Sunday RnR: Chuck Berry


Yesterday (March 18th) the news came out that founding father of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, passed away at the age of 90. Berry took the elements of rhythm and blues and pushed them in a newer direction, creating the characteristics of rock and roll music as we know it. Almost every musician in rock and roll when asked about their influences don’t hesitate to top Chuck Berry near the top of that list. Whether directly influencing or influencing newer generations through their direct influences, Chuck Berry formed rock and roll in every imaginable way. I know I would be a very different musician without him. So thank you, Chuck Berry, for all you’ve done. Rest in peace.



Sunday RnR: Quiet Riot – Metal Health


Quiet Riot’s third studio album, Metal Health, was released 34 years ago on March 11, 1983. This album was the first to go mainstream in the glam metal genre, and the whole genre exploded after Metal Health reached number one on the Billboard charts. Bands from all up and down the Sunset Strip, including Mötley Crüe, WASP, and Warrant all got signed to record deals to capitalism on the interest in glam metal. Metal Health includes hits like “Cum on Feel the Noize” (a cover of a Slade song), “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)”, “Slick Black Cadillac”, and “Breathless”. This album helped shape the way music sounded in the 80’s and today on Sunday RnR, we shall feel the noise.


Artist Spotlight: Mako – Live @ Brooklyn Bowl

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What happens when you combine a classically trained Juilliard grad, a DJ, soulful vocals, and an indie electronic sound?

The answer: A refreshingly unique and brilliant group called Mako… aka the most talented group you’ve never heard of.

Lead by Alex Seaver, a classically trained musician who was originally planning on joining an orchestra, Mako first entered the music scene in 2013 with their debut single Into the Light produced alongside Sander van Doorn & DubVision.

After a few releases in the progressive house / electronic dance realm like Beam, Sunburst (now I Won’t Let You Walk Away), and Our Story, Mako took a step back, and according to Seaver, began “redoing the entire notion that we were DJ’s at all and kind of using a live band now. It’s an alternative electronic thing with our new album.”

Speaking of their new album, Hourglass was released on December 9th and features an array of authentic, emotional, and uplifting tunes like Let Go of the Wheel, Way Back Home, and Craziest Day I Ever Had.

Throughout the album, Mako transcends genres and Seaver’s ability to effortlessly tell stories adds a genuine and personal layer to the music.

I had the chance to experience the above first hand this past Friday when Mako performed at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn New York.

Below are a few videos from the show, highlighting their musical range and ability to translate songs from the album into a raw, creative, and powerful performance.


Until next time,


p.s. Be sure to follow Mako on the socialsphere and catch them at a city near you




Sunday RnR: Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning


34 years ago, on March 4, 1983, Thin Lizzy released their final album, Thunder and Lightning. Having released the album, the band embarked on a farewell tour, plagued with its own set of problems. The album had a slightly heavier sound than the rest of Thin Lizzy’s body of work. Ironically, the last single off the record was “The Sun Goes Down”, as this was what was happening to the band, as an era was ending. Founding member, frontman, and bassist Phil Lynott passed away 3 years later. While the Band has reformed a couple times since then, this remains their final album, only touring in tribe to Lynott’s work.


Sunday RnR: Foo Fighters


Foo Fighters have been making a lot of noise this week, both literally and metaphorically. The band played their first show in over a year, where they teased an couple new songs, all the while slowly releasing show dates to follow. As is tradition, Sunday RnR this week features a mix of some of their biggest hits and well as a few of my personal favorites. I’m excited to hear what these guys have in the works, but for now listening to the old stuff is fine with me.


Sunday RnR: Kiss – Kiss


43 years ago, on February 18, 1974, Kiss released their self titled debut album, Kiss. The album was recorded and mixed in only 3 weeks and contained hits like “Nothin’ to Lose”, “Strutter”, “Firehouse”, and “Cold Gin” that were some of the band’s most popular songs through their entire career. Check it.


Sunday RnR: Valentine’s Day 2


For whatever reason, I really enjoyed making last year’s Valentine’s Day playlist. It was honestly one of the Sunday RnRs I went back to the most. So I figured I’d try again this year. It’s not quite as fire as last year, because I took a lot of the heavy hitters, but luckily there is no shortage of love songs. So whether you’re making moves or by yourself this Tuesday, you can feel the love on Sunday RnR.


Sunday RnR: Green Day – Dookie


I know what you’re thinking. “Jagger, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. I want a playlist to get me hype for sports.” As it turns out, my playlist from last year was too good, so it would take me too long to make another one, so if you’re trying to get hype for the game, check out the Super Bowl Playlist here.

As for today’s RnR, 23 years ago Green Day released their third studio album, Dookie, which was their first record on a major label. The album is often credited to bringing punk rock to the front of mainstream attention in America, and also had five singles, including “Longview”, “Welcome to Paradise”, “Basket Case”, “When I Come Around”, and “She”. This is basically an album full of jams, I don’t have too much to say about this. It’s just good. Enjoy.


Sunday RnR: Red Hot Chili Peppers


I was out this my friend, Jim, the other night and he asked me what I was putting up this Sunday. I told him I had no idea yet. He mentioned being pretty into Red Hot Chili Peppers recently, so this week’s RnR is by request. RHCP is an American funk rock band that’s been working pretty consistently since 1983. This playlist is a mix of some of their biggest hits, as well as some of my personal favorites. Also, in this case, the two songs off of the 2016 album The Getaway were the two that Jim had mentioned in our conversation, though they probably would have made the cut anyway. Enjoy the rock, my friends.


Sunday RnR: TWRP – Ladyworld


TWRP is back on Sunday RnR with their sick ass electro-sync rock sound. The sound is great, the bass lines are amazing, the beats and syncs carry the song to higher places, and the guitars come in to add just a little something extra. Not many groups are doing what TWRP is doing, and none of them are doing it as well. I don’t have any specific recommendations off “Ladyworld”, they’re all worth a listen, and since the whole thing is under 30 minutes long, why not just enjoy it all?