Interview with Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon

Flashback: My Interview with Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon

Author’s Note: I used to write baseball articles for a now defunct website and I was given the opportunity to interview Kevin Cronin, singer for REO Speedwagon about the band opening the Tampa Bay Rays summer concert series in 2011. … Continue reading Flashback: My Interview with Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon

Profile: Mystic Rhythms – Rush Tribute Band

More than two years have passed since Rush performed the final show of the R40 tour. While it’s generally believed that Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart graced the stage together for the last time on August 1, 2015 at the Forum it’s widely hoped that despite their age and decades of touring a bit remains in the tank and eventually the three return to the studio for another album and at the very least an abbreviated tour to follow. Regardless, the absence of Rush on the lighted stage leaves their fans with fond memories, a vast catalogue of … Continue reading Profile: Mystic Rhythms – Rush Tribute Band

The Return of Vinyl Records: The Big Vinyl Comeback

Opening the doors to Harvest Music might stir up images of entering an old basement but without the dust and musty smell. It’s a bit crowded and you’ll have to tip toe around in some areas but if you’re looking for some treasures you just might find it here. Boxes of used vinyl records line the floor and one could spend hours sifting through what any music lover would consider a gold mine. But that’s not all. Rows of CDs and DVDs form the aisles while tapestries and posters cover the windows. Bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and the … Continue reading The Return of Vinyl Records: The Big Vinyl Comeback

Profile: Steven Whitaker

Steven Whitaker has been writing songs almost since the first day he picked up a guitar. He played in a rock cover band for years, but continued to write original songs on the side and recorded rough drafts of his song ideas in his home studio. But he never released an album. The working schedule of a UPS delivery driver doesn’t exactly provide much room or leftover energy for extensive writing and recording sessions so the years went by as Whitaker’s recording computer got the best of his talents as the pile of song ideas piled up. He kept telling … Continue reading Profile: Steven Whitaker

Profile: Light Club

All Photos: Ashton McKenzie With a little inspiration from his grandfather, Gabe Mouer picked up a guitar in his early teens which helped pave the way to joining the moderately successful band The Welcome Home founded in Olympia, WA. His first band now broken up, Mouer combined those experiences with the added maturity that comes with age and started Light Club. The style of music and the song writing is much less controversial than where the name came from – the coffee shop in Huntington Beach, CA where 70’s cult leader David Berg and his followers often met. Mouer said … Continue reading Profile: Light Club

Profile: Altadore

Portland Indie-rock band Altadore feels like one of those bands you better catch quick before they hit it big if you want to say “I say them when…” Their debut album, Golden Hills, might be just six songs long but oozes rich vocals, catchy guitar licks and overt sentiment. Indeed, founder David Katz, who named the band after the district in Canada where his father grew up, took vocal lessons for six months when he was 18. Now 23, Katz’s efforts behind the mic and guitar lead his band which began as a solo effort but now consists as a … Continue reading Profile: Altadore

Profile: Klaus Marten – A One Man Band

If hazy bedroom music is what you’re in the mood for then look no further than Klaus Marten. Hazy bedroom music? Yes, that’s exactly what this one-man band from Brooklyn, NY composes using little more than guitars, keyboards, a shaker and a tambourine. Mr. Marten records all the music himself and downloads his albums using an online platform that allows artists like Marten to share music. No slouch, Marten has five albums and one EP since he started recording music four years ago. Mostly instrumental, he boasts a number of original collections as well as his take on several … Continue reading Profile: Klaus Marten – A One Man Band