Rock Music

Blue Oyster Cult – Imaginos (1988; 2013 reissue)

Despite the tortured history surrounding this release, something that ultimately mangled its original, rather Lovecraft-ian storyline, Imaginos might just be the most complete full-length Blue Oyster Cult ever did.

Something Else! Interview: Toto’s David Paich

Something Else! Interview: Toto’s David Paich

Toto has begun rehearsing for its 2013 tour, which kicks off May 30 in Europe. David Paich and Co. will also be making a few rare U.S. appearances, beginning in late summer — something he says “almost feels like a homecoming after so long away.”

Rainbow – Live in Munich 1977 (2013)

Rainbow – Live in Munich 1977 (2013)

If you have any doubt who the greatest singer in the history of metal, heck, maybe in the history of rock ‘n’ roll is, just pop this DVD into your player and fast forward to the second song.

Forgotten series: Lovin’ Spoonful’s Zalman Yanovsky – Alive and Well in Argentina (1968)

Forgotten series: Lovin’ Spoonful’s Zalman Yanovsky – Alive and Well in Argentina (1968)

Lead guitarist Zal Yanovsky’s lone solo, after his unceremonious and quite unfair firing from the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1967, announces his new sense of freedom with an opening Jerry Yester co-written up-tempo rocker

Almost Hits: Hall and Oates, “Your Imagination” (1982)

Almost Hits: Hall and Oates, “Your Imagination” (1982)

This is the nexus point, for me, when Hall and Oates finally reached everything they had been grasping for in trying to blend their core R&B vibe with the too-cool nihilism of new wave.

‘There is no Van Halen without Roth': David Lee Roth on the road back to his old band

‘There is no Van Halen without Roth': David Lee Roth on the road back to his old band

David Lee Roth explores the things that ripped Van Halen apart, and the shared camaraderie that reunited them — asserting that the group was never the same without him. “There is no Van Halen,” he says, “without Roth.”

Randall Bramblett – The Bright Spots (2013)

It would be easy enough to tag this as Southern rock, or as blues, or even — at times — as gospel, were Randall Bramblett’s The Bright Spots not so consistently all of those things, and something more.

‘I’m better than Ringo; Paul McCartney told me!': Bev Bevan’s first meeting with the Beatles

‘I’m better than Ringo; Paul McCartney told me!': Bev Bevan’s first meeting with the Beatles

Bev Bevan, later a founding member of the Move and the Electric Light Orchestra, says a chance meeting with the Beatles years earlier provided a huge ego boost when Paul McCartney praised his drumming.

One Track Mind: Kenny Loggins and the Second Helping, “Let Me In” / “Hard Times” (1968)

One Track Mind: Kenny Loggins and the Second Helping, “Let Me In” / “Hard Times” (1968)

Never in a million years would anyone guess the lead singer of this gritty and gutsy single is Kenny Loggins. Sounding like a remarkable cross-pollination of the Standells, the Pretty Things and the Shadows of Knight

‘People put the two things together': Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on his one-legged flute stance

‘People put the two things together': Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on his one-legged flute stance

Who isn’t familiar with the iconic image of Jethro Tull’s frontman standing on one leg, playing the flute? Ian Anderson shares the unusual beginnings of that signature move.