Sunday, May 19, 2024

New Music Catch Up: Rock Guitars are Back Thanks to the Pretenders, Paul Rodgers, Joe Sumner, Dhani Harrison, Noel Kahan, Carly Simon


Rock guitars are back! So are melody, rhythm, and hooks. I also like actual singers.

If you’re listening to contemporary pop now — all the stuff thrown at us by the star making machinery — you’re missing out.

Here are a bunch of songs from new great albums. I like having the CDs, if only for my car. Yes, I’m a dinosaur, but one who likes to keep the phone and the music separated from each other.

Maybe you’ve never heard any of this before. The artists’ names sound familiar but they’re not on TikTok. These are new songs, old songs, great songs for a rainy weekend! (The Carly Simon comes from her new box set from Rhino.)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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