Rock Music

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Hometown Blues” (1976)

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Hometown Blues” (1976)

It’s interesting that “Hometown Blues” is featured on two Heartbreakers best-of compilations — 1995’s five-disc, career-spanning box set Playback and 2000’s double-disc Anthology: Through The Years. Firstly, there are arguably better songs from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers that didn’t make the cut

Marco Machera, with Tony Levin, Markus Reuter + Pat Mastelotto – Dime Novels (2014)

In the two years since Marco Machera issued his solo debut One Time, Somewhere, he’s memorably appeared with Adrian Belew — and the connection pays off handsomely on this smartly conceived follow up. A trio of Belew bandmates (both in King Crimson and the offshoot Crimson ProjeKCt) appear on Dime Novels

Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Black Beehive (2014)

Big Head Todd and the Monsters burst onto to the live-music scene in the late 1980s with a heady sound best described as blues-based, loose and laid-back pop. More recently, however, they have been focused more on the rootsier sounds of Todd Park Mohr’s adopted hometown of Chicago.

Steve Perry fondly remembers his time with Journey: ‘They certainly brought a lot out of me’

Steve Perry fondly remembers his time with Journey: ‘They certainly brought a lot out of me’

As Steve Perry eases back into music after a cancer scare, he can’t help but look back fondly at the things he accomplished with Journey — even if a reunion still appears to be a remote possibility.

David Crosby – Croz (2014)

David Crosby – Croz (2014)

Croz is David Crosby’s first solo album since Thousand Roads was released in 1993, and it finds Crosby in a different place than 20 years ago.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Downtown Canon”) ||| ONWARD (“Upside Looking Down”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Walter Becker’s Circus Money covers a wide music landscape. The song, “Bob’s Just Not Your Uncle Anymore” appears — at least on the surface — to be a simple reggae track.

Grand Magus – Triumph and Power (2014)

After several friends highly recommended Grand Magus’ latest record, I decided to give it a quick listen.

‘It will be really interesting to see’: One song seems to be a lock for Hall and Oates’ Hall of Fame setlist

‘It will be really interesting to see’: One song seems to be a lock for Hall and Oates’ Hall of Fame setlist

Now that the sense of wonder has subsided for Hall and Oates, who waited through more than 15 years of eligibility, new questions arise for their belated Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Namely, what they will play — and who will induct them?

Forgotten series: Linus and the Losers – Gone (2009)

Based in Sweden, Linus and the Losers make the kind of music “authority figures” once upon a time railed against, believing such sounds turned kids into rebels, criminals, and drug addicts.

‘Anybody that has a heart needs to be part of this’: Julian Lennon’s passionate defense of Mother Earth

‘Anybody that has a heart needs to be part of this’: Julian Lennon’s passionate defense of Mother Earth

In the years since his Top 20 platinum debut from 1984, Julian Lennon has expanded his artistic horizons to focus on photography, as well. A thread running through all of it is his advocacy for the environment.