Five Cool Ones: Five (More) Reasons Rock Is Not Dead – Best of 2021

Rock and Roll is alive and most definitely alive and well heading into 2022. Here are five bands that your ears should wrap themselves around heading into the new year.

Kim Melville – Mr. My Man

Throwing herself fully into the ring after delivering choice covers of Larkin Poe and Led Zeppelin tunes, Paris-based chanteuse Kim Melville will be transforming herself from an under-the-radar artist to center stage in no time.

Dust Coda – Limbo Man

These Londoners deliver the swagger of The Struts and the riffage of Greta Van Fleet on a bed of ’80s sunset strip glam. Crank this one while driving.

Chris Catalyst – King Of Everything

If Pop-Rock is an actual genre, “King Of Everything” from the Eureka Machines frontman Chris Catalyst would be among the best of the lot. Festival ready call and response chorus, jangle pop guitar splendor, this Cheap Trick inspired cut has it all.

Sheepdogs – No Simple Thing

If you long for the days of Three Dog Night, Dr. Hook, and Fanny, to get your ’70s mojo going, jump on the Sheepdogs bandwagon post-haste.

Sweet Crisis – Ain’t Got Soul

Straight out of Cambridge, this epic starts out as a bond theme and quickly morphs into some sort of slinky Led Zeppelin by way of The Cult anthem that would make Rival Sons blush.

The Darkness – Motorheart

A perfect fit for one of those early Queen records, Justin Hawkins and The Darkness has his band kicking it on all cylinders. This one is like going to see Rush opening up for Queen at the Cow Palace back in the day.

Video of the Day: Goodbye June – See Where The Night Goes

The Jury is in. Nashville’s Goodbye June is officially one of the best rock and roll bands on the planet. Here they are in all their riffage and glory with a three-song E.P. in advance of a proper full-length due in February. Think the devil spawn of Blackberry Smoke and AC/DC with these guys.

Video of the Day: Goodbye June – See Where The Night Goes

Nashville cats and Rock is the New Roll favorites Goodbye June are cranking things up with this tour montage video for their latest AC/DC riffing single, “Where The Night Goes.” This is the sixth single recently under the latest model bands are using where they release multiple singles over a period of time keeping the music in the mind’s ear over a longer period of time prior to the release of a new album. And, here in the halls of RITNR, we love it.

Video of the Day: Gov’t Mule – Snatch It Back And Hold It

One of the many downsides of the pandemic is that too many artists recorded albums by sending files back and forth and essentially making records by email. Here, with their new record, Heavy Load Blues, recorded live in-studio, Gov’t Mule, the greatest jam band in the world laid down a solid set of tunes mistakes be damned.

Cover Song of the Day: Deep Purple – Oh Well

Still rocking after all these years, the latest Deep Purple record, Turning to Crime, scorches the earth with stone-cold classics including “7 and 7 Is,” Shapes of Things,” and the ever-popular “Oh Well,” covering the Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac classic like it was born yesterday.