“Baby Blue” by Badfinger enters the canon for The Great Songs on Scene-Stealers.


‘ If you are looking for big-guitar rock n’ roll teen anthems, it doesn’t get any better than the opening track of off Cheap Trick‘s 1978 album “Heaven Tonight.” (My unrepentant love for Cheap Trick will be on full display this Saturday, as J.D. Warnock and I perform with Nick Colby and Peter Buxton as [...]


Well, I didn’t have to think too hard about adding the first thrash metal song to this series of classic rock n’ roll tunes. I’ve been listening to a custom-built 1-minute edit of this track for the last four months as I prepare for my shot at the 2010 U.S. Air Guitar National title. The [...]

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After joining The Byrds for one legendary album in 1967 (“Sweetheart of the Rodeo”) and singlehandedly turning them into a country band (the first major rock act to do so), restless singer/songwriter Gram Parsons moved on. He quit The Byrds, took Byrds member Chris Hillman with him and formed The Flying Burrito Brothers. When I [...]


You knew it was bound to happen. Hell, I’m wondering why it took me 10 weeks to get to this band. Here it is. Let the debate begin. My 10th choice (not ranked, just the 10th “Great Song” I’ve chosen for this series) for a classic, timeless rock n’ roll song is by a band [...]


The fact that Joy Division‘s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” charted five times in the U.K. and New Zealand between its release in 1980 and 1988 and has been re-issued three more times since speaks volumes to its enduring appeal. The legend of Joy Division is as follows: A Manchester band, they released their debut [...]


Now that the weather’s getting better, it’s just about time to bring out one of my favorite summer songs. It’s not like a Beach Boys fun-in-the-sun-surfin’-safari summer song or anything like that, though. It’s more of an obtuse, I’m-feeling-kinda-lonely-and-surly song. 1992′s “Summer Babe” was the first song I ever heard by Pavement and it was [...]


Welcome the the second installment of our new weekly series The Great Songs. This week, I want to spotlight Ray Davies and The Kinks. I saw Davies earlier this month (here’s my review for the Kansas City Star) and was struck by how humble, laid back, and amiable he was for a guy that has [...]


I think this is as good a time as any to start a new weekly series here at Scene-Stealers. As you may or may not know, in addition to starting this website and being a full-time movie critic, I also play the rock n’ roll drums. (See The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop [...]