Rock Music

‘It was just a thrill to play’: Roger McGuinn on the Byrds’ breakthrough Bob Dylan interpretation

‘It was just a thrill to play’: Roger McGuinn on the Byrds’ breakthrough Bob Dylan interpretation

The Byrds’ breakthrough single, a charttopping 1965 version of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” came to them almost by accident — and created quite a rift along the way.

Best of the Best: The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2013: Steven Wilson, Black Sabbath, The Band

Best of the Best: The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2013: Steven Wilson, Black Sabbath, The Band

Every one has had their individual say, made their choices, argued the point. Now, it’s time for consensus ruling from the bench: Here is The Official™ Top 10 for 2013 from Something Else!

‘We’d turned into rock stars from outer space’: Hall and Oates transition away from folk wasn’t always easy

‘We’d turned into rock stars from outer space’: Hall and Oates transition away from folk wasn’t always easy

Hall and Oates’ transition from early folk performers into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-bound mixers of R&B, rock and pop wasn’t without its bumps in the road.

‘The best record we would ever make’: Stevie Nicks on how Buckingham Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac

‘The best record we would ever make’: Stevie Nicks on how Buckingham Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks remembers the moment that her initial musical partnership with Lindsey Buckingham as a duo hits its low point — and how an invite to Fleetwood Mac changed everything.

One Track Mind: Los Lonely Boys, “Don’t Walk Away” from Revelation (2014)

A difficult period for Los Lonely Boys finds the group emerging with new collaborators and a new sense of determination on their forthcoming release Revelation.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Just Another Whistle Stop” from Stage Fright (1970)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Just Another Whistle Stop” from Stage Fright (1970)

A song of dimly lit, strange salvation, “Just Another Whistle Stop” is a gem worth digging up for those who rarely get past the Band’s first two albums.

‘Everybody was at their worst’: Lindsey Buckingham on the difficult birth of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Big Love’

‘Everybody was at their worst’: Lindsey Buckingham on the difficult birth of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Big Love’

That Fleetwood Mac’s “Big Love” has survived into another century’s playlists is its own kind of miracle, as far removed as author Lindsey Buckingham is from this late-1980s hit.

Gimme Five: Bob Dylan in the 1980s

Gimme Five: Bob Dylan in the 1980s

Bob Dylan seemed, certainly at first, to lose some essential impetus to create in the 1980s. He came off as neither grouchy or impish, just disinterested.

‘Always something you can learn’: For Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Duck Dunn and James Jamerson were huge

Largely self-taught, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones learned most of his early craft on the bass from listening to albums from the Stax and Motown legacy.

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Metal and Hard Rock): Amon Amarth, Tom Keifer, Black Sabbath, Carcass

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Metal and Hard Rock): Amon Amarth, Tom Keifer, Black Sabbath, Carcass

Any time my year-end list starts with more than 20 candidates, it’s been a pretty metal year for me. That was the case for 2013