Rock Music

The Fakeband – Shining On Everyone (2014)

Don’t be deceived by the name, because the Fakeband are flesh and blood musicians who play their own instruments, write their own songs, and create music that’s as pure and sincere as the heart of a saint.

‘We’re all playing at a different level’: Neal Schon at work on three albums with Journey connections

‘We’re all playing at a different level’: Neal Schon at work on three albums with Journey connections

The prospects of another Journey album remain unclear, but that doesn’t mean guitarist Neal Schon is sitting idly by. In fact, he’s working on three projects, all of them with Journey connections.

Deep Cuts: Byrds legend Gene Clark’s ‘Strength of Strings,’ ‘Polly,’ ‘Lonely Saturday,’ others

Deep Cuts: Byrds legend Gene Clark’s ‘Strength of Strings,’ ‘Polly,’ ‘Lonely Saturday,’ others

Gene Clark, a founding member of the Byrds and one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most intriguing troubadours, has always been suspended in the gray area between obscurity and popularity.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Selfish Gene” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Selfish Gene” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Circus Money”) ||| ONWARD (“Do You Remember The Name”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Sweet little baby from the hills somewhere, here’s a pretty lovebud for your hair…”. Is this how old Manhattan producer-types start their sex raps on Manalo wearing wafs? Well, according to Walter Becker’s track, “Selfish Gene”, yes, and apparently this tactic worksRead More

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.