Rock Music

Smile Empty Soul – Chemicals (2013)

Smile Empty Soul is an American post-grunge band from Santa Clarita, California formed in 1998, though most only know them for their hit single “Bottom of a Bottle”

‘We whooped it up’: Bob Dylan session meant switching to trumpet for Nashville legend

A veteran of countless sessions, Nashville legend Charlie McCoy is perhaps best known for his work on harmonica. So how did he end up on trumpet with Bob Dylan?

‘He brought the voice’: Journey’s Neal Schon remembers how Steve Perry changed everything

‘He brought the voice’: Journey’s Neal Schon remembers how Steve Perry changed everything

Steve Perry’s arrival with Journey in 1978 didn’t immediately translate into huge radio airplay, but co-founder Neal Schon says he could tell from the beginning that things were changing.

Emerson Lake and Palmer – Live In Montreal 1977 (2013)

Emerson Lake and Palmer – Live In Montreal 1977 (2013)

Despite the lofty musical goals here, Emerson Lake and Palmer’s idea to tour in support of 1977’s Works with a full orchestra was fraught with issues

Exclusive stream: Michael Des Barres, “My Baby Saved My Ass; I Dont Need No Doctor; Bang A Gong” (2013)

Exclusive stream: Michael Des Barres, “My Baby Saved My Ass; I Dont Need No Doctor; Bang A Gong” (2013)

Hard on the heels of a well-received 2012 studio effort Carnaby Street, Michael Des Barres took the stage at Hollywood’s Viper Room — never intending to issue a live album from the date.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Look Out Cleveland” from The Band (1969)

Not much, thus far into the Band’s official discography, had hinted at the lip-busting brawn of their early work with Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan — until this. “Look Out Cleveland” is a round-house punch

‘I don’t know who they are’: Boston’s old-school Tom Scholz can’t place contemporaries Andy Summers, the Edge

‘I don’t know who they are’: Boston’s old-school Tom Scholz can’t place contemporaries Andy Summers, the Edge

There’s a reason the signature Tom Scholz guitar sound — indeed, Boston’s basic feel, from its 1976 debut through to the forthcoming Life, Love and Hope — has remained unchanged.

‘A lot of people have been asking us’: Despite flurry of other projects, questions about Queen and Adam Lambert remain

‘A lot of people have been asking us’: Despite flurry of other projects, questions about Queen and Adam Lambert remain

Queen has moved on to its stage production of “We Will Rock You,” and other solo projects. Adam Lambert is guest starring on television’s “Glee.” Yet interest in a possible joint tour remains high.

Toto has begun work on its first studio effort since 2006: ‘We are gonna dig deep for this one’

Toto has begun work on its first studio effort since 2006: ‘We are gonna dig deep for this one’

It was mentioned, almost in passing, on social media. But this is big news for fans of Toto: The band is at work on an unlikely new studio effort, some seven years after their last one.

Peter Gabriel, Sting, U2, Bruce Springsteen, others – ¡Released!: Human Rights Concerts 1986-98 (2013)

The 1980s were marked by benefit extravaganzas, though oftentimes — whatever their noble intentions — they boasted both dubious musical results and unclear benefits. Amnesty International events were different.