Rock Music

Evanescence – Synthesis (2017)

Evanescence – Synthesis (2017)

Evanescence’s ‘Synthesis’ offers classical reworkings of some of the band’s most well-known songs – and a new track that brings the whole concept together.

Chicago, “Questions 67 & 68” from Chicago Transit Authority (1971): One Track Mind

Chicago, “Questions 67 & 68” from Chicago Transit Authority (1971): One Track Mind

Mixing elegance with volume and power, “Questions 67 & 68” shines a light on vintage Chicago in the best possible way.

Steely Dan’s ‘Black Friday’ provides a perfectly nonsensical soundtrack for today

Steely Dan’s ‘Black Friday’ provides a perfectly nonsensical soundtrack for today

Steely Dan’s “Black Friday” might feel a bit on the nose this morning, but what else comes to mind on the first day of the Christmas shopping season?

The Undertones – True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s (1999): Forgotten Series

The Undertones – True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s (1999): Forgotten Series

The Undertones produced outstanding songs, but they unfortunately never netted enough sales to acquire widespread notice, remaining a cult favorite.

Drywater – Backbone of the Nation (2017)

Drywater – Backbone of the Nation (2017)

Sounding like nothing on the airwaves, or even in underground music circles, Drywater was either several years behind or a few years ahead of its time.

Marcus Randolph and My Peeples Peeple – Transplant (2017)

Marcus Randolph and My Peeples Peeple – Transplant (2017)

Marcus Randolph’s debut album ‘Transplant’ is heartfelt but also very loose, and it’s both of those qualities together make it a fun listen.

Lucas Lee – Acceptances of Gravitational Collapsing Manifestations (2017)

Lucas Lee – Acceptances of Gravitational Collapsing Manifestations (2017)

Like all of Lucas Lee’s albums, nothing is left to chance, yet there is a level of passion which is so invigorating.

Third Of Never – Austerity (2017)

Third Of Never – Austerity (2017)

Loud, brash and bristling with attitude, Third of Never’s ‘Austerity’ swings, shakes and shudders in perpetual motion.

Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here? (2017)

Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here? (2017)

In some ways, the new Dream Syndicate album is understood less as a singular release and better in the context of Steve Wynn’s overall career.

Esso Afrojam Funkbeat, World Trade, Tomi Malm + others: Five for the Road

Esso Afrojam Funkbeat, World Trade, Tomi Malm + others: Five for the Road

This occasional look at road-worthy artists includes Esso Afrojam Funkbeat, Billy Sherwood’s World Trade, Tomi Malm and others.

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