Rock Music

Blackfield – Blackfield II (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron A lot of hay has been made of Porcupine Tree’s 2007 release Fear Of A Blank Planet, and yes, I’ve joined in the fray. It’s a solid effort from a band that hadn’t stumbled much to begin with. But PT’s leader Steven Wilson is just too talented to stand pat with Fear being his only contributionRead More

California Transit Authority – Full Circle (2007)

Full Circle isn’t not so much about a CD than it is a story of a certain musician’s redemptive long journey back from personal tragedies. And his new band is a musical group led by a man who sought to provide a willing public the soulful, energetic free wheeling style of seventies rock that’s missing so much on the musicRead More

Something Else! Interview: Swamp pop legend Tony Joe White

ยท Nick’s note: Tony Joe White, of “Poke Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia” fame, played the most recent New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — just months after issuing a well-received new CD in late 2006. Eight years in the making, “Uncovered” included seven new cuts as well as reworked versions of “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Taking theRead More

Bill Chinnock (1948-2007): An Appreciation

I owned it before Born To Run … before Darkness On The Edge Of Town. You’ve probably never heard of it. Heck, chances are you’re unfamiliar with the artist as well.

Donald Fagen – Kamakiriad (1993)

*** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** NICK DERISO: I was a huge Steely Dan fan, so I once bought even the individual releases, pining for those lost moments of the 1970s. Meaning: I was ready to love Fagen’s second solo album. Bought it out of the box, hoping for “Aja” with a ’90s spin. What I got was the sameRead More

U2/Green Day, “The Saints Are Coming” (2006): One Track Mind

They opened up the building and we streamed through the turnstiles, tickets and hats and signs in hand. We bought Dome Foam, personal pizzas, and peanuts. So much of that was similar to other days in this place, as the New Orleans Saints played their first home game of the 2006 NFL season. But, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,Read More

Half Notes: 'Til Tuesday – Welcome Home (1986)

by Nick DeRiso The follow up to Aimee Mann’s original band Til Tuesday’s debut (which had the new-wavy hit “Voices Carry”). A very brave record in that the guys came out folky, when all they had to do was stick with the sleek pop of the day and cash the checks. Showed that Mann had the guts to stick aroundRead More

The Who – Endless Wire (2006)

In the brilliant, circular overture of synthesizer and riff that opens 2006’s “Endless Wire” we find a triumph for what’s left of the Who. “Fragment,” as a tune, is everything this band should have been doing instead of slowly but surely turning itself into a too-old streetwalker with its faded party hat on crooked. It’s simultaneously familiar, yet utterly newRead More

One Track Mind: Ween, "Gabrielle" (2005)

by Pico A couple of weeks ago we looked at a band who at times sound like a virtual clone of Yes in their prime. This time, we spotlight a musical group who has taken mimicking others to an whole ‘nother level. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman, aka Dean and Gene Ween, have been offering up songs that lyrically areRead More

Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding (1967)

Released in the time immediately following the Woodstock basement recordings (which wouldn’t see the light of day ’til the dawn — or is that yawn? — of disco), Bob Dylan goes twangy — and with resounding success. Folksy, without too much folk. “Rolling Stone” said “John Wesley Harding” helped set in motion a reevaluation — and a reaffirmation — ofRead More