Rock Music

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968): On Second Thought

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968): On Second Thought

Louder than Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Blue Cheer was radical even by the era’s standards of anything goes.

Walter Becker, “Were You Close Today” (2018): Something Else! One Track Mind

Walter Becker, “Were You Close Today” (2018): Something Else! One Track Mind

I always regarded Walter Becker as a self-effacing musical genius. This rough take on one of his compositions that wasn’t even deemed good enough to finish only affirms that conviction about him.

Similar Fashion – Portrait Of (2018)

Similar Fashion – Portrait Of (2018)

It gets harder to be artful in an original way in these days, but Logan Hone and his quirky quartet does it and does it well.

Machine Head – Catharsis (2018)

Machine Head – Catharsis (2018)

Others may dislike Machine Head’s latest outing, but I think it’s one of the most interesting records they’ve ever done.

The La De Da’s, Blue Stars and others – How Is the Air Up There? (2018)

The La De Da’s, Blue Stars and others – How Is the Air Up There? (2018)

Some might recognize a couple of the New Zealand garage-rock groups on ‘How Is the Air Up There?’ The rest may be new to most, like me.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Declared ‘Time’s Up’ – Way Back in 1972

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Declared ‘Time’s Up’ – Way Back in 1972

As the Time’s Up / #metoo women’s movement rages on, Mike Tiano notes that John Lennon and Yoko Ono boldly addressed this issue decades ago.

Toto, “Struck By Lightning” from 40 Trips Around the Sun (2018): Sneak Peek

Toto, “Struck By Lightning” from 40 Trips Around the Sun (2018): Sneak Peek

Toto’s “Struck By Lightning” has a tough attitude that wouldn’t have been out of place on 1984’s ‘Isolation’ or 1992’s ‘Kingdom of Desire.’ Yet it also offers something different.

Deejays – Coming On Strong: The Best of the Deejays (2018)

Deejays – Coming On Strong: The Best of the Deejays (2018)

As far as I know, no legit reissue of England’s ’60s beat group the Deejays has been made widely available before this.

The Young Rascals – Groovin’ (1967): On Second Thought

The Young Rascals – Groovin’ (1967): On Second Thought

Although the Young Rascals were already tuned in and tight, ‘Groovin” showed off a new-found sense of maturity and sophistication.

Button [Featuring Members of Doobie Brothers + Chicago] – Button (2018)

Button [Featuring Members of Doobie Brothers + Chicago] – Button (2018)

Button, a new group founded by touring musicians from the Doobie Brothers and Chicago, is defined by musicality, chemistry and experience.

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