Archive for July, 2015

Bruce Springsteen’s complex and challenging The Rising: Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen’s complex and challenging The Rising: Gimme Five

A look at five key tracks from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Rising,’ released in July 2002. Some are well-known, some less so, some weirdly controversial.

Black Sabbath’s often-dismissed Sabotage is far better than you remembered

Black Sabbath’s often-dismissed Sabotage is far better than you remembered

‘Sabotage,’ released in July 1975, finds Black Sabbath still at the height of its powers, but on the brink of slipping into chaos – and that translates into the music.

Hall and Oates’ breakthrough Voices was propelled by a huge hit that almost wasn’t

Hall and Oates’ breakthrough Voices was propelled by a huge hit that almost wasn’t

A key Hall and Oates song, and one of the duo’s six No. 1 hits, very nearly didn’t get released. It likely would have changed their fortunes forever.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Betty’s Blends, Vol. 2: Best From the West (2015)

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Betty’s Blends, Vol. 2: Best From the West (2015)

That Grateful Dead spirit lives on in the down-to-earth musicianship of Chris Robinson and his Brotherhood. And like the Dead, live is better.

Neil Young’s Landing on Water highlights an overlooked, endlessly fascinating period

Neil Young’s Landing on Water highlights an overlooked, endlessly fascinating period

Released in July 1986, Neil Young’s ‘Living on Water’ began as a failed Crazy Horse collaboration. Then, it became something quite intriguing.

The Band, “Saved” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Saved” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ critics always say, was no ‘Big Pink.’ As Richard Manuel gleefully crows through ‘Saved,’ you realize it wasn’t meant to be.

Savatage – Return to Wacken (2015)

Savatage – Return to Wacken (2015)

Savatage’s ‘Return to Wacken’ is a bit misleading, since it includes studio versions rather than live songs. But there’s still a reason to celebrate.

Rock Candy Funk Party – Groove Is King (2015)

Rock Candy Funk Party – Groove Is King (2015)

In spite of more modern touches, no one will call ‘Groove Is King’ outdated in twenty years because of the time-honored ways it was conceived and put together.

Here’s the latest on that new CD/DVD, tour dates from Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty

Here’s the latest on that new CD/DVD, tour dates from Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty

Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty’s long-awaited collaborative CD/DVD is coming soon. We’ve got details on tour dates, too.

Merzbow/Pandi/Gustafsson with Thurston Moore – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (2015)

Merzbow/Pandi/Gustafsson with Thurston Moore – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (2015)

This ain’t pop music, ladies and gentleman. It’s a party of noise.

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