Rock Music

One Track Mind: The Nth Power, “Thank You” (2013)

As we — or me, anyway — await the first full album by one of New Orleans’ best-kept secrets of late, The Nth Power continues to tantalize.

Something Else! sneak peek: Boston, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Boston, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (2013)

Boston has issued a churning new take on a Christmas classic, lathered with a typically tornadic riff from Tom Scholz — though, alas, it still misses the stratospheric presence of the late Brad Delp. Stream it here!

‘It was hysterical’: Ace Frehley will be there if Kiss gets Rock Hall nod, despite Gene Simmons’ protests

‘It was hysterical’: Ace Frehley will be there if Kiss gets Rock Hall nod, despite Gene Simmons’ protests

Should Kiss earn a belated induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gene Simmons has made it clear he’s not participating in a reunion with his fellow original members. That won’t keep Ace Frehley away.

Post-Steve Perry songs by Journey: Gimme Five

Post-Steve Perry songs by Journey: Gimme Five

For fans of this band at its radio-ready zenith, there simply can be no Journey without Steve Perry. Yet the truth of the matter is, it was started without him — and it’s continued on the same way

One Track Mind: Iggy Pop, “White Christmas” from Psych-Out Christmas (2013)

One Track Mind: Iggy Pop, “White Christmas” from Psych-Out Christmas (2013)

Appropriately subtitled “Guitar Stooge Version,” this meth-freak version “White Christmas” is enough to have Bing Crosby spinning at coffin-melting speeds.

‘He plays so musically’: All-Starr Band-mate Gregg Bissonette on the magic of Ringo Starr

‘He plays so musically’: All-Starr Band-mate Gregg Bissonette on the magic of Ringo Starr

Many have tried to untangle the mysteries of Ringo Starr’s drumming — why it works when it looks so ungainly, how he remains so definitively in the pocket with so little effort.

On Second Thought: Boston – Life, Love & Hope (2013)

On Second Thought: Boston – Life, Love & Hope (2013)

The incredible perfection showcased on Boston’s 1976 self-titled debut album astonished fans, as well as most music critics. The songwriting of the highest quality, and the playing technique of Tom Scholz was from another planet.

Almost Hits: The Music Machine, “The People In Me” (1967)

Almost Hits: The Music Machine, “The People In Me” (1967)

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, the Music Machine included lead singer and rhythm guitarist Sean Bonniwell, lead guitarist Mark Landon, bassist Keith Olsen, organist Doug Rhodes and drummer Ron Edgar.

One Track Mind: Jeff Lynne, “Stream of Stars” from American Hustle (2013)

One Track Mind: Jeff Lynne, “Stream of Stars” from American Hustle (2013)

Jeff Lynne’s first new music in ages isn’t another ode to Beatle-y goodness, or another orchestral maneuver with ELO. Instead, it’s a soundtrack instrumental for American Hustle. Listen in here!

‘It’s never been ruled out’: With Phil Collins un-retired, Peter Gabriel considers idea of Genesis reunion

‘It’s never been ruled out’: With Phil Collins un-retired, Peter Gabriel considers idea of Genesis reunion

Peter Gabriel admits he’s thrilled that former bandmate Phil Collins is considering a return to musicmaking. That doesn’t mean Gabriel has stopped hedging on the idea of a Genesis reunion, however.