Rock Music

Velvet Underground, “Sweet Jane [Early Version]” (2014) : One Track Mind

Velvet Underground, “Sweet Jane [Early Version]” (2014) : One Track Mind

You hear this Velvet Underground classic as never before, without its now-familiar street-tough attitude, to say nothing of its insouciant gait.

Pink Floyd’s ugly split hasn’t soured Nick Mason on Roger Waters: ‘Still one of my oldest, dearest friends’

Pink Floyd’s ugly split hasn’t soured Nick Mason on Roger Waters: ‘Still one of my oldest, dearest friends’

Roger Waters once replaced his school-age chum Nick Mason with another drummer, during the contentious sessions for Pink Floyd’s ‘The Final Cut.’

Best Steely Dan saxophone solos: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan saxophone solos: Steely Dan Sunday

Here are Steely Dan’s five best sax solos, selected in tandem by our panel of Steely Dan authorities.

Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways (2014)

Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways (2014)

Dave Grohl is more enthusiastic than he is inspired. As such, it’s easier to pull for the Foo Fighters than to actually like their stuff.

The Yardbirds were changed forever when Jeff Beck fell ill: ‘It was two lead guitars from then on’

The Yardbirds were changed forever when Jeff Beck fell ill: ‘It was two lead guitars from then on’

An ailing Jeff Beck simply couldn’t make it on stage in 1966. So the Yardbirds asked their bass player to take over. A bass player named Jimmy Page.

Steely Dan’s Gaucho: An album doomed from the start?

Steely Dan’s Gaucho: An album doomed from the start?

Steely Dan’s ‘Gaucho’ was issued 34 years ago today. Getting it to the point of release was no easy task.

Toto has concluded work on a new studio album: ‘It harkens back to another era’

Toto has concluded work on a new studio album: ‘It harkens back to another era’

Steve Lukather confirms that ‘XIV’ is at the mastering stage, even as Keith Carlock officially joins the Toto lineup.

Whiskey Myers – Early Morning Shakes (2014)

Whiskey Myers – Early Morning Shakes (2014)

Whiskey Myers boasts a classic Southern rock sound, but they also draw from modern rock, country and the Red Dirt scene.

Blood Sweat and Tears – Child is Father to the Man (1968; 2014 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

Blood Sweat and Tears – Child is Father to the Man (1968; 2014 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

This album doesn’t represent Blood Sweat and Tears’ commercial high point, so much as its often underrated creative peak.

How would Richard Wright react to Pink Floyd’s The Endless River?: ‘I think he would have been thrilled’

How would Richard Wright react to Pink Floyd’s The Endless River?: ‘I think he would have been thrilled’

Pink Floyd’s record-smashing ‘The Endless River’ was built on leftover material from a renaissance era for Richard Wright.