Rock Music

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.

Pink Floyd – The Wall, February 7, 1980: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Pink Floyd – The Wall, February 7, 1980: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Pink Floyd created a signature concert experience during their first performances of ‘The Wall,’ but I was lucky to have been there at all.

Bob Dylan’s Trouble No More: I Haven’t Heard It, But I Already Have Issues

Bob Dylan’s Trouble No More: I Haven’t Heard It, But I Already Have Issues

Columbia Records touts the gospel-focused ‘Trouble No More’ as the “definitive retrospective of a pivotal period” in Bob Dylan’s canon. It’s not.

Michael McDonald – Wide Open (2017)

Michael McDonald – Wide Open (2017)

‘Wide Open’ may well be Michael McDonald’s most musically dense and compelling studio project – and that’s saying something.

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