Pop Music

I’m Not the Beatles: The John and Yoko Interviews 1969-1972, by Howard Smith (2014)

I’m Not the Beatles: The John and Yoko Interviews 1969-1972, by Howard Smith (2014)

There’s a moment during the eight-disc set John & Yoko: I’m Not the Beatles when every Beatles fan will envy Village Voice journalist Howard Smith.

‘Never thought this was going to happen’: Toto begins tour ahead of concert release, long-awaited new album

‘Never thought this was going to happen’: Toto begins tour ahead of concert release, long-awaited new album

A completely rejuvenated Toto begins its 2014 tour in Japan this week, even as a new concert film is set for release. They’re continuing work on a studio project too, the band’s first since 2006.

Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2014)

Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2014)

After a long series of post-9/11 explorations into the darkness that’s invaded our lives, from within and from without, Billy Sherwood seems to have found the light at the end of the tunnel on the more approachable Divided by One

‘You never get over that’: The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz still coming to grips with loss of Davy Jones

‘You never get over that’: The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz still coming to grips with loss of Davy Jones

The two-year anniversary of Davy Jones’ sudden death has passed, but his long-time Monkees bandmate Micky Dolenz says he’s still coming to grips with losing his treasured friend.

Eric Clapton – Behind the Sun (1985; 2014 SACD reissue)

Eric Clapton – Behind the Sun (1985; 2014 SACD reissue)

Often overlooked, widely misunderstood and generally derided, Behind the Sun might not be the first album you’d picture for a deluxe Steve Hoffman mastering to Audio Fidelity SACD. But, really, that’s the magic of this particular reissue — the way it challenges your expectations, even your memory.

‘I’ve discovered things’: John Oates on the benefits of a lengthy career with Hall and Oates

‘I’ve discovered things’: John Oates on the benefits of a lengthy career with Hall and Oates

Over the course of a record-smashing, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career with Hall and Oates that began in the early 1970s, many things changed — and, John Oates says, that’s a good thing.

Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty EP (2014)

Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty EP (2014)

Bruce Springsteen’s American Beauty finishes with a multi-tracked solo celebration of 5 o’clock freedom, and a layered meditation on the shelter that love provides. But that’s not how it starts.

Marshmallow Overcoat – The Very Best Of (2014)

Marshmallow Overcoat – The Very Best Of (2014)

Fronted by the charismatic energy of Timothy Gassen, Marshmallow Overcoat has been keeping the spirit of psychedelic garage rock alive and kicking since 1986.

‘It could be soon’: More details emerging about new music from Journey’s Steve Perry

‘It could be soon’: More details emerging about new music from Journey’s Steve Perry

Steve Perry is talking more about new music, his first since the 1996 Journey reunion project Trail by Fire. The recently unretired frontman is working with a well-known film composer on a track he says is “very inspirational.”

‘I completely dismissed her’: David Crosby on the night that changed his mind about Lady Gaga

‘I completely dismissed her’: David Crosby on the night that changed his mind about Lady Gaga

David Crosby admits that “she’s so show business.” But something happened when the Byrds and CSN legend saw Lady Gaga at this year’s MusiCares event. Crosby says he came away with a completely different opinion.