Archive for February 26th, 2012

David Marks says the Beach Boys’ sound was always ‘something special’

From the very first, David Marks knew the Beach Boys were on to something. And he says he feels it all over again, now that the founding members have reunited for a much-anticipated concert tour and new studio album.

Roger Hodgson is finding his voice again on rare U.S. tour since leaving Supertramp

Roger Hodgson’s long-awaited U.S. tour — his first solo appearances since 1983 — is giving him the chance to do something that Supertramp never did: Establish his own name.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks to appear together again this summer

Fresh off a series of successful shows last spring, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks will join forces again for a summer tour. The initial stop is set for Cleveland on July 20

Steely Dan Sunday, “Black Cow” (1977)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Black Cow” (1977)

Crisp, perfectly modulated, utterly suave and precisely integrated, the sound on this Steely Dan record set new standards.

Half Notes: Secret Machines – The Road Leads Where It's Led (2005)

The secret of the Machines is that they have an addictively fun, poundingly-heavy beat that is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, and they have a penchant for really stretching out their compositions for texture and emphasis. It’s prog-rock without the slightest hint of twee frilliness. Road was an EP with a non-album track, “Better Bring Your Friends,” and covers of VanRead More

Magnolia Memoir – The Perfect Crime (2012)

Magnolia Memoir has been described, and beautifully so, as Fiona Apple meets the Killers with a dash of the Clash — and that’s a good start.

Forgotten series: Sixpence None The Richer – Divine Discontent (2003)

What do the following artists have in common: Rickie Lee Jones, Natalie Merchant, Lori Mckenna, The Sundays, Bjork, Kate Bush, Ani DiFranco and Dar Williams?