Rock Music

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

It’s easy to think of “Black Sun” as Death Cab for Cutie’s layered farewell to Chris Walla. Instead, it feels more like a new beginning.

Adrian Belew’s brilliant Side One was a journey through his entire musical history

Adrian Belew’s brilliant Side One was a journey through his entire musical history

Released 10 years ago today, Adrian Belew’s ‘Side One’ began four separate installments of adrenaline-charged, twisty guitar. Better buckle up!

Nils Lofgren’s ready for Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band’s return: ‘Some hope that lingers’

Nils Lofgren’s ready for Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band’s return: ‘Some hope that lingers’

Despite leading his own groups for decades, Nils Lofgren still enjoys the challenge of collaborating with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Rare Earth – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Rare Earth (2001): On Second Thought

Rare Earth – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Rare Earth (2001): On Second Thought

This collection of early Rare Earth favorites returns us to a period when rock music prompted people to listen, learn and react.

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason says iTunes is over; here’s what he’s listening to now

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason says iTunes is over; here’s what he’s listening to now

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, one of the most vocal critics of U2’s iTunes gambit, says he’s seen the future of music on the internet. It just needs more users.

John Mellencamp’s Freedom’s Road heralded a complete, still on-going artistic rejuvenation

John Mellencamp’s Freedom’s Road heralded a complete, still on-going artistic rejuvenation

‘Freedom’s Road,’ released today in 2007, found John Mellencamp exploring the uncertainties that exist inside middle America’s most reliable traditions.

The Band, “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes” (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes” (1971): Across the Great Divide

This old Chuck Willis tune, forgotten in the wake of his early death, gave the Band a chance to let loose — and let loose they most certainly did.

Styx’s James ‘J.Y.’ Young on the lasting impact of Jeff Beck: ‘Perhaps the greatest living guitarist, period’

Styx’s James ‘J.Y.’ Young on the lasting impact of Jeff Beck: ‘Perhaps the greatest living guitarist, period’

For James “J.Y.” Young, Jeff Beck has been a constant, standing as an inspiration from his early successes with Styx through to today.

Warren Zevon, “Mohammed’s Radio” from Warren Zevon (1976): One Track Mind

Warren Zevon, “Mohammed’s Radio” from Warren Zevon (1976): One Track Mind

The Jackson Browne-produced “Mohammed’s Radio” helped introduce Warren Zevon — with a key assist from Lindsey Buckingam and Stevie Nicks.

Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks remains as painful as it is enigmatic

Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks remains as painful as it is enigmatic

Released 40 years ago, ‘Blood on the Tracks’ signalled that Bob Dylan was ready to re-engage in his career. It was also something more personal.