Rock Music

‘We can write songs on the same level’: Sammy Hagar compares Chickenfoot to his time in Montrose, Van Halen

‘We can write songs on the same level’: Sammy Hagar compares Chickenfoot to his time in Montrose, Van Halen

Sammy Hagar says his musical relationship with Joe Satriani in Chickenfoot defies age — something that’s no easy feat in the business of rock.

Nick DeRiso’s Best Of 2013 (Reissue and Live): The Band, Otis Redding, Beach Boys, ELO, Jethro Tull

Nick DeRiso’s Best Of 2013 (Reissue and Live): The Band, Otis Redding, Beach Boys, ELO, Jethro Tull

The Band is revealed in all of its muscular, almost (but never completely) out-of-control on-stage glory — bolstered, in a meeting of musical worlds, by these stabbing horn charts from Allen Toussaint.

Steve Hackett leaves behind Genesis tributes for new solo work: ‘It’s been a thrill for me’

Steve Hackett leaves behind Genesis tributes for new solo work: ‘It’s been a thrill for me’

Steve Hackett is at work on a solo studio effort, his first since a hugely successful tribute album and tour devoted to his time in Genesis.

‘Up and running again in a couple of months’: A positive prognosis for Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie

‘Up and running again in a couple of months’: A positive prognosis for Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie

Even as she expressed a desire to return to work in Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie offered upbeat news on her ex-husband John McVie, who’s ailing with cancer.

‘There are so many great pictures’: Special edition book focuses on Elliott Landy’s portraits of the Band

When Elliott Landy was first charged with shooting them, the Band didn’t exist yet as a named entity. Many argue that his sepia-toned iconography helped establish their instantly resonant image.

Coke Weed – Back To Soft (2013)

It’s 6 o’clock in the morning and I’m standing in a foot of snow. It’s dark, cold, and windy, and while I try to fight my way through the blowing snow with an oversized barn shovel, I remember that I stood in this exact same spot a few short months ago…

The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat: Super Deluxe 45th Anniversary Edition (2013)

The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat: Super Deluxe 45th Anniversary Edition (2013)

Those who consider themselves hardcore Velvet Underground fans can probably skip this review — because no matter what’s said, they’ll want this anyway.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Blockheads, December 14, 2013

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Blockheads, December 14, 2013

At the Colchester Arts Centre: In Colchester, next to the roman walls of the town, stands this venue, once the church of St Mary-at-the-Walls. Built in 1206, the site has seen 23 protestant martyrs executed by burning

Inside Hall and Oates’ high-concept early video for ‘She’s Gone’: ‘We came up with this crazy idea’

Inside Hall and Oates’ high-concept early video for ‘She’s Gone’: ‘We came up with this crazy idea’

Hall and Oates became associated, into the 1980s, with high concept videos like those for “Out of Touch” and “Adult Education.” But their earliest — for the early-1970s hit “She’s Gone” — may still be their most interesting.

Roy Orbison – The Last Concert: 25th Anniversary Edition (2013)

Roy Orbison – The Last Concert: 25th Anniversary Edition (2013)

On December 4, 1988, Roy Orbison was celebrating a huge year. His album with supergroup the Traveling Wilburys had sold extremely well; he finished recording his first album of original material in several years, Mystery Girl