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978 items by David Fricke

  • Turn Blue

    Turn Blue | ALBUM REVIEW

    Turn Blue, the Black Keys' eighth studio album, opens with seven minutes of slow burn and eccentric fury. "Weight of Love" is the sort of uproar most bands would save for a big finish. But...

    May 5, 2014 5:20 PM ET
  • Jazz Fest 2014, First Weekend: A Personal Top 10

    Jazz Fest 2014, First Weekend: A Personal Top 10 | BLOG ENTRY

    As I write this, the gates are open for the second weekend of the 2014 edition of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but the music has not yet started. I usually don't arrive that early....

    May 1, 2014 5:05 PM ET
  • Sex, Drag and Rock & Roll: Neil Patrick Harris Talks 'Hedwig'

    Sex, Drag and Rock & Roll: Neil Patrick Harris Talks 'Hedwig' | BLOG ENTRY

    A week before his first preview performance in the most flamboyant role of his career, Neil Patrick Harris is striding across the stage of the New York Theater Workshop in skinny jeans, a T-shirt that says "Rude...

    April 21, 2014 9:55 AM ET
  • 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
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