Hear Avenged Sevenfold’s … Unexpected Cover of the Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows’

Hear Avenged Sevenfold’s … Unexpected Cover of the Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows’

Avenged Sevenfold have made a career out of their blistering, high-energy hard rock/metal sound, but they branched out a bit with last October’s artificial intelligence-themed concept album The Stage. And now, in a definitely unexpected move, A7X have recorded a cover of the Beach Boys classic “God Only Knows.” Stream it below: Said vocalist M. […]

Brian Wilson Adds Dates to Final Run of ‘Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour’ in North America, Europe and the U.K.

Brian Wilson Adds Dates to Final Run of ‘Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour’ in North America, Europe and the U.K.

Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson has been touring heavily in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds, and it’s gone so well he and his band have announced some additional shows for the trek’s final run. A statement from Wilson, as posted on Wilson’s official site: “We’re performing more shows than ever before and […]

Q&A, Part 2: Mike Love on Lawsuits, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Being Cast as the Beach Boys’ ‘Villain’

Q&A, Part 2: Mike Love on Lawsuits, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Being Cast as the Beach Boys’ ‘Villain’

This is the conclusion to last month’s interview with Mike Love of the Beach Boys — get caught up with Part 1 here, and enjoy the rest below. Rock Cellar Magazine: What’s the back story behind the song “Happy Birthday Mike Love”? Mike Love: I was in India studying with the Maharishi and The Beatles were […]

A Byrd’s Eye View: Roger McGuinn (The Interview)

A Byrd’s Eye View: Roger McGuinn (The Interview)

“Mudcrutch’s whole approach is like a power band,” Roger McGuinn, the founder of The Byrds, tells me when I catch up with him after seeing him in New York City with Tom Petty’s “other” band. “They’re more like Rolling Stones than Beatles. It’s a powerful, punchy band.” But McGuinn, who tours the world solo these […]

All You Need is Love: Mike Love of the Beach Boys Q&A

All You Need is Love: Mike Love of the Beach Boys Q&A

For over 55 years, Mike Love has been a faithful steward of the Beach Boys, the ultimate cheerleader championing their timeless legacy around the globe. He’s the lead vocalist on signature classics I Get Around, Surfin U.S.A, California Girls, Do It Again, Be True To Your School,  Little Deuce Coupe and countless others and a natural […]

Turn Me On: The Lemon Twigs

Turn Me On: The Lemon Twigs

  As I sit here listening to and writing about this intriguing new band from Long Island, New York, The Lemon Twigs, I’m not really sure how to describe what I hear. Others in my position have used words like pop/rock, soft rock, baroque rock, melodic, harmony-rich, underground cool, theatrical, lo-fi, lush, modern-day, retro-leaning, divine, […]

Top 11 Los Angeles Songs

Top 11 Los Angeles Songs

I don’t want to live in a city where the only cultural advantage is that you can make a right turn on a red light. – Woody Allen Despite its earthquakes, traffic, smog and pretentiousness, Los Angeles has inspired great tunes like those on our list of Top 11 L.A. Songs. Know any more? Take […]