Inside the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ ‘White Album’ with Producer Giles Martin (The Interview)

Inside the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ ‘White Album’ with Producer Giles Martin (The Interview)

Boasting signature classics like “Back In The USSR,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Happiness Is A Warm Gun,” “Blackbird,” “Yer Blues,” “Birthday,” “Glass Onion,” “Helter Skelter” and “Julia,” The Beatles, more commonly known as The White Album, is a sprawling and ambitious double-album that chronicles the acceleration of the the Beatles‘ creative powers. Hot on the heels […]

‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ at 50: Dave Davies of the Kinks Looks Back (The Interview)

‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ at 50: Dave Davies of the Kinks Looks Back (The Interview)

The Kinks were rock’s quintessential misfits, always out of step and out of time, but that seemingly self-enforced separation from their fellow contemporaries made them so gloriously unique. The band’s masterpiece, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, stuck out like a sore thumb in 1968, a quaint and reflective nostalgic song cycle of […]

Robert Hilburn on His Book ‘Paul Simon: The Life,’ Celebrating the Legendary Singer/Songwriter

Robert Hilburn on His Book ‘Paul Simon: The Life,’ Celebrating the Legendary Singer/Songwriter

Esteemed music writer/New York Times Best-Selling author Robert Hilburn turns his critical eye to chronicling the life and legacy of Paul Simon, one of music’s most accomplished and artistically vibrant artists in his new book, Paul Simon: The Life. Enjoy a conversation with Hilburn about the book below. Rock Cellar: What made Paul Simon an attractive […]

Q&A: Band Chemistry, the Greatest Rock Riffs and Our ‘Cultural Black Hole’ with the Magpie Salute’s Rich Robinson

Q&A: Band Chemistry, the Greatest Rock Riffs and Our ‘Cultural Black Hole’ with the Magpie Salute’s Rich Robinson

Sophomore jinx? Not a chance. Fresh from a seasoned slate of live dates peppered around the country, High Water I, the sophomore album by the Magpie Salute, whites out the band’s confident debut long player and imbues the follow up with an incendiary collection of tunes ready made for the concert stage. Guitarist Rich Robinson, […]

Paul Rodgers: Forever a ‘Free Spirit’ (The Interview)

Paul Rodgers: Forever a ‘Free Spirit’ (The Interview)

Recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Free Spirit – Celebrating The Music of Free, the new CD/DVD from legendary singer Paul Rodgers finds the master rock stylist revisiting the catalog of his late ‘60s/early ‘70s group, Free. The best singer in rock and roll, according to this rock scribe, Rodgers’ remarkable voice remains a marvel, […]

Roger Daltrey on His New Solo Album, The Personal Power of ‘Tommy,’ The Who’s Originality and More (The Interview)

Roger Daltrey on His New Solo Album, The Personal Power of ‘Tommy,’ The Who’s Originality and More (The Interview)

Listening to the Who’s debut 1965 album, My Generation, and the new Roger Daltrey solo album, As Long As I Have You, with a mere 55 years in between, one can hear the stylistic ground that connects both together. There’s a wide range of material on Daltrey’s new solo effort, his first since 1992, which finds the legendary […]

Back On the Road to Utopia with Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox (The Interview)

Back On the Road to Utopia with Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox (The Interview)

(Photo: Danny O’Connor) A new box set, The Road to Utopia, 1974-1982, documents a remarkable band that defied categorization, delivering a series of extraordinary albums marked by smart songcraft and fierce musicianship. With albums like Adventures In Utopia, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Oops! Wrong Planet, Ra and their 1982 self-titled Utopia record, the group carved out […]