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The Black Keys, “Fever” from True Blue (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

The Black Keys, “Fever” from True Blue (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

A lean groove, a crinkly throwback riff, a pained falsetto. Yes, the Black Keys are back — with a song that thrums with pent-up passion and swirling darkness, with something finally worth celebrating. “Fever” is the sound of a churning, unrequited love, and the sound a band that’s completely returned to form.

Doobie Brothers Songs with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter: Gimme Five

Doobie Brothers Songs with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter: Gimme Five

Most fans of the Doobie Brothers seem to have allegiances to particular periods in the band’s 45-year history — with the most common divide being Tom Johnston vs. Michael McDonald.

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan, “Abandoned Love” from Biograph (1985)

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan, “Abandoned Love” from Biograph (1985)

Bob Dylan’s career, brimming as it is with enough unreleased tracks to make ordinary songwriters blush, has often puzzled both fans and critics alike. At times, there appears to be no rhyme or reason to his decisions regarding which of composition to release and which to leave in the can. Tracks such as “Blind Willie McTell,” “Lord, Protect My Child,”Read More

‘Very, very funky, slightly sort of cosmic guys’: Ex-Yes man Jon Anderson puts finishing touches on new supergroup

‘Very, very funky, slightly sort of cosmic guys’: Ex-Yes man Jon Anderson puts finishing touches on new supergroup

Jon Anderson, who has principally toured as a solo act since leaving Yes in 2004, is building a new band around the former Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Now, he’s ready to talk about the rest of the lineup.

The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell (2014)

If I’d heard of the Pretty Reckless before I stumbled across the title track of their latest album, Going to Hell, I likely would have written them off as soon as I discovered that their singer was one Taylor Momsen

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Darkling Down” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Somebody’s Saturday Night”) ||| ONWARD (“God’s Eye View”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** I recall hearing an interview with Al Stewart of “Time Passages” fame who mentioned that the reason his songs are so lyrically lush (i.e. wordy) is because he believes it’s better to write songs with verses composed of many words and using wordsRead More

‘I can’t count on him’: David Crosby says Crosby Stills Nash and Young may, or may not, happen again

‘I can’t count on him’: David Crosby says Crosby Stills Nash and Young may, or may not, happen again

David Crosby isn’t counting on — or counting out — another formation as Crosby Stills Nash and Young. It all depends, as usual, on what happens with the unpredictable Neil Young.

The Initiative – CD Launch (2014)

The Initiative – CD Launch (2014)

Ah, modern day miracles. Thanks to DVDs we can now experience the next best thing to being there. And in this instance that refers to the Initiative’s CD launch party of their self-titled debut disc, which was held Saturday September 21, 2013 at the Estonian House in West Brunswick, Victoria, Australia.

‘Very, very hard to top’: Bruce Springsteen on capturing the E Street Band’s concert energy in the studio

‘Very, very hard to top’: Bruce Springsteen on capturing the E Street Band’s concert energy in the studio

Bruce Springsteen admits that capturing the energy and focus of concert staples like “Ghost of Tom Joad” and “American Skin” on his recent High Hopes album was difficult.

One Track Mind: Don Henley with Blind Pilot, “These Days” from Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne (2014)

One Track Mind: Don Henley with Blind Pilot, “These Days” from Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne (2014)

What with the semi-permanent scowl that’s plastered on Don Henley’s face these days (ask Frank Ocean! Or better yet, ask Okkervil River!), it’s easy to forget just how resonant his voice can be. “These Days,” a track written by a teenaged Jackson Browne and featured on a forthcoming double-album tribute to the singer-songwriter called Looking Into You, provides a strikingRead More

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