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954 items by David Fricke

  • Phil Lesh's Long Strange Trip to Brooklyn

    Phil Lesh's Long Strange Trip to Brooklyn | BLOG ENTRY

    Phil Lesh opened his April 15th concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music – the second of two shows there – with a romp through memoir, rendered in the present tense, facing forward....

    April 16, 2014 5:45 PM ET
  • Fricke's Picks Radio: Blues & Speed With the Strypes, Zappa, Allmans

    Fricke's Picks Radio: Blues & Speed With the Strypes, Zappa, Allmans | BLOG ENTRY

    "We're not playing blues or ska or punk – we're playing it all together," singer Ross Farrelly told me recently, describing the sound and moxy of supersonic Irish teens the Strypes for the band's first feature story...

    April 3, 2014 5:30 PM ET
  • Tom Petty's Maximum Rock & Roll: The Heartbreakers Hit the Studio

    Tom Petty's Maximum Rock & Roll: The Heartbreakers Hit the Studio | ARTICLE

    "Do you know any other band that can do that?" Tom Petty asks, grinning, over a fast, taut crossfire of guitars, blues harp and ivory-lightning piano. "I don't," he answers himself proudly. See our readers'...

    April 2, 2014 11:00 AM ET
  • The Strypes Bring Maximum R&B to New York

    The Strypes Bring Maximum R&B to New York | BLOG ENTRY

    In 1964, the Who coined the term "Maximum R&B," summing up the brawn, blues and ecstasy in their pop art. A full 50 years later, on March 18th, the Strypes – a quartet of hard looks, long...

    March 20, 2014 4:00 PM ET
  • The Last Stand? The Allman Brothers Get Down to Business at the Beacon

    The Last Stand? The Allman Brothers Get Down to Business at the Beacon | BLOG ENTRY

    The first minutes of the Allman Brothers Band's March 8th concert at New York's Beacon Theater – the second of their 14 shows there this month – sounded a lot like goodbye: a free-form ascension of...

    March 11, 2014 4:35 PM ET
  • Fricke's Picks Radio: Working Man's Glam With the Kaiser Chiefs

    Fricke's Picks Radio: Working Man's Glam With the Kaiser Chiefs | BLOG ENTRY

    A recent night in Brooklyn with the shout-along choruses and good-time-gang charge of hardy Britpop survivors the Kaiser Chiefs put me in a long-term glam-rock mood – not the elfin T. Rex-and-eyeliner bop, but the rougher-fuzz stuff,...

    March 5, 2014 4:30 PM ET
  • Angelique Kidjo's African Dance; k.d. lang's Harlem Nocturne

    Angelique Kidjo's African Dance; k.d. lang's Harlem Nocturne | BLOG ENTRY

    The African freedom-soul singer Angélique Kidjo is a sensual firebrand who moves freely between luxuriant detail and exultant minimalism in her music and agenda. On her exuberantly polished new album, Eve (429), Kidjo – who was born...

    February 20, 2014 3:50 PM ET
  • New Film Reveals the Sad Flight of the Byrds' Gene Clark

    New Film Reveals the Sad Flight of the Byrds' Gene Clark | BLOG ENTRY

    On a short, recent U.S. tour, an indie-rock superband featuring members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear performed the whole of No Other, a marvelous, largely forgotten 1974 album by Gene Clark, the late singer...

    February 19, 2014 9:45 AM ET
  • U2 Open Up About New Album After Historic Rooftop 'Tonight Show' Gig

    U2 Open Up About New Album After Historic Rooftop 'Tonight Show' Gig | BLOG ENTRY

    "I wanna be in that band!" U2's Bono shouts with delight as he stares at the screen. The singer, gripping a beer and dancing to the music, is crammed with the rest of the group – guitarist...

    February 18, 2014 3:25 PM ET
  • Fricke's Picks Radio: Pete Seeger, Some Byrds and the Mighty Hannibal

    Fricke's Picks Radio: Pete Seeger, Some Byrds and the Mighty Hannibal | BLOG ENTRY

    January is supposed to be a slow month. This one was fast and full, with great performances and deep loss: Pete Seeger on January 27th and R&B vocal legend the Mighty Hannibal on January 30th....

    February 7, 2014 11:20 AM ET
  • 'Dookie' at 20: Billie Joe Armstrong on Green Day's Punk Blockbuster

    'Dookie' at 20: Billie Joe Armstrong on Green Day's Punk Blockbuster | BLOG ENTRY

    "Back then, I just wanted to write songs I could be proud of and be able to play in five years," Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong says, recalling his state of mind exactly 20 years...

    February 3, 2014 1:45 PM ET
  • A True Deja Vu: David Crosby's Triumphant Solo Return

    A True Deja Vu: David Crosby's Triumphant Solo Return | BLOG ENTRY

    Croz – David Crosby's nickname to those closest to him – is only the singer's fourth studio album as a solo artist in more than four decades. And it is his best since the first, 1971's If...

    January 28, 2014 11:20 AM ET
  • Here Come the Nice

    Here Come the Nice | ALBUM REVIEW

    There wasn't a more playfully revolutionary delight in British pop between 1967 and 1969 than a Small Faces 45: the heavy Technicolor soul of "Tin Soldier"; the giddy acid-spiced mischief in the Motown-like concision of "Here Come...

    January 28, 2014 12:25 AM ET
  • Revisiting Country Music's Big Bang, the Bristol Sessions

    Revisiting Country Music's Big Bang, the Bristol Sessions | BLOG ENTRY

    In July 1927, Victor Records engineer and talent scout Ralph Peer set up a makeshift studio in the building of a hat company, in the Tennessee-Virginia border city of Bristol. He hoped to find and sign new...

    January 27, 2014 2:50 PM ET
  • Mike Bloomfield: Rock's Forgotten Guitar Prodigy

    Mike Bloomfield: Rock's Forgotten Guitar Prodigy | ARTICLE

    One day during the mid-1965 sessions for Bob Dylan's electric turning point, Highway 61 Revisited, some of the studio musicians were having dinner. Guitarist Michael Bloomfield – a brash young virtuoso from Chicago who also...

    January 23, 2014 11:55 AM ET
  • A Headphones Jam With Umphrey's McGee in New York

    A Headphones Jam With Umphrey's McGee in New York | BLOG ENTRY

    My seat at the Beacon Theater for the January 18th show by the Chicago-based progressive-rock-with-pop-and-jams band Umphrey's McGee was in the fourth row of the lower balcony. But I heard the first set from inside...

    January 22, 2014 1:50 PM ET
  • My Year in Rock With Springsteen, Lou Reed and Lots of Guitars

    My Year in Rock With Springsteen, Lou Reed and Lots of Guitars | BLOG ENTRY

    "Everybody had a hard year/Everybody had a good time," John Lennon sang in "I Got a Feeling," on the Beatles' 1970 album, Let It Be. This is how good it got in music for me,...

    January 14, 2014 12:15 PM ET
  • Fricke's Picks Radio: Michael Bloomfield's Prescription for the Blues

    Fricke's Picks Radio: Michael Bloomfield's Prescription for the Blues | BLOG ENTRY

    Michael Bloomfield was my first guitar hero. I never met or saw him in concert. But the clarion-treble ring of his guitar and the rapturous grip of his instinctive, melodic soloing have been a constant presence on...

    January 9, 2014 5:10 PM ET
  • High Hopes

    High Hopes | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album is a portrait of the artist at the top of his 21st-century game: rock-soul dynamite and finely drawn pathos bound by familiar, urgent themes (national crisis, private struggle, the daily striving...

    January 6, 2014 5:20 PM ET
  • The Road to Red

    The Road to Red | ALBUM REVIEW

    What we now call progressive metal – distended composition, flinty-guitar textures and crushing virtuosity – hit an early, breathtaking apex on this British art-rock institution's 1974 U.S. tour, the prelude to its last Seventies studio LP,...

    January 3, 2014 12:00 PM ET
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