Archive for December, 2013

Joey Molland’s emotional response to Badfinger critics: ‘You have no idea what went on’

Joey Molland’s emotional response to Badfinger critics: ‘You have no idea what went on’

For Joey Molland, continuing forward under the Badfinger banner has been both a blessing — all of his other classic-era bandmates are dead — and a curse. Questions about where the money goes these days linger.

The Strypes – Snapshot (2013)

At first sight, these guys look like trendsetters, with Beatles-like costumes, mushroom-head hairstyles and, of course, the obligatory sunglasses. They also have prominent fans

S. Victor Aaron’s Top Unreviewed Jazz and Fusion Records of 2013: Ivo Perelman, Frank Rosaly

S. Victor Aaron’s Top Unreviewed Jazz and Fusion Records of 2013: Ivo Perelman, Frank Rosaly

So many great records to rave about…and so little time to rave. Last year I started a new tradition with a “just one more list before we’re done with lists” kind of list.

‘Really, really happy, and thankful’: Adam Lambert gears up for 2014 with live debut

‘Really, really happy, and thankful’: Adam Lambert gears up for 2014 with live debut

Adam Lambert offered a first-ever live rendition of his recent collaboration with Nile Rodgers and Avicii last night, as a short American tour continues.

Beth Hart, “Baddest Blues” from Where Blues Meets  Rock Vol. 9 (2014): One Track Mind

Beth Hart, “Baddest Blues” from Where Blues Meets Rock Vol. 9 (2014): One Track Mind

Beth Hart has crafted a reputation for scalding, Joplin-esque barnburners — and you might be expecting “Baddest Blues” to follow suit. Think again.

‘It was just hell’: Early boost from Neil Young came with strings for Linda Ronstadt

‘It was just hell’: Early boost from Neil Young came with strings for Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt gained some of her earliest national exposure working with Neil Young, singing backup on his lone No. 1 single in 1972, after her own solo debut flopped, and serving as his warm-up act in 1974. Not that it always went all that well.

On Second Thought: Rosanne Cash – Interiors (1990)

On Second Thought: Rosanne Cash – Interiors (1990)

A lot of people are good a composing year-end lists. Taking that a step further, a friend asked me and a group of acquaintances to list our favorite 10 CDs of all time

Keith Emerson opens up on Emerson Lake and Palmer’s ‘Love Beach’: ‘Let’s tell you the truth’

Keith Emerson opens up on Emerson Lake and Palmer’s ‘Love Beach’: ‘Let’s tell you the truth’

Emerson Lake and Palmer’s 1978 album Love Beach has been universally derided for its period-piece yacht-rock cover. Keith Emerson is ready to come to its defense.

Gimme Five: Worst-ever Original Lineup Kiss Songs

Gimme Five: Worst-ever Original Lineup Kiss Songs

Their recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction has a lot of fans romanticizing Kiss’ original lineup. It wasn’t all “Deuce” and “God of Thunder,” however.

‘How are we going to make that work?’: Moment of inspiration sparked a familiar Stax hit

‘How are we going to make that work?’: Moment of inspiration sparked a familiar Stax hit

Steve Cropper’s first reaction when Eddie Floyd said he wanted to write something about superstitions was rather circumspect: “Doesn’t Stevie Wonder already have a song about that?”