Pop Music

Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty EP (2014)

Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty EP (2014)

Bruce Springsteen’s American Beauty finishes with a multi-tracked solo celebration of 5 o’clock freedom, and a layered meditation on the shelter that love provides. But that’s not how it starts.

Marshmallow Overcoat – The Very Best Of (2014)

Marshmallow Overcoat – The Very Best Of (2014)

Fronted by the charismatic energy of Timothy Gassen, Marshmallow Overcoat has been keeping the spirit of psychedelic garage rock alive and kicking since 1986.

‘It could be soon’: More details emerging about new music from Journey’s Steve Perry

‘It could be soon’: More details emerging about new music from Journey’s Steve Perry

Steve Perry is talking more about new music, his first since the 1996 Journey reunion project Trail by Fire. The recently unretired frontman is working with a well-known film composer on a track he says is “very inspirational.”

‘I completely dismissed her’: David Crosby on the night that changed his mind about Lady Gaga

‘I completely dismissed her’: David Crosby on the night that changed his mind about Lady Gaga

David Crosby admits that “she’s so show business.” But something happened when the Byrds and CSN legend saw Lady Gaga at this year’s MusiCares event. Crosby says he came away with a completely different opinion.

Forgotten series: McFadden’s Parachute – Flashback To My Hometown (2012)

Forgotten series: McFadden’s Parachute – Flashback To My Hometown (2012)

Hard to believe that the 2012 release by McFadden’s Parachute was this Rochester, New York-based outfit’s 27th album since 1991. That rivals Guided By Voices’ output for sheer volume.

‘I didn’t sing for a good 10 years’: Time away proved beneficial for the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz

‘I didn’t sing for a good 10 years’: Time away proved beneficial for the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz

One of the more remarkable things about the Monkees’ latest reunion — on par with Michael Nesmith’s presence, after so long away — was how well preserved Micky Dolenz’s voice is, decades after their late-1960s hey day. Dolenz explains who he’s kept his instrument in such great shape.

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Dog Eat Dog (1985)

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Dog Eat Dog (1985)

I mentioned last week in my look back at Joni Mitchell’s Wild Things Run Fast that it was her first album for Geffen Records — and one which left a major impact on me.

‘Constructing it like it’s Lego’: Inspiration for John Waite’s ‘Missing You’ included Jimmy Webb, Paul Rodgers

‘Constructing it like it’s Lego’: Inspiration for John Waite’s ‘Missing You’ included Jimmy Webb, Paul Rodgers

John Waite’s most famous solo track, the charttopping 1984 smash “Missing You,” grew out of an amalgamation of people, of memories and of influences.

The Jeremy Band – All Over The World (2014)

The Jeremy Band – All Over The World (2014)

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and owner of the highly regarded JAM label. That’s Jeremy Morris

Something Else! sneak peek: Peter Gabriel, “Show Yourself” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Peter Gabriel, “Show Yourself” (2014)

Tired of waiting on Peter Gabriel’s first new album of material since 2002′s Up? Here’s a chance to sample a brand-new song from the brand-new solo Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.