Rock Music

Linda Thompson – Won’t Be Long Now (2013)

Linda Thompson – Won’t Be Long Now (2013)

I’ll confess up front I’m a huge Thompson family fan. Sure it’s easy to love Richard Thompson; he’s one of the best guitarists to emerge from England since, well, ever.

Books: Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Later Years, 1983-2013, by Marc Roberty

Books: Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Later Years, 1983-2013, by Marc Roberty

By the time Eric Clapton gathered a working band in support 1983’s Money and Cigarettes (home to the Top 10 U.S. hit “I’ve Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart”), the guitarist was clean and sober.

‘I swept the floors': Steve Cropper literally worked his way to the top at Stax Records

‘I swept the floors': Steve Cropper literally worked his way to the top at Stax Records

You know Steve Cropper from his legendary work with Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor — and, of course, with Booker T. and the MGs. His beginnings with the Stax Record label, however, were decidedly less glamorous.

Deep Beatles: “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” from Abbey Road (1969)

The next entry in the Abbey Road medley continues the naughtiness of “Polythene Pam.”

‘I’ve never tried to sound like him': Queen’s Roger Taylor on comparisons with Rod Stewart

‘I’ve never tried to sound like him': Queen’s Roger Taylor on comparisons with Rod Stewart

More than one fan has connected the sound of Roger Taylor’s more mature vocals on his forthcoming solo album with that of Rod Stewart. Now, the long-time Queen member has addressed the comparison.

‘The best Ringo has ever had': Ringo Starr returns for more dates with close-knit All-Starr Band

‘The best Ringo has ever had': Ringo Starr returns for more dates with close-knit All-Starr Band

The debate over whether this is the greatest All-Starr Band that Ringo Starr has ever assembled can be put off for another time. There is no question, however, that it’s one of the most closely knit

The Friday Morning Listen: Lou Reed – Rock n Roll Animal (1974)

My week of Lou Reed has come to an end.

Something Else! sneak peek: Boston – Life, Love and Hope (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Boston – Life, Love and Hope (2013)

The legendarily picky guitarist Tom Scholz is back with that rarest of things — new music from Boston. Life, Love and Hope even includes reworked songs from the group’s most recent studio effort

Halloween special: Glass Hammer, “Cool Air” (2013)

Halloween special: Glass Hammer, “Cool Air” (2013)

“Cool Air,” Glass Hammer’s contribution to the recent The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft: A Synphonic Collection, will provide a chill-raising scare on this Halloween.

Steve Berlin, of Los Lobos: Something Else! Interview

Steve Berlin, of Los Lobos: Something Else! Interview

The release this week of Disconnected in New York, a nervy live rethinking of Los Lobo’s ever-intriguing catalog, has given long-time member/producer Steve Berlin a chance to reflect.