POP EVIL’S Leigh Kakaty

Evil has never been so kind On a brisk, late winter evening in the middle of February, I am driving along the winding Ozark mountain roads on my way to Springfield, Mo. to interview the singer of one of the hottest active rock bands around, Pop Evil. As I’m driving along these roads in a sort of Zen-like state of mind that long drives on pleasant … [Read more...]

Jeff Loomis

Conquering Dystopia by Brian McKinny Guitarist Jeff Loomis has an all-encompassing passion for sonic vibrations of all sorts and styles. At one moment, his playing style is as savage and brutally aggressive as an MG-42 machine gun. The next moment his style is melodic and soars with the ecstasy of a Germanic Valkyrie screeching out a high C in … [Read more...]

Rudolf Schenker

The Scorpions — Unplugged in Athens by Brian McKinny, senior editor, Music Insider Magazine Before Rudolf (Rudy) Schenker founded the Scorpions in 1965, he was 16 and just another teenager from Hildesheim, Germany with dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. Forced to choose between playing soccer and playing guitar, he decided … [Read more...]


Welcome to the Freakshow by Ray Rocha, editor, Music Insider Magazine Hailing from Sydney, Australia, The Lockhearts are currently knocking ’em dead at Ziggy Pop on Oxford Street, in Sydney every Tuesday Night. Their debut video “Welcome to our Freakshow,” is in heavy MTV rotation and is a free download on The Lockhearts website. The band is … [Read more...]

The Nerve of Glenn Proudfoot!

‘Audiodacity’ and ‘Aftershocks’ by Brian McKinny Many guitarists have attained legendary status throughout modern musical history. Some are gone forever but not forgotten — Jimi Hendrix, Danny Gatton, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Duane Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughn. Thankfully, others are still with us — Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Steve Vai, … [Read more...]

Sponge’s Vinnie Dombroski

Detroit’s comeback kid plows ahead by Brian McKinny, senior editor Vinnie Dombroski is very important to the history of rock and roll in Detroit, Mich. As the front man of no less than three working bands — Sponge, Crud and the Orbitsuns — his vocal talents and force of personality seemingly know no bounds. Unlike the city from which he hails, … [Read more...]

The Winery Dogs’ Richie Kotzen …

Destined for success by Brian McKinny, senior editor The Winery Dogs are the latest power-trio from California to make a big splash with their eponymous debut album on Loud & Proud Records. With the infamous Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, UFO, David Lee Roth, Steve Vai) on bass, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob) on drums and Richie … [Read more...]

Dave Pirner | The Heart of Soul Asylum

Most people don’t know that Dave Pirner started his career as a drummer in a punk band. A native of Green Bay, Wis., he moved to Minneapolis, Minn. as a teenager. By age 20, he had started playing drums in Loud Fast Rules, together with Karl Mueller (bass) and Dan Murphy (guitar) in the Minneapolis sub-punk scene. When Pat Morley joined the band … [Read more...]

Arcane Saints | Turning the Tide

by Brian McKinny, senior editor Michael John is a working-class guy who dreamt of writing his own music and playing it for anyone willing to listen. Born in the U.K., his family moved to New Zealand when he was very young, which didn’t provide the kind of musical outlets for performance as other, larger cities in the region do, so when John … [Read more...]