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Something Else! sneak peek: Flash featuring Peter Banks – In Public (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Flash featuring Peter Banks – In Public (2013)

The live project that Peter Banks was completing at the time of the co-founding Yes guitarist’s death is set for release later this month. In Public finds him at work with his subsequent band Flash.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “Arc” (1991): WTF?! Wednesdays

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “Arc” (1991): WTF?! Wednesdays

A mindless artist’s indulgence? Neil Young’s attempt at Metal Machine Music? “Revolution #9,” maybe?

Download: Peter Gabriel, “Courage” from the So Box Set (2012)

Download: Peter Gabriel, “Courage” from the So Box Set (2012)

Can’t make the European leg of Peter Gabriel’s “Back to Front” tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of So? Here’s something to tide you over: A download of a never-before-heard bonus track from the era.

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (2013)

As a teenage metal head, I was convinced that all things electronic in music were evil. Then, a roommate in college introduced me to Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine.

‘It speaks for itself, his voice': Queen’s Brian May calls Adam Lambert one in a billion talent

‘It speaks for itself, his voice': Queen’s Brian May calls Adam Lambert one in a billion talent

Brian May, who worked for decades alongside Freddie Mercury in Queen, knows a thing or two about vocalists. So when he talks about Adam Lambert, with whom the band just made its U.S. debut, it resonates.

Almost Hits: Bob Dylan, “Jokerman” (1984)

Almost Hits: Bob Dylan, “Jokerman” (1984)

The lead-off track from an album heralded as a return from born-again proselytizing, “Jokerman” found Bob Dylan using themes both Biblical and secular to tear down political charlatans.

The Police, Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground, Television, the Stooges, MC5, Blondie – CBGB (2013)

The irony, of course, was that Hilly Kristal originally wanted to open a roots-rocking Bowery bar — thus, the name: CBGB, which stood for “country, bluegrass and blues.” Lucky for us, that’s not how it turned out.

Blue Eyed Sun – Tidal Sound (2013)

Tidal Sound arrives has if in a rush of thought, of inspiration, of emotion. This trio, friends at Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy, create as if utterly compelled to do so.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Youngstown” (1995)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Youngstown” (1995)

With its theme of angry economic disappointment, the pairing of “Youngstown” with “Murder Incorporated” has become something of a tradition at E. Street Band shows.

‘A lot of that stuff was a cliche': Robert Plant on returning to his Led Zeppelin-era vocal style

‘A lot of that stuff was a cliche': Robert Plant on returning to his Led Zeppelin-era vocal style

Beginning roughly with 2007’s Alison Krauss collaboration Raising Sand, Robert Plant began working in a quieter, more confidential manner that was completely alien to his Led Zeppelin style.