Rock Music

The Grip Weeds – Inner Grooves (2013)

Hailing from Highland Park, New Jersey, the Grip Weeds are quite the family band. Comprised of brothers drummer Kurt and guitarist Rick Reil, Kurt’s wife Kristin Pinell on lead guitar, and good friend Dave DeSantis on bass, the group has since their formation two decades ago held sway as one of the finest bands to be had.

Gimme Five: Cool moments from Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic

Gimme Five: Cool moments from Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic

On this date forty years ago, Steely Dan released their third long-player Pretzel Logic, widely regarded as a pinnacle achievement for the premier jazz-pop rock band and one of those great classic rock albums of the 70s.

‘He can voice sentiments that I can’t’: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on his alter ego Gerald Bostock

‘He can voice sentiments that I can’t’: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on his alter ego Gerald Bostock

Ian Anderson is returning to the character of Gerald Bostock for a third time with his forthcoming solo album Homo Erraticus. The Jethro Tull frontman says speaking through this nom de plume has given him new creative freedom over the years.

Robbie Robertson, “Fallen Angel” from Robbie Robertson (1987): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson, “Fallen Angel” from Robbie Robertson (1987): Across the Great Divide

A First Nations-inspired cadence heralds the start of a remarkable collaborative moment, a poignant tribute to a lost friend, and a striking new career path for Robbie Robertson. “Fallen Angel,” the opening track from his long-awaited eponymous solo debut, sounds at once like an archetypical Robertson song and like nothing he’d ever done before.

Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans (2014)

Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans (2014)

The evolution of the Drive-By Truckers from a hillbilly punk band of the Pizza Deliverance days to an eloquent, unfiltered voice for the rural South by Brighter Than Creation’s Dark transformed them to rugged poet laureates of modern Dixie.

‘Careful what you show your kids’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth back for Season 2 of The Roth Show

‘Careful what you show your kids’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth back for Season 2 of The Roth Show

David Lee Roth kicked off the second season of his webcast series The Roth Show with another round of free-associative ramblings filled with personal memories, giddy riffs and strangely resonant connections from across his life. All of it, through a strange series of turns, usually leads back to his time in Van Halen.

Something Else! sneak peek: Sanguine Hum, “Derision” from Live in America (2014)

Check out “Derision,” a diaphanous preview track from Sanguine Hum’s forthcoming follow up to 2013’s well-received Weight of the World.

‘Planned to be even more spectacular’: Steven Wilson gets to work on follow up to Raven

‘Planned to be even more spectacular’: Steven Wilson gets to work on follow up to Raven

Even as he takes stock of the most celebrated album in his burgeoning solo career, Steven Wilson is looking forward to his next project. The former Porcupine Tree and Blackfield frontman says he’s got big plans for 2014.

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

Though he was in Chickenfoot by the time his old band reunited for 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth, Michael Anthony has seen almost all of Van Halen’s dizzying highs — and the awful lows.

‘I’m just left slightly baffled’: For Queen’s Brian May, health is still a concern

‘I’m just left slightly baffled’: For Queen’s Brian May, health is still a concern

Brian May has been given a clean bill of health after his recent cancer scare — but he’s still suffering from the odd pain or ache, a situation that the Queen legend admits leaves him “baffled.” May ended up having a biopsy just before Christmas, when doctors feared the 66-year-old guitarist had prostate cancer.