Rock Music

‘That stuff is way downtown’: Is Van Halen’s David Lee Roth set to front the Duke Ellington Big Band?

‘That stuff is way downtown’: Is Van Halen’s David Lee Roth set to front the Duke Ellington Big Band?

Van Halen fans are rightly thrilled with the news that David Lee Roth is retaking the road after Eddie Van Halen’s recent health scares. But that’s not the only band he’ll apparently be fronting in 2013.

‘It’s has to be said’: Mick Jagger admits that Rolling Stones fans don’t want to hear the new stuff

‘It’s has to be said’: Mick Jagger admits that Rolling Stones fans don’t want to hear the new stuff

In a move that is perhaps only surprising to Mick Jagger, fans have been cool to the Rolling Stones’ newest songs — even while reacting with overt enthusiasm to their older music — as the band celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Electric Light Orchestra – Zoom (2001; 2013 reissue)

This is a project the Electric Light Orchestra should have put out at the turn of the 1980s, a lean, tune-focused affair which dials back the “I Am The Walrus”-era Beatles obsessions — even while retaining all of Jeff Lynne’s trademark hooky songcraft.

‘Tom is buried in the studio’: Long-awaited new Boston studio album could be here by mid year

‘Tom is buried in the studio’: Long-awaited new Boston studio album could be here by mid year

It’s a good time to be a fan of Boston, with the recent release of unheard music from late original frontman Brad Delp and now the promised release of a long-awaited studio recording from Tom Scholz and Co. — more than a decade after its last one.

Optic Yellow Felt – Optic Yellow Felt (2013)

Optic Yellow Felt takes the rangy concepts of folk and jazz and sparks it up with the complex emotional underpinnings of classic turn-of-the-1970s rock on this deeply involving — and yet utterly listenable — self-titled debut.

Something Else! sneak peek: Gregg Rolie, “Struck by Lightning” (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Gregg Rolie, “Struck by Lightning” (2013)

Gregg Rolie begins with a simmering piano signature, then slowly settles into a greasy groove — setting the stage for some of his first new music since a 2011 solo EP. Before that, Rolie last issued a full-band studio effort in 2001, with Roots.

‘It was great, great fun’: Ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett optimistic about another album with Yes’ Chris Squire

‘It was great, great fun’: Ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett optimistic about another album with Yes’ Chris Squire

Nearly a year after releasing a celebrated collaboration with fellow prog legend Chris Squire of Yes, Steve Hackett says another album could be in the offing. The former Genesis guitarist says it just a matter of scheduling.

On Second Thought: Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield (1966)

Slotted high on lists as one of the greatest debut albums of all time, Buffalo Springfield introduced the public to a revolutionary new sound.

‘You can’t take it from me’: Peter Criss tears into Kiss for allowing new members to wear old makeup

‘You can’t take it from me’: Peter Criss tears into Kiss for allowing new members to wear old makeup

Peter Criss, who helped Kiss to its highest-ever charting single, continues to excoriate his former band for continuing with new members performing in the classic makeup that he and fellow founding member Ace Frehley originally wore.

‘We were very lucky to have them’: Justin Hayward discusses the Beatles’ influence on the Moody Blues

‘We were very lucky to have them’: Justin Hayward discusses the Beatles’ influence on the Moody Blues

The Moody Blues have been inextricably linked to the Beatles since the 1960s — and not just because Denny Laine eventually became a cornerstone of Paul McCartney’s solo band Wings. For Justin Hayward, “Love Me Do” was a big-bang moment.