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‘Tis the season to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and a whole lot of rockin’ birthdays. As you’re decorating the tree, wrapping presents and building gingerbread houses, you can see if you share a birthday with these rockers celebrating their birthdays this month.Tons of rock stars are turning a year older, and a year wiser this month from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder to Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and also Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx. Some rockers have more candles on…

It can be challenging figuring out what to buy the special people in your life as a gift for the holidays, but if you’re close with any rock and metal fans, we’ve got you covered.Life certainly still isn’t back to pre-COVID normalcy, but chances are, the holidays will feel a little less lonely for a lot of people this year. So whether you’re spending them with your family and friends or on your own, at…

There are stories sometimes so rewarding and full that they can’t be completely told in just one song. Luckily a number of acts in music history have revisited characters and tales of a multiple songs. One such band is up-and-comers The Black Moods, who turned heads last year with their single “Sunshine” and are building up to their new album with “She Gets Out,” a song that carries over a narrative.The band tells us, “‘She…

For over a decade, thrash metal fans have had a definitive – if debatable – list of the top four bands in the field: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. (There has been some recent speculation, though, about expanding the group to include Exodus, so we’ll have to wait and see.)But what about the rest of the genre? After all, metal has become immeasurably varied and vital over the last 50-plus years, with many other superb…

As the year winds down, Incubus vocalist Brandon Boyd is turning his focus to his solo music, announcing that his latest solo effort, Echoes and Cocoons, is set to arrive next spring. Coinciding with that announcement, we’ve also got new music with the song and video for “Pocket Knife” arriving, complete with artwork for the single done by Boyd himself. And it’s the artistic single artwork that inspired us to reach out to Boyd to…

The general sound, aesthetic and attitude of rock music has changed greatly throughout the decades.The blues is where it all started, and it eventually evolved into rockabilly and regular rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. By the mid-to-late 1960s, there was psychedelic rock, and then some artists started using a lot of distortion and created heavy metal. Punk, Glam rock, hair metal, grunge, and pop-punk are just a few genres that developed as a result — but…

Travis Landon Barker was born Nov. 14, 1975 and has found fame not only as the drummer in Blink-182, but with a variety of other projects and also as a producer .Born to Randy and Gloria Barker in Fontana, Calif., Travis is the youngest of three kids, and the only boy.  His mom gave young Travis his first drum kit at 4-years-old and he started lessons at 5.  He had that same kit until he…

I vividly remember the very last night of 1999. Okay… I take that back. I vividly remember buying a handful of ecstasy pills shaped like triangles and named after a car (this was back when ecstasy was still ecstasy…. before it’s friend Molly came along, for you Gen Z kids out there) in the afternoon of Dec. 31 of 1999, then going to a house-party with friends and my then boyfriend… unsure if the world…

Jeopardy! tests your knowledge about a wide variety of topics, including rock ‘n’ roll history. Here are 10 times rockers and rock bands were featured on the TV show Jeopardy!.Tons of bands and rock stars from Metallica to Five Finger Death Punch, Van Halen to Green Day have all been a part of the questions on Jeopardy!. Answering these questions below (if you were a contestant) could have scored you anywhere between $400 to $2,000, and if you got…

Crazy Lixx, Sweden’s reigning 21st century hair metal group, have been at it for almost two decades, pumping out high octane glam that not only restores the anthemic, party-time vibe of the ’80s, but re-tool it to fit well within the modern era. While we’re not asking you to abandon your multi-platinum hair metal records you’ve held so dearly for 30 to 40 years, it’s time you treat your ears to something newer, which is…

Do you share a birthday with a rocker? If you were born during the month of November, the odds are pretty good you’ll be celebrating a birthday at the same time one of your favorite rock stars is as well.There were a lot of talented musicians born during the month of November, including such Rock and Roll Hall of Famers as Anthony Kiedis, Kirk Hammett, Mike D., Jimi Hendrix and Matt Cameron.You’ve also got members…

The song that sounds pleasant but has disturbing revelations in its words is a well-documented enigma in rock music. Especially in how it can deceive the listener into initially thinking it’s innocuous. Once it gets its hooks in, however, its real meaning can penetrate.And, while hard to admit, these types of tunes frequently seem more alluring than their straight-ahead counterparts, even if the listener knows the content is problematic. There’s just something more intriguing, it…

KISS figurehead Gene Simmons undoubtedly has real estate on his mind this year. The musician just purchased a somewhat austere-looking mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif., for $10.5 million — one month after he sold his previous Beverly Hills pad for $16 million.Not that KISS fans clued into Simmons’ businesslike M.O. would be surprised by his shrewd moves. Earlier this week, Simmons remarked that he makes money at an Olympic level now. He also recently listed his $14.95 million…

When an invitation showed up in my inbox to go to Las Vegas and expenses be damned — all I had to do was show up and be emo and then write about it — I took the ticket.I resolved to be the black-clothed, tatted up Hunter S. Thompson for the long weekend. (I am, after all, the author of A History of Emo Music, so it would be a dereliction of duty if I…

Machine Gun Kelly has become a controversial artist. He’s frequently in the news for things such as viral photos and interviews with his girlfriend, Megan Fox; nearly getting into an altercation with former UFC champion Conor McGregor; and getting into a feud with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.Kelly has a strong and dedicated fanbase, but as is the case with anyone who gains mainstream notoriety, he has plenty of haters, too. The polarizing artist has caused quite the stir on social media, resulting…