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‘I really dug deep’: Toto co-founder Steve Lukather on his emotional new solo album

‘I really dug deep’: Toto co-founder Steve Lukather on his emotional new solo album

2012 has been a busy one for Steve Lukather, who toured with childhood hero Ringo Starr; and with G3 alongside Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and John Petrucci. He even made select appearances with Toto, the mega-selling band he co-founded in the 1970s.

Forgotten series: The Frantics – Relax Your Mind (1968)

Many bands over the years have been called the Frantics, but the group we’re discussing here came from Billings, Montana. Formed in 1965, the Frantics experienced an enormous amount of regional success

One Track Mind: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “We No Who U R” (2013)

“We No Who U R,” the lead single from the 15th studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, is this sharp left from Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

‘It was obviously something she needed’: Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham brushes off reunion talk with Christine McVie

‘It was obviously something she needed’: Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham brushes off reunion talk with Christine McVie

Even as Fleetwood Mac announced a new tour for 2013, the question remained: What about Christine McVie?

‘There was this funny little kerfuffle in the studio’: Jeff Lynne on his Wilbury relationship with Bob Dylan

‘There was this funny little kerfuffle in the studio’: Jeff Lynne on his Wilbury relationship with Bob Dylan

Jeff Lynne, so meticulous in the studio that he’s now painstakingly rerecorded all of the Electric Light Orchestra’s best-known hits, wouldn’t seem to be a great fit with the famously low-fi Bob Dylan.

Something Else! sneak peek: Spock’s Beard, Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep (2012)

Something Else! sneak peek: Spock’s Beard, Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep (2012)

Check out a seven-minute steam of song samples from Spock’s Beard’s new studio effort, Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep — their first with new vocalist Ted Leonard.

‘The passion and the drama’: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page pays tribute to fellow Kennedy Center honoree Buddy Guy

Led Zeppelin, appearing last night on David Letterman’s television program, paid tribute to fellow Kennedy Center honoree Buddy Guy — with Jimmy Page enthusing about Guy’s “out of this world” guitar style.

Deep Beatles: “Rain” from Past Masters (1966)

Recently I’ve received requests to examine “Rain,” the groundbreaking B-side to “Paperback Writer.” Indeed, “Rain” has transformed into one of the Beatles’ best-loved B-sides, a masterpiece both musically and lyrically.

S. Victor Aaron’s Top Albums for 2012, Part 1 of 4: Non-Jazz

Part 2, Mainstream and Modern Jazz >>> For the sixth straight year, it’s time to look back on the year in music to recollect which albums I really, really liked this year and make a list.

SRC – SRC; Milestones; Traveler’s Tale (1968-70; 2012 reissues)

Much was expected of SRC, and for good reason. Aside from being exceptional songwriters and musicians, the Ann Arbor, Michigan band had the support of both the public and a major label.