Rock Music

M.A. Bakker – Rejected Scripts (2016)

M.A. Bakker – Rejected Scripts (2016)

M.A. Bakker’s jazz-rock debut boasts the expert musicianship of a by-gone era, and a vivid lyrical imagery that gives it a fiction novel feel.

Toto, “Make Believe” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Make Believe” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

“Make Believe” is one of the reasons I’m still longing for the day that Toto and Chicago tour together.

George Martin (1926-2016), An Appreciation: Deep Beatles

George Martin (1926-2016), An Appreciation: Deep Beatles

Without George Martin’s maverick streak, the Beatles may have never become one of the most influential bands in modern music.

The Fab One Hundred and Four, by David Bedford (2016): Books

The Fab One Hundred and Four, by David Bedford (2016): Books

The lesser-known friends, family and musicians who influenced the Beatles finally receive their due in David Bedford’s ‘Fab One Hundred and Four.’

Here’s Chippy – Life On Low (2016)

Here’s Chippy – Life On Low (2016)

Mixing humor with intelligent observations, Chip Muellemann’s ‘Life On Low’ is an album where the script is just as stimulating as the music.

Did Emerson Lake and Palmer almost lose Keith Emerson to Yes?

Did Emerson Lake and Palmer almost lose Keith Emerson to Yes?

“I got back to England, after a very successful tour – and my phone rings at 11:30 at night,” Keith Emerson remembered. “It was their then-manager Brian Lane.”

American Football, February 27, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

American Football, February 27, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

If American Football takes another long hiatus, Mike Kinsella is prepared. “I’m going to keep these jeans,” he mused, “and wear them again!”

Manassas – Manassas (1972): Shadows in Stereo

Manassas – Manassas (1972): Shadows in Stereo

You have to wonder why Manassas went under so many people’s radar, especially with the gap left by the breakup of Crosby Stills Nash and Young in 1970.

George Martin’s Lasting Contribution to the Beatles: Let Them Be

George Martin’s Lasting Contribution to the Beatles: Let Them Be

George Martin could have made the Beatles toe the company line. Instead, Mike Tiano argues, he inspired them to greatness by working as a musical and production collaborator.

George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out

George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out

The records, those sounds – even in George Martin’s awful absence – will remain, forever.