Archive for March 10th, 2014

One Track Mind: Lee DeWyze, “Blackbird Song” from The Walking Dead (2014)

Utterly engrossing, and full of dusty portent, Lee DeWyze’s “Blackbird Song” couldn’t have put more space between his time on American Idol and where he is now. DeWyze, who won Season 9 of Idol, issued the more country pop-leaning Frames last summer. Forget that

‘That’s the way it goes’: Gregg Rolie’s first post-Journey album gave Eddie Money a hit

‘That’s the way it goes’: Gregg Rolie’s first post-Journey album gave Eddie Money a hit

When Gregg Rolie returned from a brief retirement following his departure from Journey, he became the second — but not the last — big star who tried to make a hit of Billy Satellite’s 1984 song “I Wanna Go Back.”

Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca – Flaco and Max: Legends and Legacies (2014)

Theirs is a meeting across the generations, and a bold illustration of the way time, ultimately, surrenders to tradition — and of the utter agelessness of the rich musical folkway of conjunto.

Steve Cropper played underrated role on signature early Stax hit: ‘The place would go nuts’

Steve Cropper played underrated role on signature early Stax hit: ‘The place would go nuts’

No, there’s no guitar on the Mar-Keys’ Top 5 pop and R&B hit “Last Night.” But yes, Steve Cropper was part of that seminal 1961 Stax side — playing a completely different instrument the old-fashioned way.

‘We start work in June, I think’: Ex-Yes frontman Jon Anderson’s new band could include Jean-Luc Ponty

‘We start work in June, I think’: Ex-Yes frontman Jon Anderson’s new band could include Jean-Luc Ponty

Some 10 years after splitting with Yes, Jon Anderson has started talking about forming another band again — and, as he revealed during an autograph session with fans, the lineup could include a certified prog-rock and jazz-fusion legend.

Glowfriends – Gather Us Together (2014)

For the past decade or so, Glowfriends have been thrilling global audiences with their bedazzling brand of pop music. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the band once again has crafted a surefire showtopper with their latest album Gather Us Together

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Paradise” (2002)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Paradise” (2002)

I remember thinking that “Paradise,” written from the point of view of a suicide bomber, was simultaneously haunting and touching.

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