Archive for February, 2013

‘I do want to get out there': Journey’s Neal Schon cooking up plans for special solo tour

‘I do want to get out there': Journey’s Neal Schon cooking up plans for special solo tour

Neal Schon issued his seventh project away from Journey late in 2012, and he already has another one on the way — and, perhaps, a solo tour, as well.

Boz Scaggs – Memphis (2013)

Boz Scaggs – Memphis (2013)

Boz Scaggs references some of the most distinctive, timeless R&B recordings of the 1970s, even as he continues exploring outward from that tradition on Memphis. Like Scaggs himself, it’s not easily pegged.

‘I’ve only got myself to argue with now': Jon Anderson is at peace, even as Yes begins latest tour without him

‘I’ve only got myself to argue with now': Jon Anderson is at peace, even as Yes begins latest tour without him

As Yes prepares to kick off a new tour featuring performances of three classic albums, departed co-founding frontman Jon Anderson wonders what might have been. See, he was the one who first floated the concept.

One Track Mind: Davide Tammaro, “Jungle” (2013)

Sell Music online at ReverbNation.com Bursting out with a terse little curlicue of a groove, Davide Tammaro’s “Jungle” combines the sharp intellect of progressive rock into a muscular jazz cadence. It’s a soundscape that perfectly mirrors his subject, the always-bustling New York City.

One Track Mind: The Replacements, “I’m Not Sayin'” from Songs for Slim (2013)

One Track Mind: The Replacements, “I’m Not Sayin'” from Songs for Slim (2013)

Anyone who was a fan of their dangerously debauched brand of college rock, so long gone now, would have thought that chances of the Replacements getting back together were roughly the same as the odds they’d cover a Gordon Lightfoot song.

‘Every song is completely different': John Oates of Hall and Oates to release series of new downloads

‘Every song is completely different': John Oates of Hall and Oates to release series of new downloads

A sign of the times in this age of the download: John Oates of Hall and Oates says he will be releasing a new album — but only one song at a time, over the next year.

‘I loved the vocal harmonies': Wolfgang Van Halen’s childhood musical passion? You won’t believe it

‘I loved the vocal harmonies': Wolfgang Van Halen’s childhood musical passion? You won’t believe it

You might have expected the youthful Wolfgang Van Halen, scion of the hard-rock guitar god Eddie Van Halen, to have been into some kind of horns-throwing metal group. Instead, he says, he always loved the vocal harmonies of Blink-182.

Greg Lake – Songs of a Lifetime (2013)

Greg Lake – Songs of a Lifetime (2013)

Greg Lake offers something greater than mere retrospective here — though, certainly, there are familiar tunes from King Crimson and ELP. With its powerful sense of reminiscence, Songs of a Lifetime ultimately becomes a more personal journey.

Tommy James and the Shondells – Anthology (1989): Forgotten series

Although there is no shortage of Tommy James and the Shondells retrospectives available, Anthology tends to be the best of the bounty. Between the years 1966 and 1969, the East Coast band amassed a total of 14 top 40 hit singles

Stefano Battaglia Trio – Songways (2013)

Before he mined the rich tonal terrain afforded by improvisation, Milan’s Stefano Battaglia gained international notice as a classical pianist, building his reputation through the European festival circuit.