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Yes and Genesis Members Announce Release Date for New Squackett Album

Here’s a riddle, of sorts. What’s a “Squackett?” No, it’s not some hybrid bird created in a lab, unless you want to get metaphorical and consider music a bird and a studio a lab. It’s what you get when you cross Yes bassist Chris Squire (who has played on every one of said band’s records) and onetime Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. The duo will release ‘A Life Within a Day’ on May 29 via Esoteric Antenna.

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Iggy Pop Compares Modern Music to ‘Cheap Drinks’

Iggy Pop has never been much of a shy wallflower, and as an ambassador for Record Store Day 2012, he didn’t hold back when talking about today’s music — and the people who perform it.

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Marshall Tucker Band Continue Their Alliance with Busch Beer

For the fourth straight year, you’ll hear the Marshall Tucker Band as the voice behind Busch Beer, and MTB’s lead vocalist Doug Gray talked to Ultimate Classic Rock about it.

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The Best Backwards Messages In Music History

Do you remember when people flipped out about secret messages encoded in backwards grooves on albums? Hell, do you even remember albums?

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Slash Talks ‘Apocalyptic Love’ on Canadian Radio

Ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash attended this year’s ‘Slacker Canadian Music Week’ in Toronto — but as he readies for Sunday night’s sold-out gig at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, he took time to sit down for an interview.

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Crosby, Stills and Nash Announce Massive 2012 Summer Tour

Fifty two. That’s not their average age, but the amount of dates that Crosby, Stills and Nash have scheduled for their upcoming summer tour.

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Seventies Rocker Michael Stanley Releases New Album

Midwest singer/songwriter Michael Stanley found regional success in several pockets of the United States during the ‘70s and ‘80s with his eponymous Michael Stanley Band, charting Billboard Top 40 hits with ‘He Can’t Love You’ and ‘My Town.’

Although that success never really translated nationally, Stanley remains popular with fans, particularly in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where he continues to write and record at a prolific pace and has just released his newest solo album, ‘The Hang.’

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Big Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin, ‘Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968′ – Album Review

Big Brother & The Holding Company were an established rock band prior to Janis Joplin fronting them, and in June of 1966 when she auditioned for the band, things didn’t gel instantly.

Joplin’s gritty blues vocal seemed to clash with the heavy, psychedelic, free form tendencies of the group. Still, Joplin quickly adapted and once she got the hang of what Big Brother expected the lil’ gal from Texas blossomed, elevating herself and the band to a new intergalactic dimension.

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Quiet Riot Announces New Lead Singer

Quiet Riot have stabilized their lead singer situation, announcing this week that Scott Vokoun would take the microphone when the band resumes touring on March 28 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The little-known Vokoun replaces Keith St. John (Montrose), who was filling in after the firing of Mark Huff.

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Neil Young Angered by the Way Today’s Music Sounds

Rock legend Neil Young doesn’t have a bone to pick with the artists of today (well, he may but he didn’t sound off about it this week) but he is upset with the quality of recordings purchased through digital retailers.

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Manraze Release Free Download of ‘Over My Dead Body’

After more than 20 years with Def Leppard, guitarist Phil Collen is moonlighting with another outfit: Manraze. The group, which also features Simon Laffy from Girl and the Sex Pistols‘ Paul Cook, just released its new single ‘Over My Dead Body’ — and you can now download it for free.

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A Holiday Music Spotlight: The Carpenters “Christmas Portrait”

Released in time for the holiday season in 1978, "Christmas Portrait" by The Carpenters is the album that reinvigorated the market for Christmas albums.

Although Christmas albums had been around since the beginning of recorded music, they started to fall out of favor after peaking in the 195

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