More than two decades into a career that's always avoided the predictable path, the Mavericks – whose Tex-Mex twang, Cuban-influenced country and retro rock made them unlikely stars in the mid-Nineties and critical darlings during later years – turn another corner with the new album Brand New Day. The record arrives March 31st, marking the group's first time releasing new material on their own label, Mono Mundo Recordings.
"Concrete Desert" is a forthcoming collaborative album from British Dub/Industrial producer Kevin Martin (known professionally as The Bug) who has teamed up with American drone metal band Earth. The only guest appearances on the 13-track project are from Justin Broadrick, who is credited as JK Flesh. The album is slated to be released on March 24th, 2017 by Ninja Tune.
Among the highest selling artists of all time, Rod Stewart is known for his timeless charismatic style and rich, raspy vocals. Following on from The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces,Stewart embarked on a successful solo career. This collection contains some of his greatest solo hits to date, including the likes of 'Maggie May, 'Young Turks' and 'Handbags And Gladrags'. A previously unreleased track, recorded in 1998 and entitled 'Two Shades Of Blue'. 32 tracks in all.
Fame was a film directed by Alan Parker, a serious auteur (some would say overly serious, especially in light of the work that came later) who designed the film for posterity, and the same attitude carried over the music. Yes, the production techniques often do sound dated – the over-reliance on state-of-the-art synthesizer ironically now sounds helplessly tied to the year of its creation – but the music by Michael Gore is dynamic, varied, and alive, sung with real passion and vigor, and it still retains its essential spark 23 years after it was a pop culture phenomenon. Sure, it's glitzy and glossy, sounding like show tunes, but that's the tradition of this music, and it was done better than most Broadway tunes and movie soundtracks of the '80s. Years later, this still has the spark and vitality of kids trying to make their big break, no matter the kind of music they're singing, and that's one of the main reasons (along with Gore's fine compositions) Fame retains its power and entertainment value years later.