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11/01/2020

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BIDER MUSIC
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CITY MUSIC
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Largest selection of strings for ALL stringed instruments

THE MINOR CHORD
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M.I.S.C.
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Repairing everything musical & more

MUSIC GO ROUND
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Buy and Sell Used Gear, Lessons & Repairs

SOUND MUSEUM REHEARSAL SPACE
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TEWKSBURY MUSIC CENTER
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Buying, selling & trading LPs, 45s, CDs, Tie dye and Band T-shirts, Turntables, Posters, Music Memorabilia and more!

VOICE LESSONS with Jennifer Truesdale
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Sean Connery, the original (and still best) James Bond, died this morning October 31, 2020, at his home in Nassau, Baham...
10/31/2020

Sean Connery, the original (and still best) James Bond, died this morning October 31, 2020, at his home in Nassau, Bahamas as reported by his son/actor, Jason Connery.
He was 90 years old. Connery played Agent 007 in the first five Bond films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967). He then appeared as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983). All seven films were commercially successful. James Bond, as portrayed by Connery, was selected as the third-greatest hero in cinema history by the American Film Institute. RIP Sean Connery.

Check this out. This is truly amazing... Viola Smith, born November 29, 1912 was an American drummer best known for her ...
10/29/2020

Check this out. This is truly amazing... Viola Smith, born November 29, 1912 was an American drummer best known for her work in orchestras, swing bands, and popular music from the 1920s until 1975. She was one of the first professional female drummers in the world. She played five times on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as in two films and the Broadway musical Cabaret. At the time of Smith's 107th birthday in November 2019, it was said that she still drummed with bands in Costa Mesa, California, as one of the oldest living mainstream musicians. Viola passed away on October 21, 2020 from Alzheimer's disease at AGE 107. May God keep you safe Viola! R.I.P.

Got the Blues? Check out some great blues artists & bands on the Nola Blue Records label. Label owner, Sallie Bengtson h...
10/29/2020

Got the Blues? Check out some great blues artists & bands on the Nola Blue Records label. Label owner, Sallie Bengtson has a great eye (and ears) for good talent.

Sell your unwanted musical gear at Music Go Round.Find what you're looking for there too!They buy, sell and trade.Good g...
10/27/2020

Sell your unwanted musical gear at Music Go Round.
Find what you're looking for there too!
They buy, sell and trade.
Good guys.

JamSpot Wakefield is open to rehearse.Safe and secure. Call 'em today.
10/27/2020

JamSpot Wakefield is open to rehearse.
Safe and secure. Call 'em today.

Hello friends and players. The November issue is hitting the streets and it features singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Di...
10/21/2020

Hello friends and players. The November issue is hitting the streets and it features singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Dix, blues rocker Barrett Anderson and his band and roots master John Nemeth and his group, The Blue Dreamers. We've also included a tribute to the late great Eddie Van Halen who died sadly from cancer on October 6th.
Of course, regular columns Metronome Madness, The Time Machine and Musician's Classifieds are intact.
Our German music correspondent, Alex Gecko, also weighs in with some Rock & Roll Autobiographical book reviews. Man this guy loves to read.
All in all, there's plenty to take in. Please don't forget to support your local businesses during these strange times.
We'll all get through it if we do it together.
Stay safe.

10/06/2020

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Eddie Van Halen, the trailblazing guitarist and co-founder of the band Van Halen, has died from throat cancer at the age...
10/06/2020

Eddie Van Halen, the trailblazing guitarist and co-founder of the band Van Halen, has died from throat cancer at the age of 65.

His son Wolfgang Van Halen announced the news on Twitter today, Tuesday, October 6, revealing that his father had passed away.

"I can't believe I'm having to write this, but my father, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning," Wolfgang wrote. "He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I've shared with him on and off stage was a gift."

Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar wrote, "Heartbroken and speechless." "My love to the family."

Eddie Van Halen was one of Rock's most pioneering guitar virtuosos." He took six strings to places that none had gone before.

Van Halen's last studio album was 2012's "A Different Kind of Truth" that brought lead singer David Lee Roth back to the fold and introduced Eddie's son Wolfgang on bass, who replaced Michael Anthony.

RIP Eddie Van Halen. You were one-of-a-kind.

READ OUR COVER MEMORIAL ON EDDIE IN OUR NOVEMBER ISSUE.

Hello friends of Metronome. Hope you're are all staying safe and healthy out there. The October issue is on the stands a...
09/27/2020

Hello friends of Metronome. Hope you're are all staying safe and healthy out there. The October issue is on the stands and it's a good one. NYC rockers The Midnight Callers, outstanding blues act, One Dime Band, inventive pop-rockers Unnamed Colors and world-class traveling troubadour Bobbo Byrnes all grace our October cover with their musical stories. We also unearth an interview with blues maestro Taj Mahal from 2009 that you'll want to revisit. This is one cool cat.
CD reviews of Maceo Parker, Anthony Geraci & Dennis Brennan, Reverend Freakchild, Scott Cook, Eric Johanson, Rob Silverman, Gum Country, The Barrett Anderson Band and Control Future along with Metronome Madness, The Time Machine (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) and musician's classifieds round out the issue, so there's plenty to check out.
We remember musicians who have passed on: Trini Lopez, Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot, Justin Townes Earle and Ron Bell of Kool & The Gang. R.I.P.
Grab your copy today and thanks for supporting your local musicians and businesses.

Sorry gang, The Northeast Guitar Expo  has been cancelled yet again due to Covid-19. The Expo architects met with The Ve...
09/17/2020

Sorry gang, The Northeast Guitar Expo has been cancelled yet again due to Covid-19. The Expo architects met with The Verve Hotel and were told pandemic guidelines were too stringent to allow the show to go on. Please see the new date below for April of 2021. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy.

The September issue landed last week with some talented folks gracing our cover. Singer-songwriter Anna May, rock master...
09/10/2020

The September issue landed last week with some talented folks gracing our cover. Singer-songwriter Anna May, rock master Bruce Tarney, contemporary country rocker Kristian Montgomery & The Winter Kill Band and a reboot of Uriah Heep from 2008 all told us their musical story.

Of course you'll find the regular columns like The Time Machine (The Who & Jimi Hendrix) and CD reviews of Unnamed Colors, Crooked Eye Tommy, The Nighthawks, Christopher Elliott, Jose Ramirez, Lucy and The Rats, Even As We Speak, Ninja Racers, Djuret, Nobro, The Exbats, Bobbo Byrnes and Mark Dix along with Metronome Madness and Musician Classifieds.

Alex Gecko also weighs in with some fine book reviews of famous musical icons autobiographies and we say goodbye to some of our treasured players: Charlie Daniels, Steve Holland of Molly Hatchet and Peter Green.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. The world has changed and we have to change with it. Don't forget, we're all in this together. Thanks for reading.

Justin Townes Earle, son of country-rocker Steve Earle, has died. He was 38. The cause of death was not announced. Justi...
08/24/2020

Justin Townes Earle, son of country-rocker Steve Earle, has died. He was 38. The cause of death was not announced. Justin made his music debut in 2007 with the EP, Yuma, and went on to release numerous albums for Bloodshot Records. Over the next 13 years, Justin released nine albums, with his most recent, The Saint of Lost Causes, being released in May 2019. JT had been on the road touring and performing up until the covid-19 outbreak.

Hello friends of Metronome. We're happy to unveil the August issue with four great acts gracing our cover: Connecticut b...
08/07/2020

Hello friends of Metronome. We're happy to unveil the August issue with four great acts gracing our cover: Connecticut based singer-songwriter-guitarist Tom Guerra, vintage rockers Electric Standard, power-pop quintet Love Love and Americana man Dave Sammarco. They all weigh in with great stories about their musical lives.

There's also a reboot of an interview we had with Geddy Lee of Rush when they celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2006.

Then check out in-depth CD reviews of Anna May, Lucy & The Rats, Ella 100, Blind Lemon Pledge, Crystal Shawanda, Sick Bags, Slander Tongue, Boat, Sass Jordan, David Clayton-Thomas, The Special Pillow, Bruce Tarney and Kristian Montgomery & The Winter Kill Band along with our regular columns Metronome Madness, The Time Machine and Musician's Classifieds. Plenty to check out.

Stay well, stay happy.
We'll get to hug, kiss and shake hands again soon.
Thanks for reading.

Guitarist and last remaining member of Molly Hatchet Steve Holland died August 2nd. He was 66 years old.Holland appeared...
08/06/2020

Guitarist and last remaining member of Molly Hatchet Steve Holland died August 2nd. He was 66 years old.
Holland appeared on the band's first five albums, including 1979's breakthrough Flirtin' With Disaster.

Holland left the band in 1984 and later formed a group called Gator Country, named after the second track on Hatchet's 1978 self-titled debut album, which featured fellow Hatchet members guitarist Duane Roland, drummer Bruce Crump, bassist Riff West and singer Jimmy Farrar. Molly Hatchet was one of the finest Southern rock acts of their time. RIP Steve Holland.

Sorry gang, Covid has really disrupted life. We're happy to release our July issue featuring 4 unique cover artists that...
07/29/2020

Sorry gang, Covid has really disrupted life. We're happy to release our July issue featuring 4 unique cover artists that features avant garde jazzer Gideon King & City Blog, singer-songwriter extraordinaire Jeffrey Perrin, the multi-talented Eric Kilburn and well known rocker Dennis Pearne. Find yourself a copy on the streets. And thanks for reading... again.

English guitarist Peter Green died in his sleep, Saturday, July 25th at his home in  Canvey Island, Essex, England. He w...
07/29/2020

English guitarist Peter Green died in his sleep, Saturday, July 25th at his home in Canvey Island, Essex, England. He was 73. Green was hugely influential in the blues community and formed Fleetwood Mac in the 1960s before leaving the group. Green drew deeply on American blues to build a style that could be menacingly propulsive or darkly melancholy. His voice, and the songs he wrote, often spoke of troubled thoughts, and his guitar solos relied on expressive, long-lined melody rather than speed. Green led Fleetwood Mac from 1967 to 1970, and left the group before it became one of the world’s best-selling pop hitmakers in the late 1970s. Green wrote most of Fleetwood Mac’s early songs, including “Black Magic Woman,” which later became an American hit for Santana.
Peter Green was born Peter Allen Greenbaum on Oct. 29, 1946, in London, and grew up in the Whitechapel neighborhood. He started playing guitar in elementary school. In his teens, he was in bands including Shotgun Express, a Motown-style soul band featuring a young Rod Stewart. Green joined John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers as Eric Clapton’s successor on lead guitar, appearing on the band’s 1967 album “A Hard Road.”
Mayall would give Green some recording-studio time as a birthday present in 1966, and Green set up a session with the Bluesbreakers’ rhythm section: Mick Fleetwood on drums and John McVie on bass. The recordings included an instrumental named “Fleetwood Mac.” Green left the Bluesbreakers to start his own blues band in 1967, with Mick Fleetwood, guitarist Jeremy Spencer and soon afterward, John McVie. The group’s 1968 debut album titled “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac” in Britain and “Fleetwood Mac” in the United States emulated American blues.

Country Music Hall of Famer, Charlie Daniels, best known for his song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," died this morni...
07/06/2020

Country Music Hall of Famer, Charlie Daniels, best known for his song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," died this morning, Monday July 6, after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83 years old.

When the Charlie Daniels Band topped the charts with “Devil” in 1979, the band leader had long established a remarkable, multifaceted career in Music City. As a session musician, he played on three of Bob Dylan’s albums including the revolutionary “Nashville Skyline” as well as recordings for Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen.

In 1974, he launched the first “Volunteer Jam,” a regular all-star concert that has continued for nearly 50 years. Daniels joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

RIP Charlie Daniels.

06/01/2020

Hello friends of Metronome Magazine. Happy June 1, 2020. We hope you're all safe and healthy during this extraordinary time. As you know, we have been unable to publish our MAY and JUNE issues due to COVID-19, but fear not, as soon as Governor Baker tells us it's safe to resume business, we'll be back on the newstands in your favorite music store, recording studio, rehearsal complex, book store, record shoppe and grocery outlet. In the meantime, send us your music and let us know how you're doing. We'll see you all on the other side of this. Stay well!

Three-time Grammy Award winner and R&B singer, Bill Withers, born on the 4th of July, 1938, died in Los Angeles March 30...
04/13/2020

Three-time Grammy Award winner and R&B singer, Bill Withers, born on the 4th of July, 1938, died in Los Angeles March 30th from heart complications. He was 81. Withers wrote and sang a string of soulful tunes in the 1970s that featured “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,”

Withers disappeared from the music making scene in the mid-1980s. His death comes as the world has drawn inspiration from his music during the coronavirus pandemic, with health care workers, choirs, artists and more posting their own renditions on “Lean on Me” to help get through these difficult times. RIP Bill Withers!

04/13/2020

Hello friends,
Hope everyone is well and staying safe. Here are some CDs, Movies and TV shows to check out that will help you get through the week...

CDs
• Montrose (featuring a young Sammy Hagar)
• Warren Zevon- Excitable Boy
• Styx- The Grand Illusion
• The Cars- Self Titled debut
• Lonnie Mack- Strike Like Lightning (produced by SRV)
• Grand Funk Railroad- E Pluribus Funk
• Linda Ronstadt- Greatest Hits Volume II
• Mahavishnu Orchestra- The Inner Mounting Flame
• The Providers- Local guys rock at www.theproviders.com

TV/Movies
• The Rainbow Room (great documentary about the Maglieri family and their infamous LA nightspot)
• A Perfect World- Clint Eastwood stars and directs a young Kevin Costner in this bittersweet film
• Where The Money Is- Paul Newman turns in an Oscar winning acting performance

Comedy
• Can We Take A Joke- Well known comics talk about censorship and more in this riveting documentary
• Neal Brennan 3 Mics- Dave Chappelle's pal cleverly struts his stuff on 3 different mics

Singer-songwriter John Prine, who for five decades wrote plain-spoken songs that chronicled the struggles and stories of...
04/08/2020

Singer-songwriter John Prine, who for five decades wrote plain-spoken songs that chronicled the struggles and stories of everyday working people, died Tuesday, April 7th at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 73 years old. The cause was complications related to COVID-19.

Prine, who left behind an influential body of country-folk classics, was hospitalized last month after the sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, and was placed in intensive care for 13 days. Prine’s wife and manager, Fiona Prine, announced on March 17th that she had tested positive for the virus after they had returned from a European tour.

04/06/2020

Hello friends, Hope everyone is staying healthy and surviving this incredible event as best you can.
I'm listing some movies, shows and music you might want to check out during this hiatus.
Be well.

~ CDs
Gary Moore- Live In London
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush- Dragonfly: The Best Of
The Best of Sugarloaf
Styx- The Mission
George Harrison- All Things Must Pass
Pink Floyd- The Division Bell
Led Zeppelin II
One Dime Band- Hoodoo & Holy Water
Eric Johnson- Ah Via Musicom
Jimi Hendrix- Axis: Bold As Love

~ Movies
Johnny English Reborn
Spencer Confidential
Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
Wizard of Oz
Sound of Music
Badland
Forrest Gump
The Pink Panther (All)

~Comedy
Steve Martin & Martin Short- The Greatest Show You'll Forget For The Rest of Your Life
Sebastian Maniscalco- What's Wrong with People? (2012)
Dave Chappelle: Mark Twain Prize
Sebastian Maniscalco- Aren't You Embarrassed? (2014)
Jerry Seinfeld: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Sebastian Maniscalco- Why Would You Do That? (2016)
Sarah Silverman Stand Up

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, we managed to get the April issue of Metronome on the streets. It was quite eerie actua...
03/21/2020

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, we managed to get the April issue of Metronome on the streets. It was quite eerie actually- lonely highways, shuttered businesses and only the brave (or crazy) walking the byways to their destinations. Nonetheless, we completed our distribution and feature 4 extraordinary artists on our cover: Brad Hallen and Christopher O'Donnell's outstanding new project, The Providers, the Americana duo of Karen & Tag, the supremely original Tequila Jim and one of Boston's finest songcrafters, Terry Kitchen.
We also punched out CD reviews of Sonny Landreth, Black Stone Cherry, The Johnny Barnes Group, Dennis Pearne, Close Lobsters, Tom Hanraty, Electric Standard, and The Midnight Callers as well as featuring our usual columns Metronome Madness and The Time Machine (featuring The Joneses).
You'll also find club and concert listings (but of course call ahead to make sure your show is still on) and Musician's Classifieds.
AND Please don't forget to support our advertisers. These good folks make it possible to keep Metronome bringing all the music to you. Thanks for reading! We appreciate it. Stay well.

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    What Have I said for years, eh?
    Just wanted to share that I am so happy that metronome magazine exists. Also, I have to give a shout out in particular to The Muffs album review. Great music and classy review. Way to go Metronome.
    “Heavy AmericA’s “Easy Killer” is a unique track who’s elements suggest T. Rex and Mott The Hoople, by way of Queens Of The Stone Age. The result is sexy, adrenaline-soaked rock and roll. They’re out for a thrill, and this song is like the theme song to a wild night. This act rocks, and by that we don’t mean in a PG-13 way.” -Skope Magazine
    Thank you Metronome Magazine! "Cary Morin’s music is as expansive and beautiful as the Colorado home he hails from. Proudly displaying his Crow Indian heritage in his songs, Morin’s guitar picking and seasoned vocals vibrate with a spiritual resonance that reflects his vision and appeal. Whether he’s fingerpicking a lilting ballad or rockin’ the electric realm, Morin creates songs of substance that ignite the aural senses while calming the soul. Morin is joined by a handful of players that include Steve Amedee on drums, Paul Benjaman on guitar, Celeste Di Iorio on vocals, Jay Forrest on drums, Jason Larson on vocals, piano & bass, Dexter Payne on clarinet & harmonica, Kim Stone on Bass, Andy Weyl on piano and Lionel Young on violin that all add their substantial talents to this remarkable recording. Songs of note include the tribal album opener, “When I Rise,” the easy going jaunt of “Let Me Hear The Music,” the gorgeously executed “My Memories of You,” the lilting revelation of “Devoted One,” Morin’s alluring rendition of Duane Allman’s “Little Martha,” and the uplifting acoustic version of “Jug in The Water.” When I rise may very well be the best album of Cary Morin’s career and one that everyone should hear. Outstanding!" -Metronome Magazine Boston, January 1, 2018
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    Happy New Year!