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  • Fricke's Picks: Robert Forster's Requiem for the Go-Betweens' Grant McLennan
    September 2, 12:35 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The Evangelist (Yep Roc), Robert Forster's first solo album in more than a decade, is his requiem for a heavyweight: Grant McLennan, Forster's fellow singer-... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Baghdad Blues
    August 29, 5:38 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Iraq was a young, artificially created nation — carved from the defeated Ottoman Empire by Britain and France after World War I — when the Gramophone Company, the ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Endless Boogie's Nonstop Party
    August 28, 2:39 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    On their 1968 album Living the Blues, Canned Heat set some kind of jam-endurance record with the live 40-minute track "Refried Hockey Boogie." The New York quartet End... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The Folk-Rock Theatre of Johnny Flynn
    August 18, 12:35 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Johnny Flynn is a South African-born, U.K.-raised singer-songwriter in his mid-20s who makes a British folk rock that sounds almost twice as old as he is. The buoyant,... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Foreign Intrigue
    August 15, 12:16 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The singer sounds uncannily like Eddie Vedder, and the guitars snort and whine in a dirty tangle, like Radiohead's "My Iron Lung" played by one of Captain Beefhea... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Strange Broadway
    August 14, 11:55 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    Before it was in workshop, off-Broadway, then on Broadway, the electric musical Passing Strange was a life story: the already rich, then brilliantly embroidered autobi... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Extra Howlin Rain
    August 5, 5:40 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Wild Life (Three Lobed) is a two-track EP by heavy-Seventies explorers Howlin Rain that emphasizes the band's long-jam chops and reunites singer-guitarist Ethan M... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: White Denim Party
    August 4, 11:52 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    Like Ike and Tina Turner, the Austin trio White Denim never do anything nice and easy. Singer-guitarist James Petralli, bassist Steve Terebecki and drummer Josh Block ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Meet Boris, A New Blue Cheer
    August 1, 12:05 PM ET
    | David Fricke

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  • Fricke's Picks: Vintage Urban Pop
    July 22, 3:28 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    There was a time, in the first half of the 1900s, when boogie and blues pianists were as urban and commercial as Jay-Z, making black pop and party music about no money... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: College-Rock Flashback
    July 21, 1:25 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Indie rock was still called college rock when the Individuals of Hoboken, New Jersey, released their 1981 EP Aquamarine and '82 album Fields. They are now on one ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Indie-Rock History Lessons
    July 17, 3:48 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Indie rock is not a genre or a sound — it is a mission, a commitment to go your own way, the hard way. And in Michigan in the late Sixties, Hugh "Jeep" Holland was o... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Marky Ramone With Teenage Head
    June 23, 4:05 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    On Teenage Head with Marky Ramone (Sonic Unyon), Canadian punks Teenage Head recut their best turn-of-the-Eighties songs with guest drummer Marky Ramone. It's gre... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Midnight Oil
    June 20, 12:58 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    During a trip to Australia in 1986, I spent a day with Midnight Oil at a mixing session in Sydney for their single, "The Dead Heart." Part protest, part celebration, w... | More »

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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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