Coming as it did during a fallow creative period for the Band, the covers-focused Moondog Matinee could be fairly seen as a placekeeper album — an aperitif before the next statement of purpose. But it wasn’t without its moments of creative and emotional spark
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A workingman’s song, one built for mashing the gas pedal down with your steel-toed boot, “Hurry Up Sundown” heralds an unexpected gift
E Street Band member Nils Lofgren admits that their induction last week into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a bittersweet experience — because it came too late for fellow long-time Bruce Springsteen collaborators Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.
Leon Russell makes a bold return to “Big Lips,” originally featured on 2008′s In Your Dreams, and uncovers something randier, rawer and all together rascally along the way.
The Black Keys keep their foot off the gas pedal on the title track from the upcoming Turn Blue, offering a quietly effective journey into falsetto-sung heartache — like a stripped-down, next-gen update of the Temptations’ Psychedelic Shack.
Dolly Parton’s new studio effort Blue Smoke features the expected blend of country, bluegrass and church music. She even duets with her old pal Kenny Rogers. Dig deeper, though, and there is a huge surprise waiting
Turns out, the old classic-rock dogs Ian Anderson and Jack Bruce know a few new tricks. Both have intriguing albums out that recall, in some ways, their celebrated earlier work with Jethro Tull and Cream, respectively. But neither, as we hear this week, are bound by those legacies.
Dave Mason has returned, after too long away, to his birthright in Traffic — but, interestingly, not from the typical nostaglic perspective. Instead, he’s reworked “Dear Mr. Fantasy” as a searing blues rumination, steering the psychedelic Traffic classic in a completely different direction.
‘All of it blended together’: Garth Hudson remembers the Band’s beginnings ahead of London Music Hall of Fame induction
Garth Hudson receives a rare moment of individual recognition this weekend, as the endlessly inventive co-founding multi-instrumentalist in the Band is inducted this weekend into the London Music Hall of Fame.
If you were wondering how the perennially circumspect Aimee Mann came to be in a band called the Both with riffy indie-rocker Ted Leo, look no further than the aptly titled “Milwaukee” from their forthcoming eponymous debut.