Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese dies

Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese has died after a musical career exploring the possibilities of electronic sounds. He was 70. Froese "suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism," Tangerine Dream said on its web site. " 'Edgar once said: "There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address,' " the band noted. Froese died Jan. 20 in Vienna. Froese was the sole sustaining member of the futuristic German band he started in 1967. It arrived in Berlin about the same time as rock music's … [More ... ]

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Grateful Dead reuniting for final shows

Playing in the band one more time -- and maybe one last time. The surviving key members of the Grateful Dead have set a series of July Fourth holiday shows -- when else? -- to mark their 50th anniversary as a band. The shows will be the last by the Grateful Dead, the band says. Participating in the July 3, 4 and 5 concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field will be Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. They'll be joined by longtime allies Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). The … [More ... ]

Kim Fowley record producer

Kim Fowley dies; L.A. record producer

Kim Fowley, a strange and prolific rock music producer known for his work with L.A. bands, has died at age 75. Fowley was best known for creating the all-female band the Runaways in the 1970s, but before that he a key player on the Sunset Strip scene. Inevitably described as a Svengali, he also wrote songs and recorded albums under his own name. "He'd been everywhere, done everything, knew everybody," said Steve Van Zandt, his friend and boss at the satellite radio channel Underground Garage. Directly or indirectly, Fowley worked with … [More ... ]

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A psychedelic British invasion for Q1

King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Eric Burdon, Jeff Beck and the Pretty Things put an English accent on the slate of new releases for a new year. Here's a roundup of what's coming in the realm of psychedelic music: King Crimson stormed downtown L.A. several months ago for a pair of acclaimed concerts. A live document surfaces Jan. 20 via Discipline Global Mobile. Clocking in at (a mere) 41 minutes, it includes versions of "Starless," "The Letters" and "Sailor's Tale." Robert Fripp's new lineup included a trio of drummers at stage front, with the … [More ... ]

Beach Boys surreal album Surf's Up

Beach Boys’ audiophile vibrations

The Beach Boys' classic albums are returning to market in various audiophile formats, beginning this month and running through 2015. Psychedelic-era works include "Pet Sounds," "Surf's Up," "Smiley Smile" and "Sunflower." Analogue Productions' series begins Dec. 16. with early band titles "Surfin' Safari" and "Surfin' USA" and three others, on 200 gram mono vinyl. The reissues are mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, "most from the original master tapes or best sources available." "These are the best sounding and best-looking … [More ... ]

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No. 18: Happy Trails

Bo Diddley didn't do psychedelic. Yet, somehow, the primal rock 'n' roller received credit for writing most of one of the hippie era's darkest and most imaginative … [More ... ]

Pink Floyd album "Ummagumma"

No. 22: Ummagumma

Here be dragons. Dragons, and dust from the bones of kings and traitors. Stonehenge. The funk of 4,000 years. Spacemen and madmen. Your mental movie may vary. Hear in it what you will, but English … [More ... ]

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No. 9: ‘Eight Miles High’

The song started off on familiar footing for early 1966: a killer bass line, straight out of the garage. But seconds into the Byrds' "Eight Miles High," … [More ... ]


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No. 90: ‘She (Will-O-the-Wind)’

Everyone knows about "Windy," but the heroine of "She (Will-O-the-Wind)" never received her due. Too bad. The Collectors' 1968 song remains a fascinating bit of psych-pop, redolent with touches of … [More ... ]

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1960s sights & sounds

Time for some fresh Moby Grape. Jerry Miller's band with guest Peter Lewis play in Felton, Calif.

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