MusicTAP, a site that features music release news from several locations, reviews of albums and DVDs, and the more than occasional ramble of thought, incoherent or otherwise. He desires greatly to re-spark the love of music in today's environment with the older audience. But he can be fun too. Oh, and he did eventually move up to FM radio which pretty much explains his musical eccentricities." />

Matt Rowe

Columnist, TMR

Covering Music News, Reviews

Matt Rowe
Matt Rowe began his life with an AM radio, listening to anything that was considered music. Since, he has labored intently to build a collection of music, paring it down, rebuilding, and refining as he sees fit. His decided goal is to keep up with new music by panning for the nuggets among literal mountains of music (he LOVES Heartless Bastards). In 2002, he began MusicTAP, a site that features music release news from several locations, reviews of albums and DVDs, and the more than occasional ramble of thought, incoherent or otherwise. He desires greatly to re-spark the love of music in today's environment with the older audience. But he can be fun too. Oh, and he did eventually move up to FM radio which pretty much explains his musical eccentricities.


Visit Website


Articles From Matt Rowe
Monday Oct 27, 2014 40:00 PM ET
Zack Scott, an independent filmmaker, is no stranger to the intricate workings of an industry that requires much fortitude. He talks to TMR about the Kickstarter campaign for his next feature film, "Little Magdeline."
Monday Oct 20, 2014 40:00 PM ET
A missing African grey parrot turns up four years after his disappearance sporting a new language.
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014 05:00 PM ET
Formed in 1977 with five musicians, they crafted an avant-garde style of rock that incorporated elements of free-style jazz, the punk style of the time, and mixed in a healthy dose of funk.
Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 15:00 AM ET
The story centers on the character of Joe (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg), whose chosen lifestyle of rampant sex in order to appease her inner ego has taken her towards a bad end.
Tuesday Jul 1, 2014 05:00 PM ET
Audio Fidelity, the latest venture spearheaded by Marshall Blonstein, former president of Island Records during its peak period, is a constantly changing entity. After the demise of his once popular label DCC, Blonstein founded Audio Fidelity in 2002.
Sunday May 11, 2014 25:00 AM ET
With constant touring, a good first album, and a solid sophomore issue, Swedish duo First Aid Kit is about to hit heights that they haven't previously seen.
Tuesday May 6, 2014 30:00 AM ET
The Horrors present a modern day collection of excellent music that would have an older crowd remembering the likes of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), Depeche Mode, or even Psychedelic Furs.
Thursday Apr 10, 2014 45:00 AM ET
There is more to Love And Gravity than commissioned songs and covers. Of the album's ten songs, there are no fillers. Well-crafted ballads like "Gravity (Move Mountains, Turn Rivers Around)", the positive notes of faith from "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", and the aching passion of "Siren" are but a few from this album that will wrap around you like a warm blanket.
Monday Apr 7, 2014 40:00 PM ET
With strong songwriting skills, self-taught musical abilities, and a tireless agenda, Jann Klose has achieved a measure of success that has placed him directly on the pathway to stardom — and all by his own hard work.
Monday Jan 6, 2014 20:00 PM ET
Life is full of little surprises. And with 2014 merely a few days old, it's certainly fun to read about surprises, especially when they may impact us in a good way. On March 25, Legacy Recordings will release a truly lost full album recording from Johnny Cash.
Wednesday Dec 11, 2013 20:00 PM ET
The box set will feature remastering on all of its 56 tracks, as well as a richly detailed booklet with new notes and essays, plenty of photos and memorabilia, and complete credits for all albums.
Monday Nov 25, 2013 55:00 PM ET
Iconoclassic Records started with the express purpose of exploring the musical arena of the '70s, generally out-of-print and otherwise inaccessible but desired titles.
Tuesday Nov 5, 2013 50:00 PM ET
Pete Haycock possessed tremendous talent for slide guitar, with a strong bent towards blues. He leaves behind a legacy focused largely on his skills as an extraordinary guitarist.
Tuesday Nov 5, 2013 20:00 AM ET
The Paper Kites have released their first full-length album, States, an excellent blend of folk rock with tinges of raw country and joyful experimentation.
Monday Oct 28, 2013 35:00 AM ET
Lou Reed will be missed by many. I am among those those who feel the escaping air from the rent in the fabric of rock and roll. I just remember to breathe, not gasp.
Wednesday Sep 25, 2013 25:00 AM ET
Panegyric Records has versions planned for both DVD-Audio and Blu-ray Audio, with the Blu-ray Audio set containing more extras.
Tuesday Sep 24, 2013 55:00 PM ET
Brian Cook, the bassist of Russian Circles, told Rolling Stone magazine that the new album is "...straightforward, intense, heavy.." and that the band "subconsciously gravitated toward darker and more somber sounds. We wanted to get away from the overtly flashy."
Thursday Sep 5, 2013 10:00 AM ET
...the early Columbia Records years from 1956 through 1961 produced some incredible and enduring Miles Davis works.
Tuesday Aug 20, 2013 55:00 PM ET
Paul Simon, one half of the great folk/rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, enjoyed a fruitful solo career beginning with the release of his eponymous album back in 1972. This box will include 36 bonus tracks in addition to the original music on each album.
Tuesday Aug 13, 2013 45:00 AM ET
"This is my rock album. It's all fully flexed muscle and proud of itself. I wanted us to capture as closely as possible the sound that we make when we play live and I believe that for the very first time ever, we have succeeded."
Thursday Aug 1, 2013 25:00 PM ET
Scheduled for November 12, this set will leave no stone unturned as it presents Hancock fans with not only the universally-released albums, but also eight Japan-only releases.
Thursday Jul 11, 2013 35:00 AM ET
I Robot remains as one of the band's stronger efforts. To mark the album's 35th anniversary, it will be given a prestigious Legacy Edition to celebrate its importance.
Monday Jul 8, 2013 15:00 PM ET
If there is an author worthy of your "day one" purchase of a new novel, it's Keith Donohue, the author of three extraordinary books, all of them fascinating stories that explore the many facets of mystery and wonder.
Tuesday Jul 2, 2013 35:00 AM ET
Back in the late '70s, when Rounder Records released the debut by George Thorogood and The Destroyers, little did anyone know that the band's roots rock would make such an impact.
Wednesday Jun 26, 2013 40:00 PM ET
Their debut album was a great first effort from an emerging band with an exciting sound. However, with the upcoming release of their second album, Blouse has changed things up a bit.
Tuesday Jun 25, 2013 30:00 AM ET
Close To The Edge, the classic 1972 album from Yes, followed up the huge success of that band's 1971 gem, Fragile, and in its own turn became even more important a release.
Monday Jun 24, 2013 55:00 AM ET
It's a surprise that a major label would green-light an early-era reissue of that doesn't guarantee a rabid reaction by most people. But there we have it. Early fans couldn't be happier.
Monday Jun 17, 2013 10:00 PM ET
On their third album, they not only hit the ball out of the park, they firmly cement the band's foothold as more than a side project.
Wednesday Jun 12, 2013 15:00 PM ET
In 2007, HELP! was released as a restored DVD to fairly universal appreciation. But this is 2013, and a new kid on the block, Blu-ray, has supplanted DVD in almost every quarter. Last year, Yellow Submarine, and Magical Mystery Tour were restored to Blu-ray standards and Beatles fans everywhere were rightfully ecstatic.
Saturday Jun 8, 2013 50:00 AM ET
Lightning Dust is a side project of Black Mountain, fueled by two components of the band. There's Amber Webber (the awesome Amber Webber), a vocalist who is a modern day version of Grace Slick, and Joshua Wells.
Thursday Jun 6, 2013 10:00 PM ET
Most people would consider Goodbye Yellow Brick Road to be one of Elton John's most satisfying albums. With two LPs filled with 17 songs, four of them Top 20 hits, it's certainly his most successful, having sold well over seven million units.
Wednesday Jun 5, 2013 20:00 PM ET
Sting has written more than a few songs to accompany his play called The Last Ship. And while the production is not expected on Broadway until 2014, the album of original songs will arrive much sooner.
Tuesday Jun 4, 2013 50:00 PM ET
It's been 35 years since the classic original lineup of Black Sabbath recorded a full-length album together.
Tuesday Jun 4, 2013 45:00 PM ET
It really doesn't take long to recognize the songs found on John Fogerty's latest release, Wrote a Song for Everyone. Why? Well, it's because a large portion of the songs found on this album are re-recorded versions of songs from a once popular band, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Tuesday Jun 4, 2013 30:00 PM ET
The music of Lycia is as unique as it is important. This is where institutions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fail. Given the limited array of nominations every year, the probability of inclusion and the short-sightedness of the committee creates a black hole of worthy potential nominees that have changed the landscape of music, but are rarely noticed for their incredible contributions.
Thursday May 30, 2013 40:00 PM ET
A new trend these days is the use of a crowd-funding service called Kickstarter. The intent is to allow the world at large to contribute to a unrealized vision. Many bands have successfully used the service to fund the recording, manufacture, and release of music that might have otherwise never seen the light of day.
Friday May 24, 2013 10:00 AM ET
In Steve Hoffman's long and storied career, he has put his touch on hundreds of classic recordings, turning them into something better than they may have been before. But mastering is an art form and no simple piece of cake to undertake.
Thursday May 16, 2013 50:00 PM ET
The respected blues powerhouse that is Buddy Guy has added another feather in his illustrious cap by the discovery of magical guitarist, Quinn Sullivan. The real surprise? The kid's only 14-years old.
Wednesday May 15, 2013 35:00 PM ET
Five years before his untimely death, Elvis Presley entered the Stax recording studios in Memphis to record a series of tracks over the stretch of 12 days split into two sessions in July and December of 1973.
Saturday May 11, 2013 20:00 AM ET
How I Met Your Mother has been nominated for 24 Emmy awards over its run, with a solid win of seven of the category awards. With most successful shows, the main casts are often shored up with peripheral characters that add to the charms of the story lines. How I Met Your Mother is no exception.
Thursday Apr 25, 2013 05:00 PM ET
Back in the early '70s, after the devastating loss of both Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley to motorcycle accidents, the Allman Brothers Band pushed forward to continue creating the music that they were known and loved for.
Wednesday Apr 17, 2013 10:00 PM ET
The sisters are being recognized, perhaps faster than they anticipated, especially since Madeleine has college on her agenda.
Tuesday Mar 12, 2013 10:00 PM ET
Originally released in 1996, this haunting soundtrack has set a standard for vocal/ambient music that proves that created sounds can explore the depth and expanse of human emotion — in this case, total abject fear.
Wednesday Mar 6, 2013 25:00 AM ET
Rumours is the one Fleetwood Mac album that everyone remembers, the one album that touched a soft spot in more than 20+ million listeners.
Wednesday Feb 27, 2013 05:00 PM ET
And so, with the now anticipated return of Iggy and The (almost complete) Stooges, many fans are going to receive a gift that they may have thought would never materialize. Ready to Die will be released by the cutting edge independent label, Fat Possum.
Saturday Feb 23, 2013 35:00 PM ET
Many things can be said about Alabama Shakes and their important singer/guitarist, Brittany Howard. One thing, however stands out — if you have caught any of their live performances, or own the debut album, you are witness to greatness.
Wednesday Feb 20, 2013 10:00 PM ET
It's always a pleasure to run across a band that has created new music with an ear to the past. One of these bands, the cleverly named The Mary Onettes, hail from Sweden.
Monday Feb 11, 2013 20:00 AM ET
The Strokes lit up the skyline in New York City with their favorably received RCA Records debut, Is This It, back in 2001. Then, their album sparked interest not only from the critics but also from a developing fan base that found many of the songs on Is This It exactly what they wanted to hear.
Wednesday Feb 6, 2013 50:00 PM ET
Being interested in how Audio Fidelity works and their focus on providing the best sound that can be extracted from decades-old master tapes, I interviewed Marshall Blonstein to gain new insights into where Audio Fidelity is going and what could possibly be next from his historic label.
Monday Feb 4, 2013 40:00 AM ET
Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective will stand as a tribute to one of the most influential guitarist in the history of rock music. Fans of Duane Allman will, no doubt, be enraptured by this collection of rare and important pieces of brilliance.

Connect With TMR

Recent Writers

View all writers »