Classical Music

Something Else! sneak peek: Bruce Hornsby, “Life in the Psychotropics” from Solo Concerts (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Bruce Hornsby, “Life in the Psychotropics” from Solo Concerts (2014)

After a period of exploring roots music, Hornsby takes a bold step.

‘This is not going to go anywhere’: The Eagles’ Joe Walsh didn’t have a guitar as his first instrument – or his second

‘This is not going to go anywhere’: The Eagles’ Joe Walsh didn’t have a guitar as his first instrument – or his second

Most rock fans can recite Joe Walsh’s CV from memory: James Gang, the Eagles, solo artist. Maybe most important of all: Guitar god. But it wasn’t always thus. In fact, Walsh’s first instrument was not a guitar. Neither was his second.

Dave Baker, with Rich Kurtz – Blended (2013)

That the university-trained, classical inspired guitarist Dave Baker is so handy with interpreting pop sounds should come as no surprise. After all, he found early fame opening for fellow Temple products Hall and Oates on tour.

Rhys Chatham – Harmonie du soir (2013)

The 1970s No Wave movement spawned some dark, aggressive, and beautiful music. Do those adjective belong together? Of course!

Exclusive stream: Peter Frampton with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, “Gold Dust Woman” (2013)

Exclusive stream: Peter Frampton with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, “Gold Dust Woman” (2013)

Musical worlds collide in the most interesting of ways with this exclusive stream, as 1970s guitar god Peter Frampton joins the Royal Philharmonic to do a Fleetwood Mac song.

Quattro – Popzzical (2013)

It’s classical. No, wait. It’s contemporary jazz. Sure, but that’s not exactly it, either. Latin pop? That, too. In fact, Quattro’s deliciously uncategorizable forthcoming album Popzzical includes all of that, but ultimately fits somewhere in between.

‘Much better than I ever thought it was’: Genesis’ Tony Banks reissues long out-of-print The Wicked Lady

‘Much better than I ever thought it was’: Genesis’ Tony Banks reissues long out-of-print The Wicked Lady

Tony Banks reissues his rare soundtrack for the 1983 Faye Dunaway vehicle The Wicked Lady today, the first of a series of solo albums the Genesis keyboardist will revisit — including Bankstatement and Strictly Inc.

‘Mysterious, genre-bending’: PledgeMusic drive underway to fund new Markus Reuter concerto

‘Mysterious, genre-bending’: PledgeMusic drive underway to fund new Markus Reuter concerto

The Colorado Chamber Orchestra has started a PledgeMusic drive in an effort to fund the premiere and release of Markus Reuter’s contemporary orchestral piece “Todmorden 513.”

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Dreams of Fireflies [On a Christmas Night] (2012)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Dreams of Fireflies [On a Christmas Night] (2012)

I’ve had a little trouble getting in the holiday spirit this year, so despite the fact a new Trans-Siberian Orchestra EP has been out since early November, I’m just now starting to dig into it.

‘Completely and utterly happy’: Late Jon Lord discusses long-awaited Concerto album in new film

‘Completely and utterly happy’: Late Jon Lord discusses long-awaited Concerto album in new film

The late Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra will be updated with a very limited expanded version on December 3, 2013. It’s another chance to gain insight into a project that became the co-founding Deep Purple organist’s life work.