Rock Music

The Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise (2016)

The Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise (2016)

Now featuring one-time Motley Crue frontman John Corabi, the Dead Daisies may have found their best lineup on their third record.

Wicked Realm, Aug. 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wicked Realm, Aug. 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wicked Realm should be proud that they can make these songs come alive. Prouder still should be Milwaukee for being able to call them our own.

Chicago, “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

The only downside on Chicago’s “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” is its abrupt ending. But I guess I shouldn’t be too greedy.

Yes, “To Be Over” from Relayer (1974):  YESterdays

Yes, “To Be Over” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

“To Be Over,” the closing track on ‘Relayer,’ demonstrates the creative high that Yes was on in 1974.

Metallica, “Hardwired” from Hardwired … to Self Destruct (2016): One Track Mind

Metallica, “Hardwired” from Hardwired … to Self Destruct (2016): One Track Mind

I didn’t want to go with a knee-jerk reaction to Metallica’s “Hardwired.” I wanted to give it a chance to grow on me. It hasn’t yet.

Kansas, “With This Heart” from The Prelude Implicit (2016): One Track Mind

Kansas, “With This Heart” from The Prelude Implicit (2016): One Track Mind

A rebuilt lineup of Kansas recalls their past, even as they show tremendous growth, on an advance track from the band’s first new album in 16 years.

Heart – Beautiful Broken (2016)

Heart – Beautiful Broken (2016)

Heart’s new album Beautiful Broken demonstrates that some artists get better with age.

Olympics Tribute with Velvet Underground, Eric Clapton, Harry Nilsson + others: Odd Couples

Olympics Tribute with Velvet Underground, Eric Clapton, Harry Nilsson + others: Odd Couples

Performance enhancers became an early story line in the 2016 Rio Olympics. But which drug-related rock song provides the best soundtrack?

Yes, “Sound Chaser” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

Yes, “Sound Chaser” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

This is the closest Yes gets to sounding like the jazz-fusion of Mahavishnu Orchestra, rather than simply the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

Alice Cooper – The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003): Shadows in Stereo

Alice Cooper – The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003): Shadows in Stereo

By accident or design, ‘The Eyes of Alice Cooper’ is as close as it comes to the classics from Alice Cooper’s glory days.