Rock Music

Tommy Keene – Excitement at Your Feet (2013)

When Tommy Keene decided to make good on the promise of covers like Alex Chilton’s “Hey Little Child” or (more recently) Slim Dunlap’s “Nowheres Near,” he explore deeply into what must be an expansive record collection.

The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971 (2013)

The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971 (2013)

The Band’s initial live release found them off-handedly overhauling their catalog, rather than attempting to simply replicate it. 1972’s Rock of Ages would become a showcase for a group pushing itself musically and creatively.

‘I just was always insecure': A tough childhood drove Sammy Hagar’s business acumen

‘I just was always insecure': A tough childhood drove Sammy Hagar’s business acumen

Sammy Hagar’s move into non-music related business was not a matter of happenstance. The former Van Halen frontman’s drive to create these fallback positions grew out of a harrowing childhood experience.

On Second Thought: Dire Straits – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984)

On Second Thought: Dire Straits – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984)

Mark Knopfler’s amazing career is enhanced by the American release this month of his two discs, twenty song album, Privateering , but let’s take a look back at a lesser known but perhaps his most amazing release

‘A really big deal': Guitarist Colin Linden on connecting with Bob Dylan on stage

‘A really big deal': Guitarist Colin Linden on connecting with Bob Dylan on stage

Guitarist Colin Linden, whose career has included memorable intersections with Bruce Cockburn and Emmylou Harris, is no stranger to big moments on big stages.

Jimmy Webb – Still Within the Sound of My Voice (2013)

Never one to reach out to the millions, songwriter Jimmy Webb has yet been a potent musical force since his first success in the 1960s.

‘I definitely paid my dues': Adam Lambert remembers his difficult path to fronting Queen

‘I definitely paid my dues': Adam Lambert remembers his difficult path to fronting Queen

Some of Adam Lambert’s staunchest fans tend to get defensive when his history in American Idol is mentioned — and not just because he finished second.

Elton John – The Diving Board (2013)

Elton John – The Diving Board (2013)

Second acts are difficult; third acts, even more so. But what of a fourth? That’s Elton John, who’s already been a country-inflected singer-songwriter, Captain Fantastic and a mainstream pop star.

On Second Thought: Wild Cherry – Wild Cherry (1976)

Born in 1970, Wild Cherry began life as a rock band. Gigging the local circuit, the Ohio group struggled to gain the success they strived for.

‘Everything is perfect': Greg Lake on the timeless chemistry between the Beatles’ Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr

If Greg Lake didn’t already have an appreciation for the unique syncopations of the Beatles rhythm section, he certainly learned a thing or two while on tour with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band.