Rock Music

On Second Thought: Boston – Life, Love and Hope (2013)

On Second Thought: Boston – Life, Love and Hope (2013)

There was a time when Boston could do no wrong. Their 1976 debut album dominated the rock scene with that signature combination of Tom Scholz’ guitar cathedrals and Brad Delp’s soaring vocals.

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2013

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2013

The upcoming 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ American debut has inspired a slew of related books, CDs, movies, and other collectibles. In other words, this Christmas will be a dream

Forgotten series: The Cynics – Spinning Wheel Motel (2011)

Not enough people heard the full-throttle contemporary garage music hurtled at you by these Pittsburgh legends, as the Cynics made a solid comeback a few years ago.

Midlake – Antiphon (2013)

After the departure of singer and songwriter Tim Smith for the band Harm, there were of course some doubts about the future direction of Midlake. Smith’s voice and the harmonies were probably the core of the band.

Bogdo Ula – The Return of the Sons of Ra (2013)

They gathered for five days at this countryside studio in Finland, plugging in and recording whatever happened.

‘At one point, I was experimenting’: Kiss’ Paul Stanley wasn’t always made up as Starchild

‘At one point, I was experimenting’: Kiss’ Paul Stanley wasn’t always made up as Starchild

Paul Stanley’s iconic star-themed make up is as much a part of his persona with Kiss as original songs like “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and “Shout It Out Loud.” But it wasn’t always like that.

On Second Thought: The Draytones – Up In My Head (2008)

The Draytons emerged as an exciting new British three-piece band with their Byrds/Beatles/Kula Shaker hybrid on this, their debut album. I also detect a little bit of the La’s more shuffley sound

Steely Dan Sunday, “H Gang” (2006)

Steely Dan Sunday, “H Gang” (2006)

<<< BACKWARD (“Morph The Cat/Morph The Cat (Reprise)”) ||| ONWARD (“What I Do”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** It wasn’t a good sign when I couldn’t find my copy for the album Morph The Cat. On my list of Steely Dan/Becker/Fagen related album this one ranks at the bottom for a number of reasons.

‘We had to do something else’: How Journey moved on after Steve Perry’s departure

‘We had to do something else’: How Journey moved on after Steve Perry’s departure

For Journey, the absence of its lead singer from the road — no matter the radio magic that had come before — was setting the band up for certain disaster.

‘One that I fell in love with’: Adam Lambert’s favorite Queen song might surprise you

‘One that I fell in love with’: Adam Lambert’s favorite Queen song might surprise you

After performances going back to 2009 with rock legends Queen, Adam Lambert has to have developed a favorite song from their vast repertoire, right? The answer, however, might surprise you.