Newt’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

By Steve Newton This year I picked some instrumental rock, some hard rock, some southern rock, and some Beatles, but the underlying thread running through most of this stuff is the blues. You just can't beat the blues. Joe Satriani What Happens Next Bay Area guitar wizard hooks up once again with Langley producer Mike Fraser … Continue reading Newt’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

Rich Hope whips up soulful sounds for good times

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 5, 2009 IT’S A TAD surreal visiting the Commodore Ballroom in the light of day, with no one around but the coming night’s performers and a handful of staffers. I’ve seen countless shows here since my first, KISS, in ’76, but the historic venue seems totally foreign without the welcoming roar … Continue reading Rich Hope whips up soulful sounds for good times

Like a Martyr’s love of rock started early

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 23, 2010 JEREMY ALLINGHAM AND Ben Henthorne like to rock. One listen to As Long As You Don’t Get Caught, the new album by the 28-year-old cousins’ band Like a Martyr, makes that abundantly clear. It’s all raucous, straight-up guitar-bass-drums action, recorded live with fervent vocals and, when needed, a bit of … Continue reading Like a Martyr’s love of rock started early