• Fricke's Picks: Trembling Bells, The New Sound of Olde England
    May 12, 2:23 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    History keeps repeating itself on Carbeth (Honest Jon's), the intoxicating debut album by Trembling Bells. The English-Scottish quartet essentially revive an earl... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Remembering Singer-Guitarist John Martyn
    May 11, 4:09 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    There are many ways to celebrate the progressive-folk invention and improvising sorcery of the British singer-guitarist John Martyn, who died on January 29th at age 60... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Benevento's Golden Touch
    April 28, 2:22 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    There are no off hours at SXSW. One morning, hours after finishing a late-night club set, pianist Marco Benevento was in the KUT-FM studios at the University of Texas ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: A Lone Fleet Fox
    April 27, 3:21 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    In a city of cacophony — Austin during SXSW — the sweetest sound is often the one you strain to hear. Fleet Foxes drummer-singer J. Tillman was a paragon of near-s... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Howlin' Reign
    April 23, 5:20 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Headlining a post-SXSW metal-thon at the Austin club Red 7, the Pacific Northwest band Wolves in the Throne Room made their feral noise — double-guitar drone and mac... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Flower Travellin' Band
    April 14, 12:51 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Metallica were the biggest name in metal at SXSW '09. Reunited early-Seventies Japanese monsters Flower Travellin' Band were the biggest thrill, playing at v... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Spanish Electricity at SXSW
    April 13, 1:56 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    It was only 9 p.m. on opening night when I hit my first pay dirt of this year's SXSW in Austin: Capsula a kinetic trio from Bilbao, Spain — singer-guitarist Mar... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Nels Cline's Guitar World
    April 9, 1:53 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    When he joined Wilco in 2004, guitarist Nels Cline was already a star out in the margins, leading a prolific, acclaimed life in free rock and avant jazz as a solo perf... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Rare Moby Grape
    March 31, 12:32 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The 1967-68 outtakes on The Place and the Time (Sundazed) were first released as bonus tracks on 2007 reissues of Moby Grape's Columbia LPs, including withdrawn v... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The Dukes of Acid
    March 30, 1:35 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The psychedelic revival was still deeply underground when a shady British combo, the Dukes of Stratosphear, surfaced in 1985 with an EP, 25 O'Clock, built entirel... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The King of Texas, Doug Sahm
    March 27, 12:08 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    There was no pastiche in anything Doug Sahm (1941-1999) put on record. Every note — his early country sides as Little Doug; his good-vibes garage rock and R&B in... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Bill Bruford's Drummer's View
    March 17, 1:06 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The Autobiography: Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks, and More (Jawbone Press), by the English drummer Bill Bruford, is a wandering but frequently hilarious recounting of... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: God's Guitar Hero, Elder Utah Smith
    March 16, 3:39 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The electric riff was still a recent miracle when Elder Utah Smith, a superstar evangelist and guitarist from northwest Louisiana, first recorded his signature ascens... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: A Winning Hand - The Riverboat Gamblers
    March 13, 1:05 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    If there was a Purple Heart for punk-rock performance, Mike Wiebe of raging Texans the Riverboat Gamblers would have a chestful. He is a singer who always brings the ... | More »


David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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