Rock Music

More Perfect Playlists: Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds and Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S. Bonds

More Perfect Playlists: Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds and Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S. Bonds

Here’s a playlist of songs from a period when Bruce Springsteen worked extensively with Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds in the early 1980s.

Ex-Yardbirds Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton share a complicated relationship: ‘Shut up, I’m here now!’

Ex-Yardbirds Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton share a complicated relationship: ‘Shut up, I’m here now!’

When Jeff Beck arrived with the Yardbirds nearly 50 years ago, the departing Eric Clapton’s legend loomed large. He then set about dismantling it.

The Fender Archives, by Tom Wheeler: Books

The Fender Archives, by Tom Wheeler: Books

Tom Wheeler’s ‘The Fender Archives’ takes us back to a time when it seemed that anything that was imaginable was also achievable.

One song launched Badfinger, and its unlikely reunion: ‘We were sort of talked into it’

One song launched Badfinger, and its unlikely reunion: ‘We were sort of talked into it’

Released on January 12, 1970, “Come and Get It” became Badfinger’s first Top 10 U.S. hit. By the end of the decade, it had brought them together again.

Andy Jackson – Signal to Noise (2014)

Andy Jackson – Signal to Noise (2014)

Andy Jackson’s lengthy association with Pink Floyd opens ‘Signal to Noise’ up to easy comparison. But there’s more to his flinty, individual vision.

Nick Cave, “Avalanche” from Black Sails on Starz (2015): One Track Mind

Nick Cave, “Avalanche” from Black Sails on Starz (2015): One Track Mind

Stripped down to its girders, Nick Cave’s new interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche” takes on an epic, swirling sadness.

James Wilsey, former Chris Isaak guitarist: Something Else! Interview

James Wilsey, former Chris Isaak guitarist: Something Else! Interview

Steve Elliott caught up with guitarist James Calvin Wilsey, who made his studio debut with Chris Isaak on the January 10, 1985 release ‘Silvertone.’

The Hangabouts – Illustrated Bird (2011; 2014 reissue)

The Hangabouts – Illustrated Bird (2011; 2014 reissue)

The Hangabouts’ snappy pop songs evoke essential aspects of their ancestors, without bowing down to mindless mimicry.

Amid the Tonight Show controversy, a return to Little River Band’s music

Amid the Tonight Show controversy, a return to Little River Band’s music

Between age-old rock snobbery and this nasty squabbling, it’s easy to forget what once made the Little River Band great. Time for a cool change.

Neal Morse Band, “The Grand Experiment” (2015): One Track Mind

Neal Morse Band, “The Grand Experiment” (2015): One Track Mind

Adroitly named, the title song from ‘The Grand Experiment’ finds Neal Morse trying on a new musical persona – in more ways than one.