Rock Music

Deep Beatles: “Doctor Robert” from Revolver (1966)

The Beatles recorded their share of mysterious tracks such as “I am the Walrus” or even the self-parody “Glass Onion.” Critics still analyze possible meanings of “Strawberry Fields Forever” or weird experiments like “What’s the New Mary Jane.”

Oliva – Raise the Curtain (2013)

Oliva – Raise the Curtain (2013)

If you thought Jon Oliva’s debut solo album would sound like Savatage or Jon Oliva’s Pain, you’ll be disabused of that notion right from the top. The album opens with the title track, which sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard

Gimme Five: Sammy Hagar songs with Van Halen that don’t, you know, suck

Gimme Five: Sammy Hagar songs with Van Halen that don’t, you know, suck

We’ve been excoriated by fans of Van Halen, after the band’s Sucks Series entry somehow ignored Sammy Hagar. This new list, of course, won’t help. Still, we’d like to make the argument for those times when Van Hagar was pretty good.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “To Kingdom Come” from Music from Big Pink (1968)

After reaching across generations on the solemn and startling “Tears of Rage,” the Band leapt into a rambling groove — with Robbie Robertson taking a rare lead vocal turn for a Bob Dylan-esque exploration on the idea of salvation.

Something Else! Interview: Mickey Thomas, on Jefferson Starship’s transformation into Starship

Something Else! Interview: Mickey Thomas, on Jefferson Starship’s transformation into Starship

For Mickey Thomas, a summer stop as part of the Raiding the Rock Vault series hosted by Asia’s John Payne is a kind of homecoming. The two singers know each other well, and share a bond having carried forward with established bands

Something Else! Interview: Singer-songwriter Anna Waronker, formerly of That Dog

Of all people to be saddled with the abused tag “musician’s musician,” it fits Anna Waronker. The charming, challenging and lucid singer/songwriter has literally spent her life around musicians, beginning with her parents.

One Track Mind: George Baker Selection, “Little Green Bag” (1970)

Peaking at No. 21 on the national charts in the spring of 1970, “Little Green Bag” (Colassus Records) scores a bounty of brownie points for being one of the most enigmatic songs ever placed on plastic.

Bob Dylan – Oh Mercy (1989): On Second Thought

Bob Dylan – Oh Mercy (1989): On Second Thought

This was the album in which Bob Dylan gave in to everything that had happened to his voice, when he finally started sounding old. He also gave in to the atmospheric process that producer Daniel Lanois established, creating a late-period classic.

Fred Phillips’ Mid-Year Best Of 2013 (Country and Southern Rock): Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson

Fred Phillips’ Mid-Year Best Of 2013 (Country and Southern Rock): Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson

I’m pretty picky about my country and Southern rock listening, and to be honest, I don’t explore it as thoroughly as hard rock and metal.

Almost Hits: Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68″ (1969)

Almost Hits: Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68″ (1969)

Back when the famous, classic, horn-rock band was known as Chicago Transit Authority, they released a top-notch single called “Questions 67 and 68,” off of a 1969 eponymously titled debut album. It didn’t do much on the charts