Rock Music

Doyle Bramhall II – Rich Man (2016)

Doyle Bramhall II – Rich Man (2016)

‘Rich Man’ is a consolidation of Bramhall’s strengths as a straight-up rocker, Texas bluesman and modern soul crooner, self-produced in the psychedelic soul style of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

Anthrax, Sept. 23, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Anthrax, Sept. 23, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

In recent years, I’ve said some pretty negative things about Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna. I’d like to use this opportunity to take all of those things back.

Danny Says: A Documentary on the Life and Times of Danny Fields (2016): Movies

Danny Says: A Documentary on the Life and Times of Danny Fields (2016): Movies

The aptly titled ‘Danny Says’ finds the always-quotable Danny Fields discussing his life among the late-20th century’s musical greats and near-greats.

Gong – Rejoice! I’m Dead! (2016)

Gong – Rejoice! I’m Dead! (2016)

With the first post-Daevid Allen Gong album, the torchbearers of serious rock who don’t take themselves *too* seriously carries on confidently.

Chicago, “I Don’t Want Your Money” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “I Don’t Want Your Money” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Think Chicago is incapable of rocking? Too tightly arranged, not grungy enough? “I Don’t Want Your Money” proved detractors wrong on all of counts.

The Beatles, “Revolution 1” from the White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Revolution 1” from the White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles’ “Revolution 1” provides no definitive answers, reflecting the turbulent time period from which it emerged.

Yes, “Turn of the Century” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Turn of the Century” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Despite some pre-session turmoil, “Turn of the Century” finds Yes focused, inspired and acting as one cohesive unit.

Living Colour – Mixtape (2016)

Living Colour – Mixtape (2016)

The biggest letdown with ‘Mixtape’ is that it’s an EP, rather than a long-anticipated album. Still, any new music by Living Colour is cause for celebration.

Yes, “Going For the One” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Going For the One” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

The meaning of “Going For the One” doesn’t matter, as Yes does more with this abstract gem than their contemporaries were striving for at the time.

Jackyl – ROWYCO (2016)

Jackyl – ROWYCO (2016)

Arriving at the end of the party-hearty 1980s was a stroke of bad luck for Jackyl. No matter what, though, Jesse James Dupree has stuck to his guns.