Live from the Beacon the Doobie Brothers perform the Albums Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me in their entirety. They have lost a bit on their fastball but here they do a nice job on the arrangement that helps soften the impacts of Father Time.
It has been a been a bit too long since we have gone down the Rock and Roll rabbit hole in search of songs and bands that act like any year after 1989 never existed. Sure Greta Van Fleet, Rival Sons and The Struts are fine Rock and Roll bands in the grand old school tradition, but there are a lot more bands than that that deserve some of your ear time. Here are a few we are listening to right now.
Turbonegro – Special Education
These cats from Oslo, Norway went on hiatus for a bit in the late 80’s but thankfully for their legions of fans the band reappeared in 2007 and have been hanging and banging ever since. With a sound that floats somewhere between The New York Dolls and Judas Priest their songs feature more hooks than an episode of The Greatest Catch.
Massive Wagons – Tokyo
With recent tours opening for The Wildhearts it is still head scratching that on the strength of their latest record Full Nelson this band has not yet become the next big thing to save Rock and Roll.
The Bad Somethings – Let It Roll
Any song that kicks things off with a cowbell pretty much has us at hello. Alive era Kiss is the template for this band with just an ever so slight scent of Bachman Turner Overdrive wafting in the year. Good stuff.
Giuda – Overdrive
If the Bay City Rollers were cool they would sound like these Italian retro-rockers. One of the view bands that are bringing back the Glam with hints of Slade, Sweet and small slice of The Knack thrown in for good measure.
Ex Hex – Tough Enough
A girl super group of sorts featuring Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris this band ramps it up with wild riffs, cool vocal harmonies, and heaps of power chords.
Bishop Gunn – Anything You Want
Word on the streets is that Bishop Gunn is right now in the studio working on the follow-up to their highly excellent 2018 release Natchez, and it can’t come too soon. The Black Crowes by way of Blackberry smoke make this one a smooth down home listen in the Lynyrd Skynyrd mold.
Helen Rose – John Coltrane on the Jukebox
Part Blues, Part Country Soul Helen Rose is a bit of a Genre Bender. This one is from her 2018 release Trouble Holding Back.
John Diva & the Rockets of Love – Dance Dirty
There is something entirely refreshing about a band that totally embraces their influences with no shame in their game whatsoever. In this case it is all Def Leppard most of the time and that is never a bad thing.
The Black Keys – Let’s Rock
After spending time apart going back to 2014 Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are reunited and it feels so good. Blues, Garage, and old Soul are still at the core of their sound, but this time around there is a joie-de-vie amplification that seems to have the band reenergized.
Chris Stamey and The ModRec Orchestra
This release is notable for a couple of reasons. First, it is Chris Stamey of the db’s, and that’s worth the price of admission alone. Second, and most importantly, the guest list of artists that appear on the album is stellar. Branford Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, Marshall Crenshaw, and Caitlin Carey of Whiskeytown and many others. Inspired by Cole Porter, Henry Mancini, George and Ira Gershwin, and the rest of the great songsmiths from days gone by, Stamey puts a new shine a classic sound.
The Alarm – Sigma
Decades in The Alarm doesn’t seem to have missed a beat. The template doesn’t seem to have changed much on this, their sequel to 2018’s Equals, and as always, front-man and co-founder Mike Peters is in fine form.
Foy Vance – From Muscle Shoals
The sequel to this one, To Memphis, will be one part of a book end of releases, the first recorded at Fame studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the second recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis will be released early next year.
Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers – No Good Deed
Winners of many 2018 independent Blues awards including artist of the year, No Good Deed might be the roadhouse record of the year.
From Thunder Bay, Ontario these boys mix Metallica style vocals with AC/DC monster riffs and an energy that will bring the hose down. This one is from their latest E.P. Burning the Midnight Oil.
The Jacks deliver lean, rugged Rock & Roll with songs that will sound like instant classics after a couple of listens. If The Strokes, The Rolling Stones, and Cage The Elephant had a baby, it’s name would be The Jacks.
A bit on the low-fi shoe-gaze side of the fence, Horse Jumper of Love will have your brain matter swirling in a haze of effortless desire. This one is best enjoyed with the proper mind altering drug of your choice.
The boys haven’t lost a step proving once again that Rockabilly is pretty much timeless.