Articles by: Nick DeRiso

Ron Sexsmith, “Can’t Get My Act Together” from Carousel One (2015)

Ron Sexsmith, “Can’t Get My Act Together” from Carousel One (2015)

As sun-flecked as Ron Sexsmith’s melodies no doubt are, his lyrics often run the other way. “Can’t Get My Act Together,” however, feels brand new.

Silk Degrees launched Boz Scaggs’ solo career, and Toto too: ‘So much talent and invention’

Silk Degrees launched Boz Scaggs’ solo career, and Toto too: ‘So much talent and invention’

Boz Scaggs released his biggest-ever hit this month in 1976, providing the big-bang moment for an up-and-coming band named Toto along the way.

Daryl Hall + Robert Fripp, “Babs and Babs / Urban Landscape” from Sacred Songs (1980)

Daryl Hall + Robert Fripp, “Babs and Babs / Urban Landscape” from Sacred Songs (1980)

Daryl Hall has said he and Robert Fripp were trying to combine sounds from two different cultures to “form a third kind of music.” They did.

BoDeans, “Slave” from I Can’t Stop (2015): One Track Mind

BoDeans, “Slave” from I Can’t Stop (2015): One Track Mind

If you’re expecting another rootsy upbeat rocker from the BoDeans, the frankly scarifying blues of “Slave” likely comes as something of a shock.

Steve Hackett, “Wolflight” from Wolflight (2015): One Track Mind

Steve Hackett, “Wolflight” from Wolflight (2015): One Track Mind

“Wolflight” is a colloquialism for the time just before dawn, when the world is rousing itself. Steve Hackett seems to be similarly coming alive again.

David Gilmour, “Out of the Blue” from About Face (1984): On Second Thought

David Gilmour, “Out of the Blue” from About Face (1984): On Second Thought

Combine David Gilmour’s “Out of the Blue” – released March 27, 1984 – with the best of The Final Cut, and you’d get the next great Pink Floyd album.

Ringo Starr – Postcards from Paradise (2015)

Ringo Starr – Postcards from Paradise (2015)

His current All-Starrs buoy everything that surrounds them — including, it’s clear, Ringo Starr himself. The ultimate bandmate, Starr sounds whole again.

Mavis Staples, “Your Good Fortune” (2015): One Track Mind

Mavis Staples, “Your Good Fortune” (2015): One Track Mind

Always open to new sounds, Mavis Staples is now working with Son Little, after earlier collaborations with Jeff Tweedy and the North Mississippi All-Stars.

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band appeared to be turning toward a kind of modernity that might clear the way for new explorations. But night was, indeed, falling.

Brian Wilson + Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine, “Sail Away” from No Pier Pressure (2015)

Brian Wilson + Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine, “Sail Away” from No Pier Pressure (2015)

This is as close as we’re apparently going to get to what should have happened in 2013, after the Beach Boys’ reunion tour with Brian Wilson.