Rock Music

Pixies – EP1 (2013)

The Pixies’ EP1 came out in September of 2013 but I was late in listening to it — just as I was late to listening to the Pixies. My first encounter with the band was during their reunion tour stop at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, 2005.

After Deep Purple tour, Steve Morse to focus on Flying Colors: ‘We’re working on it’

Deep Purple’s tour behind the well-received What Now?! continues into April through Europe, but thereafter look for new music from guitarist Steve Morse’s other band, Flying Colors.

‘It was a joy’: Vintage Yoko Ono film helped Kevin Godley make Beatles video magic

‘It was a joy’: Vintage Yoko Ono film helped Kevin Godley make Beatles video magic

Twenty years ago, director (and 10cc co-founder) Kevin Godley was approached about constructing a video for the reunited Beatles. The challenge was to craft something fresh from so many old things.

Nate Jones Band – The Nate Jones Band EP (2014)

Let’s face it, the criteria of what makes a good singer-songwriter record are usually straightforward: does the singer-songwriter sing well and two, does he sing good songs?

Steely Dan Sunday, “Upside Looking Down” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Upside Looking Down” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore”) ||| ONWARD (“Paging Audrey”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** There is a certain elegance in Steely Dan and Donald Fagen albums that was missing in Walter Becker’s first solo release, 11 Tracks of Whack.

Marillion – Sounds That Can’t Be Made: Special Edition (2014)

Marillion – Sounds That Can’t Be Made: Special Edition (2014)

There’s a reason most prog albums leave the epic song for the end, as Marillion’s 17th album made clear. They began here with “Gaza,” a dramatic rumination on the senselessness of war, and then seemed to struggle for a while to regain momentum.

‘Someone was thinking about you’: Julian Lennon on inspiring the Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’

‘Someone was thinking about you’: Julian Lennon on inspiring the Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’

As the celebrations marking 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America reach a fever pitch, Julian Lennon remembers their legacy — and his role in it.

One Track Mind: Deep Purple, “First Sign Of Madness” from Now What?!: Gold Deluxe Edition (2014)

One Track Mind: Deep Purple, “First Sign Of Madness” from Now What?!: Gold Deluxe Edition (2014)

Anyone with lingering concerns about the ability to rock of one Deep Purple — led by a trio in Ian Paice, Roger Glover and Ian Gillan who’ve been with the group since the late 1960s — is directed to this bonus track from their newly released Now What?!: Gold Deluxe Edition.

‘Freddie’s there, as large as life’: Brian May revels in newly discovered Queen music

‘Freddie’s there, as large as life’: Brian May revels in newly discovered Queen music

Brian May talks about a cache of unreleased Queen tracks that he discovered — and what it’s been like hearing the group, then still a four piece, working at the peak of its powers.

On Second Thought: The Waistcoats – We Are The Doctors (2011)

This 2011 offering from Netherland’s Waistcoats was a full-on Who-influenced rock opera, at least for half of the album, giving an obvious nod Tommy. Flip the record over to the b-side, and it was a whole other deal, however.