September 2013 Archives

Flashback: Top 10 singles this week in 1985

Posted by Chris Gerard
September 30, 2013 8:42 AM |
This week we look back at the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week 28 years ago, in the September 28, 1985 edition of Billboard magazine.    10.  John Mellencamp - "Lonely Ol' Night" This was the first single from what would become Mellencamp's biggest album, "Scarecrow".  It would eventually hit #6, and was the first of several ... [Read]

Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2013: The Highlights

By Doug Rule
September 24, 2013 5:45 PM |
“You are absolutely the best crowd we’ve ever had,” Aino Jawo of Icona Pop told the crowd assembled at ths past Saturday’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion. FreeFest is also a charitable crowd: Organizers of the FreeFest announced today that the event has raised over $1 million over the past five years to address the needs of homeless ... [Read]

Vince Clarke had already been a founding member of two pivotal new wave bands by the time he joined forces with powerhouse vocalist Andy Bell in 1985 to form Erasure. Clarke started with Depeche Mode and was the principle songwriter for their debut album, 1981’s “Speak and Spell.”  The album yielded three hits, including the pop/new wave standard “Just ... [Read]

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: Cheat Sheet and Spotify Sampler

By Doug Rule
September 20, 2013 12:24 PM |
The forecast calls for a cloudy afternoon and evening -- but there’ll be no raining on the pop music parade that is this Saturday’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavlilion. The lineup includes Robin Thicke, Icona Pop, Kaskade, Vampire Weekend and MGMT.  This year’s "free'd out," or sold out, Virgin festival is biased toward EDM acts -- which is ... [Read]

Veteran British duo Pet Shop Boys will electrify the Strathmore in Bethesda tonight as they continue their North American tour in support of thier latest album, "Electric." The show should be non-stop excitement as it will reflect the new album's high-energy dance vibe. The duo has also just released the third single from the Stuart Price-produced collection, "Love is a ... [Read]

Erasure has announced that the followup to 2011's excellent "Tomorrow's World" album will be a seasonal affair. "Snow Globe" will be the veteran duo's first holiday album, preceeded by first single "Guadete," their take on a traditional Latin carol.   Erasure is approaching their 30th anniversary and have recorded a long string of hit singles, dating back to the ... [Read]

Janelle Monáe is finally back with the long-awaited release of her new album “The Electric Lady,” the follow-up to 2010’s widely-praised “The ArchAndroid.” Monáe deftly weaves an electric mix of pop, funk, R&B and dance into a superbly addictive collection. She builds on retro sounds and influences to create an eclectic showcase that is modern and timeless.    Prince ... [Read]

Remembering Freddie Mercury

Posted by Chris Gerard
September 5, 2013 10:43 AM |
Rock legend Freddie Mercury would have turned 67 today. It's astonishing to think it's been 22 years since his death. He left behind a musical legacy with Queen that is untouchable. Many Queen songs have become integral cornerstones of rock and roll history -- think of the cultural impact of "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You," "Killer ... [Read]