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Exclusive stream: Ray Manzarek + Roy Rogers, “Just Like Sherlock Holmes” from Twisted Tales (2013)

Arriving like a perfect combination of everything that the late Ray Manzarek brought to the Doors — this free-form, jazz-inflected sense of freedom — and the gnarled dangers of Roy Rogers’ slide blues, “Just Like Sherlock Holmes” is a fine valedictory.

‘The interviewer was an a**hole': Joni Mitchell clarifies her infamous ‘plagiarist’ charge against Bob Dylan

‘The interviewer was an a**hole': Joni Mitchell clarifies her infamous ‘plagiarist’ charge against Bob Dylan

It’s been more than three years, yet the furor surrounding Joni Mitchell’s assertion that Bob Dylan is “a plagiarist” continues unabated. She’s ready to set the record straight.

Van Halen begins delayed Japanese tour with expanded set, film from David Lee Roth

Van Halen begins delayed Japanese tour with expanded set, film from David Lee Roth

Van Halen belatedly began its 2013 tour of Japan with a jumbo set that expanded to include “Jamie’s Cryin,’” “Atomic Punk” and — just before the timeless “Ice Cream Man” — a special showing of David Lee Roth’s cool short film “Tokyo Story.” See video from today’s performance of “Panana” here!

Dio – Magica: Deluxe Edition (2000; 2013 reissue)

Dio – Magica: Deluxe Edition (2000; 2013 reissue)

I’ve been meaning to write a Forgotten Series entry on Dio’s Magica, but the new Deluxe Edition, due out June 25, 2013 from Niji Entertainment, provides a perfect opportunity to revisit one of the metal legend’s most overlooked records.

One Track Mind: Chicago featuring Les Deux Love Orchestra, “More Today Than Yesterday” (2013)

One Track Mind: Chicago featuring Les Deux Love Orchestra, “More Today Than Yesterday” (2013)

There are probably more than a few people who thought this No. 12 1969 hit by the Spiral Starecase was a Chicago song anyway. But it sure is a strange way to advance a long-awaited new album project.

‘Just a joke': What Don Felder said to Joe Walsh on the classic video for the Eagles’ “Hotel California”

‘Just a joke': What Don Felder said to Joe Walsh on the classic video for the Eagles’ “Hotel California”

Ever wondered what Don Felder said to Joe Walsh to crack him up during the iconic twin guitar solos on the original 1970s-era video for “Hotel California”? Us, too.

On Second Thought: The Wooden Birds – Two Matchsticks (2011)

In 2008, Andrew Kenny, guiding light of the Brooklyn-based American Analog Set, packed it in and decamped for his native Austin, Texas. In the process, he left behind AmAnSet’s Eno-esque wash of synths

‘I’d like to see that corrected': Geddy Lee wants Rush’s Vapor Trails to get the next 5.1 remix

‘I’d like to see that corrected': Geddy Lee wants Rush’s Vapor Trails to get the next 5.1 remix

Though it came out just over a decade ago, Geddy Lee says he’s interested in doing a 5.1 remastering of Rush’s 2002 album Vapor Trails, a project that marked the band’s return to the studio after a six-year hiatus.

Books: Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Early Years, 1963-1982, by Marc Roberty (2013)

Books: Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Early Years, 1963-1982, by Marc Roberty (2013)

In an exclusive excerpt from the new book Eric Clapton, Day by Day: The Early Years, 1963-1982, Marc Roberty takes us into the earliest days of Derek and the Dominos

‘It was a huge revelation': Scarlet Rivera recalls being plucked from obscurity by Bob Dylan

Scarlet Rivera was an American violinist, plying her trade in relative obscurity, when Bob Dylan tabbed her to take part in the sessions for what would become his 1976 album Desire.