• Fricke's Picks: Classic Oz Rock
    February 26, 2:00 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Issued in 1986 — at the twin zeniths of the first psychedelic revival and Australia's post-punk underground — and just reissued in a deluxe two-CD set, Free D... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Bloodkin, Southern Blood Brothers
    February 24, 1:06 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    My new definition of underground: Singer-guitarist Daniel Hutchens and guitarist Eric Carter, friends since they met in elementary school in Ripley, West Virginia, and... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Slaraffenklang, Two Great Danes
    February 4, 2:18 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Slaraffenklang is a Danish big band made up of two great art-pop, etc. groups, Slaraffenland and Efterklang. After sharing bills in the U.S. last year as the Danish Dy... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Todd Rundgren's Atomic Arena Rock
    February 3, 10:53 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    "Welcome, shoppers,!" Todd Rundgren said with a cackle, greeting the crowd two days after Christmas at the Blender Theater in New York. "Tonight's special is" —... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: A Gypsy Jazz Experience
    January 30, 1:54 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    I knew little about guitarist Stephane Wrembel when I caught his acoustic quartet, the Django Experiment — named after the Belgian Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The Whore Moans, A New Ear Tonic
    January 20, 2:26 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    It is hard to believe that no group copyrighted such a natural punk-band name before, but the Whore Moans, a four-piece from Seattle, have it now, and they don't ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Charlie Pickett's Charge
    January 16, 10:44 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    There are no hits on Bar Band Americanus: The Best of Charlie Pickett And (Bloodshot), but the title of this anthology of Eighties hard labor and country-garage gunfir... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The Undertones' Pop Kicks
    January 15, 3:31 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    "Teenage Kicks" — the opening track on the 1978 debut EP, Teenage Kicks, by the Northern Ireland quintet the Undertones — is perfection. There is no other word for... | More »

  • The Best Reissues of 2008 by David Fricke
    December 23, 1:05 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The most handsome Beach Boy was also, in 1977, the most daring. Dennis Wilson's only official solo album, Pacific Summer Blue, was the first by any member of the ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: 2 + 2 = Rock!
    December 10, 1:23 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Sung with a Michigan-rock vengeance from the point of view of a soldier up to his helmet in a firefight, the Bob Seger System's 1968 grenade "2 + 2 = ?" — basic... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Titans of Power Pop
    December 9, 12:20 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    It is hard to resist the cheerful striving all over Titan: It's All Pop! (Numero Group), a two-CD salute to a shoestring enterprise. Titan Records, an indie power... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The Wild Story of the Move
    December 8, 12:21 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    From 1966 to 1972, the Move were the greatest British band most Americans never heard. Formed in Birmingham in late 1965, the original five — singer Carl Wayne, guit... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: High-Speed Elegy
    November 25, 12:28 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Song title of the fortnight: "All My Favorite Ramones Are Dead," punk veteran Jeff Dahl's minute-and-a-half monument, with an aptly chanted chorus and chain-saw g... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: New, Live Beck-Ola
    November 24, 2:03 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    One of my live highlights of 2007 was Jeff Beck's hour of firefight-guitar fusion at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival in Chicago. Live at Ronnie Scott'... | 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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