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." />

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August 2011

Articles From Matt Rowe in August
Wednesday Aug 31, 2011 55:00 AM ET
Cubensis uses the familiar songs of Grateful Dead as a skeletal base to their style of playing.
Monday Aug 29, 2011 55:00 AM ET
Oh, the legendary unreleased albums. The list is a lot longer than you realize, but few have received the press and the rabid interest of SMiLE, the great “lost” Beach Boys album. As legend has it, SMiLE was completed and...
Monday Aug 22, 2011 30:00 PM ET
Jethro Tull, like many bands of the '60s and '70s, created solid classics that have endured. Aqualung is one such album.
Friday Aug 19, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Had Russian Circles begun their life cycle in the '70s, they would be revered by now, with an awed following. Even so, there's no reason they can't still get to that point. Russian Circles is a grownup rock band with the music to prove it.
Thursday Aug 18, 2011 45:00 AM ET
Peaches Records & Tapes was a one-stop shop similar in scope and size to a modern day grocery chain store. Not only did the store have a massive selection of LPs and tapes within the cozy confines of their walls, they also catered to other various other needs of the music fan.
Wednesday Aug 17, 2011 25:00 AM ET
Music is a vast ocean of songs these days. To listen to the most popular tunes, you need only to skim the surface. But to get to the awesome stuff, the music that explores more than a current beat, you...
Tuesday Aug 16, 2011 20:00 PM ET
John Martyn is a highly respected artist, who, after 40-plus years of recording, generating 20 original albums, and hundreds of songs, has certainly found a loving audience.
Monday Aug 15, 2011 55:00 AM ET
The release of the second single, "Yellow," changed all that. The new single became the band's breakthrough song. No one knew, even then, just how much "Yellow" would endear the four lads from England to a growing fan base.
Friday Aug 12, 2011 40:00 PM ET
The Rifles are four lads with two previous albums under their belts, No Love Lost (2006), and Great Escape (2009), both entered high in the UK charts, #26 and #27 respectively. No bad for a rock band that the US is completely unaware of.
Thursday Aug 11, 2011 25:00 AM ET
Ry Cooder has done it all. From rock to country, to blues and beyond, Cooder has mastered nearly every facet of music over 40-plus years of contributions, collaborations, soundtrack work, and solo efforts.
Wednesday Aug 10, 2011 20:00 AM ET
It's true that Apple iPod commercials boost careers. Just ask Feist, the Canadian singer-songwriter who had her song, "1234," featured on an iPod Nano commercial back in 2007. After the initial airing of the spot, "1234" sold well, pushing it steadily up the charts in both North America and Great Britain.
Monday Aug 8, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Harry Nilsson (1941-1994) was an anomaly in the business of rock 'n' roll. He wrote with power, sang with passion, and crafted with skill. With all of that, Harry Nilsson refused to play his music for a live audience. And...
Monday Aug 8, 2011 10:00 AM ET
Blink-182 is the name of the band collectively attended to by three Southern Californians who, as young boys, played together musically. As the band became more cohesive, the music began to come together bringing them to an inevitable collision with an increasingly appreciative audience.
Saturday Aug 6, 2011 35:00 PM ET
The high energy band was formed in 1985 by Perry Farrell, who brought in guitarist, Dave Navarro, bassist, Eric Avery, and drummer, Stephen Perkins. Before long, their shows in LA were legendary with their wild performances.
Thursday Aug 4, 2011 55:00 PM ET
On October 31, the band will release their 20th Anniversary Editions of Achtung Baby in five different formats that will include an “Uber Deluxe Version”, Super Deluxe Version, Vinyl Box Set, a two-CD Deluxe Edition, and a single disc standard reissue.
Wednesday Aug 3, 2011 45:00 PM ET
Slade ruled the airwaves of England for a brief but blazing period. Sladest is the document of that proud and loud period. You cannot go wrong with this title. You just can't.
Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 45:00 PM ET
The Smiths, comprised of Steven Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, Andy Rourke, and, eventually, Craig Gannon, delivered politics and other thoughts in healthy doses in their engaging songs, some of them non-LP releases. When the dust eventually settled, The Smiths, short in life, were long in quality.
Monday Aug 1, 2011 35:00 AM ET
The Who have been a powerful force in the world of rock and roll. Although not every album has been their best, there are some that stand tall amongst albums, any albums. The band's 1973 super two-disc classic, Quadrophenia, is one of these.

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