Rock Music

‘Expect even more mellotron’: Inspired by King Crimson, Steven Wilson purchases classic instrument

‘Expect even more mellotron’: Inspired by King Crimson, Steven Wilson purchases classic instrument

Fans will remember that Steven Wilson borrowed a critical piece of old-school equipment from King Crimson’s Robert Fripp while recording a well-received solo album recently. Wilson liked that MkII mellotron so much, he’s ordered his own.

Rachel Ana Dobken – The Church Street Demo (2014)

Recorded almost entirely alone, from the guitars and drums to “foot-tapping, some piano,” Rachel Ana Dobken’s Church Street Demo is quiet but assertive, spacious but filled with resonant moments.

Toto’s Steve Lukather on departure of drummer Simon Phillips: ‘Sometimes change is good’

Toto’s Steve Lukather on departure of drummer Simon Phillips: ‘Sometimes change is good’

A standard news release announcing Toto’s long-awaited new studio project, as well as a forthcoming tour, had a shocking piece of news embedded inside: Drummer Simon Phillips is departing. Now Steve Lukather is commenting.

Warren Zevon – Transverse City (1989): On Second Thought

Warren Zevon – Transverse City (1989): On Second Thought

Warren Zevon was in an innovative mood, and found willing co-conspirators in producers Duncan Aldrich and Andy Slater.

‘We were surprised’: After late add, Red Hot Chili Peppers plan to take on rock classic for Super Bowl

‘We were surprised’: After late add, Red Hot Chili Peppers plan to take on rock classic for Super Bowl

Now that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have gotten over the shock of becoming a last-second addition to the Super Bowl halftime show, Chad Smith says they’re working up a very special classic-rock cover.

‘He really couldn’t play’: Elliott Landy remembers hypnotizing night for the Band’s Robbie Robertson

Photographer Elliott Landy followed the Band in its early days, both through signature moments like the album-cover shoot for their sophomore self-titled album and in smaller moments away from the spotlight.

Something Else! sneak peek: David Crosby – Croz (2014)

As the opening “What’s Broken” elevates into a cirrus-cloud of lonesome reverie, Crosby reclaims every lost promise of his solo career — dormant now for two decades

Gimme Five: Post-1980 Genesis Songs That Don’t, You Know, Suck

Gimme Five: Post-1980 Genesis Songs That Don’t, You Know, Suck

Though the popular consciousness has placed the terminating line between Prog Genesis and Pop Genesis at the moment in which Peter Gabriel packed up his flower outfit and split, the truth is the group underwent a slower evolution.

The Band, “Daniel and the Sacred Harp” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Daniel and the Sacred Harp” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

After a series of very dire warnings about the Band’s new rock-star lifestyle, perhaps this utterly scarifying parable was all but inevitable.

‘We know already that works’: More Queen shows with Adam Lambert still possible

‘We know already that works’: More Queen shows with Adam Lambert still possible

As Adam Lambert continues work on his newest studio effort, Roger Taylor promotes his own solo album and Brian May performs select dates with Kerry Ellis, the chances of a Queen + Adam Lambert tour have begun to seem increasingly remote. Not so fast.