Rock Music

Yes, “Five Percent for Nothing” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “Five Percent for Nothing” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

Bill Bruford frequently calls this Yes song, originally titled “Suddenly It’s Wednesday,” a starting point of his journey as a composer.

Paul Kantner (1941-2016): Fondly Recalling a Jefferson Airplane Concert I Did Not Attend

Paul Kantner (1941-2016): Fondly Recalling a Jefferson Airplane Concert I Did Not Attend

Paul Kantner played the University of Iowa on November 11, 1969 with Jefferson Airplane, but I was in the ninth grade – so no way were my parents letting me go.

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016)

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016)

Once again Lucinda Williams excels at making her pain, perseverance and hope relatable to ours, like few others can.

King Mud – Victory Motel Sessions (2016)

King Mud – Victory Motel Sessions (2016)

Left Lane Cruiser’s Freddy J IV and Black Diamond Heavies’ Van Campbell combined to make some of the most honest, inspired gutbucket blues-rock you’re likely gonna hear this year.

Toto, “Turn Back” from Turn Back (1981): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Turn Back” from Turn Back (1981): Toto Tuesdays

“Turn Back” stands the test of time well on its own, and elevates Toto’s third album – even though it was miscast.

Phil Marshall – Scatterbed (2016)

Phil Marshall – Scatterbed (2016)

Sparsely furnished in the instrumental and arrangement department, but rippling with bare-the-soul prose, Phil Marshall’s ‘Scatterbed’ clocks in as the ultimate rainy day album.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (2016)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (2016)

With ‘Let Me Get By’ the TTB is a full-time, fully mature and fully self-contained ensemble ready to conquer the world. Already, they’re well on their way to doing just that.

Chad Bradford, “Where My Heart Belongs” (2016): One Track Mind

Chad Bradford, “Where My Heart Belongs” (2016): One Track Mind

Perfectly placed instrumentation ties in with Chad Bradford’s rich and deep vocals on “Where My Heart Belongs,” like a cool cross between Joe South and Eddie Money.

Remembering Paul Kantner’s Flight, from Jefferson Airplane to Jefferson Starship

Remembering Paul Kantner’s Flight, from Jefferson Airplane to Jefferson Starship

Science fiction helped Paul Kantner escape the drudgery of his childhood existence, then it fired his imagination as Jefferson Airplane transformed into Jefferson Starship.

Patti Smith Group – Radio Ethiopia (1976): Shadows in Stereo

Patti Smith Group – Radio Ethiopia (1976): Shadows in Stereo

The Patti Smith Group’s ‘Radio Ethiopia’ is to ‘Horses’ what ‘White Light/White Heat’ is to ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico.’