Roger Daltrey on His New Solo Album, The Personal Power of ‘Tommy,’ The Who’s Originality and More (The Interview)

Roger Daltrey on His New Solo Album, The Personal Power of ‘Tommy,’ The Who’s Originality and More (The Interview)

Listening to the Who’s debut 1965 album, My Generation, and the new Roger Daltrey solo album, As Long As I Have You, with a mere 55 years in between, one can hear the stylistic ground that connects both together. There’s a wide range of material on Daltrey’s new solo effort, his first since 1992, which finds the legendary […]

Chris Murphy on Sloan’s New LP ’12’ and the Band’s Journey ‘Out of the 1990s-Sounding Alt-Rock Jail’

Chris Murphy on Sloan’s New LP ’12’ and the Band’s Journey ‘Out of the 1990s-Sounding Alt-Rock Jail’

Sloan has been cranking out undeniably catchy power pop and rock tunes for nearly three decades. Just don’t call them “earworms.” Chris Murphy believes that term has a negative connotation and cited Crazy Frog’s worldwide 2005 chart topper “Axel F” as an example. People would think, “I can’t get this fucking song out of my […]

Behind the Curtain: Rock and Roll Adventures with Stevie Ray Vaughan

Behind the Curtain: Rock and Roll Adventures with Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Columbia Records complex in Century City is a beehive of activity. The building — made of chrome, polished wood and a thousand windows reflecting sunlight — is composed of offices, archive rooms, cubicles and conference suites. In every corner of the building secretaries, administrators, A&R staff, and promo and marketing people are running around […]

Martha Davis of the Motels on the Durability of the 1980s and Her New Album, ‘The Last Few Beautiful Days’

Martha Davis of the Motels on the Durability of the 1980s and Her New Album, ‘The Last Few Beautiful Days’

A cinematic quality surrounds several songs on The Last Few Beautiful Days, The Motels’ first new studio release in a decade. Its cover art displays a shuttered Troy, N.Y. movie theater built in 1914. Martha Davis says her compositions serve as time machines or travelling agents and are “supposed to transport you…When I was a […]

Back On the Road to Utopia with Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox (The Interview)

Back On the Road to Utopia with Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox (The Interview)

(Photo: Danny O’Connor) A new box set, The Road to Utopia, 1974-1982, documents a remarkable band that defied categorization, delivering a series of extraordinary albums marked by smart songcraft and fierce musicianship. With albums like Adventures In Utopia, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Oops! Wrong Planet, Ra and their 1982 self-titled Utopia record, the group carved out […]

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