Robert Plant: Band Of Joy

You have to hand it to the 62-year-old Robert Plant. He’s been in bands since age 17, the first one, with John Bonham, is this project’s title. He’s obviously not the same singer who sang “Communication Breakdo...

Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone

Jeff Tweedy is totally in service to The Queen here: Rock ’n’ Roll Hall Of Famer Mavis Staples, 71, growls, cajoles, pleads, croons, testifies, rocks and stomps her way through 13 well thought out gems. Tweedy...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Mean Old Man

First, Ronnie Wood solos on the Kristofferson-penned title track. Then, The Killer duets with Kid Rock while Slash solos madly. After duets with Mic Jagger and Tim McGraw (boo!), Clapton and longtime Presley gu...

Antibalas: Who Is This America?

The grooves on this 2004 reissue are so funkalicious, bubbling with creative juice, fat with horn, thick with percussion, that you almost don’t notice the burn of the protest, the cynicism of the outlook and th...

Dr. John: Tribal

The first thing that hits you about Dr. John’s Tribal is his voice. It’s deeper, more soulful, filled with cool expressive asides, Southern phrasing and mixed just perfectly atop the gumbo. At 70, the good doc ...

Brian Wilson: Reimagines Gershwin

Timelessness is the essence of great art. For the compositions of George Gershwin (1898-1937), many co-written with his brother Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), to still be so vital is testament to not only their melo...

Vanilla Fudge: Box Of Fudge

I’m standing on the lawn outside Upsala College in East Orange, NJ, waiting for the band after witnessing my very first rock concert. It’s 1967. I’m 16. Vanilla Fudge just blew my mind and I have to meet bassis...

Dion @ State Theater

EASTON, PA—The conundrum of seeing Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Famer Dion is that authentic first-generation rock’n’roll like this demands a certain response that may be considered anti-social by most of the very audie...