Rock Music

Jeff Lynne’s Armchair Theatre started with an impossible-to-match bang

Jeff Lynne’s Armchair Theatre started with an impossible-to-match bang

Jeff Lynne’s ‘Armchair Theatre,’ released this month in 1990, struggled to live up to its opening track’s promise – but often charmed us, anyway.

When the National Anthem, well, sucked: Gimme Five

When the National Anthem, well, sucked: Gimme Five

In its best moments, the National Anthem is a heady combination of patriotism and emotional resonance. Then, there are the other times.

The Rugbys – Hot Cargo (1969): Forgotten Series

The Rugbys – Hot Cargo (1969): Forgotten Series

The hard-rocking, unjustly overlooked Rugbys certainly had good ideas and a rich imagination, so there’s a lot of neat stuff going on here.

Toto, “Hydra” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Hydra” from Hydra (1979): Toto Tuesdays

‘Hydra,’ Toto’s second album, confounded critics and fans alike upon its release in October 1979, but it has aged well.

Bad Company (Paul Rodgers, Boz Burrell, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke) on balcony of Continental Hyatt House. Hollywood, CA - May 1974; Various Locations; Mark Sullivan 70's Rock Archive  (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Contour by Getty Images)

Bad Company – Bad Company; Straight Shooter (1974-75; 2015 reissues)

Bad Company was better than they were given credit for. And Paul Rodgers, these reissues make clear, ranks among the best rock singers of all time.

Late Yes legend Chris Squire left me with a lasting concert memory

Late Yes legend Chris Squire left me with a lasting concert memory

It had been 35 years since I’d seen the quintessential prog-rockers Yes, led by the recently departed Chris Squire. They didn’t disappoint.

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

“Don’t Ya Tell Henry,” released 40 years ago this month on ‘The Basement Tapes,’ illustrates how Bob Dylan and the Band pushed each other to greatness.

Alan Parsons Project’s sci-fi rock triumph I Robot still asks prescient questions

Alan Parsons Project’s sci-fi rock triumph I Robot still asks prescient questions

Alan Parsons Project’s prophetic ‘I Robot,’ issued this month in 1977, focused on the uneasy relationship between human and machine.

John Hiatt, “Take It Down” from Crossing Muddy Waters (2000): One Track Mind

John Hiatt, “Take It Down” from Crossing Muddy Waters (2000): One Track Mind

It turns out master singer-songwriter John Hiatt hit the nail on the head concerning the current Confederate flag controversy – some 15 years ago.

Frank Zappa – Dance Me This (2015)

Frank Zappa – Dance Me This (2015)

‘Dance Me This’ is diverse in its content and genre references, outer-worldly, edgy and, OK, a little bit weird. Just like Frank Zappa.