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Ambient Punk - Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music Explained

1 July 2020

As Metal Machine Music turns 45, Writer Kevin Burke tries to explain what it actually is

Lockdown Listening Party - How Tim Burgess Saved Our Lives

30 June 2020

Through the pandemic, Tim Burgess is keeping us entertained and the positivity flowing.

Two Wheels Good - 35 Years Of A Classic

22 June 2020

Writer Kevin Burke looks back 35 years at the Prefab Sprout classic Steve McQueen/ Two Wheels Good

Bandcamp - The Juneteenth Generosity

19 June 2020

Bandcamp launches a Juneteenth gift to fund the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Kevin Burke looks at this, and some of the artists to watch.

Dylan's Outlaw Blues - Happy Birthday Bob

24 May 2020

As Bob Dylan turns 79, writer Kevin Burke takes a look back at some of his seminal sixties moments.

Ready, Steady,..Bandcamp - Fifty Mayday Recommendations

30 April 2020

This May first, as Bandcamp give artists 100% of the profits, Kevin Burke shares 50 recommendations worth checking out

Positive Vibrations | Remembering Matthew Seligman

18 April 2020

Writer Kevin Burke examines the actual threat facing the music industry from COVID-19, including the loss of the brilliant Matthew Seligman

Nepotism - Damaging An Already Damaged Industry

1 April 2020

Kevin Burke points out the damage dishonesty brings to an already damaged industry

Running The Voodoo Down - Bitches Brew At Fifty

27 March 2020

This week, writer Kevin Burke discusses the importance of the Miles Davis classic Bitches Brew released 50 years ago this week

The Eternal Emerald - The Irish Crossover

17 March 2020

On Saint Patrick’s Day, writer Kevin Burke celebrates the Irish that crossed the Atlantic, and their influence on American pop culture

The Survival Of Music In The Age Of Coronavirus

10 March 2020

As 2020 steers us into uncharted territory, writer Kevin Burke discusses how it will take old school methods for the music industry to survive

A Celebration Of Kim Shattuck - The Coolies To Perform At ALS Benefit Concert 

10 February 2020

Writer Kevin Burke looks at the importance of last years release by The Coolies, along with the upcoming tribute to Kim Shattuck at the ALS benefit concert in Los Angeles

Catching Fire - Remembering Bob Marley

6 February 2020

Writer Kevin Burke reinforces the power of Bob Marley’s music, 75 years after the reggae legend was born.

David Bowie | The Nineties Outsider

8 January 2020

Writer Kevin Burke celebrates David Bowie’s birthday by looking at one of his most underrated albums 1;Outside

The Equestrian Statue Of Gorilla - A Bonzo Tribute To Neil Innes

30 December 2019

Writer Kevin Burke remembers Neil Innes, the comedic genius who started the ball of creativity rolling with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

2019 - Female Solo Artists -The Ten Best Albums

9 December 2019

Writer Kevin Burke captures ten of the best albums of 2019 by female solo artists

Remake-Remodel | The Best Reissues Of 2019 

7 December 2019

Writer Kevin Burke looks back on some of the best reissues of 2019

2019 - Ten Bangerz From The Bunch 

30 November 2019

In Ten Bangerz From The Bunch, writer Kevin Burke looks back on ten sublime releases from 2019, featuring Kim Gordon, Fontaines D.C, Sleater-Kinney, Ride, Nick Cave and more.

Peel Slowly And See - Exploring The Velvet Underground

22 November 2019

Writer Kevin Burke peels back the layers on the Velvet Underground’s original incarnation

A SMiLE In The Echo Chamber - The Beach Boys Lost Masterpiece 

18 November 2019

Writer Kevin Burke looks back on The Beach Boys lost masterpiece SMiLE, and what could have been.

Lightning In A Bottle - Fifty-Years Of Led Zeppelin II

26 October 2019

Writer Kevin Burke discusses the sublime masterpiece Led Zeppelin II, fifty-years after its release.

The Same Old Song And Dance - The Hall Of Fame Travesty Continues 

24 October 2019

Writer Kevin Burke discusses the shortcomings of the recent Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominations.

Concrete Jungle - Ska, Two-Tone & The Specials

19 October 2019

Writer Kevin Burke looks back forty-years to the start of The Specials and Two-Tone

Art Rock - The Drug Of Dog Man Star

14 October 2019

October 10th marked a quarter century since the release of the modern classic Dog Man Star by Suede. Kevin Burke pays tribute to the slow burning masterpiece

The Muffs 2

An Incandescent, Irrepressible Spirit: A Tribute to Kim Shattuck

8 October 2019

The Muffs (new album out soon!) and The Pandoras frontwoman shined brightly in the garage rock/punk music world and is dearly missed.

Ginger Baker - A Hellraiser In Heaven 

6 October 2019

As the Hellraiser now resides in Heaven, writer Kevin Burke looks back on the career of Ginger Baker, one of last great drummers of influence and invention

The Darkness And The Promise - The Honesty Of Bruce Springsteen

23 September 2019

Bruce Springsteen reaches the milestone of 70 today, writer Kevin Burke looks back on what is considered his finest work, Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

Emotion In Motion - Being Ric Ocasek 

20 September 2019

In the past 48 hours the music world lost the visionary talent of Ric Ocasek, writer Kevin Burke looks back on some of the highlights from his illustrious career.

From Glam Rock Star To Punk Rock Idol - The Importance Of Marc Bolan

16 September 2019

On this date in September 1977, the seventies rock star Marc Bolan was tragically killed in a road accident, writer Kevin Burke discusses his crossover to the punk movement before his passing

Story Of An Artist - The Divine Cult Of Daniel Johnston 

13 September 2019

This week the music world mourns the loss of Daniel Johnston, writer Kevin Burke looks back on the career of the outsider, lo-fi artist who will continue to speak to generations.

Beautifully Broken - The Fractured Minds In Music

10 September 2019

Today is world suicide prevention day, writer Kevin Burke looks back on those figures in music who have lost their lives and what it means to society.

Under The God - Bowie’s Eighties Reinvention 

6 September 2019

30 years after the release of Tin Machine’s self-titled single, writer Kevin Burke looks back on the monumental moment in David Bowie’s career.

The Blues Had A Baby - Chuck Berry & The Invention Of Rock N' Roll

31 August 2019

Sixty Years after the release of Chuck Berry’s classic album Chuck Berry Is On Top , writer Kevin Burke looks back on the influence of that moment.

From Detroit To Devil Gate | Suzi Q Lives!

24 August 2019

In light of the upcoming documentary-movie Suzi Q, writer Kevin Burke looks at the legacy and importance of the seventies rock queen Suzi Quatro

Her Face Says Freedom - A Celebration Of Stevie Nicks

20 August 2019

Writer Kevin Burke discusses the rise and early success of Rock Queen Stevie Nicks in Her Face Says Freedom.

Damien Lovelock

Damien Lovelock 1954- 2019

18 August 2019

On August 3, Australian music lost one of its most loved figures, in Damien Lovelock, vocalist for the iconic Celibate Rifles.

Orchestra Of Distortion - My Bloody Valentine's Loveless

17 August 2019

This week writer Kevin Burke looks into the heart of My Bloody Valentine’s sublime classic Loveless

The Sixties Cease To Exist | The Beach Boy, The Beatles And The Beast

3 August 2019

Writer Kevin Burke looks back fifty-years and discusses the connection between Dennis Wilson, The Beatles and convicted murderer Charles Manson

What’s Going On? -There’s A Riot Goin’ On!

27 July 2019

Writer Kevin Burke discusses the connection between two of the most remarkable musical statements of the 20th Century.

Inciting The Riot Grrrl - Five Women Who Inspired A Movement

20 July 2019

Kim Deal, Kristin Hersh, Vanessa Briscoe Hay, Kim Gordon and Kat Bjelland, five women who inspired the sound of Riot Grrrl.

Nico - New York’s Gothic Princess

12 July 2019

On July 15th 1988, the world mourned the loss of Nico, the true gothic princess,

Light Years From Home - The Last Testament Of Brian Jones

6 July 2019

Fifty years after the death of Brian Jones, Kevin Burke looks back at the last surge of brilliance from the original Rolling Stone

David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The Future

29 June 2019

Kevin Burke shares his opinion on David Bowie’s game changing album The Man Who Sold The World

The Funk Bible - Prince’s Black Album Explained

22 June 2019

Following the release of the posthumous Originals, Kevin Burke looks back at the unreleased album by Prince that became a cult all of its own.

Silhouettes and Statues: A Gothic Revolution

Silhouettes & Statues: A Gothic Revolution – 1978 -1986

10 July 2017

Cherry Red Record’s 5-disc box set Silhouettes & Statues encompasses the Gothic revolution of the late ’70s to mid-‘80s, capturing the spirit of an essential era in (musical) history.

To Whitney- A Thank You

29 October 2016

A review and some thoughts on Chicago outfit, Whitney.

John “Stabb” Schroeder: In His Own Words

29 September 2016

I had formed this band to make everyone in the world suffer for the hell I’d endured back in high school, so this was the perfect setting to unleash my anger.

RIP John Stabb

8 May 2016
I can’t believe that I’ll never see him at a show (or anywhere else) again, at least on this planet. I hope his soul is at peace. My heart goes out to his widow Mina. There will never be another one like him. Here’s to another one gone from us way too soon, this time at the tender age of 54. RIP John Stabb.

Laugh Through The Evening

19 April 2016

Two very short stories: more sludgy rumination on my salad days. 25 years ago today, nerds from New Jersey spent the night wandering around New York City and I check out CBGB for the first time. Then I recount the first time I got onto the radio.

How To Not Interview Dangerous Birds

5 April 2016

I tried to interview an old Boston band called Dangerous Birds and became thwarted by sinister powers of cunning and treachery. Then a crusty librarian handed me an old photo of a shoe collection from the Korean Airline Disaster of 1983 and their whole lie unraveled, along with my interview.