Roots Music

The Pretenders took an unusual path back to relevance on Break Up the Concrete

The Pretenders took an unusual path back to relevance on Break Up the Concrete

With ‘Break Up the Concrete,’ released Oct. 7, 2008, the Pretenders found their old edge – but not with a return to hard-driving punk styles.

Robbie Robertson was again sparked by America, old friends on Storyville

Robbie Robertson was again sparked by America, old friends on Storyville

Robbie Robertson found another deeply resonant setting for his unique brand of storytelling with ‘Storyville,’ released on Sept. 30, 1991.

Dylan Disc by Disc, edited by Jon Bream (2015): Books

Dylan Disc by Disc, edited by Jon Bream (2015): Books

Jon Bream’s “many voices” approach on ‘Dylan Disc by Disc’ is a great way to explore Bob Dylan’s varied career from all angles.

The Band’s overlooked, imperfect Cahoots held a few musical treasures

The Band’s overlooked, imperfect Cahoots held a few musical treasures

Released on Sept. 15, 1971, ‘Cahoots’ has always felt like a breakup album. Still, there were notable moments when the Band recaptured the magic.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s complex, hypnotic Greendale revived the concept album

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s complex, hypnotic Greendale revived the concept album

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s ‘Greendale,’ released on August 19, 2003, explored murder, art and intrigue in a mythical coastal California town.

John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This was a darkly inspiring triumph

John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This was a darkly inspiring triumph

Even as shadows gathered around the superlative ‘No Better Than This,’ released this week in 2010, John Mellencamp clung to his weathered optimism.

Exploring Deep Cuts from the Band’s Underrated Stage Fright: Gimme Five

Exploring Deep Cuts from the Band’s Underrated Stage Fright: Gimme Five

‘Stage Fright,’ issued on August 17, 1970, was the Band’s highest-charting LP. But there’s still much to discover inside these overlooked moments.

Robbie Robertson + Rick Danko, “Hold Back the Dawn” (1991): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson + Rick Danko, “Hold Back the Dawn” (1991): Across the Great Divide

A moving turn by former Band mate Rick Danko gives shape to a yearning at the center of Robbie Robertson’s darkly mysterious “Hold Back the Dawn.”

Garth Hudson on the Band’s influences, Basement Tapes, tragic losses

Garth Hudson on the Band’s influences, Basement Tapes, tragic losses

The Band’s Garth Hudson, celebrating an Aug. 2 birthday, discusses overcoming tragedy, the sounds that inspire, and his love affair with the Lowry.

Sinead O’Connor, “The Foggy Dew” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Sinead O’Connor, “The Foggy Dew” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Modern-day Irish activist Sinead O’Connor pays homage to the century-old funeral of another Irish activist.