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

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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.

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Articles From Matt Rowe
Wednesday Feb 7, 2018 45:00 AM ET
One exciting band that has just formed is actually an interim band, formed to provide restless members of four genre bands in between albums and tours.
Monday Sep 26, 2016 10:00 AM ET
In 2014, Kate Bush undertook a 22-date live project called 'Before The Dawn.' The production was exclusive to London's Hammersmith Apollo. It was met with universal acclaim for its innovative stage show.
Tuesday Mar 8, 2016 30:00 AM ET
Beau is the result of two childhoods friends from Greenwich Village. Since 13, both instinctively knew that they had a special bond that could illuminate the talent that was likely evident even then.
Friday Jan 29, 2016 55:00 PM ET
During the early years of rock and roll, just as the style of music was once again changing, Paul Kantner and his partners formed Jefferson Airplane. Their music helped to define the closeness of the young generation who had collectively formed a vision for the world.
Thursday Jan 14, 2016 20:00 AM ET
There are a fair amount of bands that nod to the past era of music, many who would be just as popular as their influences had been if only they were around during the Golden Age of Rock and Roll. One such band is Black Mountain.
Monday Jan 11, 2016 40:00 AM ET
David Bowie's art spoke to everyone on every wavelength, which makes his departure that much harder to bear for most of us.
Friday Sep 18, 2015 10:00 AM ET
If you're a Beatles fan, there is more reason to be happy! The 1 'best of' is undergoing a remarkable transformation.
Tuesday Sep 8, 2015 25:00 AM ET
All-encompassing attention combined with plenty of touring to support the new album should keep anyone involved plenty busy. Right?
Friday Aug 28, 2015 15:00 PM ET
In recent years, The Velvet Underground catalog has been celebrated with definitive and lavish anniversary editions. It is with good reason that such microscopic attention has been given to this band.
Tuesday Aug 18, 2015 50:00 AM ET
Trace will be revisited with a newly remastered and expanded two-CD set being reissued via a joint effort with Rhino and Warner Brothers Records.
Wednesday Aug 12, 2015 05:00 AM ET
The musical style of Mac DeMarco is part folk, part jazz, all mixed into a mesmerizing blend of rock reminiscent of Jonathan Richman, John Lennon, Robbie Robertson, and others.
Thursday Apr 16, 2015 05:00 PM ET
Sony's archival arm, Legacy Recordings, will release a remastered stereo version of the album and a coveted 5.1 Surround remix as well.
Wednesday Mar 25, 2015 10:00 PM ET
From his work with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek & The Dominoes to his extraordinary body of solo work, Eric Clapton has filled in every nook and cranny of his musical career with memorable creativity.
Thursday Mar 5, 2015 10:00 PM ET
With the release of their incredible debut album, Van Halen climbed to great heights, awarding these Pasadena kids a life-altering career.
Thursday Feb 26, 2015 05:00 AM ET
Signed to Led Zeppelin's label, Swan Song, Bad Company leapt out of the gate with two Top 20 singles, "Can't Get Enough" and "Movin' On." The release of their debut album in 1974 generated sales of more than five million copies.
Tuesday Feb 24, 2015 30:00 PM ET
Here are some of the details about the forthcoming new album from Alabama Shakes.
Thursday Feb 5, 2015 55:00 PM ET
This new collection features 25 of the best tracks from Blind Boy Fuller including "Get Your Ya-Ya's Out", a title that was used as the name of the 1970 live classic by The Rolling Stones as a nod to Fuller.
Thursday Jan 29, 2015 00:00 AM ET
Fans of Sufjan Stevens patiently await his new music, and they are always rewarded with enduring and timeless pop/rock brilliance.
Saturday Jan 17, 2015 15:00 PM ET
For those who live outside of Cleveland, Ohio (and even for those who do live within its borders), this is a band that you should be aware of!
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.

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