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‘He was so used to getting inspiration from negativity': On Ritchie Blackmore’s transformation after Deep Purple, Rainbow

‘He was so used to getting inspiration from negativity': On Ritchie Blackmore’s transformation after Deep Purple, Rainbow

Candice Night, having met Ritchie Blackmore after a final breakup with Deep Purple, recognized something immediately about the often-dour guitar virtuoso: “You can’t get more black than Blackmore, right?”

‘Hope it transmits well': Adam Lambert makes triumphal U.S. debut with Queen

‘Hope it transmits well': Adam Lambert makes triumphal U.S. debut with Queen

Talk about fun: American audiences not only got to enjoy Adam Lambert fronting Queen for the first time in a stateside appearance, they also got to see the pop-rock trio called fun. join in. Check out some highlights here!

Annihilator – Feast (2013)

There may be no more underrated musician in thrash than Annihilator guitarist/founder/bandleader Jeff Waters. Of course, Waters himself may hold some of the blame for that.

Sting – The Last Ship (2013)

Sting – The Last Ship (2013)

The shame of it, really, is that Sting’s still-resonant pop smarts are often subsumed on The Last Ship, his first proper album in a decade, by its High Concept beginnings as a theatrical production.

Deep Beatles: “Sun King” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Sun King” from Abbey Road (1969)

Next in the Abbey Road medley is one of the Beatles’ most beautiful yet mysterious tracks, “Sun King.” In later years, John Lennon dismissed “Sun King” as “a piece of garbage I had around,” but its lovely harmonies and mystical lyrics transform it into an entrancing listening experience.

Gimme Five: Pirate songs that don’t, you know, suck (from the Sex Pistols, Alestorm, Ray Stevens, others)

Gimme Five: Pirate songs that don’t, you know, suck (from the Sex Pistols, Alestorm, Ray Stevens, others)

I’m not sure how many folks actually walked around talking like a pirate today. To be honest, I’ve always had this goofy side that would love to walk around yarring and shivering me timbers all day

The Band, “Rag Mama Rag” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

Sounding like a cross between a grease-popping Memphis blues and a Storyville saloon song, “Rag Mama Rag” illustrated how complete a grasp the Band had for American song styles — despite their largely Canadian membership.

Streams: Los Lobos, “The Neighborhood” from Disconnected in New York (2013)

Streams: Los Lobos, “The Neighborhood” from Disconnected in New York (2013)

Los Lobos challenged themselves like never before on 1990’s The Neighborhood, as heard on this smart take on the title track from the band’s forthcoming live set Disconnected in New York.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Jerry Garcia Band, September 17, 1976

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Jerry Garcia Band, September 17, 1976

At Walsh Auditorium, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ: The category is Shows I’ll Never Forget, and certain shows have a radioactive half-life, so what’s 37 years among friends?

Exclusive stream: William Shatner with George Duke and Billy Sherwood, “Where Does Time Go” (2013)

Exclusive stream: William Shatner with George Duke and Billy Sherwood, “Where Does Time Go” (2013)

A new prog-rock project from William Shatner has already garnered headlines for its collaborations with former members of Yes. Ponder the Mystery also includes final recordings with the late George Duke.