Much like the subject matter it documents, Lizzy Goodman’s oral history of the New York Rock Scene is a smorgasbord of gossip that’s heavy on the dish and surprisingly devoid of any real sustenance.
Gerry Monroe was an unlikely British pop star who came to fame on the variety show Opportunity Knocks in 1970; this collection compiles his complete recorded works in his brief career, and offers a surprising wealth of pop riches.
To celebrate the band Chicago’s entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, two recent compilations examine the solo careers of two of their vocalists; one is an interesting examination into a rather obscure back catalog of solo releases, while the other is a long-overdue and welcome compilation of a successful post-Chicago solo career.
Charlie Byrd Sixties Byrd: Charlie Byrd Plays Today’s Great Hits él Records/Cherry Red I have long had the sneaking suspicion that during the Sixties, Easy Listening artists adapted rock and roll and […]
In 1997, Toad The Wet Sprocket released its best album to date, Coil. Less than a year later, the band broke up due to internal strife and frustrations as a result of the album’s poor promotion. Twenty years on, frontman Glen Phillips sits down to reminisce about the album and his thoughts on the band.
Tyler, Texas-based Eisley was once a record label’s dream: a band of teenage siblings, three sisters, a brother, and a best friend, making dark, moody, dreamy alternative rock music, irrespective of any […]
In 1983, up-and-coming pop group Haircut One Hundred lost their lead singer, Nick Heyward. Instead of disbanding, the group carried on, and Paint And Paint was a noble effort to continue without their distinctive, charismatic frontman.
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry may be on the second or third tier in the annals of British post-punk bands, but that’s not for lack of quality; this handy box set compiles the entirety of their Eighties output, and shows that they were a pretty darn good band that made records that are better than you remember; even their attempts of making music with a more commercial appeal are quality.
Some thoughts on the bittersweet, unfortunately timed deluxe reissue of the Singles soundtrack.
Woman was the debut solo album from former Scaffold talent Michael McGear; an album he intended to be a more straightforward, serious affair. Surprisingly, this album is something of a lost jewel, the delightful sound of a young talent trying on different sounds and finding his creative voice.