Rock Music

One Track Mind: The Second Helping, “Floating Downstream On An Inflatable Rubber Raft” (1968)

One Track Mind: The Second Helping, “Floating Downstream On An Inflatable Rubber Raft” (1968)

Operating out of Alhambra, California, the Second Helping signed on the dotted line with the local Viva label, where they issued three singles during their livelihood.

‘Bob isn’t being Woody; I’m sensing more James Dean': Remembering the pre-fame Bob Dylan

‘Bob isn’t being Woody; I’m sensing more James Dean': Remembering the pre-fame Bob Dylan

John Cohen, a photographer who took a series of pre-fame pictures of Bob Dylan, says he knew from the first that there would be more to Bob Dylan than the legacy sounds of folk and old blues.

Cold Satellite – Cavalcade (2013)

What a complex experience this is, modern poetry set in the back seat of a roaring rock ‘n’ roll muscle car. The effect, as Cavalcade unfolds, is at first very visceral and then deeply illuminating.

One Track Mind: The Maharajas, “Black Box/B-Files” (2013)

The mighty Maharajas’ latest single “Black Box” (Chaputa Records), perhaps a teaser for their upcoming new album, is a winner. Up-tempo and rockin,’ “Black Box” to my ears bears a strong Fuzztones/Music Machine influence

Streams: The Crimson ProjeKCt, “Dinosaur” from Official Bootleg Live 2012 (2013)

Streams: The Crimson ProjeKCt, “Dinosaur” from Official Bootleg Live 2012 (2013)

In the closest we’re likely to get to new stuff any time soon from King Crimson, the alumni-filled Crimson ProjeKCt turns in a nervy, tensile live take on this cut from 1995’s Thrak.

Something Else! sneak peek: Five Finger Death Punch with Rob Halford, “Lift Me Up” (2013)

I’ll grant that I’m only a casual fan of Five Finger Death Punch. I kind of liked the anger and heaviness of their first record Way of the Fist, but my interest waned.

‘It’s never been burned like that': Sammy Hagar on his reunion with Journey’s Neal Schon

‘It’s never been burned like that': Sammy Hagar on his reunion with Journey’s Neal Schon

Sammy Hagar is previewing an upcoming solo album that finds him reuniting with Journey’s Neal Schon. The two first worked together as members of HSAS in the early 1980s.

‘A good way of telling people we’re back': Black Sabbath debuts new song during “CSI” cameo

‘A good way of telling people we’re back': Black Sabbath debuts new song during “CSI” cameo

Black Sabbath’s cameo last night on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” included the television debut of “End of the Beginning,” a song from their upcoming reunion disc 13.

Something Else! Interview: Steve Morse of Deep Purple

Something Else! Interview: Steve Morse of Deep Purple

Guitarist Steve Morse joined us as Deep Purple released both deluxe and vinyl editions of their new album Now What?!, a comeback which has already topped the charts in four countries — and gone Top 20 in 13 more.

On Second Thought: Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts (2011)

On Second Thought: Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts (2011)

The advance publicity for the fourth official solo album by Sonic Youth member/author/art damaged polymath Thurston Moore offered a challenge: You may think you know where a Thurston record does or does not factor into your world