Rock Music

One Track Mind: Electric Litany, “Feather Of Ecstasy” from Enduring Days You Will Overcome (2014)

The surprise, really, isn’t how much this sounds like classic-era Joy Division. Electric Litany has made a quick name for itself with its synthy, melancholic etherealism. It’s the presence at the boards of one Alan Parsons. Yes, of Pink Floyd and “Eye in the Sky” fame.

‘I thought it was a little petty’: Carl Palmer opens up on Emerson Lake and Powell

‘I thought it was a little petty’: Carl Palmer opens up on Emerson Lake and Powell

Carl Palmer is still stung bit over the time ELP reformed in the mid-1980s, except with Cozy Powell drumming alongside Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. When Emerson Lake and Powell, featuring the single “Touch and Go,” arrived in June 1986, Palmer had been working with Asia

2 Taks Back – Downtown (2014)

The Indianapolis-based 2 Taks Back have switched lead guitarists and bassists since 2012’s Coming Home – and yet, little has actually changed since vocalist Curtis Hartsook and Chris Dunlap founded the band years ago.

‘We just don’t do that song’: Ricky Phillips wants Styx to dig deep for classic track

‘We just don’t do that song’: Ricky Phillips wants Styx to dig deep for classic track

Ricky Phillips has been lobbying for a classic Styx song since his arrival in the band in 2003, and yet he says the dynamics of creating a concert setlist haven’t allowed them to bring it back.

Forgotten series: Fuse, with Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilsen and Tom Petersson – Fuse (1969)

Forgotten series: Fuse, with Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilsen and Tom Petersson – Fuse (1969)

Before there was Cheap Trick, there was Sick Man Of Europe, and before there was Sick Man Of Europe, there was Fuse. Coming together in 1967, the Rockford, Illinois-based band included future Cheap Trick members Rick Nielsen (on rhythm guitar and keyboards) and Tom Petersson (on bass), along with lead singer Joe Sundberg, lead guitarist Craig Myers, and drummer ChipRead More

Deep Beatles: “Wait,” from Rubber Soul (1965)

Deep Beatles: “Wait,” from Rubber Soul (1965)

The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul is an embarrassment of riches. In addition to its stellar material, it signaled the final days of Beatlemania and a transition into more experimental sounds and sophisticated songwriting.

‘We were one of the first’: Crossover success helped propel Hall and Oates to pop stardom

‘We were one of the first’: Crossover success helped propel Hall and Oates to pop stardom

Hall and Oates are rightly praised for their six career charttopping pop hits, an accomplishment that no doubt helped bolster their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame credentials. Less discussed is how they reached that pinnacle — by way of earlier successes on the R&B charts.

One Track Mind: Lyle Lovett, “Rosie” from Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (2014)

One Track Mind: Lyle Lovett, “Rosie” from Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (2014)

That Jackson Browne, one of the 1970s and ’80s most prolific and recognizable singer-songwriters, hasn’t already had one of these all-out, star-flecked tribute moments boggles the mind, really.

Books: Sex and the Beatles: 400 Entries, by Jeff Walker (2014)

Jeff Walker’s just-published book Sex and the Beatles: 400 Entries is exactly what the title suggests — a look at the sexy underbelly of the Fab Four in 400 ways you probably couldn’t imagine.

Gimme Five: Andy Summers on songs with the Police, Animals, Neil Sedaka and Robert Fripp

Gimme Five: Andy Summers on songs with the Police, Animals, Neil Sedaka and Robert Fripp

Andy Summers’ echoing, textural approach to the guitar is forever linked with the Police, but he’d been an established figure in music for more than a decade before rising to stardom with that sound alongside Stewart Copeland and Sting.