Rock Music

The Black Keys’ Brothers pulled together every strand of their genre-jumping genius

The Black Keys’ Brothers pulled together every strand of their genre-jumping genius

‘Brothers,’ released on May 18, 2010, stands as the Black Keys’ best-ever attempt at hybridizing black music into modern rock.

Thee Midniters, “Jump, Jive and Harmonize / Thee Midnite Feeling” (1967): One Track Mind

Thee Midniters, “Jump, Jive and Harmonize / Thee Midnite Feeling” (1967): One Track Mind

Astonishingly diversified, Thee Midniters played every stitch of music conceivable, leading them to appeal to both adults and kids.

Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman underscored a sweeping importance

Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman underscored a sweeping importance

‘Ramble at the Ryman,’ released on May 17, 2011, reminded us that Levon Helm was the Band’s loamy voiced, rhythmic center point. And something more.

With McCartney II, Paul McCartney attempted to tap into the new-wave zeitgeist

With McCartney II, Paul McCartney attempted to tap into the new-wave zeitgeist

Paul McCartney’s synthy solo effort ‘McCartney II,’ released on May 16, 1980, didn’t pass for innovation back then – and it doesn’t today, either.

The Beatles, “Three Cool Cats” (Decca Audition, 1962): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Three Cool Cats” (Decca Audition, 1962): Deep Beatles

While the Beatles would eventually drop this early cover song from their setlists, “Three Cool Cats” holds a special place in the band’s history.

Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky was that rare thing – an instant modern classic rock album

Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky was that rare thing – an instant modern classic rock album

Wilco’s ‘Sky Blue Sky,’ released on May 15, 2007, became my road music, an escape from the everyday nothingness that often drives us insane.

Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin defend Chicago 17: ‘The biggest album we ever had’

Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin defend Chicago 17: ‘The biggest album we ever had’

‘Chicago 17,’ released on May 14, 1984, was a multi-million-selling smash. And Danny Seraphine and Bill Champlin aren’t about to apologize for it.

The Band, “The Well” from The Last Waltz (1978): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The Well” from The Last Waltz (1978): Across the Great Divide

In this moment, the Band’s Richard Manuel sounds whole again, entirely present, a world away from the fading figure depicted in ‘The Last Waltz.’

Ben Craven, progressive rocker: Something Else! Interview

Ben Craven, progressive rocker: Something Else! Interview

Preston Frazier talks to Australian progger Ben Craven about his well-regarded career, his next album and his intriguing new music delivery system.

Past the big hits, Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms offered a moving exploration on war

Past the big hits, Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms offered a moving exploration on war

Released on May 13, 1985, Dire Straits’ ‘Brothers in Arms’ likely surprises return visitors with its depth of intellect and emotion.