Sinatra at The Sands is my favorite Frank Sinatra performance – cocky, charming but not oily, warm but not soppy. Each listen lays bare the sheer “cuckoo calculation” of it all.
The Bends hinted at Radiohead’s potential, but OK Computer allowed Radiohead the freedom to experiment and started their progression to forward-looking music.
Conceived under fraught circumstances and rife with youthful passion, Foo Fighters’ most cherished album, The Colour and the Shape, is also a relic, never to be replicated.
Chicago-based post-rock icons Tortoise get nostalgic with a remix re-release, with Doug McCombs telling tales of missing tapes and giving us new updates.
Lyrically and sonically, psych-rock band Abronia’s Map of Dawn explores an ever-shifting landscape of creases, caves, and unreliable ground.
Even four decades later, the druggy Rain Parade still sound out of time – like an immunocompromised violation of the New Wave space/music continuum.
One has to go along with the flow of existence, no matter what suffering it brings. These country music artists give form to sadness and beauty to despair.
Maroon 5’s sophomore album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, pivoted away from their pop-punk beginnings and set them up for a decade of pop culture omnipresence.
Is there such a thing as middle-aged rock? If so, it would sound like Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky with its measured simplicity and reflective intensity.