut album Clockwork Dilation in January. The album launch will be followed with a launch tour.

Fire Exit Change Name, Release New Singles

Shawn Fernandes

Delhi alternative rock act Fire Exit have reconfigured their line-up, changed their name and released two new singles. The band, now a four-piece featuring vocalist/guitarist Subhadra Kamath, guitarist Aashish Mandhwani, Aditya Roy on bass and Varun Gupta on percussion and keyboards, have rechristened themselves as Sage And The Comets and have put out two new singles to herald their new direction.

Tedeschi Trucks Band To Play 2014 Mahindra Blues Festival

In what’s become a signature event on Mumbai’s music calendar, the much-feted Mahindra Blues Festival has announced the line-up for it’s fourth edition scheduled for mid-February 2014.

Swarathma Pull on Sweaters for New Tour

Shawn Fernandes

Gotta love the guys from Swarathma. The Bangalore folk-rock quintet is currently in the middle of a mammoth 9-show, 8-city winter tour that they’re whimsically calling the Sweater Pehno Tour. Taking on the bone-chilling Indian winter, the boys from Bangalore have already stopped of in Delhi for a NH7 Weekender set, before they head to Chandigarh to play atop the Red Bull Tour Bus. (That one’s going to be chilly).

THE LIVE LIST

Bangalore

28 November, Thursday: Hammer N Thong @ Hard Rock Café

29 November, Friday: Ananth Menon @ CounterCulture

30 November, Saturday: Eric Truffaz Quartet @ CounterCulture

Delhi

28 November, Thursday: Boomerang @ Hard Rock Café

29 November, Friday – 1 December, Sunday: The South Asian Bands Festival feat. The Raghu Dixit Project, Strings, Susmit Sen Chronicles, Papon & The East India Company, Barefaced Liar, The Circus and more @ Purana Qila

30 November-1 December, Saturday-Sunday: NH7 Weekender feat. Mutemath, The Lightyears Explode, Mekaal Hasan Band, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Dry The River, Meshuggah, Scribe and more @ Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida

5 December, Thursday: Jagga Jazzist + Soul’d Out @ Zorba

12 December, Thursday: The Aditya Balani Quartet @ Blue Frog

14 December, Saturday: The Aditya Balani Quartet @ Speakeasy Bar, Gurgaon

Guwahati

8 December, Sunday: Fireball V feat. Kryptos, Undying Inc, Silver Tears and Spreading Roots @ Shilpagram.

Hyderabad

5 December, Thursday: Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate @ Hard Rock Cafe

Kolkata

29 November, Friday: Jamsteady feat. Neel Sarkar Project + The Bodhisattwa Trio @ Princeton Club

14-15 December, Saturday-Sunday: NH7 Weekender feat. Textures, The Supersonics, Indian Ocean, Zero, Tajdar Junaid, Undying Inc, Demonic Resurrection, Soulmate and more @ Ibiza Resort, Merlin Greens

Mumbai

27 November, Wednesday: The Scene: The Aussie BBQ feat. Hey Geronimo, Kate Miller-Heidke, Sampology and Spoonbill @ Blue Frog

27 November, Wednesday: Nirmika & The Few Good Men @ D’Bell

27 November, Wednesday: The Chevalier Sessions feat. The Vinay Kaushal Collective @ Cheval

28 November, Thursday: Sheldon & Ga-Ga’s (Tribute To Queen) @ Hard Rock Café

28 November, Thursday: Fatoumata Diawara (Mali) @ Blue Frog

30 November, Saturday: The Mayvns + Bone Broke @ D’Bell

3 December, Tuesday: Mutemath @ Blue Frog

4 December, Wednesday: India Music Week III feat. Hipnotribe, Vasuda Sharma, Nischay Parekh and more @ Café Zoe

7 December, Saturday: Jagga Jazzist @ Blue Frog

20 December, Friday: Livewire 2013 feat. the Neal Morse Band (feat. Mike Portnoy) @ IIT Mumbai

Pune

28 November, Thursday: Livewire (Tribute To Bryan Adams) @ Hard Rock Café

29 November, Friday: Fatoumata Diawara + The Erik Truffaz Quartet @ Blue Frog Ishanya Amphitheatre

THE LIVE LIST

Bangalore

5 December, Thursday: Boomerang @ Hard Rock Café

11 December, Thursday: Jessica Wolff @ Hard Rock Café

12 December, Friday: One Nite Stand @ Hard Rock Café

19 December, Thursday: Prem Joshua & The Band @ Hard Rock Café

Delhi

5 December, Thursday: Shruti Pathak & The Band @ Hard Rock Café

5 December, Thursday: Jagga Jazzist + Soul’d Out @ Zorba

7 December, Saturday: RSJ Live Nites feat. Samsaya + Fuzz Culture @ Turquoise Cottage

12 December, Thursday: Barefaced Liar + The Incredible Mindfunk @ Hard Rock Café

18 December, Wednesday: Jessica Wolff @ Hard Rock Café

19 December, Thursday: Friends of Linger + The Limited Experience @ Hard Rock Café

26 December, Thursday: The Frisky Pints @ Hard Rock Café

Guwahati

8 December, Sunday: Fireball V feat. Kryptos, Undying Inc, Silver Tears and Spreading Roots @ Shilpagram.

Hyderabad

5 December, Thursday: Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate @ Hard Rock Café

12 December, Thursday: Prem Joshua & The Band @ Hard Rock Café

17 December, Tuesday: Jessica Wolff @ Hard Rock Café

19 December, Thursday: Boomerang @ Hard Rock Café

26 December, Thursday: Shruti Pathak & The Band @ Hard Rock Café

Kathmandu

9 November, Saturday: Silence Festival IV feat. Behemoth, Underside, Zygnema, Ugra Karma, Newaz, Derrick, Jugaa and And We Came @ Bhrikuti Mandap Ground

Kolkata

14-15 December, Saturday-Sunday: NH7 Weekender feat. Textures, The Supersonics, Indian Ocean, Zero, Tajdar Junaid, Undying Inc, Demonic Resurrection, Soulmate and more @ Ibiza Resort, Merlin Greens

Mumbai

4 December, Wednesday: India Music Week III feat. Hipnotribe + Nischay Parekh + Vasuda Sharma + Don Bhat & Passenger Revelator + The French Cowboy and The One @ Café Zoe

5 December, Thursday: India Music Week III feat. Samsaya + Success + PINKNOISE + Madboy/Mink + Zoo @ Blue Frog

5 December, Thursday: Livewire + Grey Area @ Hard Rock Café

7 December, Saturday: India Music Week III feat. Jagga Jazzist @ Blue Frog

8 December, Sunday: India Music Week III feat. Soulmate, Blackstratblues, Sky Rabbit, The Supersonics & Spud In The Box @ Blue Frog

10 December, Tuesday: Shaa’ir + Func @ Blue Frog

12 December, Thursday: Jessica Wolff + Duncun Rufus @ Hard Rock Café

19 December, Thursday: Shilpa Rao & The Band @ Hard Rock Café

20 December, Friday: Livewire 2013 feat. the Neal Morse Band (feat. Mike Portnoy) @ IIT Mumbai

26 December, Thursday: RLA (Tribute to The Scorpions) @ Hard Rock Café

Pune

5 December, Thursday: Prem Joshua & The Band @ Hard Rock Café

12 December, Thursday: Boomerang @ Hard Rock Café

13 December, Friday: Jessica Wolff @ Hard Rock Café

19 December, Thursday: RLA (Tribute to The Scorpions) @ Hard Rock Café

26 December, Thursday: Duncun Rufus @ Hard Rock Café

Swarathma Pull on Sweaters for New Tour

Shawn Fernandes
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Gotta love the guys from Swarathma. The Bangalore folk-rock quintet is currently in the middle of a mammoth 9-show, 8-city winter tour that they’re whimsically calling the Sweater Pehno Tour. Taking on the bone-chilling Indian winter, the boys from Bangalore have already stopped of in Delhi for a NH7 Weekender set, before they head to Chandigarh to play atop the Red Bull Tour Bus. (That one’s going to be chilly).

Raghu Dixit’s New Album Hits #1

Jag Changa, the long-awaited second Raghu Dixit album, is finally out. The follow-up to The Raghu Dixit Project’s 2007 debut album finally released over the weekend, with a massive gig at the Bangalore leg of the NH7 Weekender.

Blind Image Release New Single ‘Years In Anger’

Shawn Fernandes
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Chennai metallers Blind Image have just released their first original single in four years. ‘Years In Anger’, the new single, is also their first with frontman Noble Luke and Siva on bass. The new track was recorded at Chennai’s Dropline Studio and engineered by Lakshman Chandrasekaran. ‘Years In Anger’ was inspired by the documentary White Van Stories that focuses on human rights atrocities in Sri Lanka.

IndiEarth Xchange Announces Line-up

Shawn Fernandes
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The second edition of the IndiEarth XChange will take place in Chennai between 6-8 December. The conference that bills itself as ‘The Trade Event For Independent Music, Film & Media’ will conduct a series of workshops and conferences alongside an eclectic line-up of live performances

EARLIER NEWS……

Metallica And Iron Maiden To Headline Sonisphere

Daniel Eriksson
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Metallica and Iron Maiden have been confirmed as headliners of the touring Sonisphere festival at Knebworth Park on July 4 through 6 next summer. Metallica’s show is billed as Metallica “by request,” which means that the fans who buy tickets to the show get to vote on what songs they want to hear.

Zac Brown Band Announce The Grohl Sessions

Daniel Erikson
Fresh off their critically acclaimed performance with Dave Grohl at the Country Music Association Awards, the Zac Brown Band have announced that they’re naming their upcoming album after their producer and collaborator. “He told me he wanted to call it The Grohl Sessions and I was like ‘Dude, are you sure you wanna do that?'” said Dave Grohl about the album name in a video posted by the Zac Brown Band. “He’s like, ‘If you’re cool with it.’ It’s the most flattering thing anyone’s ever done for me. It’ll be really weird to click on like iTunes and see the record called Grohl Sessions.”

The Who Release Tommy App

Daniel Eriksson
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As a complement to the deluxe version of Tommy that was just released, Universal Music has developed what they call “the world’s first-ever digital box set.” The app is available to download for free through iTunes for smart phones and tablets.

New Van Halen Music In 2015?

Peter Hodgson
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David Lee Roth says the cogs are moving in the mighty Van Halen machine, with a view to new music arriving in about 18 months.

Cream Artist/Lyricist Martin Sharp Dies At 71

Peter Hodgson
Artist Martin Sharp, who designed the covers for Cream’s Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire albums and helped to define the iconography of psychedelic rock, has died aged 71.

Paul Rodgers Donates Rock Memorabilia for Charity Raffle

Russell Hall
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Paul Rodgers and his wife, former “Miss Canada” Cynthia Kereluk, have donated several pieces of memorabilia for an online raffle being conducted by the Willows Animal Sanctuary in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Alex Lifeson Praises Rush Fans

Michael Leonard
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Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson has told The Dallas Morning News how he loves the Canadian band’s fans. And he likes that they’re not “cool,” just like Rush.

Taylor Swift Says 2014 Album is “Way Ahead of Schedule”

Michael Leonard
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Taylor Swift says her next album is “way ahead of schedule” and is different from Red. The 23-year-old star told Rolling Stone: “I’m so obsessed with where it is right now because I think, for me, the goal is that we start coming upon a sound that’s different from everything that we’ve done before, an identity to a new record.

New Michael Nesmith Live Album

Andrew Vaughan
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Michael Nesmith’s acclaimed 2013 United States tour will soon be available as a live recording, Movies Of The Mind – The Michael Nesmith Limited Edition Live Album.

Ex-Smiths Singer Morrissey to Headline Nobel Peace Prize Show

Anne Erickson
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Morrissey has big gig coming up. The former Smiths singer will play the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which is set for Dec. 11 in Oslo, Norway. According to a post on the singer’s official Facebook page , Morrissey will be headlining the event and perform three songs.

Alan Parsons Set To Play Mumbai

Courtesy=Shawn Fernandes
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Ex-Pink Floyd recording engineer and ten-time Grammy nominee, Alan Parsons is set to return to India (he last played here in 2007) to perform at a day-long festival in Mumbai’s Mehboob Studios this December.

WHOSE PLAYING WHAT N WHERE IN INDIA

30 November-1 December, Saturday-Sunday: NH7 Weekender feat. Mutemath, The Lightyears Explode, Mekaal Hasan Band, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Dry The River, Meshuggah, Scribe and more @ Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida

12 December, Thursday: The Aditya Balani Quartet @ Blue Frog

14 December, Saturday: The Aditya Balani Quartet @ Speakeasy Bar, Gurgaon

Goa

23 November, Friday: The Aditya Balani Quartet @ Live Lounge, Baywatch Resort

Guwahati

8 December, Sunday: Fireball V feat. Kryptos, Undying Inc, Silver Tears and Spreading Roots @ Shilpagram.

Hyderabad

21 November, Thursday: Baycity Lights @ Hard Rock Café

5 December, Thursday: Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate @ Hard Rock Cafe

Kolkata

14-15 December, Saturday-Sunday: NH7 Weekender feat. Textures, The Supersonics, Indian Ocean, Zero, Tajdar Junaid, Undying Inc, Demonic Resurrection, Soulmate and more @ Ibiza Resort, Merlin Greens

Mumbai

19 November, Tuesday: The Scene 7.0 feat. Donn Bhatt + Passenger Revelator, Frame/Frame and Mode.AKA @ Blue Frog

20 November, Wednesday: The Aditya Balani Quartet @ D’Bell

20 November, Wednesday: The Circus @ Hard Rock Café, Andheri

20 November, Wednesday: Ayush Shrestha, Reuel Benedict Collective, Empty Café, Filter Coffee, Winit Tikoo, The Family Cheese and Letters @ Blue Frog

21 November, Thursday: Boomerang @ Hard Rock Café

23 November, Saturday: Donn Bhat & The Passenger Revelator + Unohu @ D’Bell

23 November, Saturday: The Supersonics, Bombay Bassment, Nucleya and Reji @ Bandra Amphitheatre

24 November, Sunday: Tejas Menon @ D’Bell

28 November, Thursday: Sheldon & Ga-Ga’s (Tribute To Queen) @ Hard Rock Café

28 November, Thursday: Fatoumata Diawara (Mali) @ Blue Frog

30 November, Saturday: The Mayvns + Bone Broke @ D’Bell

3 December, Tuesday: Mutemath @ Blue Frog

20 December, Friday: Livewire 2013 feat. the Neal Morse Band (feat. Mike Portnoy) @ IIT Mumbai

Pune

20 November, Wednesday: The Scene Pune feat. Frame/Frame, Mode.AKA and Big City Harmonics @ Arc Asia

21 November, Thursday: Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate @ Hard Rock Café

21 November, Thursday: The Aditya Balani Quartet @ Shisha Jazz Café

28 November, Thursday: Livewire (Tribute To Bryan Adams) @ Hard Rock Café

BEATLES

Beatles Break into Billboard History

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The latest Beatles album – On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 – has debuted at #7 on the U.S.A’s Billboard 200, making it the Fab Four’s 31st Top 10 album. The album, which contains live recordings the group made between 1962 and 1964 at the B.B.C, sold 37,000 copies according to Billboard.

Iommi Doubtful About Another Sabbath Album

Black Sabbath is currently touring in the wake of their successful album 13, the first Sabbath disc to feature Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years. The album has topped charts all over the world, including a top spot on the US Billboard 200 chart – a first for the band.

Lemmy Readies Solo Album

As Motorhead is taking a break from touring due to mainman Lemmy Kilmister’s health problems, Lemmy is using his downtime to work on music for his upcoming solo album. Speaking to Revolver (via Classic Rock), it seems Lemmy is nowhere near calling it quits: “After I get get better we’re going to try to tour again. If I can’t do that full-on, I want to do another album with Head Cat [Kilmister’s rockabilly band]. And, of course, I want to do a couple more Motorhead records.”

Taylor Swift Wins Big At The AMA’s

Taylor Swift had a good day Sunday. The singer-songwriter picked up the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 American Music Awards. Even though she didn’t perform, Swift made her presence known throughout the night, picking up awards for Favorite Country Album with last year’s Red as well as Favorite Female Country Artist.

Def Leppard/Sex Pistols Side Project Releases EP

Manraze, the band featuring Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, The Sex Pistols’ Paul Cook and Girl’s Simon Laffy, have released a new EP titled I Surrender.

Nine Inch Nails Guitarist on Gibsons

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Nine Inch Nails (and former Guns N’ Roses) guitarist Robin Finck has revealed the story of his love affair with the Gibson Les Paul in an interview.

Rockers to Pay Tribute to Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads Remembered – A Celebration of a Legend, and it’ll take place on Saturday January 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California.

Previously Announced Performances (ARCHIVED) :

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Should Beginners Learn on an Electric or an Acoustic Guitar?

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Summer Rocks! 10 Classic Guitar Tunes

• “Wipeout,” the Surfaris (1963): Surf rock had been ignited by Dick Dale’s first two singles in 1959. The Beach Boys followed in 1961, albeit in an initially mellower vein. But the definitive surf rock tune of 1963 was the garage rock classic “Wipe Out,” which remains a litmus test for aspiring drummers and guitarists with a taste for the retro-hip. With more than a million copies sold during its initial release, negotiating “Wipe Out” ’s guitar riffs is a recommended rite of passage for budding pickers looking to build basic dexterity.

• “Summertime Blues,” Blue Cheer (1958): When Eddie Cochran first cut this ode to teenaged frustration, it was squeaky clean, tongue-in-cheek. But the howling, feedback drunk version recorded by Blue Cheer in 1967 was a far more dangerous beast. Billed as the loudest band on Earth at the time of the single’s release, Blue Cheer were such dark and determined sludge-noise makers that this rendition of the tune has been acknowledged as the first heavy metal track to make the pop charts.

• “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper (1972): Fast forward a half-decade, and hard guitars were no longer strangers to the pop charts. Cooper’s enduring nod to escaping the tyranny of education is the perfect soundtrack for summer adolescence. Guitarist Glen Buxton’s mercuric riff is one of rock’s most indelible song intros.

• “Surfin’ USA,” Beach Boys (1963): Rewriting Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” for this song probably seemed like a good idea at the time, and when Berry got his post-lawsuit settlement, he was probably happy about it, too, considering that the Beach Boys’ single reached number two on the pop charts and the album that bears its name hung 10 on the U.S. album sales chart for 78 weeks. For its breezy melody, evocative sound and urgency without edge, “Surfin’ USA” remains perhaps the most definitive idealized portraits of Southern California beach culture.

• “Sunny Afternoon,” the Kinks (1966): While this tune sounds like a lovely seasonal idyll, Kinks songwriter Ray Davies is far too clever for that. It’s actually a satirical skewering of Britain’s progressive tax code. But when it comes on the radio, Davies’ easy delivery and the song’s lazy chord progression make any version of harsh reality seem irrelevant.

• “Nightswimming,” R.E.M. (1993): This single helped R.E.M. redefine southern rock as a genre that needn’t depend on power chords, bellowing vocalists and screaming six-string solos to evoke the region’s lifestyle. Michael Stipe’s lyrics pine for youthful innocence while evoking the warm waters and long hot nights of summers below the Mason-Dixon Line with beauty and grace. Sure, this tune doesn’t actually have any guitar in its arrangement, but it’s too magical to overlook.

Summer Rocks! 10 Classic Guitar Tunes

Ted Drozdowski
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09.07.2013

Beach Boys Rock ‘n’ roll and summer have been inextricably linked since Dick Dale first turned his amp up to 11. Since then songs about surfing, sun, romance and hot city nights have been part of America’s self-generating musical mythology. Here are 10 great guitar driven entries in summer rock lore:

• “Wipeout,” the Surfaris (1963): Surf rock had been ignited by Dick Dale’s first two singles in 1959. The Beach Boys followed in 1961, albeit in an initially mellower vein. But the definitive surf rock tune of 1963 was the garage rock classic “Wipe Out,” which remains a litmus test for aspiring drummers and guitarists with a taste for the retro-hip. With more than a million copies sold during its initial release, negotiating “Wipe Out” ’s guitar riffs is a recommended rite of passage for budding pickers looking to build basic dexterity.

• “Summertime Blues,” Blue Cheer (1958): When Eddie Cochran first cut this ode to teenaged frustration, it was squeaky clean, tongue-in-cheek. But the howling, feedback drunk version recorded by Blue Cheer in 1967 was a far more dangerous beast. Billed as the loudest band on Earth at the time of the single’s release, Blue Cheer were such dark and determined sludge-noise makers that this rendition of the tune has been acknowledged as the first heavy metal track to make the pop charts.

• “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper (1972): Fast forward a half-decade, and hard guitars were no longer strangers to the pop charts. Cooper’s enduring nod to escaping the tyranny of education is the perfect soundtrack for summer adolescence. Guitarist Glen Buxton’s mercuric riff is one of rock’s most indelible song intros.

• “Surfin’ USA,” Beach Boys (1963): Rewriting Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” for this song probably seemed like a good idea at the time, and when Berry got his post-lawsuit settlement, he was probably happy about it, too, considering that the Beach Boys’ single reached number two on the pop charts and the album that bears its name hung 10 on the U.S. album sales chart for 78 weeks. For its breezy melody, evocative sound and urgency without edge, “Surfin’ USA” remains perhaps the most definitive idealized portraits of Southern California beach culture.

• “Sunny Afternoon,” the Kinks (1966): While this tune sounds like a lovely seasonal idyll, Kinks songwriter Ray Davies is far too clever for that. It’s actually a satirical skewering of Britain’s progressive tax code. But when it comes on the radio, Davies’ easy delivery and the song’s lazy chord progression make any version of harsh reality seem irrelevant.

• “Nightswimming,” R.E.M. (1993): This single helped R.E.M. redefine southern rock as a genre that needn’t depend on power chords, bellowing vocalists and screaming six-string solos to evoke the region’s lifestyle. Michael Stipe’s lyrics pine for youthful innocence while evoking the warm waters and long hot nights of summers below the Mason-Dixon Line with beauty and grace. Sure, this tune doesn’t actually have any guitar in its arrangement, but it’s too magical to overlook.

• “Long Hot Summer Night,” Jimi Hendrix (1968): This funky, ebullient track from the double-disc masterpiece Electric Ladyland ripples with mystery via its slinky six-string strumming. On the summer night in question, confounded romance is in the air — and the air is thick, hot and psychedelic.

• “Summer In the City,” Lovin’ Spoonful (1966): With it blaring car horns and lyrics capturing the heat, sweat and milling pulse of the urban world, this song sidesteps the nature themes of most summer numbers. The chiming guitar tune reached the top of the pop charts and continues to appear regularly in movies and on television in presentations ranging from The Simpsons to Die Hard With a Vengeance to Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary.

• “Rockaway Beach,” the Ramones (1977): Even punk rock has its beach songs. This number by the Ramones immortalized the sandy strip in Queens that was once called the “Irish Riveria” due to the large population of that ethnicity on the shoreline of the New York City borough. If you like your summer songs loud and snotty — with a blast of Marshall power — this is your anthem.

• “Surfin’ Bird,” The Trashmen (1963): One of the oddest hits of all time, “Surfin’ Bird,” with it’s geeked-up vocals and garbage can studio sound, miraculously reached number four on the pop charts. Surfing was nowhere to be had around the Trashmen’s hometown, but with the song’s ascent the long, illustrious history of maverick Minneapolis rock that would spark the Replacements, Prince, the Time and others began.
Other News doing the rounds

*Susmit Sen Chronicles to Perform for NGO

Susmit Sen will be performing for an NGO called Wash for India. The initiative will create awareness about the importance of clean water, hygiene and sanitation.

AR Rahman’s Documentary Up for Sale

Oscar winning composer-vocalist AR Rahman’s documentary which offers insight into his personal and musical life is up for sale. National Award-winning filmmaker Umesh Aggarwal has not found a distributer yet despite Discovery channel showing interest in airing the film.

Mrigya Album in Early 2014

Karan Sharma, guitarist with Delhi-based jazz-rock fusion act Mrigya, tells Gibson Guitar India that the band has completed recording the follow-up to their 2010 debut The Composition Of World Harmony. The album now moves into the mixing and mastering stage and should be ready for a Jan-Feb 2014 release.

British Folk Supergroup Kan To Tour India

As part of the British Council’s Folk Nations programme, a veritable British folk supergroup is set to hit Indian shores this week. Kan, who are promoting their debut album Sleeper, will perform and conduct workshops in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata from 27 October to 1 November.

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Gibson All-Star Clinic Tour Kicks Off This Week

Aiming to bring together aspiring musicians, fans and guitar enthusiasts up close and personal with their real-life guitar heroes, Gibson Guitar India has put together a team of ‘All-Star’ guitarists for a multi-city clinic tour series that kicks off this week.

Reptilian Death Score Hammer Fest UK Slot

The good news for Indian metal keeps getting better. Reptilian Death, the Sahil Makhija/Demonstealer-led death metal outfit, confirmed earlier this week that the band had scored its first-ever international gig. They will be part of a Hammerfest 2013 bill that also includes Kreator, Overkill, Soilwork, Corrosion Of Conformity and more.

Landmark Events In Indian Indie (Part 1)

As we coast into the business end of the 2013 gigging season, with festival announcements and cross-country band tours coming at us from all directions, we thought it might be a good idea to sit back and reflect on what got Indian indie to this happy place.

Top 10 Metal Guitarists of All Time

Top 10 Metal Guitarists of All Time

In honor of these electrifying players, Gibson.com counts down their Top 10 Metal Guitarists of All Time, showcasing axemen who pack both fantastic soloing and technical percussion, inspiring generations to keep on shredding.

1. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

2. Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield (Metallica)

3. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)


4. John Petrucci (Dream Theater)

5. Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan)

6. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

7. Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)

8. Adam Jones (Tool)

9. Dave Murray, Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)

10. George Lynch (Dokken)

Gibson All-Star Clinic Tour Kicks Off This Week

Aiming to bring together aspiring musicians, fans and guitar enthusiasts up close and personal with their real-life guitar heroes, Gibson Guitar India has put together a team of ‘All-Star’ guitarists for a multi-city clinic tour series that kicks off this week.

Architects to Headline 2014 IIT Madras Saarang Rock Show

British metalcore band Architects will be making their debut in India in January 2014 by headlining IIT Madras’ annual live concert 2014 Saarang Rock Show.

Mumbai Alt Rock Band Unohu Debut New Single

Mumbai based alternative rock band Unohu recently played at thismonth’s edition of The Scene which also featured Nush Lewis, Something Relevant and Tankbund. The band debuted in September 2012, and they have already released three singles.

Manu Chao Not Playing NH7 Weekender

Manu Chao La Ventura, the band led by French-Spanish world music superstar Manu Chao, were scheduled to headline the NH7 Weekender in Pune next month. As it turns out, Manu Chao and Co. won’t be playing the festival. They will however, make up for it with two gigs a few days later at Mumbai’s Blue Frog.

Kryptos Part Ways With Rhythm Section

Bangalore’s old-school metal stalwarts Kryptos recently announced the departure of bassist Jayawant Tewari and drummer Ryan Colaco. Going by the post on the band’s Facebook page, it would seem that the parting was amicable and that the band will carry on pretty much the same.

Furry Lewis

Reggae revolutionary, Ska Vengers guitarist and one-third of the Reggae Rajah’s sound system, Raghav “Diggy” Dang is at the forefront of the cultural movement that’s slowly but surely gaining traction in the hearts and minds of Indian music fans across the country. As one of the movement’s pioneers, Dang is at ground zero in India’s reggae revolution.With the debut album from The Ska Vengers just a little while away, we sat down with “Diggy” to talk about the nascent Indian reggae scene, the new album and, of course, his beloved Les Paul.You’re the guitar player in a ska and reggae band. How different is that from being in any other kind of band? Well it depends if the guitarist is a lead or rhythm player. A lead guitarist of a reggae band could very well fit into a blues or jazz solo just like other types of bands, but reggae riffs usually differ in tone. They focus on reverb, delay, muting of strings or even using a wah pedal. And of course, the rhythm guitar is of key importance in a reggae or ska band, as it provides the foundation of the song when tightly locked with the drum and bass.Everyone knows the great rock guitar players – Clapton, Hendrix, Page, Slash, etc. Tell us about some of reggae’s guitar greats, the legends and icons of reggae guitar.  Bob Marley and Peter Tosh would be the most famous reggae guitar players. Peter Tosh even had a guitar shaped as an M-16 rifle. My favourite guitarists were the ones that mixed punk, ska and reggae, such as Joe Strummer from The Clash, Bradley Nowell from Sublime and Tim Armstrong from Rancid.
2) Rishi Sachdev, the Delhi-based frontman and leader of the bands Syncopation and Moonshine, began playing guitar in college, winning a slew of “best singer” and “best guitarist” awards in those ultimate testing grounds of young talent – college music competitions. He would go on to form the band Idle Vice, which later became Clandestine and led Delhi’s ’90s rock scene in performing original music.Like all good Indian boys, Sachdev eventually went abroad to study – Australia, in his case – only to realize that he couldn’t shake off his passion for music. He left his design course to enroll in a performing arts college, eventually winning a full scholarship to study jazz and popular music. After his stint in Australia, Sachdev returned to India and formed the first iteration of his jazz band Syncopation in 2009. At the same time he started writing songs for his other dream project – Moonshine, a psychedelic rock band, which has just released its debut album.Gibson India spoke to Rishi Sachdev about Moonshine’s upcoming album and asked him to share his knowledge of jazz and jazz guitar with our readers.
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