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  • Tom Petty at the Beacon Theatre: One Down and Four to Go Deeper

    Tom Petty at the Beacon Theatre: One Down and Four to Go Deeper | BLOG ENTRY

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers opened their May 20th concert at New York's Beacon Theatre, the first show of a five-night residency, with a song about wish fulfillment: a cover of the Byrds' 1967 single "

    May 21, 2013 1:20 PM ET
  • Liars Dance With Holy Ghosts at the Temple of Dendur in New York

    Liars Dance With Holy Ghosts at the Temple of Dendur in New York | BLOG ENTRY

    To get to the May 18th concert by the Brooklyn-based band Liars at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, you had to walk through the afterlife – the long sequence of rooms devoted to ancient Egyptian sculpture,...

    May 20, 2013 5:47 PM ET
  • Trouble Will Find Me

    Trouble Will Find Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is the sound of despair, according to singer Matt Berninger of the National: "If you want to make me cry," he claims early on this record, in "Don't Swallow the Cap," "play Let It Be or...

    May 16, 2013 10:34 AM ET
  • Subscribe to the Fricke's Picks Radio Playlist

    Subscribe to the Fricke's Picks Radio Playlist | BLOG ENTRY

    A change in plans, but not intent, frequency or variety: I am new to this online radio thing, especially the technical logistics of mounting these playlists in a fluid, meaningful way. I started out in terrestial left-of-the-dial...

    May 14, 2013 1:40 PM ET
  • Silence Yourself

    Silence Yourself | ALBUM REVIEW

    At 11 tracks in 38 minutes, the full-length debut by this London band of women is a constant, compact fury: Emotional confrontation and sexual vengeance executed with martial discipline, at mostly blinding speed. Savages do not write...

    May 7, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Crosby, Stills and Nash Work Out With Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Crosby, Stills and Nash Work Out With Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra | BLOG ENTRY

    On January 27th, 1970, Miles Davis recorded a version of the medieval whisper "Guinevere" from Crosby, Stills and Nash's 1969 debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash. Davis' take was in the manner of his recently-cut, not-yet-released...

    May 6, 2013 2:25 PM ET
  • At New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, Local Spice and Old Favorites

    At New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, Local Spice and Old Favorites | BLOG ENTRY

    Everyone uses it: locals; out-of-town vets; first timers who know, as soon as they get a taste, that they are coming back for more. But the full, formal name of Jazz Fest – the annual pair of...

    May 1, 2013 5:40 PM ET
  • Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust

    Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's unfair but true: Scott Morgan is Michigan rock's greatest unknown singer. Locally in the Sixties, with the Rationals, Morgan was as big as Bob Seger and Mitch Ryder, fusing British young-man blues with native soul on...

    April 30, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • Fricke's Picks Radio: Volume 1, Episode 3

    Fricke's Picks Radio: Volume 1, Episode 3 | BLOG ENTRY

    "I just want to be treated like a normal legend," Rodriguez, the resurrection story of 2012, said in a low, firm voice, silencing a weirdly loving, disruptive audience during his April 10th concert at New York's Town...

    April 23, 2013 12:20 PM ET
  • Ready to Die

    Ready to Die | ALBUM REVIEW

    How many second chances does Iggy Pop get? The singing Stooge nabs another with this robust studio resurrection of his alliance with guitarist James Williamson, the axis behind the Stooges' 1973 lethal-glam classic, Raw Power, and...

    April 22, 2013 11:59 AM ET
  • The Terror

    The Terror | ALBUM REVIEW

    Before the confetti cannons and sci-fi Day-Glo-pop operettas, the Flaming Lips made great acid-nightmare rock records about the high cost of transcendence. The Terror is that darkness returned: a gripping middle-age-mystic crisis with rude, cosmic-German electronics...

    April 16, 2013 12:15 AM ET
  • Love From London

    Love From London | ALBUM REVIEW

    This British singer-songwriter and psychedelic cult hero keeps issuing delightful, incisive rec ords, and this is one of his recent best – an album Syd Barrett might have made if he'd stayed cogent and seen the end...

    April 15, 2013 4:11 PM ET
  • Once Upon a Time

    Once Upon a Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    From 1967 to 1973, a golden age for eccentric British prog-rock, Family were a rare marvel: critically acclaimed and successful, with a run of U.K. hit LPs such as 1970's A Song for Me and '71's Fearless....

    April 15, 2013 3:50 PM ET
  • Stories Don't End

    Stories Don't End | ALBUM REVIEW

    "When you talk about me/Do you stick to the memories?" singer-guitarist-songwriter Taylor Goldsmith asks in "Just Beneath the Surface," a song about hidden identity that starts his band's third album. It is also a perfect question...

    April 15, 2013 3:45 PM ET
  • Crossroads 2013 Review: Friends, Apostles and Inspirations

    Crossroads 2013 Review: Friends, Apostles and Inspirations | BLOG ENTRY

    Eric Clapton was the opening act of his own Crossroads Guitar Festival on April 12. He took the stage at New York's Madison Square Garden just before the official starting time of 7:30, as if he couldn't...

    April 15, 2013 2:35 PM ET
  • Q&A: Nick Cave on His Coachella Sets and Denying Himself 'Sacred Moments'

    Q&A: Nick Cave on His Coachella Sets and Denying Himself 'Sacred Moments' | BLOG ENTRY

    On March 28th at New York's Beacon Theater, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds followed a spectacular encore thrashing of "Tupelo" – a swampy homage to Elvis Presley and John Lee Hooker on the 1985 album...

    April 11, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • 20 Essential Grateful Dead Shows

    20 Essential Grateful Dead Shows | ARTICLE

    Choosing and justifying a list of essential Grateful Dead shows – 20, 200 or even 2,000 – is treacherous work. Passionate challenge from fans, especially hardcore Deadheads and veteran tape traders, is guaranteed. Endless debate over...

    April 8, 2013 7:00 AM ET
  • Fricke's Picks Radio: Volume 1, Episode 2

    Fricke's Picks Radio: Volume 1, Episode 2 | BLOG ENTRY

    Winter still hangs around, but New York is in spring-gig bloom, and there is a lot of rebound in this hour from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' first of three nights at the Beacon Theater; the...

    April 4, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Remembering Paul Williams, The First Rock Critic

    Remembering Paul Williams, The First Rock Critic | BLOG ENTRY

    In 1988, Paul Williams – the pioneering music writer, science-fiction authority and lifelong Bob Dylan enthusiast who died on March 27th in California at the age of 64 – published a book called The Map...

    April 2, 2013 11:20 AM ET
  • Moving Sidewalks' Reunion Show Honors Jimi Hendrix

    Moving Sidewalks' Reunion Show Honors Jimi Hendrix | BLOG ENTRY

    They walked onstage to a subtle jolt of dry wit. The intro music for the Moving Sidewalks' first show in 44 years, on Saturday at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill in New York, was Bo Diddley's...

    April 1, 2013 3:50 PM ET
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