Author Archives: Shap

ROOTS with ROBB:  R.E.M.

ROOTS with ROBB: R.E.M.

R.E.M. is a pivotal band in music history.  Without them, there’s a good chance the 90s alt-boom from Seattle never happens…at least the way it did.  In all honesty, I’m not well-versed in their early 80s catalog.  So it was a real treat for me to dive into their first 5-6 albums.  If you’re in…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Stone Temple Pilots

ROOTS with ROBB: Stone Temple Pilots

STP is one of those bands that were outstanding at writing and playing stuff that sounded noticeable like ‘haven’t I heard this before?’ but was original enough to make it their own.  They weren’t from Seattle, although they were often lumped in with their Grunge contemporaries, sometimes confused for, or considered rip-offs. After their debut Core,…Read more »

95-3 Jack FM’s HOUR AGAINST CANCER

95-3 Jack FM’s HOUR AGAINST CANCER

In a special “Hour Against Cancer” micro-campaign, Illinois Valley area workers are asked to fight cancer and provide free supports to area cancer patients by donating whatever amount is equal to one hour of their working wage. Area workers may do so by clicking ‘Donate.’   The ” Hour Against Cancer” micro-campaign at www.cancerhour.com gained several area workers’ donations within minutes of its…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB:  INXS

ROOTS with ROBB: INXS

INXS was an interesting band to tackle with Roots.  As the albums progressed from the late 70s through the mid-80s, you could really hear them find their own distinct sound.  Their are some great new-wavy gems from their early catalog (Don’t Change), and then by the time 1985’s Listen Like Thieves came out, they were ready for…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album: BACK IN BLACK

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album: BACK IN BLACK

There’s many reason ‘Back in Black’ is one of the biggest selling albums of all-time.  The riffs are monstrous, their enigmatic lead singer had passed less than 6 months before it was released, so everyone wanted to hear what they’d sound like without him, and ‘Mutt’ Lange harnessed their sound on his 2nd of Three…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Radiohead!

ROOTS with ROBB: Radiohead!

Radiohead is a band that fought through the buzz band label, and ‘that band with that one song (Creep),’ and have come out the other side with a legion of fans.  Of course there’s many others who feel they’re just critical darlings, and to those folks, I’d ask, have you listened to the Bends, OK Computer or Kid A?  For…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Motley Crue!

ROOTS with ROBB: Motley Crue!

Four men behaving badly and getting away with it (mostly).  Welcome to the story of Motley Crue!  Musically, the Crue hold up better than their Hair Metal contemporaries.  That might be because they really weren’t Hair Metal!  That’s up to you to decide.  Robb and I discussed that in detail in this week’s roots. ; Roots is…Read more »

Woodstock 50  — Most eclectic festival lineup ever?

Woodstock 50 — Most eclectic festival lineup ever?

Peace, Love, Music,Hippies, Hipsters and everyone in between!  Woodstock 50 has announced what could be the most eclectic festival lineup ever to commemorate the OG fest of turning highways into parking lots.  Did you ever think you’d see Miley Cyrus and Santana next to each other on a bill (actually yes)?  Ok, how about Dead and…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: The Doors

ROOTS with ROBB: The Doors

The Doors are in interesting band to do a ‘deep dive’ treatment on.  It’s a band I listened to a lot growing up, but I don’t listen to all that much anymore.  And as I started going through each album, I realized why.  A good chunk of their material doesn’t necessarily hold up the older…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album Edition: Purple Rain

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album Edition: Purple Rain

Prince is one of those artists (like Bowie, the Beatles, Rolling Stones) where their catalog is so deep and varied that its hard to go through and discuss their roots.  Prince, in many ways, can’t be shoved into one genre.  And yes, he definitely has roots and influences, but he HIMSELF is where it begins…Read more »