Rock Music

Tell It to the Judge – Cases of Misguided Muses: Odd Couples

Tell It to the Judge – Cases of Misguided Muses: Odd Couples

Like Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and others have seen their songs become the center of interesting disputes.

Jon Anderson, of Yes and Anderson Rabin Wakeman: Something Else! Interview

Jon Anderson, of Yes and Anderson Rabin Wakeman: Something Else! Interview

The always-busy Jon Anderson joins Preston Frazier for a Something Else! Sitdown that, predictably, covers a lot of musical ground.

Chicago, “In the Country” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “In the Country” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Every time I listen to “In the Country” from 1970’s ‘Chicago II,’ I feel the freedom of the solitude and being alone in my thoughts, the gentle breeze tousling my hair.

Yes, “The Ancient / Giants Under the Sun” (1973): YESterdays

Yes, “The Ancient / Giants Under the Sun” (1973): YESterdays

Is Yes’ “The Ancient / Giants Under the Sun” an easy listen? No, but it sure is a good one.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ cocksure self-titled album finally brought them fame

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ cocksure self-titled album finally brought them fame

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ second disc, issued in June 2010, found them ready to break out – even if it wasn’t their best work.

Chicago, “Poem for the People” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Poem for the People” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago will be excellent throughout the Terry Kath years, but rarely, if ever better than this deep cut “Poem for the People.” This is the sound of a band that can do anything and do it well.

Wilco (The Album) echoed, but didn’t quite live up to Sky Blue Sky

Wilco (The Album) echoed, but didn’t quite live up to Sky Blue Sky

‘Wilco (The Album)’ arrived in June 2009 at a fork in the road: Would Wilco keep moving forward or stick with a winning formula?

Deerhoof – The Magic (2016)

Deerhoof – The Magic (2016)

Even when reflecting on the 80s of their youth Deerhoof tends to favor making rock music the makeshift way most rock music was made in the 60s, and the method matters for this music.

Mick Abrahams, of Jethro Tull: Something Else! Interview

Mick Abrahams, of Jethro Tull: Something Else! Interview

Mick Abrahams rose to instant fame as a member of Jethro Tull, helping craft a debut album in ‘This Was’ that memorably melded blues with progressive rock.

Quiet Riot – QR III (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Quiet Riot – QR III (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Quiet Riot was probably headed for obscurity before ‘QR III’ was released 30 years ago, but this album certainly drove the nail in the coffin.