Rock Music

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “We Can Talk” from Music from Big Pink (1968)

A key line from this Richard Manuel song, “one voice for all,” says everything about the way the Band constructed Music from Big Pink, and what made them so utterly unique in their own time.

Forgotten series: The Kingsmen – On Campus (1965)

Springing forth from Portland, Oregon, the Kingsmen dashed to the No. 2 spot on the national charts late in 1963 with a tune that was totally different than anything else going on at the time.

‘We’ll just have to work around that': Jon Davison’s tenure in Yes complicates things for Glass Hammer

‘We’ll just have to work around that': Jon Davison’s tenure in Yes complicates things for Glass Hammer

As Yes enters the final weeks of a U.S. tour featuring a trio of its 1970s recordings, the question of where that leaves frontman Jon Davison’s other group Glass Hammer looms large.

‘I’m happier with the people I’m working with': Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre set to release rare solo effort

‘I’m happier with the people I’m working with': Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre set to release rare solo effort

Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre will release his first album in a decade, and his first since Ian Anderson decided to produce a sequel to the band’s classic Thick as a Brick as a solo project.

John Frusciante – Outsides EP (2013)

John Frusciante – Outsides EP (2013)

A solo effort in the most complete sense of the word — John Frusciante plays all of the instruments, and even designed the cover art for Outsides — this EP also reflects a singular creative genesis.

‘He was doing what he loved to do': Kiss’ Gene Simmons remembers final work with Eric Carr

‘He was doing what he loved to do': Kiss’ Gene Simmons remembers final work with Eric Carr

Gene Simmons speaks emotionally about the passing of Eric Carr, and Kiss’ last-ditch effort to include him in a video — an appearance that would ultimately be the cancer-stricken drummer’s last.

Almost Hits: Rolling Stones, “Love is Strong” (1994)

Almost Hits: Rolling Stones, “Love is Strong” (1994)

In a strange happenstance, one of the Rolling Stones’ most identifiable 1990s songs barely scraped the bottom of the Billboard 100. In fact, the brooding, harp-driven “Love is Strong” got stuck at the very unglamorous No. 91 spot.

‘That’s the hard part, watching brothers go down': Steve Lukather on what the Porcaros have meant to Toto

‘That’s the hard part, watching brothers go down': Steve Lukather on what the Porcaros have meant to Toto

Steve Lukather talks about the crushing loss of Jeff and Mike Porcaro as band mates in Toto, saying the returning presence of their brother Steve Porcaro eases the pain.

‘I found it by mistake': How Glyn Johns helped showcase Led Zeppelin’s huge drum sound

‘I found it by mistake': How Glyn Johns helped showcase Led Zeppelin’s huge drum sound

Glyn Johns, who engineered Led Zeppelin’s 1969 self-titled debut, basically stumbled upon a new way of recording drummer John Bonham — creating the dynamic stereo cadences that drive tracks like “Communication Breakdown.”

Deep Cuts: Solo Genesis projects from Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Steve Hackett

Deep Cuts: Solo Genesis projects from Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Steve Hackett

Albums constructed apart have allowed Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Steve Hackett to explore areas of their songcraft that might have gone undiscovered in Genesis.