• 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 »

  • Fricke's Picks: Endless Summer
    November 21, 12:13 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The best measure of a great summertime record: how it sounds when fall comes around. The salt-air tang and drag-strip vavoom of the music that Los Angeles writer-produ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Scheinman's Singing Strings
    November 20, 1:01 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    On the radio the other night, during a live broadcast from New York's Village Vanguard, Jenny Scheinman's violin sounded more like a choir than a stringed in... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The Solo Martin Rev
    November 12, 1:18 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Les Nymphes (File 13) is the Suicide keysman's seventh solo album and, in its way, more radical than the chant-and-heartbeat music he makes with Vega. On his own,... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: East Village Blues
    November 11, 12:34 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Eden and John's East River String Band are white city folk — singer/ukulele player Eden Brower and singer-guitarist John Heneghan from New York's East Vill... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: A Punk-Jazz Ruckus
    November 10, 4:06 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Curlew were another of New York's confrontational pleasures at the turn of the Eighties, an avant-jazz band — including saxophonist George Cartwright, guitarist... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Suicide's Birthday Party
    November 7, 11:45 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    Suicide — the New York aggro-throb duo of singer Alan Vega and keyboardist Martin Rev — "was always about life," Vega told me in 1985. "But we couldn't call i... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Recovered Folk-Rock Treasure
    October 28, 1:25 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Named after the English castle where Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded for treason in 1587, Fotheringay — founded by ex-Fairport Convention singer Sandy Denny and si... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: A Better Bang
    October 27, 12:17 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The first American full-length album by the Norwegian trio BigBang, From Acid to Zen (Oglio/Grand Sport), is a mixed bag of then and now: seven tracks pulled from the ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: A Family Affair
    October 14, 1:16 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Hacienda are a band of brothers from San Antonio, formed in 2006 by Abraham, Jaime and Rene Villanueva — pianist, drummer and bassist, in that order, and all singers... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Rebel Yellers
    October 10, 12:18 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    I caught only the last quarter-hour of Dead Confederate's set opening for R.E.M. at SXSW this year. But even that short shot of the Athens, Georgia, quintet'... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The Cosmic Mercury Rev
    October 9, 1:04 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    "Ready or not, here I come," singer Jonathan Donahue declares in "Senses on Fire" on Mercury Rev's new album, Snowflake Midnight (Yep Roc) — in a machinelike cr... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Hats Off to Harper
    September 26, 12:09 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    In this country, the British singer-songwriter Roy Harper is best known as a song title — "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper," on Led Zeppelin III, was named in tribute to hi... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The Pigeon Detectives
    September 25, 11:36 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    The Pigeon Detectives are five young pop ruffians from Rothwell, England — near Leeds, the Kaiser Chiefs' hometown — with a batty name and Sixties-vintage pud... | 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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