Rock Music

Danko Jones

Does a Band Rock Harder With Makeup, Or Without?

The first time I heard Eddie Van Halen I finally relented and gave in to the notion that you didn't need to wear make-up, fancy clothes or assume some otherworldly alter ego to be taken seriously as a band. As the years passed, most bands, including Kiss, ceded to the idea of dressing down to give more credence to the music over spectacle and let it do the talking.
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Sorry Jian, There's no Such Thing as "Acoustic Rock"

When Jian Ghomeshi came on the air last week on his show Q to announce that Mumford & Sons were stopping by in a few days to play in-studio, he described them as "Acoustic Rock Sensations." I rolled my eyes and shook my head. To me, the word "Rock" has always meant "heavy." Flippantly pairing the word "Rock" with words like "acoustic" or "folk" or "soft" undermines and strips it of all its deserving weight.