Preview: Music to Your Ears: Spin̈al Tap

“These go to eleven.” “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” “None more black.” Those and countless other quotes from the 1984 “mockumentary” This is Spinal Tap have […]

Polyrhythmics: All for One and One for All

The band’s name suggests a sound that draws from the complex and intricate rhythms of the African musical tradition. But while Seattle-based Polyrhythmics began with Afrobeat as a musical starting […]

Album Review: Tony Monaco Trio – Over and Over

If we’re honest with ourselves, we must acknowledge that when it comes to jazz, we’re dealing with a remarkably slim sliver of the listening public. As great as it is, […]

Take Five: David Gilmour’s Top Solo Turns

David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd in 1968, initially as a second guitarist alongside band leader and childhood friend Syd Barrett. After Barrett left the group, Gilmour applied his own style […]

Album Review: The 23rd Turnoff – Michael Angelo

Depending on one’s mindset, the name suggests either a trademark late-’60s attempt to apply a psychedelic vibe to something ordinary, or merely something very pedestrian (as it were). The truth […]

Album Review: Prog Collective – Dark Encounters

The title of the sixth Prog Collective album telegraphs the direction in which the music goes; moody and minor-key is the order of the day. Less a group than a […]

Book Excerpt: The Red Rockers’ ‘Condition Red’

As a companion to my previous post – a three-part feature on The Red Rockers’ debut album – here’s an excerpt from my second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records […]

Teenage Underground: The Beginnings of The Red Rockers (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two… Between live dates in and around San Francisco, The Red Rockers pestered Howie Klein to give them a record deal. Klein and business partner Chris Knab […]

Teenage Underground: The Beginnings of The Red Rockers (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One… The Red Rockers played locally and began to develop a following. And they traveled as far as Houston and Atlanta, playing gigs in those larger markets […]

Teenage Underground: The Beginnings of The Red Rockers (Part 1 of 3)

New Orleans (by way of San Francisco) foursome The Red Rockers scored a hit in in 1983 with “China,” a single from the band’s second LP Good as Gold. Reflecting […]