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  • 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
  • Fricke's Picks: 2013's Best Reissues From Under the Radar

    Fricke's Picks: 2013's Best Reissues From Under the Radar | BLOG ENTRY

    As rock & roll gets older, there is more history to examine, re-evaluate and (of course) reissue. What follows is more of this year's bounty of archival releases: Alternate Take's Best Reissues of the Year, all of...

    December 19, 2013 1:25 PM ET
  • Joey Ramone's First 45 and Robert Wyatt's Lost Hendrix Session

    Joey Ramone's First 45 and Robert Wyatt's Lost Hendrix Session | BLOG ENTRY

    In 1967, 16-year-old Jeff Hyman of Queens, New York was nearly a decade away from inventing punk rock as Joey Ramone. He was already making records. In the late...

    December 6, 2013 4:10 PM ET
  • "Ordinary Love"

    "Ordinary Love" | SONG REVIEW

    U2's return starts like funky church–synth-choir hosanna and the gentle hammering of electric piano – and rolls with steady, compelling restraint. Bono fires a few bolts of falsetto in the chorus, and the Edge's terse...

    December 2, 2013 5:55 PM ET
  • Lee Hazlewood Industries: There's a Dream I've Been Saving 1966-1971

    Lee Hazlewood Industries: There's a Dream I've Been Saving 1966-1971 | ALBUM REVIEW

    This lavish multidisc set is as eccentric and compelling as its subject: producer-Svengali Lee Hazlewood's long reach through psych-pop, girl-group sugar and country rock on his LHI label. Best known for hits with Duane Eddy and Nancy...

    December 2, 2013 4:15 PM ET
  • Fricke's Picks Radio: Beck, the Blues and Television in Brooklyn

    Fricke's Picks Radio: Beck, the Blues and Television in Brooklyn | BLOG ENTRY

    Just as early-winter weather hit New York City, I landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina for an event celebrating the 15th anniversary of that country's successful and dynamic edition of Rolling Stone. There was plenty of music too:...

    December 2, 2013 12:40 PM ET
  • Beck's Long Road to 'Morning Phase'

    Beck's Long Road to 'Morning Phase' | BLOG ENTRY

    The flashbacks come at high speed as soon as Beck hits the stage in an airplane-hangar-like hall at Technopolis, a science-and-amusement park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is mid-November, the final date of...

    November 21, 2013 12:10 PM ET
  • If You Have Ghost

    If You Have Ghost | ALBUM REVIEW

    This EP by the costumed doom-metal Swedes (they are Ghost B.C. here for legal reasons) is a weird, appealing detour from their regular godless crunch. Produced by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, the record features dark-chrome covers...

    November 18, 2013 12:15 PM ET
  • Inside Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones' Dark Dream

    Inside Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones' Dark Dream | ARTICLE

    In 1958, the Everly Brothers interrupted a two-year run of hit singles, including "Bye-Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie," to record a homage to their Tennessee roots, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us – a dozen...

    November 12, 2013 11:05 AM ET
  • On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2

    On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    This was social media in Great Britain in 1963, during the first flash flood of Beatlemania: George Harrison singing "Do You Want to Know a Secret" for Deanne and Jenny in Bedford; Paul McCartney belting...

    November 12, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • Fricke's Picks Radio: Magic and Loss With Lou Reed and Young Iceland

    Fricke's Picks Radio: Magic and Loss With Lou Reed and Young Iceland | BLOG ENTRY

    It has been a weird, cool, grim month — a feast of New York gigs by, among others, Steely Dan, Pearl Jam and the cantankerous Afro-jazz dynamo Ginger Baker; the shock of Lou Reed's passing...

    November 8, 2013 1:50 PM ET
  • Searching For the Next Big Local Thing at Iceland Airwaves

    Searching For the Next Big Local Thing at Iceland Airwaves | BLOG ENTRY

    Like all politics, Iceland Airwaves is, first and foremost, local – an expression of homegrown musical pride and enterprise, compressed into a walking-distance area of Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city. International attractions have sugared the bill since the...

    November 7, 2013 1:15 PM ET
  • Love, Gratitude and Other Distractions

    Love, Gratitude and Other Distractions | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bassist Will Lee has played almost everything with everybody as a first-call session musician and on your TV weeknights with David Letterman's house band. Famous friends appear here; ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Allen Toussaint add...

    November 1, 2013 3:55 PM ET
  • Jack White on His Paramount Records Connection

    Jack White on His Paramount Records Connection | BLOG ENTRY

    "It's not about making money on this one," Jack White says, laughing but proud, of his most ambitious project to date as a label boss: The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927). Here's why:...

    October 24, 2013 12:35 PM ET
  • Shout!

    Shout! | ALBUM REVIEW

    Most jam bands are long on vibe, short on tunes. Gov't Mule, led by singer-guitarist Warren Haynes, write solid rock songs in the power-blues, heroic-vocal tradition of Free and Led Zeppelin. For half of this unique...

    October 7, 2013 5:20 PM ET
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