Rock Music

Houndmouth – From the Hills Below the City (2013)

This isn’t about singles, isn’t about a moment in time — a passing thought. No, Houndmouth’s From the Hills Below the City is an experience, expressed through the currency of relationships not encounters, constructed as a narrative.

‘I’m a musician who plays music': Please don’t call Cream’s Ginger Baker a rock drummer

‘I’m a musician who plays music': Please don’t call Cream’s Ginger Baker a rock drummer

Named ninth-best on Rolling Stone magazine’s drummers poll, and part of the magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists list as a member Cream too boot, Ginger Baker curtly dismisses the idea.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Book of Liars [Live]” (1995)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Book of Liars [Live]” (1995)

<<< BACKWARD (“Josie [Live]“) ||| ONWARD (“Peg [Live]“) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** S. Victor Aaron’s note: In our earlier take on “Book Of Liars,” the studio version, I stated that the live version on Alive In America is much better. Preston Frazier explains exactly why that’s so

Something Else! sneak peek: Black Water Rising, “Show No Mercy” from Pissed and Driven (2013)

Black Water Rising’s self-titled debut album was one of my favorites of 2009, and one of the best pure hard rock records that I’d heard in a long time at that point.

Pink Floyd, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Dr. John, the Byrds – The Dutch Woodstock (2013)

As a 17-band menu of bands gathered for the three-day Holland Pop Festival in June 1970 outside of Rotterdam, Bob Hite of Canned Heat summed things up perfectly: “I feel less uptight here than I ever have anywhere.”

Download: Emerson Lake and Palmer, “Fanfare for the Common Man/ America/ Rondo” (2013)

Download: Emerson Lake and Palmer, “Fanfare for the Common Man/ America/ Rondo” (2013)

A release date hasn’t been set for the new remaster of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Live in Germany, recorded on June 24, 1997 at Munich’s Tollwood Festival, but here’s a free download to tide you over.

‘This is a democracy': Michael Wilton sees clear differences in the way Queensryche works now

‘This is a democracy': Michael Wilton sees clear differences in the way Queensryche works now

Michael Wilton takes the high road when talking about the forthcoming Queensryche album, their first without the departed Geoff Tate. It’s easy to read between the lines, however, as he talks about working with new frontman Todd La Torre.

‘Really, it’s uncharted territory': John Oates on a new solo project, life after Hall and Oates’ heyday

‘Really, it’s uncharted territory': John Oates on a new solo project, life after Hall and Oates’ heyday

As John Oates prepared for the release of a new track with Hot Chelle Rae, he joined us to chat about his inventive Good Road to Follow solo project, and how his life has changed since Hall and Oates’ heyday.

One Track Mind: The Romantics – “Little White Lies / I Can’t Tell You Anything” (1977)

Detroit, Michigan has forever been known for its great music, and the Romantics are just one of many special bands born in the city.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Yazoo Street Scandal” from The Basement Tapes (1968)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Yazoo Street Scandal” from The Basement Tapes (1968)

While The Basement Tapes’ “Orange Juice Blues” found the Band taking their first tentative steps toward something utterly brand new, the fable-teller’s yowl of “Yazoo Street Scandal” provides a road map to their destination.