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Something Else! sneak peek: Tommy Malone, “You May Laugh” from Poor Boy (2014)

Tommy Malone might forever be known as a founder and frontman for the widely admired subdudes, but as he reminded us last year with his first solo effort in ages, Natural Born Days,

‘As long as it was a great song’: Journey vet previews second album with the Sky

Robert Fleischman played a critical role in the history of Journey, even if he ultimately gave up the job of frontman to Steve Perry for 1978’s Infinity. Over the course of the previous fall, he co-wrote three key tracks for that album — including “Anytime” and “Wheel in the Sky”

‘You know how it is with brothers’: Inside the life-long friendship that is Hall and Oates

‘You know how it is with brothers’: Inside the life-long friendship that is Hall and Oates

Hall and Oates will gather again for another round of tour dates later this month, reuniting after a period that’s seen John Oates issue a series of solo songs and Daryl Hall return with a new season of Live from Daryl’s House. That time apart, if anything, seems to strengthen this bond, Oates says.

Deep Beatles: “Cry Baby Cry” from The Beatles (1968)

Deep Beatles: “Cry Baby Cry” from The Beatles (1968)

John Lennon may have called it “a piece of rubbish,” but “Cry Baby Cry” symbolizes one of Lennon’s more underrated compositions. Written while in India, “Cry Baby Cry” serves as a twisted nursery rhyme, and he would return to the motif years later on Double Fantasy’s “Cleanup Time.” The 1968 tune landed on the White Album, and still intrigues withRead More

‘It came down so quickly’: Chicago veteran Bill Champlin discovers heart issue

‘It came down so quickly’: Chicago veteran Bill Champlin discovers heart issue

Bill Champlin has just returned from playing five dates with his ex-Chicago bandmate Danny Seraphine, an experience he describes as “a fun week.” Unfortunately, it hasn’t all been fun lately for Champlin, who has experienced some recent health problems.

‘He knew exactly what he wanted’: Intimidating moments in the studio with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page

When Mike Fraser took on the rare position of producing a Jimmy Page record, he’d already collaborated with big stars like AC/DC (1990’s The Razor’s Edge), Bryan Adams (1984’s huge hit Reckless) and Aerosmith (on their late-1980s albums Permanent Vacation and Pump.

‘Sounds great, man; sounds great’: New Van Halen album is moving forward

‘Sounds great, man; sounds great’: New Van Halen album is moving forward

David Lee Roth, of course, already let slip that Van Halen is at work on a new album. Now comes confirmation from Wolfgang Van Halen, by way of Mark Tremonti.

Dave Mason on Traffic, Fleetwood Mac and going his own way: Something Else! Interview

Dave Mason on Traffic, Fleetwood Mac and going his own way: Something Else! Interview

He’s not mad about the Joe Cocker version of ‘Feelin’ Alright.’ Really, he’s not.

Genesis’ Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips + Ray Wilson on ‘Firth of Fifth,’ ‘The Knife,’ ‘Musical Box,’ others: Gimme Five

Genesis’ Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips + Ray Wilson on ‘Firth of Fifth,’ ‘The Knife,’ ‘Musical Box,’ others: Gimme Five

They never sold as many records, never got any where near as much attention. But that doesn’t mean the separate tenures of Genesis’ Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips and Ray Wilson aren’t worth exploring.

‘I have this idea of what we could do’: Yes’ Jon Anderson is ready to be in a band again

‘I have this idea of what we could do’: Yes’ Jon Anderson is ready to be in a band again

Since Jon Anderson recovered from a series of ailments that led to his split with Yes, he’s been a fixture on the road — but only as a solo act, or in a duo format with former bandmate Rick Wakeman. That could be changing in 2014.