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 […]

Jon Fratelli on the Enduring ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and the Fratellis’ New Album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’

Jon Fratelli on the Enduring ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and the Fratellis’ New Album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’

When The Fratellis appeared on the U.K. music scene in the mid-2000s, they immediately drew attention due to a unique sense of irreverence and exuberance. “Chelsea Dagger,” off the rousing debut disc Costello Music, sold more than a million copies there. Two more top 20 singles and a BRIT Award followed. Meanwhile, “Flathead” was used […]

Elliot Easton on the Cars in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Their Classic Debut Album and More

Elliot Easton on the Cars in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Their Classic Debut Album and More

Passed over for years, The Cars are finally being inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And it’s about time. Coming off like art-rock Beatles fronted by Buddy Holly, they delivered album after album of infectious pop music laced with a twisted, avant-garde sensibility, marrying mighty hooks, lush vocals, consummate musicality and forward […]

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