“…Des Barres is a musician first and foremost, and all of his killer instincts have converged on The Key to the Universe (FOD Records), his strongest and most consistent record…ever. The proof is in the deep grooves of tracks like the hard-charging admiration of ‘Black Sheep,’ the alt-rock psychedelia of ‘Yesterday’s Casanova,’ and the funk ’n’ roll of ‘Supernatural Lovers.’”

–Mike Mettler, SOUNDANDVISION.COM, April 9, 2015

“A collection of vibrant, straight-ahead songs, The Key to the Universe harkens back to the swaggering rock ‘n’ roll that [he]…has been known for…”

            –David Chiu, POPMATTERS.COM, April 9, 2015

“…there’s been a void in the rock and roll landscape and thankfully Michael Des Barres is back with a sense of urgency and a desire to fill it up. Des Barres’ new album, The Key to the Universe (release date April 7) speaks volumes in terms of raw, rock power. Songs like ‘I Want Love To Punch Me In The Face’ and the Linda Perry penned, ‘Can’t Get You Off My Mind’ scream for multiple spins while tracks like ‘Room Full of Angels’ showcase just how far Des Barres voice has come in forty years…The Key to the Universe is a welcome rock record by one of the genre’s best front men and an album that’s driven by a heartbeat and by your hips.”

–James Wood, AXS.COM, February 19, 2015

“Michael Des Barres’ The Key To The Universe is one of those increasingly rare records that makes you remember why we love rock ‘n’ roll – in fact, it forces you to remember why we love rock ‘n’ roll. Rock ‘n’ roll that reminds you that the best rock ‘n’ roll resides both in the head, and below the waist. This record is a blast… Michael Des Barres has unleashed an album that is the best of his long and storied career… the record marries Des Barres’ velvety shards of broken glass vocals with a band that is absolutely smoldering on the verge of explosion..The intensity is palpable – this foursome provides an incredible amount of ear candy that well decorates the ‘heart on the sleeve’ stories that are being told. The music makes you feel like you’re living the song, as all great rock should. The Key To The Universe is a stunningly brilliant piece of music. You have a voice that has lived to not just tell the tale, but to also serve as a spokesman for what should and can be. You have a band that sounds like it has absorbed the songs and the singer, and they are solidly set in making the soundtrack sound like the story, and they succeed magnificently.”

–Tony Conley, ROCKGUITARDAILY.BLOGSPOT.COM, February 24, 2014

The Key To The Universe, Michael Des Barres’ 2015 solo release, is a solid simple brilliant rock and roll record…‘Can’t Get You Off My Mind’ is a fast and poppin’ tune showcasing Des Barres’ strong vocal…on The Key To The Universe, the man is certainly at the top of his game as songwriter, musician and vocalist.”

–Ralph Greco, Jr., VINTAGEROCK.COM, April 7, 2015

“In 2015, Michael Des Barres shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he has unleashed the most powerful and highly spirited project of his career — The Key To The Universe…is a pure and unadulterated dose of authentic rock ’n’ roll delivered at the time the genre needs it most. It only takes one listen to know Michael Des Barres is firing on all cylinders… Simply put; Key To The Universe is a must hear album for all fans who crave music with an edge and unbridled honesty.”

–Jason Price, ICONVSICON.COM, April 6, 2015

“This 10-track album with a classic rock sound mixes all the ingredients needed to put out quality lyrics, guitars, bass and drums…this is a great solid offering of music to treat your ears to. It’s an album you can listen to in front of your kids without the fear of them hearing anything inappropriate or play at a party and not offend anyone. This album will appeal to many people who like many different music styles, so no matter what your music preference is, go grab this CD as soon as it comes out.”

–Kat Denae, SCREAMERMAGAZINE.COM, March 30, 2015

“There’s an underlying vein of love coursing through Michael Des Barres’ excellent new album: the pursuit of it, lust for it, and regret at its loss…The Key to the Universe…is a collection of excellent tunes. Opener ‘Can’t Get You Off My Mind’ shows that Des Barres came here to rock, with a shit-hot band in tow. ‘Room Full Of Angels’ has all the hallmarks of a power ballad, but benefits from being played straight: just a great rock n’ roll band jamming in a room…The Key to the Universe is indeed love, Des Barres is saying, and with songs as instantly memorable and rocking as these, this cult artist could well be getting a lot of love from a lot more people for his music very soon.” (9/10 album review)

            –Shane Pinnegar, 100PERCENTROCK.COM, April 3, 2015

“…Michael…put together an album of clean and classic hard driving rock and roll. From the opening tune ‘I Can’t Get You Off My Mind’…to the raw and edgy ‘I Want Love To Punch Me In The Face,’ I was blown away at how heavy this album rocks. The theme of love and obsession is a recurrent theme and vocally Des Barres drives his point home. Whether it’s the bluesy feel of ‘Burning In Water, Drowing In Flames’ or the more laid back stylings of ‘It’s Just A Dream,’ Michael nails it. Robinson proves to be one hell of a guitar player and you won’t want to miss his grooving riff and jazzy vibe on ‘Supernatural Lovers.’…The Key to the Universe is a top notch rock and roll record and one you won’t want to miss.”

            –Kris Engelhart, BACKSTAGEAXXESS.COM, April 4, 2015

THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE, is a well-crafted, dirty and raw sounding, 10-track release, with unapologetically honest lyrics, backed by a powerful, hard-hitting…band.”

            –Thomas S. Orwat Jr., ROCKMUSICSTAR.COM, April 10, 2015

“Des Barres’ new album [THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE] is the best of [his]…career…”

–Tony Conley, ROCKGUITARDAILY.BLOGSPOT.COM, April 10, 2015



APRIL 6: WDHA Morning Jolt with Jim Monaghan & Kim Mulligan - AUDIO

MARCH 25: Suicide Girls Radio – Michael Des Barres ( – VIDEO

MARCH 22: Talkin’ with Michael Des Barres! (The Shoe with Miles Schuman) – AUDIO

MARCH 17: The Morning After: Michael Des Barres ( – AUDIO

MARCH 11: MDB on The Adam Carolla Show ( – AUDIO

MARCH 2: MDB interviewed by Rock Guitar Daily ( – AUDIO

MARCH 2: MDB on The Playboy Morning Show (Playboy Radio) – VIDEO

FEB 9: MDB on Mix96 Buffalo (YouTube) – VIDEO