Archive for March 21st, 2012

OK, Elton John doesn't make music like he used to; is it too much to ask that he try?

The disappointment isn’t so much that Elton John doesn’t make music like he used to. It’s that he almost couldn’t be bothered to try.

After years of turmoil, reunited Crosby, Stills and Nash now 'pretty close'

Even as Crosby Stills and Nash, together off and on since 1969, gear up for yet another massive summer U.S. tour, there remains an electric atmosphere when those three voices intertwine.

Ravi Shankar on late former Beatle George Harrison: 'He became like part of me'

Ravi Shankar became both a musical and spiritual influence on George Harrison, as the two forged a deeply personal relationship that still lingers with the sitar master

Kiss' Gene Simmons tears into 'karaoke singers,' saying tour with Motley Crue will include 'no fake bullsh*t'

Kiss’ Gene Simmons, appearing in full makeup and regalia, had some choice words for a few of today’s charttopping singers, even as he announced a new 40-date North American tour with Motley Crue.

Something Else! sneak peek: Stream Joe Walsh’s "Analog Man," coproduced by Jeff Lynne

Joe Walsh returns with a suitable cranky old-man track — after all, the longtime Eagles guitarist turns 65 this year. Co-produced by Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra fame, “Analog Man” is available for streaming here.

Papa Grows Funk – Needle in the Groove (2012)

Papa Grows Funk returns with its most collaborative effort yet, as Needle in the Groove boasts a whopping three producers — including Louisiana legend Allen Toussaint — and a set of songs composed together as a group.

Juozas Milasius – Slow (2009)

This was a rare thing: an album of guitar music where the guitar isn’t really the point. Put a different way, it’s the ideas that are given the focus, not the chops.

Lorenzo Feliciati – Frequent Flyer (2012)

As one of the more talked about fusion records of last year, Naked Truth’s Shizaru put four established maestros from jazz, rock and avant garde words in the same studio, resulting in an album that pulled in creative streams from all of these music worlds into a purposeful, distinctive and provocative body of work.

Adrian Belew on the future of King Crimson: Robert Fripp 'may never want to do it again'

Adrian Belew’s just-completed tour with Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto presented an opportunity to revisit their time in King Crimson. Unfortunately, Belew says, partial reunions are all that fans are likely to see for the foreseeable future.