Rock Music

Jack Hues and The Quartet – A Thesis on the Ballad EP (2016)

Jack Hues and The Quartet – A Thesis on the Ballad EP (2016)

The back-to-the-basics approach of ‘A Thesis on the Ballad’ makes its case with the oft-forgotten art of homespun charm and the power of poetry.

Toto, “Afraid of Love” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Afraid of Love” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

“Afraid of Love” isn’t just one of the best deep cuts found on Toto IV; it’s one of Toto’s catchiest, most accessible album tracks ever.

Chicago, “Free Form Guitar” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Free Form Guitar” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago made numerous love songs, some of them hugely popular, but few were as personal – and none were as challenging – as “Free Form Guitar.”

Ben Craven on streaming’s impact, working with Captain Kirk, and his terrific new album

Ben Craven on streaming’s impact, working with Captain Kirk, and his terrific new album

Australia-based progressive rocker Ben Craven joins Preston Frazier for a Something Else! interview.

Yes, “Mood for a Day” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “Mood for a Day” from Fragile (1971): YESterdays

Yes’ “Mood for a Day” probably isn’t the first Steve Howe solo guitar composition that comes to mind – but maybe it should be.

Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam: Seeing the glory 40 years later

Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam: Seeing the glory 40 years later

Four decades hence, it’s easy to hear the glory of Steely Dan’s diverse and calculating ‘The Royal Scam.’

Danzig – blackacidevil (1996): Metal Meltdowns

Danzig – blackacidevil (1996): Metal Meltdowns

Metal Meltdowns will explore those moments when my favorite metal and hard rock bands went off the rails. Let’s start with Danzig’s ‘blackacidevil.’

George Martin’s Death Apparently Wasn’t All That Interesting to Entertainment Weekly

George Martin’s Death Apparently Wasn’t All That Interesting to Entertainment Weekly

The stunning decision by ‘Entertainment Weekly’ to essentially ignore George Martin’s passing – and with it, his legacy – is insulting to Martin, the Beatles, and anyone interested in major music news.

Chicago, “Poem 58” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Poem 58” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

When people scoff in disbelief that Chicago used to open for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, I pull out “Poem 58.”

Chicago, “Listen” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Listen” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturdays in the Park

I love the horn section’s raw sound on ‘Chicago Transit Authority.’ As time went by, Chicago smoothed that sound out – but not here.