Archive for October 26th, 2013

‘It wasn’t white, clean and neat’: Long after Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant is still mixing it up

‘It wasn’t white, clean and neat’: Long after Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant is still mixing it up

Robert Plant’s newest post-Led Zeppelin outfit is a canny blending of blues and world music influences, adding spicy new flavors to a post-blues aesthetic that goes back to his earliest successes in music.

‘We did all of their songs’: The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit on impact of the Kingston Trio

‘We did all of their songs’: The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit on impact of the Kingston Trio

Long before he was a member of the Eagles, Timothy B. Schmit was heavily influenced by the Kingston Trio, a folk-based sensation in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

‘It’s all about a musical journey’: John Oates on how his solo career led to a Good Road to Follow

‘It’s all about a musical journey’: John Oates on how his solo career led to a Good Road to Follow

John Oates last three solo projects — including a mainstream pop project, a roots album and now a series of singles featuring a different collaborative partner each month — would seem to have little in common.

‘We pull away, and then come back’: Mick Fleetwood on the secret to Fleetwood Mac’s longevity

‘We pull away, and then come back’: Mick Fleetwood on the secret to Fleetwood Mac’s longevity

Fleetwood Mac is known as much for their breakups, and their long periods off the road, as they are for megahit albums like 1977’s Rumours. Band co-founder Mike Fleetwood says that’s the key to their longevity.

‘This shows you what it was like’: Grammy exhibit puts everything in perspective for the Beatles’ Ringo Starr

‘This shows you what it was like’: Grammy exhibit puts everything in perspective for the Beatles’ Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr, in going through his things for a new Grammy Museum exhibit, found a priceless piece of pre-Beatles memorabilia from his time as a drummer with the group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

‘It’s hard to describe what that music did to me’: Jeff Beck explains his unlikely connection with the Beach Boys

As Jeff Beck wraps up a well-received fall tour this month with Brian Wilson and several other members of the Beach Boys, he’s reflecting on what brought him to this admittedly offbeat place.

Landon Knoblock’s CACAW – Stellar Power (2013)

For the longest time, jazz has had its hard-edged fringe and so has rock. Keyboardist Landon Knoblock started CACAW with the intent to combine the two outliers of their respective styles to create something even more otherworldly.

Roy Harper – Man and Myth (2013)

Roy Harper has, it seems, always existed in the place between this album title’s two words. He’s famous enough to have been the subject of a Led Zeppelin song, and to have sung another for Pink Floyd, but yet somehow largely unknown too.

‘I rejected a lot of stuff’: Queen’s Roger Taylor took careful approach to first solo album in 15 years

‘I rejected a lot of stuff’: Queen’s Roger Taylor took careful approach to first solo album in 15 years

If “Up” from Roger Taylor’s forthcoming solo effort reminds you, in some ways, of Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga,” well, there’s a reason for that: He used the same analog synthesizer in both.

Exclusive stream: The Flower Kings, “White Tuxedos” from Desolation Rose (2013)

The disembodied voice of Richard Nixon — eerie, foreboding, completely full of it — heralds the arrival of this stark indictment of pols who tell you they want peace even while escalating conflict