Deep Purple – Live in Verona (2014)

Deep Purple – Live in Verona (2014)

October 25, 2014

This isn’t just another evening of string-laden songcraft from Deep Purple; it’s a big-bang moment for the group’s next era.

Deep Purple – Live in Verona (2014)

Deep Purple – Live in Verona (2014)

October 25, 2014

This isn’t just another evening of string-laden songcraft from Deep Purple; it’s a big-bang moment for the group’s next era.

AC/DC, “Play Ball” from Rock or Bust (2014): One Track Mind

AC/DC, “Play Ball” from Rock or Bust (2014): One Track Mind

October 7, 2014

AC/DC returns missing a key member, but none of its familiar sound.

Jon Anderson + Counting Crows’ Matt Malley, “Family Circle” (2014): One Track Mind

Jon Anderson + Counting Crows’ Matt Malley, “Family Circle” (2014): One Track Mind

October 23, 2014

Jon Anderson has found something of a kindred spirit with Matt Malley on the new charity single “Family Circle.”

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

October 23, 2014

South Indian jazz is practically Arun Ramamurthy’s life’s calling and he answers that call to virtual perfection with ‘Jazz Carnatica.’

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

October 23, 2014

South Indian jazz is practically Arun Ramamurthy’s life’s calling and he answers that call to virtual perfection with ‘Jazz Carnatica.’

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

October 22, 2014

We review ‘Blues and Daily News’ by Ross Hammond and Grant Calvin Weston, a creative guitar/drums improv record.

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

October 24, 2014

In reanimating age-old songs like “Ain’t No More Cane,” Bob Dylan and the Band began a journey toward undiscovered new vistas.

Mashmakhan, “As The Years Go By/Days When We Are Free” (1970): Forgotten series

Mashmakhan, “As The Years Go By/Days When We Are Free” (1970): Forgotten series

September 30, 2014

Mashmakhan’s “As The Years Go By” was a quirky cross-pollination of flower-power pickings, the Zombies and Deep Purple.

“Dig a Pony,” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

“Dig a Pony,” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

October 17, 2014

The Beatles’ often-overlooked “Dig a Pony” is a classic example of John Lennon’s love of wordplay.

“Wet Side Story” (unreleased, 1996?): Steely Dan Sunday

“Wet Side Story” (unreleased, 1996?): Steely Dan Sunday

October 19, 2014

Maybe “Wet Side Story,” played during the 1996 tour, should go on Steely Dan’s next album, too.

The Band, “The Great Pretender” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The Great Pretender” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

October 23, 2014

This isn’t the broken-down Richard Manuel of lore. Instead, the Band’s lost legend sings ‘The Great Pretender’ with a palpable hunger.

Video of Johnny Winter’s final session finds him in legendary form

Video of Johnny Winter’s final session finds him in legendary form

October 24, 2014

This newly released video offers fans a concluding glimpse at a legend at work as Johnny Winter takes on Son House’s “Death Letter.”

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

October 24, 2014

In reanimating age-old songs like “Ain’t No More Cane,” Bob Dylan and the Band began a journey toward undiscovered new vistas.

Booker T. and the MGs broke barriers with a light touch: ‘We were just out there to play music’

Booker T. and the MGs broke barriers with a light touch: ‘We were just out there to play music’

October 16, 2014

Booker T. and the MGs shared Stax Records’ message of racial tolerance by their very presence. But it wasn’t always easy.

Amanda Kravat, “Wouldn’t Be This” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Amanda Kravat, “Wouldn’t Be This” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

October 13, 2014

Amanda Kravat crafts a billowing dream of what could be — for herself, and for this song.

John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974): On Second Thought

John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974): On Second Thought

October 6, 2014

John Lennon’s 40-year-old ‘Walls and Bridges’ is long overdue for a critical reevaluation.

Michael Lynch, “Mr. Monster / Going the Wrong Way” (2014): One Track Mind

Michael Lynch, “Mr. Monster / Going the Wrong Way” (2014): One Track Mind

October 18, 2014

Michael Lynch has given us a great little Halloween tune in “Mr. Monster,” with fierce hook lines and a jiggly, jagged bubblegum beat.

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

October 20, 2014

Robbie Robertson’s son set out to reshape his father’s life as a children’s tale. He ended up with something that will resonate with everyone.

Deep Purple – Live in Verona (2014)

Deep Purple – Live in Verona (2014)

October 25, 2014

This isn’t just another evening of string-laden songcraft from Deep Purple; it’s a big-bang moment for the group’s next era.

WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series (2014): Television

WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series (2014): Television

October 21, 2014

‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ finally returns with much – if, alas, not all – of its original music in tact.

Rock is Dead! Songs by Todd Rundgren, the Knack, Elvis Costello, others: Gimme Five

Rock is Dead! Songs by Todd Rundgren, the Knack, Elvis Costello, others: Gimme Five

October 5, 2014

To celebrate October, autumn and U2’s recent marketing fiasco, here’s a few songs about the death of everyone’s favorite bad penny, rock ‘n’ roll.

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

October 19, 2014

Remembering Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser, who helped open the door to jazz for me.