Archive for Rock and roll

Review: Tauk – Tauk [2008]

Posted in SOS Metal Update, Tauk with tags , , , on January 26, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-taukLong Island rock troupe Tauk take their advanced college rock sensibilities and dress them up with a mature platter of jazz and funk on their five-track self-titled offering. Referencing everything from Steely Dan to Phish on cuts like “Roll With the Punches,” this band’s assassin-like solid chops, expert musical interplay between instruments and wonderfully composed songs such as the rousing “All Ears” evoke a deeper shade of soul than the usual tie-dyed contingent can muster. Tauk produces  timeless music that truly containing something that virtually everyone who can call themselves a fan of rock music can dig into and groove with. -Mike SOS

Review: Willie Basse – The Money Grind [2008]

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 18, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-willie-basseWheeling out a healthy dose of hard rock histrionics, Willie Basse returns from the shadows of session musicianship and studio ownership to release his new 14-track endeavor THE MONEY GRIND. Formerly fronting the Los Angeles mainstay Black Sheep (whose name he fortuitously sold to the rap band from the early ’90s), there’s no denying that Basse’s crunchy songs and powerful vocals rip it up with all of the pomp the ’80s dictated, sounding at times like a cross between Y&T and Bulletboys  (“Unloveable”, “Don’t Waste My Time”). While it’s a tough call to really tell if songs like the reggae-infused “Yesterdaze” will strike a chord with fans of his target audience, there’s enough material found on this disc to satisfy those who crave the big sound songs like “It’s Over” pump out. SOS

Review: Whitey Morgan And The 78’s – Honkey Tonks And Cheap Motels [2008]

Posted in SOS Metal Update, Whitey Morgan And The 78's with tags , on December 17, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-whitey-morganWhitey Morgan and the 78’s steers clear of new country’s gloss, instead taking to the far-removed backroads to deliver a slice of rocking outlaw country music on HONKY TONKS AND CHEAP MOTELS. This 12-track affair sticks to the most prolific themes by some of the genre’s best while laying down an authentically composed collection of tunes complete with pedal steel pluckings and twangy melodies, driving home the down home appeal of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Conway Twitty on cuts like the subtle “Cheatin’ Again” and the poignant “Goodbye Dixie.” Hailing from the downtrodden town of Flint, MI only helps Morgan and company’s case to convincingly sing with the heavy heartache portrayed on “Love and Honor” and “Hold Her When She Cries” and rock out with the desolation attached to “Sinner.” If you secretly stow a pair of cowboy boots and a ten gallon hat in the recesses of your closet, this album will provoke you to break out the duds and crack open a bottle of whiskey and contemplate. www.smallstone.comMike SOS

Review: Bruce Springsteen “My Lucky Day” [2008]

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-bruce-lucky-dayBruce Springsteen released a second single online from the upcoming record Working on a Dream. Below is an overview of the new song titled “My Lucky Day.”

Good news, Boss fans—this track is a classic E Street rocker compared to the recently released “Working on a Dream.” “My Lucky Day” opens with hard hitting drums, a heavy acoustic guitar, a roaring bass, and a smooth lead guitar riff. Like “Working on a Dream,” the bass line is the driving force behind the tune and is reminiscent of the late John Entwistle’s [The Who] work. In addition to the solid bass performance, Springsteen’s lyrics are more thoughtful than repetitive, while the lead guitar lands itself back on the spectrum of “interesting.” Kudos to the band for leaving the listeners and fans no reason to cringe as the radio spins this tune. 8/10

“My Lucky Day” is currently streaming at

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The current E Street Band lineup: Bruce Springsteen – lead vocals, lead guitar, harmonica, synthesizer, glockenspiel; Patti Scialfa – backing vocals; Nils Lofgren – lead guitar, backing vocals; Steven Van Zandt – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, mandolin; Garry Tallent – bass; Clarence Clemons – saxophone, backing vocals, Soozie Tyrell – violin, backing vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar; Charles Giordano – organ; Roy Bittan – piano; Max Weinberg – drums

Pre-order the album Working on a Dream due Jan. 27