What use is all this critical shorthand for psychedelic rock -- itself a shorthand that should be amputated -- when the music, at its best, should send listeners off into contemplation as well as spin them off dancing? "Hazy," "trippy," "gauzy," "spacey," "dreamy," "Hippie," "folkie" -- kill all the ... More >>
If "best" and "boring" seem contradictory, please know there's no irony or negativity intended in this list. Maybe some irony, as I am poking some fun at the perception that any song over four minutes long, any piece of music built on repetition, anything that requires patience of any form from a li ... More >>
The Sheldon Concert Hall is best utilized by music that overwhelms. With a simple piano and guitar setup, Terry Riley and Gyan Riley, performing as the Rileys, made the room glow last night. The father and son duo's set was intimate, and not just because the audience barely spilled past five rows of ... More >>
"American Pie" is eight and a half minutes, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is seventeen. It is not uncommon for a prog track to reach twenty minutes, but it takes a certain breed to break the half-hour barrier. Below is a list of the six best songs over thirty minutes long. Feel free to interject your favorit ... More >>
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
Sunday, May 2; the Edison Theater
Getting fresh with the modern American music ensemble Synchronia
25 Years (Nonesuch)