Sunday RnR: Rainbow – Long Live Rock n Roll


On this day 39 years ago, April 9th, 1978, Rainbow released Long Live Rock n Roll. This was their third studio album and the last one to feature original and legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio. While the singles off this album include the title track, “L.A. Connection”, “Lady of the Lake”, and “Sensitive to Light”, my personal favorite Rainbow song (and one of my favorite rock songs in general) “Kill the King” is also on this album. It’s a quick listen that still kicks some major ass, living just as long as the title suggests.


Sunday RnR: Mastodon – Emperor of Sand


Mastodon’s new album, Emperor of Sand, was released on Friday, and it’s a pretty good one. Conceptually, the album follows a character sentenced to death wandering the endless deserts. The band draws inspiration from several family members and loved ones who have suffered or are suffering from various forms of cancer. While the subject matter is quite dark, that doesn’t hold the band back from making some absolute bangers on the track list. While you do not have to listen to the whole thing, I don’t control your life, it is designed to be heard that way, so I won’t even mention what I found to be my favorite tracks on this album. Just have a listen and rock out.


Sunday RnR: Motörhead – Overkill


38 years ago, on March 24, 1979, Motörhead released their second album Overkill. This album became a use influence on the trash metal genre. The title track along with other hits like “Damage Case”, “Stay Clean”, and “Metropolis” appear on this album and are some of the group most well known songs. While Motörhead never called themselves metal, their influence in the genre is impossible to deny, and it all started here.


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.