Rock Music

Chicago, “25 or 6 to 4” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “25 or 6 to 4” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago guitarist Terry Kath’s solo on “25 or 6 to 4” has always been one of my most memorable musical moments. Here’s why.

The Beatles, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from Abbey Road (1969): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from Abbey Road (1969): Deep Beatles

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” is both the last time all four Beatles were in the studio, and their last breakthrough.

Yes, “The Gates of Delirium” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

Yes, “The Gates of Delirium” from Relayer (1974): YESterdays

Yes sounded looser and more passionate than ever, even as the band lost another key member ahead of 1974’s ‘Relayer.’

Free – Heartbreaker (1973): Shadows in Stereo

Free – Heartbreaker (1973): Shadows in Stereo

Free’s critically underrated ‘Heartbreaker’ was a direct foreshadowing of the success to come for Paul Rodgers and Bad Company.

Chicago, “Fancy Colours” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Fancy Colours” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

With 1970’s “Fancy Colours,” Chicago proves once and for all how sophisticated rock music can be.

Left Lane Cruiser – Beck In Black (2016)

Left Lane Cruiser – Beck In Black (2016)

There’s some dope punk blues in here, recommended whether you’re new to Left Lane Cruiser or already a big fan. ‘Beck In Black’ is where to get your Sausage Paw fix.

Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (2016)

Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (2016)

‘The Royal Gospel’ by Cyril Neville’s Royal Southern Brotherhood should be eliciting a lot of hosannas in response.

Greg Gonzales of Grupo Fantasma on Money Chicha’s debut album, plans for Brownout

Greg Gonzales of Grupo Fantasma on Money Chicha’s debut album, plans for Brownout

Preston Frazier previews Money Chica, the next great thing from Greg Gonzales, as well as what’s ahead for Grupo Fantasma and Brownout.

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

As we reach the half-way mark, Preston Frazier offers an endlessly varied Mid-Year Best of 2016 list that spans genres and generations.

Chicago, “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

As good as some of Chicago’s other ambitious musical endeavors may have been, it could be argued that none matched “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon.”