Rock Music

‘Those are great songs, but …’: Danny Seraphine wrestles with Chicago’s 1980s era

‘Those are great songs, but …’: Danny Seraphine wrestles with Chicago’s 1980s era

For co-founding member Danny Seraphine, Chicago’s transition into 1980s-era pop stars still represents a conundrum. He pined for the days of their early, more challenging music — but he relished their successes.

On Second Thought: Hoodoo Gurus, Woggles – Vindicated!: Tribute to the Fleshtones (2007)

A promised new album from the Fleshtones called Wheel of Talent, due in January 2014, brought me back to this 24-tune tribute project.

‘It was very eerie’: Vacation mishap sparked idea for Pink Floyd’s Pompeii concert

‘It was very eerie’: Vacation mishap sparked idea for Pink Floyd’s Pompeii concert

Adrian Maben’s first pitch for a concert film involving Pink Floyd was met with bemused silence. His second pitch would grow out of a vacation mishap.

Something Else! sneak peek: Benmont Tench, “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress” (2014)

It’s perhaps unsurprising that nobody recognizes Benmont Tench, for too long the faceless soul of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. After all, singers and guitar players are typically the focal points.

‘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.