Ritchie Valens

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    The 10 Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

    While traveling a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrated doesn't mean that a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    The Black Angels and Roky Erickson at First Avenue, 2/3/14

    The Black Angels With Roky Erickson & the Hounds of Baskerville and the Golden Animals First Avenue, Minneapolis Monday, February 3, 2014 Two generations of Texas psych-rockers brought their own unique twists on that distinctive sound to First Avenue on Monday night. The Black Angels' colorful, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Gary Busey as Buddy Holly at Parkway Theater, 02/03/12

    ​By Steve CohenGary Busey as Buddy HollyParkway Theater, MinneapolisFriday, February 3, 2012An actor perhaps best known for portraying one of music's great innovators brought a bit of rock 'n' roll legacy to the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis on Friday. Gary Busey, star of 1978's The Buddy Holly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Buddy Holly tribute album brings together Fiona Apple, Black Keys, Paul McCartney, more

    ​Well isn't this just precious. A slew of indie darlings have joined Lou Reed, Patti Smith and even a former Beatle to pay homage to influential early rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly on new tribute album Rave on Buddy Holly, which is streaming in its entirety today over at NPR. Holly was only 22 years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2009

    Big Bopper's casket for sale

    In a landmark victory for good taste, the steel casket of t ... More >>

  • News

    October 10, 2007

    Reservoir Dog Days

    The True Hollywood Story of A Band Apart Co-Founder Michael Bodnarchek

  • Columns

    July 6, 2005

    The Autograph Man

    What ever happened to Buddy Holly's fishing license?

  • Music

    December 24, 2003

    Real Life Rock Top 10

    Natalie Merchant does an about-face; Joe Strummer's countenance appears on the wall; Stephen Tyler loses his head