Rock Music

Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities (2013)

The outstanding, early Pink Floyd-inspired debut album of Jacco Gardner is easily the best album of 2013, even this early out in the year. Gardner is like a lighthouse beacon in a fog of mediocrity of pop music.

‘If I had an axe, I’d cut the cable’: What really angered Pete Seeger about Bob Dylan’s Newport set

‘If I had an axe, I’d cut the cable’: What really angered Pete Seeger about Bob Dylan’s Newport set

Pete Seeger bluntly refutes the oft-told notion that he tried to pull the plug on Bob Dylan’s first electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. In fact, Seeger says he was upset over the primitive sound system.

Deep Beatles: “Nothin’ Shakin’ [But the Leaves on the Trees]” (BBC version, 1963)

Concluding our three-week look at select BBC performances, Deep Beatles focuses on a memorable George Harrison performance: “Nothin’ Shakin’ (But the Leaves on the Trees),” a rocker the Beatles had performed since their Hamburg days.

‘I’m excited to be alive’: King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill roars back after last year’s  health scare

‘I’m excited to be alive’: King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill roars back after last year’s health scare

As a new King’s X tour heads toward Texas, Jerry Gaskill continues to make a full recovery from last year’s horrifying health scare. He’s even readying a solo studio effort. “Very excited about that,” Gaskill says

The Del-Lords – Elvis Club (2013)

Always out of their time, the Del-Lords made a scruffy early-1980s debut in the age of synthesized MTV flashes in the pan. They return now with a suitably old-fashioned but similarly ageless amalgam of heartfelt lyrics and crunchy licks.

Something Else! Interview: Brian Ray on Paul McCartney, Etta James, and the Bayonets

Something Else! Interview: Brian Ray on Paul McCartney, Etta James, and the Bayonets

Even as he closes out the South American leg of a new tour with Paul McCartney tonight, guitarist Brian Ray is preparing for a series of solo shows with his sizzling new band the Bayonets.

‘Unfettered by more middle-of-the-road colleagues’: Roger Waters on The Wall without Pink Floyd

‘Unfettered by more middle-of-the-road colleagues’: Roger Waters on The Wall without Pink Floyd

Roger Waters’ relationship with The Wall, which begins a European stadium tour in July, has continued to change over the years — and, in no small way, because he’s presenting it without the other members of Pink Floyd.

Tom Keifer – The Way Life Goes (2013)

Tom Keifer – The Way Life Goes (2013)

A 10-year long journey for Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer came to fruition with the release of his first solo album, The Way Life Goes. A long time in the making, the album is probably the most varied effort of Keifer’s career

Blue Oyster Cult – Imaginos (1988; 2013 reissue)

Despite the tortured history surrounding this release, something that ultimately mangled its original, rather Lovecraft-ian storyline, Imaginos might just be the most complete full-length Blue Oyster Cult ever did.

Something Else! Interview: Toto’s David Paich

Something Else! Interview: Toto’s David Paich

Toto has begun rehearsing for its 2013 tour, which kicks off May 30 in Europe. David Paich and Co. will also be making a few rare U.S. appearances, beginning in late summer — something he says “almost feels like a homecoming after so long away.”