Roots Music

John Oates has never abandoned Hall and Oates’ classic Luncheonette: ‘The best album we ever made’

John Oates has never abandoned Hall and Oates’ classic Luncheonette: ‘The best album we ever made’

The rootsy realism of Hall and Oates’ ‘Abandoned Luncheonette,’ released on Nov. 3, 1973, is a source of inspiration for John Oates, too.

Grupo Fantasma – Problemas (2015)

Grupo Fantasma – Problemas (2015)

With ‘Problemas,’ Grupo Fantasma continues to seamlessly blend Latin, funk and rock in a manner which is distinctively their own.

Even today, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand confounds expectations

Even today, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand confounds expectations

The heavily praised ‘Raising Sand,’ released on Oct. 23, 2007, doesn’t sound like either Robert Plant or Alison Krauss – and that’s a good thing.

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

The Band, then known as Levon and the Hawks, released a few forgotten songs before heading to that basement with Bob Dylan. Here’s one of the best.

The Band – Moondog Matinee (1973): Gimme Five

The Band – Moondog Matinee (1973): Gimme Five

The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ released on Oct. 15, 1973, was meant to be a passionate homage. Instead, it’s unfairly overlooked as a career retrenchment.

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.

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