I need a good name! I'm putting together a travel website focusing mainly on indie rock/nightlife/offbeat stuff to do in different cities, aimed mainly at 20-something travellers or anyone looking for live music or more alternative venues while they're travelling. What should I call it? [more inside]
Help us enjoy a They Might Be Giants concert and not stand out like dorks [more inside]
What is Soundgarden's song Room A Thousand Years Wide about? [more inside]
What music videos depict the band somehow defeating an enemy with the power of their music? The Foo Fighters' recent "The Pretender" video brought the question to mind, but I know it's a frequently used idea. What other videos used this theme? [more inside]
I enjoy the old Japanese goth band Malice Mizer, mostly the stuff from later in their career. I can take or leave their fancy outfits, but I like the musical style - this is a prime example: ( youtube video ) What other bands play music that is similarly 'cathedral rock'?
Looking for good online or printed travel guides featuring local indie rock venues in the American Southwest...any recommendations? Should I write one? [more inside]
How can I find the right bass player for my band in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
When did the genre of "rock biography" become what it is today? [more inside]
Can you think of any other blues-rock songs with the same rhythmic pattern as Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" and ZZ Top's "La Grange"?
Where in nature can I find a dinner plate sized rounded flattish rock that can be heated to high temperatures without exploding? [more inside]
Please help me find my piano muse! [more inside]
I wanna rock (with a twang)! I like Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, Centro-Matic, The Dexateens, and I HATE HATE HATE jam bands. Please advise. [more inside]
Other than Red Hot + Blue and Red Hot + Rhapsody, what are some good rock interpretations of classic songs? [more inside]
Please help me figure out how to obtain an electronic copy of an article titled "Why 1955? Explaining the Advent of Rock Music," by Richard A. Peterson. Google Books has a truncated version here, but I'd like the whole thing. [more inside]
Info on a rock band called The Others circa 1960. They played out of upstate New York and NYC. Their drummer was Ken Carman.
If you weren't dead in the 60s or know more than me, help me understand this "Beatles-Stones rivalry." [more inside]
Geology/ArchaeologyFilter: What is this stone? Is it man-made? Is it natural? How old is it? Who made it? Should I donate it to a museum?
Are there still rock groupies? [more inside]
How long does it take a river to polish a jagged stone smooth?
I need help coming up with stage names for a horror/surf-themed band I'm in. [more inside]
I'm looking for metal songs with clear classical influences. [more inside]
Can you recommend any cool locations to do a band photo shoot in Philadelphia? [more inside]
I'm in Buenos Aires for a week, what Argentine rock and pop (not Tango) CDs should I buy? [more inside]
What are the five most mind-blowing, fanmaking, yet accessible albums of the past ten years? [more inside]
I'm seeking examples of a full orchestra backing up singers (not necessarily the original ones) doing famous non-classical (pop, rock, etc.) songs traditionally known without that orchestration. For example, "Hurricane 2000," or Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones — although ideally responses would be publicly accessible links (i.e. Google Video, YouTube, etc.), it's not altogether necessary.
Help me piece together my vague recollection of a rock climbing story that I read years ago. [more inside]
I would like to make a mix of "post grunge" modern rock type music. Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet Sprocket etc. [more inside]
What do the tracks "Cells" by The Servant, "Death of a Party" by Blur, and "Kashmir" by Led Zepplin have in common? I think they have a common strand of... something, but I can't quite put my finger on it. I'm sure somebody out there is adept enough at music to inform me. "Nightendday" by Pelican has this too, come to think of it, whatever "it" is. I think it has something to do with the use of bass guitars.
My east coast tour is ending. That means it's time to start booking the west coast tour. Please suggest cities and venues for a touring indie rock band to hit in NV, CA, OR, WA, and AZ. [more inside]
I'm going to London for the first time in years for the week of July 8-15. What are some good venues for seeing good, local bands? [more inside]
What are some good resources for a planning rock garden? [more inside]
DissectingArtFilter: I'd like to start to understand how certain (in my eyes, fantastic) lyrics are devised. Specifically, Stephen Malkmus's lyrics, as a part of Pavement. For instance, Gold Soundz. I can pick out some slant rhymes, and certain other techniques but can't figure out how they work in the context of the entire piece. I know that melody plays a huge role in making the song what it is, but sort of focusing on the lyrics part - any words of wisdom. (and yes, I'm possibly writing lyrics for my band at some point)
Where should I book tour dates for an unknown indie-rock band in the middle-atlantic US? [more inside]
I'm a 40 year old male and a music nut, but only classic rock and only musicians with ultimate talent. My favorites include The Who, Rush, Kinks, Moody Blues, Peter Gabriel's Genesis, pre-Born In the USA Bruce, Ozzy, Maiden, Sabbath, etc. I haven't found a good band in the 90's and 00's until I found Wolfmother. Are there any others out there worth listening to?
Which bands/artists put on the best live shows? [more inside]
Music nerds! All these indie rock bands are starting to bore me. I want something different... something unique, unconventional, magical, soulful, challenging, uncategorizable, fun, heartbreaking, bizarre, and all or none of the above. [more inside]
Where in London can I find an Oasis t-shirt for sale? (that's right, the rock group)
I've always been annoyed by people who make a racket in the neighborhood. I'm likely to be one of those people next year. How can I soundproof a room, pacify neighbors, and avoid police? [more inside]
I need serious help picking an electric guitar. Why do I want to buy a new one? See... [more inside]
Neil nerds: does anyone know if there's a live performance of The Old Laughing Lady out there (and available on CD or MP3) with banjo rather than guitar, as in this clip?
I am trying to make the most Epic Rock Mix of all time... [more inside]
I recently admitted to myself and to the world that I really, really love ABBA's Dancing Queen! Are there any interesting indie / rock covers of it to be found online? [more inside]
I'm looking for way to get a CD or record single of an obscure 60s Saskatoon band. They're called Witness Inc. [more inside]
In the Steppenwolf song "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam," is "Sam" in reference to a real politician?
How do I drill a hole through a rock? Details inside. [more inside]
Help me find good Chinese rock! [more inside]
What are the lyrics of the Metric song Police and the Private about? Drug addiction? Prostitution? Post-9/11 security? I have listened to it 50 times and it's driving me completely nuts; I can't figure it out. The last lines seems to undo the above meanings.
What song samples this line: "Dude, I’ll give you a hundred bucks and I’ll take you out to Benihanas if you slide that 75ft handrail…I’ll give you 600 tries, I’ll be back next week!" which a young Jason Lee says at the beginning of Spike Jonze's "Video Days?" [more inside]
Please help me find some good audio engineering resources. [more inside]
How can I find places where it's legal to gather rocks? [more inside]