Rock Music

‘Weren’t you that guy in Van Halen?': Mitch Malloy on his short trip through a very famous band

Mitch Malloy has released a number of albums since his self-titled 1992 debut, even while fashioning a career as a mixer and mastering engineer with Taylor Swift, Kenny Loggins and others.

Something Else! Interview: Jim Weider of the Band

Something Else! Interview: Jim Weider of the Band

Woodstock native Jim Weider got to live out a musician’s dream, having been a fan of the Band at the turn of the 1970s before eventually joining Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson from 1985-99.

Forgotten Series: Ugly Kid Joe – Menace to Sobriety (1995)

Ugly Kid Joe very likely doomed their career with the way they came on to the scene. First there was the name, a jab at second- or third-tier hair metal act Pretty Boy Floyd.

The Flaming Lips – Peace Sword (2013)

Having only recently released their album The Terror, the Flaming Lips are already back with Peace Sword. They are, indeed, not known for serving light fare, and this EP is no different.

The Who – Tommy (1969; 2013 reissue)

The Who – Tommy (1969; 2013 reissue)

At once ambitious and complex, the Who’s Tommy stands as a shining moment in their vast career. Their sweeping work redefined the “concept album” and set the standard for rock operas such as Green Day’s American Idiot.

Almost Hits: Tom Petty, “It’s Good To Be King” (1995)

Almost Hits: Tom Petty, “It’s Good To Be King” (1995)

“It’s Good To Be King,” which somehow only crept up to No. 68 on the charts, doesn’t sound like any side Tom Petty had ever put out — and, at the same time, like all of them.

On Second Thought: Peter Bjorn and John – Gimme Some (2011)

Many folks (and not just “Young Folks”) ended up hearing the biggest hit single to feature whistling since maybe Mitch Miller’s theme from “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Michael Nesmith, November 15, 2013

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Michael Nesmith, November 15, 2013

At City Winery, Chicago: Since 2012, Michael Nesmith has toured around the country with the Monkees and as a solo act.

The Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live (2013)

The Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live (2013)

There would be no poetry this time, some 44 years after the Rolling Stones last took the stage at London’s Hyde Park. Back then, in 1969, they were eulogizing Brian Jones, then just two days dead.

Nightwish – Showtime, Storytime (2013)

I’ll make a confession at the top of this review that will invalidate my opinion in the eyes of many Nightwish fans, but I didn’t really like the band with Tarja Turunen.