The Beatles, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from Abbey Road (1969): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from Abbey Road (1969): Deep Beatles

July 27, 2016

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” is both the last time all four Beatles were in the studio, and their last breakthrough.

Greg Gonzales of Grupo Fantasma on Money Chicha’s debut album, plans for Brownout

Greg Gonzales of Grupo Fantasma on Money Chicha’s debut album, plans for Brownout

July 17, 2016

Preston Frazier previews Money Chica, the next great thing from Greg Gonzales, as well as what’s ahead for Grupo Fantasma and Brownout.

The Rides, “Virtual World” from Pierced Arrow (2016): Something Else! sneak peek

The Rides, “Virtual World” from Pierced Arrow (2016): Something Else! sneak peek

March 6, 2016

The ‘Pierced Arrow’ advance track “Virtual World” exemplifies everything that’s right about the Rides: a comfortable confidence that can only come from stellar musicians with nothing left to prove.

Steve Fidyk – Allied Forces (2016)

Steve Fidyk – Allied Forces (2016)

July 27, 2016

For the post-bop delight ‘Allied Forces’ Steve Fidyk may be leading a small combo, but he always drums big and his bandmates think the same way.

Rez Abbasi & Junction – Behind The Vibration (2016)

Rez Abbasi & Junction – Behind The Vibration (2016)

July 23, 2016

‘Behind The Vibration’ is a typical Rez Abbasi album in the sense that when you think he’s about to run out of ideas and start repeating himself, he’ll come out with something fresh and stimulating that builds upon what he’s made before.

Merzbow / Haino / Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness (2016)

Merzbow / Haino / Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness (2016)

July 19, 2016

‘An Untroublesome Defencelessness’ features the collective wisdom of Merzbow, Keiji Haino and Balazs Pandi – three visionary musicians who have made careers out of embracing uncharted territory.

The Beatles, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from Abbey Road (1969): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from Abbey Road (1969): Deep Beatles

July 27, 2016

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” is both the last time all four Beatles were in the studio, and their last breakthrough.

Yes, “The Gates of Delirium” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

Yes, “The Gates of Delirium” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

July 26, 2016

Yes sounded looser and more passionate than ever, even as the band lost another key member ahead of 1974’s ‘Relayer.’

Quiet Riot – QR III (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Quiet Riot – QR III (1986): Metal Meltdowns

June 20, 2016

Quiet Riot was probably headed for obscurity before ‘QR III’ was released 30 years ago, but this album certainly drove the nail in the coffin.

Toto, “Carmen” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Carmen” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

July 19, 2016

Toto should have been on top of the world after the blockbuster ‘Toto IV.’ Instead, their follow up ‘Isolation’ found the band in a state of flux.

Indigo Girls, “The Rise of the Black Messiah” from One Lost Day (2015): One Track Mind

Indigo Girls, “The Rise of the Black Messiah” from One Lost Day (2015): One Track Mind

July 21, 2016

The most tragic histories can make the greatest songs, as the Indigo Girls’ “Rise of the Black Messiah” reminds us.

David Wiffen – Coast to Coast Fever (1973): Forgotten Series

David Wiffen – Coast to Coast Fever (1973): Forgotten Series

January 13, 2016

When the world around us grows quiet, there is no better company than an album like the deeply underrated David Wiffen’s ‘Coast to Coast Fever.’

Yes, “The Gates of Delirium” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

Yes, “The Gates of Delirium” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

July 26, 2016

Yes sounded looser and more passionate than ever, even as the band lost another key member ahead of 1974’s ‘Relayer.’

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

March 8, 2015

This month, Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ turned 40 years old. Here are some reasons why it’s good enough to overcome an infamous mixing fiasco.

Marquis Hill – The Way We Play (2016)

Marquis Hill – The Way We Play (2016)

June 22, 2016

Marquis Hill is the textbook definition of a master and ‘The Way The Play’ relentlessly demonstrates that craft.

The Beatles, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from Abbey Road (1969): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from Abbey Road (1969): Deep Beatles

July 27, 2016

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” is both the last time all four Beatles were in the studio, and their last breakthrough.

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

October 18, 2015

When Bruce Springsteen issued ‘The River’ in October of 1980, I didn’t like it very much. Time has changed that – and here’s why.

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

October 22, 2015

The Band, then known as Levon and the Hawks, released a few forgotten songs before heading to that basement with Bob Dylan. Here’s one of the best.

Toto, “Carmen” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Carmen” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

July 19, 2016

Toto should have been on top of the world after the blockbuster ‘Toto IV.’ Instead, their follow up ‘Isolation’ found the band in a state of flux.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

June 7, 2014

Some think Metheny is joking around, that he couldn’t possibly like “all of this noise.”

Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (2016)

Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (2016)

July 17, 2016

‘The Royal Gospel’ by Cyril Neville’s Royal Southern Brotherhood should be eliciting a lot of hosannas in response.

Unreleased Songs by Bob Dylan: Gimme Five

Unreleased Songs by Bob Dylan: Gimme Five

May 24, 2016

Let’s start a conversation about how the addition of just one more song might have changed the fate of several Bob Dylan albums.

John ‘Papa’ Gros – River’s On Fire (2016)

John ‘Papa’ Gros – River’s On Fire (2016)

July 24, 2016

John “Papa” Gros’ ‘River’s On Fire’ is one of those albums you “see,” because the stories are so well told. Mentor Allen Toussaint would be proud.

Unreleased Songs by Bob Dylan: Gimme Five

Unreleased Songs by Bob Dylan: Gimme Five

May 24, 2016

Let’s start a conversation about how the addition of just one more song might have changed the fate of several Bob Dylan albums.

Tell It to the Judge – Cases of Misguided Muses: Odd Couples

Tell It to the Judge – Cases of Misguided Muses: Odd Couples

July 10, 2016

Like Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and others have seen their songs become the center of interesting disputes.

The Main Ingredient – Greatest Hits: The Encore Collection (2000): On Second Thought

The Main Ingredient – Greatest Hits: The Encore Collection (2000): On Second Thought

February 25, 2016

If you’re looking to have your spine tingled and heart jingled, the Main Ingredient certainly fits the bill.

Free – Heartbreaker (1973): Shadows in Stereo

Free – Heartbreaker (1973): Shadows in Stereo

July 25, 2016

Free’s critically underrated ‘Heartbreaker’ was a direct foreshadowing of the success to come for Paul Rodgers and Bad Company.

The Fab One Hundred and Four, by David Bedford (2016): Books

The Fab One Hundred and Four, by David Bedford (2016): Books

March 12, 2016

The lesser-known friends, family and musicians who influenced the Beatles finally receive their due in David Bedford’s ‘Fab One Hundred and Four.’

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! (2014): Movies

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! (2014): Movies

May 21, 2016

This film provides an often funny and, at times, downright perplexing glimpse into the making of Twisted Sister, one of the most recognized metal bands.

Henry McCullough dies; played guitar with Paul McCartney and Wings, Joe Cocker, Spooky Tooth

Henry McCullough dies; played guitar with Paul McCartney and Wings, Joe Cocker, Spooky Tooth

June 14, 2016

Ex-Wings guitarist Henry McCullough suffered a devastating heart attack in 2012 and then endured a lengthy period of partial recovery.

Unreleased Songs by Bob Dylan: Gimme Five

Unreleased Songs by Bob Dylan: Gimme Five

May 24, 2016

Let’s start a conversation about how the addition of just one more song might have changed the fate of several Bob Dylan albums.