Archive for March 20th, 2014

‘Only one way for us to go’: A fateful decision propelled Hall and Oates’ unlikely resurgence

‘Only one way for us to go’: A fateful decision propelled Hall and Oates’ unlikely resurgence

Did stepping away at the turn of the 1990s actually ensure Hall and Oates’ more recent revival — up to and including their induction later this spring in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? John Oates thinks so.

One Track Mind: Metallica, “Lords of Summer” (2014)

One Track Mind: Metallica, “Lords of Summer” (2014)

For the past nearly 25 years, there’s been no more polarizing band in metal, or perhaps all of rock, than Metallica. Since the release of that monstrous self-titled album in 1991, fans have been thrown into three different camps.

Dan Weiss – Fourteen (2014)

Fourteen (March 25, 2014, Pi Recordings) isn’t Dan Weiss’s fourteenth record (it’s his fifth), nor is it the number of tracks on the album, nor does it pertain to the year it’s out (as in “’14”).

Toto’s Steve Lukather on his fun new song with Ringo Starr: ‘It’s just me and him’

Toto’s Steve Lukather on his fun new song with Ringo Starr: ‘It’s just me and him’

Steve Lukather says he gained an even deeper appreciation for Ringo Starr’s easy-going brilliance at the drums while collaborating on a new song for the former Beatles’ upcoming solo album. Impishly titled “You Bring the Party Down,” it’s part of an as-yet unnamed followup to Starr’s Ringo 2012.

‘Very close to a settlement over the whole debacle’: Geoff Tate updates the case of Queensryche vs. Queensryche

‘Very close to a settlement over the whole debacle’: Geoff Tate updates the case of Queensryche vs. Queensryche

Geoff Tate says the argument over who is, and who isn’t, Queensryche is nearing its legal conclusion — and that, “at some point,” he’d like to resume a friendship with his former bandmates.

On Second Thought: Matt Newton – Within Reach (2014)

Matt Newton’s refreshingly modern take on jazz music is what makes Within Reach such an amiable, lovely recording. This is the follow-up to the Toronto-based pianist’s acclaimed debut Push and stands both as a statement of intent and an indication of progress.

‘It means beautiful in Germany’: Journey’s Neal Schon unravels the mystery of his new umlauts

‘It means beautiful in Germany’: Journey’s Neal Schon unravels the mystery of his new umlauts

Longtime fans have noted that Journey legend Neal Schon has something in common these days with Blue Öyster Cult, Motörhead and Mötley Crüe: The umlaut. He’s explaining why now.

The Who’s Roger Daltrey with Wilko Johnson, “I Keep It To Myself” (2014): One Track Mind

The Who’s Roger Daltrey with Wilko Johnson, “I Keep It To Myself” (2014): One Track Mind

Roger Daltrey is reborn inside this shuffling groove, as Wilko Johnson’s “I Keep It To Myself” transports the longtime Who frontman to a different era.

Exclusive stream: Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, “What’s Next?” (2014)

The pianist, composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol knows a lot about music from around the world, be that British prog rock or traditional Ottoman music that’s connected to this Bursa, Turkey native’s ancestry. But he fell in love with jazz as a teen

The Band, “Get Up Jake” from Rock of Ages (1972): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Get Up Jake” from Rock of Ages (1972): Across the Great Divide

“Get Up Jake” initially got left off 1969’s ‘The Band,’ apparently because it sounded too much of a piece.