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Various Artists 'Shiori Sampler'

| Feb 17, 2015

Various Artists "Shiori Sampler"

by Devon Fisher

Although no longer the economical solution they were back when we still had to buy records, label samplers in the age of copious amounts of free music have become indispensable once again for a slightly different reason — to combat paralysis of choice. “Shiori ...

Egyptology asks Japan: Can you spare a synth?

Feb 10, 2015

Egyptology asks Japan: Can you spare a synth?

by James Hadfield

For many visiting musicians, a Japanese tour consists of a brief, meticulously coordinated onslaught of gigs, interviews and in-store appearances, possibly capped by a karaoke session with the record label’s PR team. Few get to spend six weeks schlepping around the country on an ...

Dylan turns music critic in rare speech

Feb 9, 2015

Dylan turns music critic in rare speech

by Shaun Tandon

Bob Dylan is a man of few words when he’s not singing, but he opened up at a gala tribute to him as he turned the tables on music critics. The 73-year-old Dylan offered his own assessments of some fellow rock legends — as ...

Don Matsuo to take solo experiences into Zoobombs' new act

Feb 3, 2015

Don Matsuo to take solo experiences into Zoobombs' new act

by Shawn Despres

In September 2013, weeks away from celebrating their 20th anniversary, Tokyo rock act Zoobombs announced they were disbanding. The group’s leader, guitarist and vocalist Don Matsuo, and his wife, Zoobombs’ keyboardist Matta, went on to form a new group called The Randolf. However, that ...

Toto announces first album in nine years

Jan 27, 2015

Toto announces first album in nine years

Toto, known especially for the 1980′s hit “Africa,” will release its first album in nearly a decade. The Los Angeles-area rockers said they regarded “Toto XIV,” their first album of new material since 2006, as a sequel to 1982′s “Toto IV,” which jumpstarted the ...