Rock Music

Steve Howe – Homebrew 5 (2013)

Steve Howe – Homebrew 5 (2013)

Steve Howe has probably never got the credit he deserved for his role in fashioning the legends of both Yes and Asia. The Homebrew series, whether intended or not, has done much to underscore his privotal role

One Track Mind: Asobi Seksu, “Trails” from Fluorescence (2011)

“Trails,” Asobi Seku’s paen to heartbreak and loss, seemed an odd choice for lead single from the band’s 2011 release Fluorescence. The melody threatens to catch, but never quite takes hold.

The Blockheads – Same Horse Different Jockey (2013)

The Blockheads – Same Horse Different Jockey (2013)

The Blockheads’ latest release, Same Horse, Different Jockey is an album which has taken the band in new directions, both musically and re-establishes the band at the top of their musical tree.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Lunch With Gina” (2003)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Lunch With Gina” (2003)

<<< BACKWARD (“Pixeleen”) ||| ONWARD (“Everything Must Go”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Lunch with Gina” flies along in full funk/rock mode. Guitarist Hugh McCracken and Jon Herington gleefully play along with the rock solid back beat laid down by Keith Carlock on drums

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival (2013)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival (2013)

In the popular imagination, the 1960s festival scene in America went directly from Monterey Pop in 1967 to Woodstock in 1969 — but there was a too-often overlooked stop in between, and Jimi Hendrix was there, too.

Linda Thompson – Won’t Be Long Now (2013)

Linda Thompson – Won’t Be Long Now (2013)

I’ll confess up front I’m a huge Thompson family fan. Sure it’s easy to love Richard Thompson; he’s one of the best guitarists to emerge from England since, well, ever.

Books: Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Later Years, 1983-2013, by Marc Roberty

Books: Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Later Years, 1983-2013, by Marc Roberty

By the time Eric Clapton gathered a working band in support 1983’s Money and Cigarettes (home to the Top 10 U.S. hit “I’ve Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart”), the guitarist was clean and sober.

‘I swept the floors’: Steve Cropper literally worked his way to the top at Stax Records

‘I swept the floors’: Steve Cropper literally worked his way to the top at Stax Records

You know Steve Cropper from his legendary work with Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor — and, of course, with Booker T. and the MGs. His beginnings with the Stax Record label, however, were decidedly less glamorous.

Deep Beatles: “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” from Abbey Road (1969)

The next entry in the Abbey Road medley continues the naughtiness of “Polythene Pam.”

‘I’ve never tried to sound like him’: Queen’s Roger Taylor on comparisons with Rod Stewart

‘I’ve never tried to sound like him’: Queen’s Roger Taylor on comparisons with Rod Stewart

More than one fan has connected the sound of Roger Taylor’s more mature vocals on his forthcoming solo album with that of Rod Stewart. Now, the long-time Queen member has addressed the comparison.