Archive for October 1st, 2013

Download: Peter Gabriel, “Courage” from the So Box Set (2012)

Download: Peter Gabriel, “Courage” from the So Box Set (2012)

Can’t make the European leg of Peter Gabriel’s “Back to Front” tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of So? Here’s something to tide you over: A download of a never-before-heard bonus track from the era.

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (2013)

As a teenage metal head, I was convinced that all things electronic in music were evil. Then, a roommate in college introduced me to Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine.

‘It speaks for itself, his voice’: Queen’s Brian May calls Adam Lambert one in a billion talent

‘It speaks for itself, his voice’: Queen’s Brian May calls Adam Lambert one in a billion talent

Brian May, who worked for decades alongside Freddie Mercury in Queen, knows a thing or two about vocalists. So when he talks about Adam Lambert, with whom the band just made its U.S. debut, it resonates.

Almost Hits: Bob Dylan, “Jokerman” (1984)

Almost Hits: Bob Dylan, “Jokerman” (1984)

The lead-off track from an album heralded as a return from born-again proselytizing, “Jokerman” found Bob Dylan using themes both Biblical and secular to tear down political charlatans.

The Police, Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground, Television, the Stooges, MC5, Blondie – CBGB (2013)

The irony, of course, was that Hilly Kristal originally wanted to open a roots-rocking Bowery bar — thus, the name: CBGB, which stood for “country, bluegrass and blues.” Lucky for us, that’s not how it turned out.