Jesse Woods: Lazerburn

From The Flaming Lips' "Turning Violent" to Jesse Woods' "Lazerburn," our look at music this week

Former Texas A&M wide-receiver Jesse Woods didn’t take a traditional path to musical success. When a series of injuries rendered him unable to continue playing football, he turned from singing satirical songs in the locker to reduce the pre-game stress to building tension off the field through his moody blues. His poetically haunting vocals have graced several cover songs and original EPs, but his forthcoming …

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Into The Great Wide Open

A look back at Ray Manzarek, Digable Planets' reissue, "Dumb Disco Ideas" and more in our weekly music recap

Opening their five-night residency at NYC’s Beacon Theater with a cover of The Byrds’ “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,” Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers set the tone for an ensuing trip down memory lane, with Petty digging deep into their archive. The rock legend waxed poetic about overlooked tracks while doling out the occasional mega hit, giving devotees and the …

The Doors: Light My Fire

A look back at Ray Manzarek, Digable Planets' reissue, "Dumb Disco Ideas" and more in our weekly music recap

Jim Morrison may have very well been the face of The Doors, but it was keyboardist Ray Manzarek who ignited their worldwide success with his inimitable ability to play a Vox Continental organ with his right hand for the melodies while simultaneously playing a Fender keyboard with his left for the bass chords. Arguably no song better displayed his remarkable talent than the 1967 hit …