Rock Music

One Track Mind: The Countdown 5, “Shaka Shaka Na Na/Money Man” (1969)

Galveston, Texas, was the domain of the Countdown 5, who released several singles for a various labels. Although the band never made it on a national scale, they were popular locally

Something Else! sneak peek: Crowded House, “Only Way To Go is Forwards” (2008, previously unreleased)

Something Else! sneak peek: Crowded House, “Only Way To Go is Forwards” (2008, previously unreleased)

Neal Finn is streaming a previously unreleased song called “Only Way to Go is Forwards” on his web site, giving fans a long-hoped-for chance to hear new music from Crowded House.

‘They just get fed up with me': Long-time leader Chris Squire explains Yes’ ever-shifting lineups

‘They just get fed up with me': Long-time leader Chris Squire explains Yes’ ever-shifting lineups

Over its many eras, Yes has boasted no fewer than 17 regular working members, with bassist Chris Squire as the only one to appear in each incarnation. He says he has a theory on why.

On Second Thought: Black Sabbath – 13 (2013)

There’s a bit of genius in the layout of Black Sabbath’s long-awaited reunion album 13, which just became the band’s first U.S. No. 1. It’s a pretty safe bet that with 13, we hold in our hands the final studio album in the career of Black Sabbath

Something Else! Interview: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

Something Else! Interview: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson, even as a massive four-DVD set of live Jethro Tull performances is set to be released next week, continues a well-received solo tour, highlighted by a June 30 stop at London’s Royal Albert Hall and then a string of U.S. dates.

‘Don’t worry: Porcupine Tree will return': Despite slew of solo projects, Gavin Harrison remains upbeat

As Steven Wilson continues to focus exclusively on his solo career, questions about the future of Porcupine Tree remain. Drummer Gavin Harrison has his own tandem projects too, but still insists the band isn’t over.

‘Not ostentatious, but very important': Rush’s Geddy Lee on an underrated part of Paul McCartney’s legend

‘Not ostentatious, but very important': Rush’s Geddy Lee on an underrated part of Paul McCartney’s legend

Rush’s Geddy Lee has often mentioned Paul McCartney as an influence in his style of up front, song-defining bass playing. Here, he goes in depth on what makes the former Beatles star’s playing so underrated.

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!