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I had a chance to see Charm City Devils live a few years back, and I have been a fan ever since. If you are not yet familiar with the Maryland-based hard rockers then I suggest you take a moment to check them out; they play a brand of swagger-driven rock and roll that is raw, edgy, full of lasting melodies and an energetic, hard-driving vibe.

For years Ted Nugent has held a place as one of rock’s greatest guitarists. With a career that spans over 50 years, millions in album sales, and innumerable performances all over the world, Young Ted is still a maniacal showman, though he hasn’t donned the loincloth getup for some time. On October 22nd, the aptly-titled two CD+DVD package, Ultralive Ballisticrock, will be released. It captures a 2011 performance of the Ted Nugent band at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. PureGrainAudio checked in with Nugent. Here’s what he had to say.

Steven Adler became a household name more than 20 years ago when he was part of the multi-platinum selling rock band Guns N’ Roses. Those days may be long gone, but Adler has continued touring and making relevant hard rock music. His newest band, Adler, has just completed work on their debut release, Back From The Dead, and I was able to sit down and speak with Steven about the disc, the band, and their touring plans. Here is how the conversation went.

Let’s compare the first half of Guns N’ Roses’ roller coaster-like career with a winning hand in a card game. We have the mega-selling, game-changer Appetite for Destruction (1987) and the twin behemoths Use Your Illusion I & II (1991). Then, stuck in the middle we find their 1988 EP Lies, a sort of well-placed wildcard between a trio of aces. Despite its apparent lesser importance, this EP spawned the now-classic acoustic ballad “Patience” and the polemic track “One In A Million”. It also exemplified to perfection, everything the band was about at the time. This included a previously released faux live recording and cover artwork that had many things to say, even if they weren’t true.

Rock and roll is supposed to be raw, reckless and fun and that is exactly what this London, England-based group brings to the table. Composed of five stellar musicians, King Mob, is a venerable who’s who of both old and new rock stars of varying ages. The new band’s debut effort is titled Force 9 and comes packed with classic Woodstock-era rock and spirit all done with a modern twist.

If you’re a fan of classic rock along the lines of Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple, than you’re going to truly dig Rival Sons new release, Pressure and Time. This bluesy rock record is really retro, but in a good way; it’s never a bad thing to be compared to the aforementioned legendary musicians. The comparisons aren’t without merit though as vocalist Jay Buchanan sounds as if he’s at times channeling Robert Plant.