Rock Music

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – Loveless Fascination (2013)

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – Loveless Fascination (2013)

“It’s Not the Same As Love,” the new Starship album’s lead track, bursts out with a lean, tough attitude — and Mickey Thomas rarely takes his foot off the gas again. Forget MTV-era hits like “We Built this City” and “Sara.”

Headquarters was the palace revolt': The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz on the album that changed everything

Headquarters was the palace revolt': The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz on the album that changed everything

Micky Dolenz compares the Monkees’ experience to that of today’s popular television program “Glee”: They were assembled to perform as actors, but each band member always possessed real talent.

One Track Mind: Bob Wayne, “Sam Tucker” (2013)

One Track Mind: Bob Wayne, “Sam Tucker” (2013)

When I interviewed Bob Wayne a few months back, he teased us with a few details of a new song he was working on at the time about an Alabama gold miner.

The Hickoids – Hairy Chafin’ Ape Suit (2013)

This long-promised long player from the Hickoids has taken on a kind of mythical quality over the last quarter century or so. Hairy Chafin’ Ape Suit delivers on every broken promise

‘It’s a lot of different kind of songs': Paul McCartney previews his first solo album in six years

‘It’s a lot of different kind of songs': Paul McCartney previews his first solo album in six years

Amy Winehouse vet Mark Ronson’s work on a forthcoming Paul McCartney studio effort, the former Beatle’s first mainstream pop album as a solo artist since 2007’s Memory Almost Full, has gotten all the headlines. The truth is, Ronson’s one of several collaborators on the project.

‘The Hall of Fame tries to be too politically correct': Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar questions why Journey isn’t in

‘The Hall of Fame tries to be too politically correct': Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar questions why Journey isn’t in

Asked which band he thinks should join him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sammy Hagar says — without hesitation: Journey, the band Steve Perry spurred to chart heights just as Hagar joined Van Halen.

‘It’s an important commodity': Did Adam Lambert insure his voice ahead of latest Queen show?

‘It’s an important commodity': Did Adam Lambert insure his voice ahead of latest Queen show?

The story, going into Adam Lambert’s U.S. concert debut with Queen, is that he had his voice insured — “allegedly,” he says, “for $50 million.” Lambert, an American Idol finalist, hedges on confirming such a thing.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Chest Fever” from Music from Big Pink (1968)

It starts out as Bach, and then it becomes something entirely guttural, midnight funky, so completely dangerous. And that’s all before anybody but Garth Hudson does a thing on “Chest Fever.”

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind (2013)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind (2013)

With the Grammy-winning debut Revelator and the double-disc modern-day Live At Fillmore East road epic Everybody’s Talkin’, the Tedeschi Trucks Band quickly established themselves as arguably the best seventies band four decades hence

One Track Mind: Mike Keneally, “Popes” from You Must Be This Tall (2013)

One Track Mind: Mike Keneally, “Popes” from You Must Be This Tall (2013)

Mike Keneally’s “Popes” saunters in like an amiable friend, then proceeds to begin telling ever more complex and entertaining tales — making for an intriguing introduction to the forthcoming You Must Be This Tall.