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Micky Dolenz says the Hollywood Vampires started out as something else entirely

Micky Dolenz says the Hollywood Vampires started out as something else entirely

This legendary amalgam of 1970s-era fun seekers once had a much different purpose, according to the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz.

Tom Petty remembers the mystery, joy of the Traveling Wilburys: ‘We made that record for us’

Tom Petty remembers the mystery, joy of the Traveling Wilburys: ‘We made that record for us’

Tom Petty enthuses about the Traveling Wilburys off-handed creative spark, saying they’d record a track, then write the lyrics over dinner.

Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions [1969-2013], by Luca Perasi: Books

Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions [1969-2013], by Luca Perasi: Books

Here’s a thorough and essential song-by-song guide to Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles career, from 1970’s ‘McCartney’ to 2013’s ‘New.’

John Oates loves this crazy remake of Hall and Oates’ ‘Maneater': ‘It sounds great that way’

John Oates loves this crazy remake of Hall and Oates’ ‘Maneater': ‘It sounds great that way’

Hall and Oates have seen their music transformed by a variety of younger artists, but one recent take on “Maneater” hit home.

Andreas Varady, “Do It Again” from Andreas Varady (2014): One Track Mind

Andreas Varady, “Do It Again” from Andreas Varady (2014): One Track Mind

Andreas Varady’s Steely Dan remake begins with an approach out of the Wes Montgomery playbook. Then something interesting happens.

Peter Gabriel, “What Lies Ahead” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Peter Gabriel, “What Lies Ahead” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Peter Gabriel has inserted an elegiac new song into the acoustic portion of his ongoing Back to Front tour. Listen to it here!

Toto has concluded work on a new studio album: ‘It harkens back to another era’

Toto has concluded work on a new studio album: ‘It harkens back to another era’

Steve Lukather confirms that ‘XIV’ is at the mastering stage, even as Keith Carlock officially joins the Toto lineup.

Big Star – Live In Memphis (2014)

Big Star – Live In Memphis (2014)

‘Live in Memphis’ makes the case for Big Star’s inclusion of two Seattle interlopers, showing how they grew as a band into the ’90s.

On the Beatles’ first listen to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds: ‘John and Paul made me play it twice’

On the Beatles’ first listen to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds: ‘John and Paul made me play it twice’

Their silent wonder at the Beach Boys’ as-yet-unreleased masterpiece was offset, however, by a much different reaction from Keith Moon.

Brian Mackey, “Captain of the Moon” from Broken Heartstrings (2014): One Track Mind

Brian Mackey, “Captain of the Moon” from Broken Heartstrings (2014): One Track Mind

Brian Mackey spent some two years working on his debut album, and you hear every moment of care in songs like “Captain of the Moon.”