Rock Music

‘The more user-friendly half’: Sammy Hagar says new shows provide Van Halen fans a special moment

‘The more user-friendly half’: Sammy Hagar says new shows provide Van Halen fans a special moment

Hagar takes pride in the musical legacy he’s recreating with Michael Anthony.

‘Trying out some different pieces’: Productive week finds King Crimson back together in new formation

‘Trying out some different pieces’: Productive week finds King Crimson back together in new formation

The reworked band is prepping for a 17-date U.S. tour this fall.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Your Gold Teeth II (instrumental demo)” (1975)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Your Gold Teeth II (instrumental demo)” (1975)

Here’s why Jeff Porcaro was a favorite among Steely Dan’s many drummers.

‘A very strange tale’: How this diamond in the rough helped revitalize the Yardbirds

‘A very strange tale’: How this diamond in the rough helped revitalize the Yardbirds

He had a wandering musical taste. He didn’t even play the instrument.

On Second Thought: Grateful Dead – Dave’s Picks, Volume 1 (2012)

On Second Thought: Grateful Dead – Dave’s Picks, Volume 1 (2012)

Brimming with power and grace, this has become a treasured collector’s item.

‘Sort of the architect of that whole thing’: Journey’s pop-music savior wasn’t Steve Perry

‘Sort of the architect of that whole thing’: Journey’s pop-music savior wasn’t Steve Perry

The foundation a series of mindboggling 1980s successes was there before Perry arrived.

The Britannicas – High Tea (2014)

The Britannicas – High Tea (2014)

If there’s one band that has a handle on tweaking traditional pop rock to modern effects, it’s the Britannicas.

‘Very excited about the synergy’: Jean-Luc Ponty on his new collaboration with Yes’ Jon Anderson

‘Very excited about the synergy’: Jean-Luc Ponty on his new collaboration with Yes’ Jon Anderson

Ponty has previously worked with Frank Zappa, Elton John and members of Journey and Genesis.

Forgotten series: Warlock – Triumph and Agony (1987)

Forgotten series: Warlock – Triumph and Agony (1987)

It was fast, heavy — and on occasion, gnarly and ugly, as metal should be.

‘The demands were so great’: Hall and Oates emerged stronger from their 1980s hey day

‘The demands were so great’: Hall and Oates emerged stronger from their 1980s hey day

“The ’80s,” John Oates admits, “weren’t as much fun as you might think.”