Rock Music

Jo Jo Gunne – So … Where’s the Show? (1974): Forgotten Series

Jo Jo Gunne – So … Where’s the Show? (1974): Forgotten Series

Comparisons to his former band Spirit were inevitable, but Jay Ferguson’s work with with the more rock-focused Jo Jo Gunne stood on its own.

Steve Winwood returned with great songs, and an old friend, on Nine Lives

Steve Winwood returned with great songs, and an old friend, on Nine Lives

It’s always refreshing to see a long-established rock star simply follow his muse. Ten years ago, Steve Winwood did just that with ‘Nine Lives.’

Mudcrutch’s belated self-titled debut brought Tom Petty back to his roots

Mudcrutch’s belated self-titled debut brought Tom Petty back to his roots

Returning to Mudcrutch a decade ago, Tom Petty put his notorious studio perfectionism aside to recapture the feel of a hungry American rock band.

Kiss – Rock and Roll Over (1976): On Second Thought

Kiss – Rock and Roll Over (1976): On Second Thought

Kiss’ ‘Rock and Roll Over’ appeared only months after ‘Destroyer.’ History shows, however, that the best rock music thrives on spontaneity.

Iron Maiden’s masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

Iron Maiden’s masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,’ released 30 years ago this week, started a journey. Iron Maiden is now a part of me, and I am a part of what’s kept them around.

‘Weekly Standard’ Fails in Pitting Yes Against the Replacements

‘Weekly Standard’ Fails in Pitting Yes Against the Replacements

Mike Tiano calls out ‘Weekly Standard’ columnist Ike Brannon for a misleading piece on Yes, the Replacements and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tommy James and the Shondells – Cellophane Symphony (1969): Forgotten Series

Tommy James and the Shondells – Cellophane Symphony (1969): Forgotten Series

Despite garnering great commercial rewards, Tommy James and the Shondells harbored a desire for more expressive modes of experimentation.

Thom Yorke – Spitting Feathers (2006): On Second Thought

Thom Yorke – Spitting Feathers (2006): On Second Thought

‘Spitting Feathers’ feels like part of a journey for Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, but not one which is complete.

Lindsey Buckingham’s Live at the Bass Performance Hall Torqued Up Memories

Lindsey Buckingham’s Live at the Bass Performance Hall Torqued Up Memories

When Lindsey Buckingham’s terrific ‘Live at Bass Performance Hall’ arrived 10 years ago on March 25, 2008, I realized that I had forgotten some of the minor hits.

Mystery Discs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, INXS + others: Gimme Five

Mystery Discs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, INXS + others: Gimme Five

I found a bunch of albums – including Lynyrd Skynyrd, INXS and others – that I didn’t know I had. In fact, I can’t say why I wanted them in the first place.

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