Rock Music

New albums by the Who and Kinks? Maybe they should quit while they’re ahead

New albums by the Who and Kinks? Maybe they should quit while they’re ahead

After all, it could come out differently than what we’d expect or want.

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from Million Dollar Piano (2014)

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from Million Dollar Piano (2014)

This arrives looking like every bad thing that sends you back to the old records.

‘How do I handle this?’: Alan White struggled with a key moment on Yes’ Heaven and Earth

‘How do I handle this?’: Alan White struggled with a key moment on Yes’ Heaven and Earth

In a twist, Yes’ drummer co-wrote perhaps the new album’s biggest ballad.

The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014)

The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014)

‘True Blue’ pushes outward, but it doesn’t forget the core within.

‘I have these new songs coming’: Resurgent David Crosby is already thinking about next album

‘I have these new songs coming’: Resurgent David Crosby is already thinking about next album

David Crosby’s latest went to No. 36, his highest individual finish since 1971.

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, “Chartreuse” from Live at Montreux (2014)

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, “Chartreuse” from Live at Montreux (2014)

They sound utterly reinvigorated on this stomping new live release.

Julie Slick + Marco Machera – Fourth Dementia (2014)

Julie Slick + Marco Machera – Fourth Dementia (2014)

They’ve created an album that’s both emotionally open, and a wonder of intricate control.

One Track Mind: Roger Gomez, “Mondays Guide” from Behind Cloud Nine (2014)

One Track Mind: Roger Gomez, “Mondays Guide” from Behind Cloud Nine (2014)

Threaded with a hip-hugging hook, this song packs a wallop.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Stand by the Seawall” (1977, unreleased)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Stand by the Seawall” (1977, unreleased)

A crystalline peak behind the scenes of Steely Dan’s studio gigs.

‘Great training for rock and roll’: Had Nick Mason not co-founded Pink Floyd, he might have done this

‘Great training for rock and roll’: Had Nick Mason not co-founded Pink Floyd, he might have done this

Nick Mason has been the only constant through Pink Floyd’s many incarnations.