Cheap Trick, N.W.A., and no Peter Cetera: Jimmy Pardo recaps the 2016 Rock Hall inductions

The 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductions took place this past Friday in New York, with acts like N.W.A., Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago, and the Steve Miller Band finally (?) landing their spots in the Cleveland institution’s darkened halls. And while it would have been easy enough to report the news of the…

Cloudy with a chance of Drake: Here’s what’s coming to record stores in April

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out

Power-pop justice is served as Cheap Trick enters the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame

The public can argue the merits of Deep Purple and Steve Miller Band, or whether a rap act like N.W.A. belongs in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame. But there’s one thing that is certain: Cheap Trick’s induction is overdue, and the power-pop foursome will finally receive the honor—along with the aforementioned Steve…

20 live versions of songs that slay their studio counterparts

Going to live shows can be amazing, but it’s rare that a live version of a song is better than whatever a particular artist has already laid down on tape. (Production takes weeks, costs fortunes, and requires producers for a reason.) It happens, though, and when it does—when a live song surpasses its original…