Rock Music

One Track Mind: The Creation, “How Does It Feel To Feel/Life Is Just Beginning” (1967)

Our music is red with purple flashes, declared this British band, and such a description is highly accurate. Big, bold strokes, bursting with bright colors and flavors were the elements embedded within the Creation’s material.

Thurston Moore and Loren Connors – The Only Way To Go Is Straight Through (2013)

The Only Way To Go Is Straight Through begins like a train grinding to a sparks-throwing stop — except it never stops. It just keeps throwing sparks, keeps getting louder, and brighter, and closer.

Something Else! sneak peek: Album art and a monster riff from Black Sabbath’s upcoming 13

To paraphrase Ozzy Osbourne, who whines with a dark menace on this preview video, there’s “no where to hide” from this monster riff as Black Sabbath offers a short preview of its forthcoming reunion project.

‘A slightly new direction’: Strings had impact on new album from ex-Genesis frontman Ray Wilson

‘A slightly new direction’: Strings had impact on new album from ex-Genesis frontman Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson is, of course, best known for his work with Genesis — having fronted the band for its final studio release in 1997. He’ll also appear with Steve Hackett on the guitarist’s Genesis Revisited tour.

Thieves’ Kitchen – One For Sorrow, Two For Joy (2013)

One For Sorrow, Two For Joy is the fifth record by UK/Swedish progateers Thieves’ Kitchen, a band that’s been around since ’99 but hadn’t gotten perhaps the notice here in the States they’ve enjoyed in their local European environs. Here’s a strong bid for wider recognition.

Something Else! sneak peek: Chicago, “Somethin’ Comin,’ I Know” and “Watching All the Colors” (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Chicago, “Somethin’ Comin,’ I Know” and “Watching All the Colors” (2013)

Proof positive that Chicago is, at long last, working on some new music arrives via streams of two songs — still in demo form. In fact, these rough cuts don’t even have the band’s fabled horn section yet.

Mike Doughty asks fans to help pay for re-recordings of Soul Coughing songs

If you’re like me and spent a lot of time with music in the 90s, then Soul Coughing’s three albums may be near and dear to you. When they broke up, I had a lot of hope for lead singer Mike Doughty’s solo albums, but I have to admit I’ve lost track

Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood – Conspiracy Live (2013)

Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood, it seemed, had an immediate spark. Only Yes, the band Squire co-founded in the late 1960s and one that Sherwood was associated with throughout the 1990s, just kept getting in the way.

Exclusive stream: Danny Seraphine’s California Transit Authority, “Sacred Ground” (2013)

Exclusive stream: Danny Seraphine’s California Transit Authority, “Sacred Ground” (2013)

Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at the title track from California Transit Authority’s long-awaited sophomore release, led by Chicago co-founder Danny Seraphine and featuring Marc Bonilla and Tower of Power vocalist Larry Braggs

‘It’s electric’: Fresh off Ringo Starr tour, Journey/Santana co-founder Gregg Rolie heads back to studio

‘It’s electric’: Fresh off Ringo Starr tour, Journey/Santana co-founder Gregg Rolie heads back to studio

Just back from another well-received round of shows with the All-Starr Band, Gregg Rolie continues working on a new solo release — the Santana/Journey co-founder’s first since 2011.