Rock Music

The Troggs’ Reg Presley (1941-2013): An Appreciation

So many musicians are leaving us far too soon, and the latest legend handed a ticket to rock and roll heaven is Reg Presley, lead singer of the Troggs, who passed away February 7, 2013 from lung cancer.

Pinnick Gales Pridgen – Pinnick Gales Pridgen (2013)

These days, it seems “supergroups” are a dime a dozen, but occasionally the combination works. A new group with Dug Pinnick (King’s X, Poundhound), Eric Gales (Eric Gales Band, Lauryn Hill) and Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta) is one of those occasions.

‘No, I don’t think so’: After awful end, Brian Wilson closes the door on future Beach Boys reunions

‘No, I don’t think so’: After awful end, Brian Wilson closes the door on future Beach Boys reunions

Brian Wilson, after earning a Grammy tonight, confirmed something that Beach Boys fans had feared following the disastrous conclusion of the band’s 2012 reunion tour: It won’t be happening again.

Kompendium, featuring Steve Hackett, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins, others – Beneath the Waves (2013)

Combining the diaphanous feel of Celtic music with the thunderous classically inspired rock that powered classic 1970s prog, multi-instrumentalist Rob Reed has created in Beneath the Waves something that feels both timeless and new.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Hard Up Case” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“Lucky Henry”) ||| ONWARD (“Cringemaker”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Throw together a funky, faux-reggae pulse, some dancehall horns, a delectably angular Becker guitar solo and his light-hearted humor about a relationship based on desperation, and you have a “Hard Up Case.”

‘I can’t honestly say I love them’: Steven Wilson bows out of future work remixing Emerson Lake and Palmer

‘I can’t honestly say I love them’: Steven Wilson bows out of future work remixing Emerson Lake and Palmer

Prog-rocker Steven Wilson has begun a tandem career as one of music’s most respected remixers — having worked on classic albums from King Crimson, Jethro Tull and XTC.

‘A secret thing that I can’t tell you about yet’: What’s next for King Crimson’s Adrian Belew? He’s not saying

‘A secret thing that I can’t tell you about yet’: What’s next for King Crimson’s Adrian Belew? He’s not saying

King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew mentions a promised solo effort, another tour with some fellow Crimson alums, and a “secret thing” to be announced later this year, in a new talk

Stick Men – Deep (2013)

Stick Men – Deep (2013)

You might have expected, upon hearing that the Stick Men’s forthcoming project would be on a theme of whale watching, that there would follow these cerulean moments of oceanic calm. Instead, Deep hurtles out with a tensile force.

Forgotten series: Lyres – On Fyre (1984; 2012 reissue)

Founded in 1979, Lyres not only spearheaded the 1960s garage rock revival of the following decade, but the Boston, Massachusetts combo also remained kingpins of the scene.

‘There was a connection’: Eric Burdon on how the Animals’ ‘House of the Rising Sun’ transformed Bob Dylan

‘There was a connection’: Eric Burdon on how the Animals’ ‘House of the Rising Sun’ transformed Bob Dylan

“The House of the Rising Sun” is best known as a chart-topping 1964 smash for the Animals. Frontman Eric Burdon says it’s also responsible for pushing Bob Dylan toward rock music.