Rock Music

Peter Gabriel, Sting, U2, Bruce Springsteen, others – ¡Released!: Human Rights Concerts 1986-98 (2013)

The 1980s were marked by benefit extravaganzas, though oftentimes — whatever their noble intentions — they boasted both dubious musical results and unclear benefits. Amnesty International events were different.

‘I still don’t regret it': The Turtles were determined to help launch Warren Zevon’s career

‘I still don’t regret it': The Turtles were determined to help launch Warren Zevon’s career

The Turtles, already huge fans of a young Warren Zevon, put their version of one of his earliest songs on the B-side of what they thought was a sure-fire hit — hoping to help him break into the music business.

‘We always thought he was a genius': Christine McVie is still awestruck by Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green

‘We always thought he was a genius': Christine McVie is still awestruck by Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green

Christine McVie, a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1970-98, came in with a healthy appreciation for the group in its original blues-focused Peter Green-led incarnation. In fact, she could have almost been described as a groupie.

‘What the hell do I do with this?': At first, Gregg Rolie wasn’t so sure about classic Santana song

‘What the hell do I do with this?': At first, Gregg Rolie wasn’t so sure about classic Santana song

Interest in the classic era of Santana couldn’t be higher, with the announcement that the band is working again on a studio project.

Streams: Previously unheard live version of the Who’s “Pinball Wizard”

Streams: Previously unheard live version of the Who’s “Pinball Wizard”

Who fans can get a sneak peek at a previously unreleased live version of “Pinball Wizard” from the forthcoming limited-edition Tommy set — if you can crack a fun memory game at the band’s web site.

On Second Thought: Aerosmith – Get Your Wings (1974)

On Second Thought: Aerosmith – Get Your Wings (1974)

These days, anyone even remotely hip to pop culture knows of Aerosmith. But at the time the Boston, Massachusetts band’s second album slipped into in the stores, they were still struggling to reach a wider audience.

Forgotten series: The Stevenson Ranch Davidians – Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs (2006)

Forgotten series: The Stevenson Ranch Davidians – Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs (2006)

You gotta give ’em credit for coming up with an original band name: The Davidians have been favorably compared to the Verve and who am I to argue with that comparison.

Steve Howe – Homebrew 5 (2013)

Steve Howe – Homebrew 5 (2013)

Steve Howe has probably never got the credit he deserved for his role in fashioning the legends of both Yes and Asia. The Homebrew series, whether intended or not, has done much to underscore his privotal role

One Track Mind: Asobi Seksu, “Trails” from Fluorescence (2011)

“Trails,” Asobi Seku’s paen to heartbreak and loss, seemed an odd choice for lead single from the band’s 2011 release Fluorescence. The melody threatens to catch, but never quite takes hold.

The Blockheads – Same Horse Different Jockey (2013)

The Blockheads – Same Horse Different Jockey (2013)

The Blockheads’ latest release, Same Horse, Different Jockey is an album which has taken the band in new directions, both musically and re-establishes the band at the top of their musical tree.