Former Beatles Solo #1 Tourney

April 8, 2020 by

The Beatles. Have you heard of these guys? Four cheeky Brits from Liverpool? Had a pretty nice run in the 60s as performers and recording artists, by all accounts. I was born about a month before the lads first came to the US, so I have only vague recollections of the Beatles when they were […]

BÊNNÍ releases a new single

April 7, 2020 by

BREAKING NEWS: New Single Release! BÊNNÍ, the retro electronic artist who spoke with 360°Sound last month, has just released a new single on the Stockholm, Sweden label Savage Records. The A-side is “Diamond Man” and the B-side is “Heavy Metals.” “Everyone seems to like ‘Diamond Man,’” BÊNNÍ said of the new track, which he has […]

Rocktology! Top “and the” Bands Tournament

April 5, 2020 by

So we’ve been makin’ you wait and leadin’ you on. Now, you need to know (you need to know) that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are the definite article — National Champions of our Top “and the” Bands bracket tournament! Prince & the Revolution, gutsy national runners-up, were unfortunately only working part-time up in this […]

BÊNNÍ Talks with his Mouth: A 360°Sound Exclusive

March 18, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with New Orleans-based electronic artist BÊNNÍ (pronounced like “Benny”). The 34-year-old, who plays vintage keyboards and synthesizers, describes his work as  80s synth-funk soundtrack music — think John Carpenter meets Zapp & Roger. For nearly two decades, BÊNNÍ (aka Benny Divine) has been playing drums, keys, guitar, and more in numerous bands, […]

CanJam NYC 2020: Great Headphones Under $1k

March 14, 2020 by

Ah, New York in February. The wind stole up the avenues and down the streets like a thief threatening to rob me of every degree of body heat. Perfect weather for staying inside and listening to top-shelf audio gear. I attended this year’s CanJam in Manhattan on the prowl for circumaural headphone sets, meaning the […]

Neil Peart: A Farewell

February 13, 2020 by

Rush lyricist and rock percussion icon Neil Ellwood Peart departed this planet on 7 January 2020. I took it personally, not only because he passed on my birthday but because Neil was the first person I felt a real connection to as a rock fan. I wasn’t much of a reader when I discovered Rush, […]

New Order Decades: A Documentary Film

January 31, 2020 by

New Order: Decades is a fascinating look at the legendary new wave group that rose from the ashes of seminal post-punk band Joy Division following the suicide of singer Ian Curtis in 1980. Currently airing on Showtime, Decades is part retrospective music documentary, part concert film. “This is a film about the past, the present, […]

Duran Duran: There’s Something You Should Know

January 27, 2020 by

80s music lovers rejoice! Showtime has released new documentaries on two of the greatest bands of the decade — Duran Duran and New Order. While heavily associated with the 80s, these synth-heavy new wave acts from Britain carried on through the 90s and into the new millennium. Both bands continue to produce new material and […]

Dolly Parton Now: 21st Century Singles

January 19, 2020 by

The good Lord brought unto us an angel on the 19th day of the month of January. Yes, Dolly Parton is experiencing a rite we refer to in our culture as “a birthday.” I grew up in the 70s & 80s and I’m proud to call Dolly one of my earliest celebrity crushes. But we […]

Top 30 Albums of 2019

January 10, 2020 by

I listened to a lot of new music in 2019 so I thought that, for the first time in my life I would (drum roll please) – rank my top 30 albums of the year! Yes, 2019 proved to be a very strong year indeed for music, arguably the best of the decade. There were […]