Rock Music

Forgotten series: The Move – Looking On (1970)

Here’s another British band that attained superstardom in their native land, but struggled to attract attention in the U.S. If Americans are aware of the Move at all, it’s probably because they morphed into Electric Light Orchestra.

Deep Beatles: “Hello Little Girl” (Decca audition, 1962)

Last week’s Deep Beatles took a closer look at the Beatles’ 1962 audition for Decca Records. Since manager Brian Epstein wanted to present Decca’s A&R department with a vivid picture of the Beatles’ live shows, he asked the band to perform covers

Jamie Block – Whitecaps on the Hudson (2013)

The title track, and other key moments like “Sam Patch” and “My Head” here, blend the brutal, hard-won spoken-word honesty of Lou Reed with a rootsy, rattling cadence. But this is more than an Americana take on the Velvet Underground.

Exclusive stream: Conspiracy featuring Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood, “New World” (2004; 2013 reissue)

Stream an advance track from the long-awaited remaster of Conspiracy Live, featuring former Yes band mates Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood.

The Friday Morning Listen: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes – The Jukes (1979)

Big musical weekend in these parts. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will be visiting the New Hampshire seacoast and me & TheWife™ are more than ready.

Gimme Five: Boz Scaggs on David Paich, Duane Allman and, yeah, Silk Degrees

Gimme Five: Boz Scaggs on David Paich, Duane Allman and, yeah, Silk Degrees

We took a break from our non-stop heavy rotation of Boz Scaggs’ new Top 20 album Memphis to dig further back into his stirring catalog of sophisticated soul, sizzling R&B and gritty blues.

A week after his death, body of original Yes guitarist Peter Banks reportedly still unclaimed

A week after his death, body of original Yes guitarist Peter Banks reportedly still unclaimed

In a shocking turn of events, the body of Peter Banks — co-founder of the group Yes, and someone dubbed an architect of progressive music by the BBC — reportedly remains unclaimed.

Something Else! Interview: Boz Scaggs on Memphis, the Dukes of September, and singing vs. playing

Something Else! Interview: Boz Scaggs on Memphis, the Dukes of September, and singing vs. playing

Since his career went supernova with Silk Degrees, Boz Scaggs has continued to hone his craft, digging deeper into the blues, employing broader jazz brushstrokes — and nowhere is that fine tuning more obvious than on his terrific new album.

One Track Mind: Rowdy House, “Hurricane Blues” (2013)

“Hurricane Blues” begins with a low levee moan, a squalling harmonica, the lonesome call of a dobro. The scene is set for the rumbling winds to come.

Almost Hits: The Beach Boys, “Sail On Sailor” (1972)

Almost Hits: The Beach Boys, “Sail On Sailor” (1972)

I still wonder what might have been. After all, Blondie Chaplin’s early-1970s tenure marked a seismic change, both visually and musically for the Beach Boys — who saw their lineup integrated and their sound given a sharp new edge.