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Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

For fans of a certain age, Big Star was our Velvet Underground — the band that everybody sounded like, but nobody (well, nobody but us) actually knew anything about. R.E.M., the Replacements, Matthew Sweet, they all owed something

‘I would have given anything not to have joined': Kenney Jones remembers his time with the Who

Though he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year as a member of the Small Faces and Faces, for a time beginning in the late 1970s Kenney Jones was best known as drummer for the Who.

On Second Thought: Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil (2011)

If ADD is the new normal, then Deerhoof are right at home — as the wacky next door neighbors in a sitcom. On a wave of squalling guitar, gamelan percussion and sweetly sung but odd phrases that are repeated

‘We’d try little notes that you wouldn’t normally': Tony Banks on Genesis’ early classic “The Musical Box”

‘We’d try little notes that you wouldn’t normally': Tony Banks on Genesis’ early classic “The Musical Box”

Tony Banks goes in-depth on “The Musical Box” from 1971’s Nursery Cryme. Credited to each of Genesis’ five members, it remains one of the band’s most layered and satisfying early compositions.

‘There wouldn’t be enough dressing rooms': David Coverdale on the difficulties of a full-scale Whitesnake reunion

‘There wouldn’t be enough dressing rooms': David Coverdale on the difficulties of a full-scale Whitesnake reunion

For a band that has been through a revolving set of members at every position save for frontman David Coverdale’s, Tommy Aldridge’s comeback with Whitesnake is that rarest of things: A happy reunion.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Gaslighting Abbie” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Gaslighting Abbie” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Aja [Live]”) ||| ONWARD (“What A Shame About Me”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The Nineties brought many surprising events that delighted long-suffering Steely Dan fans who’ve had nearly no new output from either Becker or Fagen since 1982’s The Nightfly.

‘We’re the heart and soul of this anyway': Al Jardine set to tour with Brian Wilson after Beach Boys snub

‘We’re the heart and soul of this anyway': Al Jardine set to tour with Brian Wilson after Beach Boys snub

Al Jardine has opened up about the sad end to the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour, which saw Mike Love — owner of the band’s brand — decided to continue forward with only second-edition member Bruce Johnston.

The Rolling Stones – Crossfire Hurricane (2013)

The Rolling Stones – Crossfire Hurricane (2013)

“We became a kind of institution,” Mick Jagger says here, talking about the Rolling Stones’ 1981 tour — then one of the biggest of its kind. There would be more, many more. And the Stones would go from institution to commodity.

‘Come on, it’s not 1973 anymore': Todd Rundgren on his need for constant creative motion

‘Come on, it’s not 1973 anymore': Todd Rundgren on his need for constant creative motion

Todd Rundgren’s made a career out of left turns, up to and including his new electronica-focused State project. Still, with the proliferation of classic-rock radio formats, there is still the odd disappointed patron.

Steve Hunter, with Joe Satriani, Joe Perry, Tony Levin and others – Manhattan Blues Project (2013)

Best known for work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, Steve Hunter has fashioned an album that transcends its own title. You come in expecting a set of gut-bucket, soul-lifting grooves, but you get that and so much more.