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Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 2: Pigpen And The Early, Primal Dead

There are many thousands of freak-card-carrying Dead Tribesmen out there who never listen to a show past 1972. You will not find them on the Dead & Co. circuit. They weren’t roasting in Chicago for the 50th anniversary. They weren’t… Continue Reading →

The Zeppelin Age Is Over: Here’s What Really Goes On When Today’s Bands Tour

Bands go on tour. All music artists who make it big do. We all know the basic gist of it: groupies, going from town to town, a show every other night, travel…It seems straightforward, but it isn’t. Touring is not… Continue Reading →

Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 1: Brent Mydland

It’s a strange phenomenon indeed that an individual who enjoyed eleven fat years as an important member of one of the most successful and legendary bands of the past two centuries, years that saw their ascent from arenas to multi-night… Continue Reading →

The Groupies Are Real: Stories Behind Today’s DJs, Bands and Wild Fans

When people think of the word “groupie,” they tend to have a certain image pop up in their minds. For those of us who are older, they tend to think that the phenomenon of crazed fans who follow hair metal… Continue Reading →

Black Midi: The Strangest And Most Delightful Success Story Of 2019

Don’t get me wrong, I love some of the pompous snark The Financial Times tosses out there but their recent barbs at Black Midi were definitely flung in the wrong direction. Stick with shaming the rich and shameless, shall we,… Continue Reading →

The Drahla Blues: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow With Last Week’s Hottest Band

As with any art form mashed into the business/media realm, mediocrity tends to triumph within the music industry while all the unique talent has the propensity to get overlooked. Speaking of this scenario, I’ve been wanting to write about a… Continue Reading →

Five Tracks On The Verve’s “Urban Hymns” That Are Better Than “Bittersweet Symphony”

We at Niche Appeal headquarters are just as chuffed as the next bloke that Sir Mick and Keef, in a heartening display of twilight years empathy, have finally allowed the “Bittersweet Symphony” rights to slip from their jaundiced grip and… Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Rock N Roll Vanity Project: Five Burning Questions About The Hollywood Vampires

It’s only fair that I preface this article by admitting that I’ve never listened to The Hollywood Vampires. But it’s perfectly fine because one doesn’t need to listen to The Hollywood Vampires in order to know exactly what The Hollywood… Continue Reading →

The Deceptively Smooth Soul/Psych Grooves of Feng Suave

This Dutch psych/surf/synth pop five piece lays down airy, floating grooves tied to traditional song structures and is by far our favorite new find this week. The curly-haired lead singer possesses one of those real-deal soul voices that, if used… Continue Reading →

Charles Mingus on Impulse! Records

I entered a jazz program at a small local college without having any sense of the breadth of styles and the personalities that shaped the art form.  As a bass player, I felt inclined towards Mingus at first.  But the… Continue Reading →

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