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NME: Trailer for Ron Howard's Beatles documentary

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22/4/2016

New York Times: Prince, an Artist who defied genre

20/4/2016

Rolling Stone: 4 Questions about AC/DC and Axl Rose

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Fortune: Vinyl record sales at a 28-year high

31/3/2016

Rolling Stone: 100 Greatest drummers of all time

22/3/2016

Uncut: McCartney launches bid to reclaim Beatles catalogue

9/3/2016

LA Times: George Martin dies

19/1/2016

BBC: Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, 67, dies

22/11/2015

Guitar Player: 50 Best guitar pedals

6/11/2015

Rolling Stone: Lennon 75th birthday tribute

6/11/2015

Guitar Player: Pedalboards: How to build the perfect system

2/10/2015

Uncut: Budget supermarket launches music streaming service

1/9/2015

NME: UK supermarket Tesco to start selling vinyl

25/8/2015

Uncut: Grateful Dead announce last tour dates

13/8/2015

Guitar Player: Top 10 concept albums of all time

21/7/2015

Rolling Stone: 25 Worst original names of famous bands

13/7/2015

Guitar Player: 46 Chord shapes you must know

29/6/2015

MOJO: Chris Squire: 1948 - 2015

21/6/2015

U Discover music: The 50 Greatest Bass players

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Uncut: 50 Best singer-songwriter albums

31/5/2015

Lust For Life: The Replacements in Paradiso

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Ultimate Classic Rock: Lynyrd Skynyrd - One more for the fans

15/5/2015

Rolling Stone: BB King blues legend dead at 89

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Uncut: 100 Best debut albums

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Uncut: 50 Best bootlegs

29/4/2015

Rolling Stone: 50 Greatest live albums of all time

22/4/2015

The Guardian: Lemmy: 10 of the best

22/4/2015

U Discover: George Harrison's Beatles' songs

22/4/2015

Uncut: Johnny Marr criticises Record store day scalpers

21/4/2015

Consequence of Sound: Dave Grohl announces supergroup

19/4/2015

VH1: Paul McCartney inducts Ringo Starr in Hall of fame

17/4/2015

Uncut: Greatest lost albums

15/4/2015

NU: Omzet digitale muziek groter dan cd's

13/4/2015

Diffuser: 10 Best cover songs

8/4/2015

Uncut: American Pie lyrics worth 1 million dollars

2/4/2015

Guitar Player: Slash reveals guitar manual

28/3/2015

AD: Golden Earrings wall preserved

24/3/2015

Rolling Stone: The 10 best jam bands

23/3/2015

Guitar Player: Black Sabbath announce final show

17/3/2015

Uncut: Sinead Connor stops performing Nothing compares 2u

27/2/2015

Uncut: Radiohead have changed their method again

19/2/2015

MOJO: New Blur album is Graham Coxon's fault

10/2/2015

Rolling Stone: Shirley Manson on Kanye West after Grammy's

1/2/2015

The Toronto Star: New Rush tour could be last

27/1/2015

Uncut: Chris Robinson on the Black Crowes split

27/1/2015

Loudwire: Scott Weiland never in supergroup Art of Anarchy

21/1/2015

Rolling Stone: Garage rockers The Sonics return with Bad Betty

17/1/2015

Guitar Player: Ten overlooked, essential solos of the 70's

9/1/2015

Free Musketeers: Voetbalplaatjes maar niet van Panini

7/1/2015

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4/1/2015

Uncut: Michael Stipe plays surprise debut solo gig in New York

Concert Tips

Mark Lanegan Band, 29 July 2016, Melkweg, Amsterdam Patti Smith, 11 August 2016, Caprera, Bloemendaal The Jayhawks, 19 September 2016, Tivoli, Utrecht A Balladeer, 24 September 2016, Paard van Troje, The Hague Paul Simon, 31 October 2016, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam The Cure, 13 November, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam

Pete's 2 Cents

2 Cents

"Two cents" of guitar


Asked to write something for this webpage I could only come up with one single subject: the guitar... I can't claim having any skills on the guitar worth mentioning, but I think I do have some experience in guitar-tone. I improved on the motto to "try everything and keep the good stuff" by replacing it with "I like to avoid making mistakes by learning from others". Needless to say, there still have been plenty mistakes of my own my making along the way. And so, with this article I'd like to contribute to help others avoid my mine. Also, to put it into a guitar-analogy: it would be nice to help cancel out some of the humbug and myths like humbuckers do with hum...

Since tone is subjective and so many factors influence guitar-tone, it's sad but inevitable that the internet is filled with impolite debates, hypes and nonsensical noise on the field of guitar tone. And then there's commerce. Companies want to sell products and they can happily claim to produce just those products that give even the most average guitar-player all the mojo they need to feel like real rock-stars. And who would deny wanting to be a rock-star!

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Live Reviews

Roger Hodgson

, Carré, Amsterdam 2/9/2015
Roger Hodgson and band

Roger Hodgson is the former lead singer of Supertramp and the songwriter of their biggest hits. Well-informed fans must've known that Hodgson has been performing a lot of Supertramp songs during his latest tours. The majestic theatre Carré (capacity: 3000) was sold out. Hodgson (65) was obviously thrilled to be playing in such a great, packed venue. It was 15 years ago since he last played in Amsterdam.

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Rewind

The Story Of Big Star


Big Star, 1972

Looking back, Big Star seems to be one of the most unfortunate names a band could ever choose. Big Star wanted to conquer the world with beautiful music but they never even came near chart succes. During the band's existence (1971-1975) they only sold a couple of thousands of records. When Alex Chilton decided to call it quits in 1975 it seemed that Big Star's music would be forgotten. Since the end of the seventies however the band's cult-status has grown to nearly mythical proportions. Big Star became a source of inspiration for many rockbands during the 80's and 90's. "#1 Record" and "Radio City" are considered highlights in the powerpop genre while "Sister Lovers/The Third Album" is often mentioned as one of the masterpieces of 70's rockmusic.

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In The Spotlight

Tom Verlaine

Tom Verlaine


Born Thomas Miller in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1949. Verlaine (who borrowed his artist name from the French poet) was trained as a pianist but got interested in rock music because of The Rolling Stones. In 1968 he moved to New York where he formed the Neon Boys with Richard Meyers (aka Richard Hell) and drummer Billy Fica. In the early 70's Richard Lloyd also joined on guitar. In 1973 the band changed their name to Television. Debuting with an impressive (but hardly commercial) 12" (or 2 x 7") single in 1975, "Little Johnny Jewel", Television became one of the great bands of the New York punk-rock scene often playing alongside the Patti Smith Group, Ramones and Talking Heads in CBGB's and later also in Max's Kansas city. By that time Hell had left to start the Heartbreakers with guitarist Johnny Thunders. He was replaced by ex-MC5 and Blondie bassist Fred Smith. "Little Johnny Jewel" attracted the attention of major record labels. The band signed with Elektra and started working on their debut.

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