Kait Dunton – trioKAIT (2015)

Kait Dunton – trioKAIT (2015)

July 27, 2015

Kait Dunton’s creative, embraceable, contemporary take on the ol’ acoustic jazz trio makes the jazz idiom fresh and exciting again.

Rock Candy Funk Party – Groove Is King (2015)

Rock Candy Funk Party – Groove Is King (2015)

July 30, 2015

In spite of more modern touches, no one will call ‘Groove Is King’ outdated in twenty years because of the time-honored ways it was conceived and put together.

Here’s the latest on that new CD/DVD, tour dates from Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty

Here’s the latest on that new CD/DVD, tour dates from Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty

July 29, 2015

Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty’s long-awaited collaborative CD/DVD is coming soon. We’ve got details on tour dates, too.

Black Sabbath’s often-dismissed Sabotage is far better than you remembered

Black Sabbath’s often-dismissed Sabotage is far better than you remembered

July 31, 2015

‘Sabotage,’ released in July 1975, finds Black Sabbath still at the height of its powers, but on the brink of slipping into chaos – and that translates into the music.

Carly Simon – Another Passenger (1976): Forgotten Series

Carly Simon – Another Passenger (1976): Forgotten Series

August 1, 2015

Song for song, even sideman for sideman, the often-overlooked ‘Another Passenger’ is the best album Carly Simon ever made.

Carly Simon – Another Passenger (1976): Forgotten Series

Carly Simon – Another Passenger (1976): Forgotten Series

August 1, 2015

Song for song, even sideman for sideman, the often-overlooked ‘Another Passenger’ is the best album Carly Simon ever made.

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

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

July 30, 2015

The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ critics always say, was no ‘Big Pink.’ As Richard Manuel gleefully crows through ‘Saved,’ you realize it wasn’t meant to be.

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.

The Beatles, “Blue Jay Way” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Blue Jay Way” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

July 24, 2015

A kind of sibling to “I Am the Walrus,” George Harrison’s “Blue Jay Way” is a perfect snapshot of the Beatles’ most unusually creative artistic phase.

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

January 27, 2015

With ‘Working On A Dream,’ released six years ago today, Bruce Springsteen continued an intriguing journey back to the music of his formative years.

Yes, “Sweet Dreams” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

Yes, “Sweet Dreams” from Time and a Word (1970): YESterdays

July 21, 2015

Yes’ “Sweet Dreams” may have a decidedly non-progressive rock feel, but it is one of the stronger compositions on 1970’s ‘Time and a Word.’

Toto, “99” from Hydra (1979) Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “99” from Hydra (1979) Toto Tuesdays

July 28, 2015

A Steve Lukather-sung ballad, “99” did respectively enough, reaching the Top 40. But why wasn’t it Toto’s biggest hit to that point?

(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.”

With Led Zeppelin’s reissues done, time for the ultimate companion-disc playlist

With Led Zeppelin’s reissues done, time for the ultimate companion-disc playlist

August 1, 2015

Now that all of the Led Zeppelin reissues are in hand, here’s one last playlist featuring true finds from this Jimmy Page-curated series.

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

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

July 30, 2015

The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ critics always say, was no ‘Big Pink.’ As Richard Manuel gleefully crows through ‘Saved,’ you realize it wasn’t meant to be.

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

July 23, 2015

Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars seemed to come together through happenstance. Unfortunately, they went their separate ways in a similarly random way.

Joan Baez – Gracias a la Vida (1974): Forgotten Series

Joan Baez – Gracias a la Vida (1974): Forgotten Series

July 24, 2015

In September 1973, Chilean folk singer Victor Jara was brutally murdered, moving Joan Baez to produce a final homage and farewell.

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Bachman-Turner Overdrive scored big with lively, unpretentious Not Fragile

August 1, 2015

Released in August 1974, ‘Not Fragile’ hurtled Bachman-Turner Overdrive to stardom with an old-fashioned recipe of hard rock rooted in the blues.

Rain Songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Blind Lemon, Led Zeppelin + others: Odd Couples

Rain Songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Blind Lemon, Led Zeppelin + others: Odd Couples

May 9, 2015

Selecting the best-ever rock ‘n’ roll rain song is no easy task. So, we put them all in one heavyweight tournament to see which was best.

Images of America: Southern California Surf Music 1960-1966, by John Blair (2015)

Images of America: Southern California Surf Music 1960-1966, by John Blair (2015)

August 1, 2015

Packed with cool pictures of musicians, vinyl, guitars and gig posters, John Blair’s ‘Southern California Surf Music 1960-1966′ is a surf rock bible.

Act unnaturally: The Beatles’ Ringo Starr in the movies

Act unnaturally: The Beatles’ Ringo Starr in the movies

June 20, 2015

When you ask Ringo Starr about his movie career, he’s happy to talk about ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’ Bill DeYoung’s look back shows that’s probably for the best.

John Belushi originally thought Steve Cropper was a roadie: ‘The guy with the long hair?’

John Belushi originally thought Steve Cropper was a roadie: ‘The guy with the long hair?’

July 19, 2015

John Belushi actually met Stax legend Steve Cropper early into putting together the Blues Brothers band. But he assumed Cropper was someone else.

Bruce Springsteen’s complex and challenging The Rising: Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen’s complex and challenging The Rising: Gimme Five

July 31, 2015

A look at five key tracks from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Rising,’ released in July 2002. Some are well-known, some less so, some weirdly controversial.

Yes’ Chris Squire was the quintessential rock star and consummate musician

Yes’ Chris Squire was the quintessential rock star and consummate musician

July 27, 2015

Mike Tiano shares personal memories of the late Chris Squire, as well as a classic interview that sheds new light on the Yes stalwart’s towering legacy.