Rock Music

The Successful Failures – Captains Of Industry, Captains Of War (2014)

The Successful Failures – Captains Of Industry, Captains Of War (2014)

The Successful Failures’ new album holds steady as an outstanding convergence of classic and contemporary rock.

Lloyd Cole – Standards (2014)

Lloyd Cole – Standards (2014)

Lloyd Cole strikes a smart balance between what he once was, and what he’s become.

AC/DC, “Play Ball” from Rock or Bust (2014): One Track Mind

AC/DC, “Play Ball” from Rock or Bust (2014): One Track Mind

AC/DC returns missing a key member, but none of its familiar sound.

Jimi Hendrix struck up an unlikely friendship with Steve Cropper: ‘He turned me on’

Jimi Hendrix struck up an unlikely friendship with Steve Cropper: ‘He turned me on’

Jimi Hendrix and Steve Cropper would, on the surface, seem to have little in common. A memorable meeting at Stax showed otherwise.

John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974): On Second Thought

John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974): On Second Thought

John Lennon’s 40-year-old ‘Walls and Bridges’ is long overdue for a critical reevaluation.

Five Best Walter Becker Guitar Moments: Steely Dan Sunday

Five Best Walter Becker Guitar Moments: Steely Dan Sunday

Preston Frazier selects a handful of instances where Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker shines.

Rock is Dead! Songs by Todd Rundgren, the Knack, Elvis Costello, others: Gimme Five

Rock is Dead! Songs by Todd Rundgren, the Knack, Elvis Costello, others: Gimme Five

To celebrate October, autumn and U2’s recent marketing fiasco, here’s a few songs about the death of everyone’s favorite bad penny, rock ‘n’ roll.

The Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks 15 (1999; 2014 reissue)

The Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks 15 (1999; 2014 reissue)

‘Dick’s Picks 15′ was a high-water mark for the second phase of the Grateful Dead’s touring career.

Jeff Beck’s tenure with the Yardbirds was brief, but influential: ‘Very highly strung and unpredictable’

Jeff Beck’s tenure with the Yardbirds was brief, but influential: ‘Very highly strung and unpredictable’

The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty joins us to discuss a October 1966 tour that effectively ended the Jeff Beck era.

Wilco, Whiskeytown, Blind Boys of Alabama: Random Shuffle

Wilco, Whiskeytown, Blind Boys of Alabama: Random Shuffle

Mat Brewster shares thoughts and memories during a random shuffle featuring Wilco, Whiskeytown and the Blind Boys of Alabama.