• Fricke's Picks: Bobby Whitlock
    April 11, 12:51 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    On my last night at this year's SXSW, I was a guest at a very private party — a surprise sixtieth-birthday bash for Bobby Whitlock, who was, for a time, at the ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Graveyard
    April 10, 11:50 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    Of the nearly 400 acts that played in Austin on the first night of SXSW 2008, Graveyard, from Gothenberg, Sweden, were probably the only band that would also have fit ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: UFO
    April 9, 12:39 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    In June 1973, the British hard-rock quartet UFO landed in Germany for a tour — as a trio, because their guitarist suddenly quit. UFO had already gone through two oth... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Soulshake Express
    March 28, 12:50 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The liner notes in the CD booklet of Heavy Music (Beatville) by Sweden's Soulshake Express are almost forty years old, borrowed (with a credit) from the back of t... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Nik Batsch's Ronin
    March 27, 1:14 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    There were moments — long, magnetic spells, actually — during a recent set by Nik Bartsch's Ronin at Joe's Pub in New York when the Swiss instrumental qu... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Joseph Arthur
    March 26, 2:23 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Joseph Arthur has Ryan Adams Syndrome: He can't stop making records. Since 2000, Arthur — an Ohio native first championed by Peter Gabriel in the mid-Nineties ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Zen Tricksters
    March 14, 11:30 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    Dead Ahead Before there was a jam-band scene, there were the Zen Tricksters, a Grateful Dead-inspired New York band, founded in the mid-Eighties, whose grip on the Dea... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The Garden of Forking Paths
    March 13, 1:30 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    String Theories The Garden of Forking Paths (Important) is a record of converging passions: an overview of the post-John Fahey improvising-folk renaissance through new... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Nigeria Special
    March 12, 2:50 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    African Diamonds The twenty-six rare and exciting singles and LP tracks on Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues (1970-6) (Soundway) were mad... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Black 47
    February 29, 2:03 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The Fighting Irish Iraq (United for Opportunity), by the New York Celtic-rock band Black 47, is an unashamedly topical wallop of the early-Seventies Jersey-bar E Stree... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Samamidon
    February 28, 12:04 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    A Big Quiet All Is Well (Bedroom Community), by Sam Amidon — or Samamidon, as it says on the cover — is his deceptively ornate adaptation of ten traditional blues... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Horace Silver
    February 27, 1:00 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Fine Silver In the Fifties and Sixties, pianist Horace Silver brought a Latin sway and cocksure funk to hard-bop jazz, first with the historic Jazz Messengers, then as... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Marco Benevento
    February 26, 12:54 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Marco Benevento was barely into his first set at New York's Sullivan Hall on a recent night when, after hitting a few wandering notes on his piano, he punched a b... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: School of Seven Bells
    February 13, 3:05 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Class Act Opening for Blonde Redhead and the Raveonettes at a recent New York show, School of Seven Bells, founded by ex-Secret Machines guitarist Ben Curtis and featu... | 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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