Rock Music

Randy Massey – Highway To My Soul (2012)

Had Bruce Springsteen been born a decade later and listed his influences as REO Speedwagon, U2 and Bryan Adams rather than Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

Something Else! sneak peek: John and Steve Hackett, “Down to the Domus Aurea”/ “Towards the Future” (2012)

An extraordinarily productive period for Steve Hackett, with both the Squackett and Genesis Revisited projects, will also include the release of a pair of new instrumentals with his brother John.

Download: Grant Lee Phillips – NoiseTrade Sampler (2012)

A six-song EP, available for free download now, offers listeners a glimpse into the forthcoming solo project by Grant Lee Phillips called Walking in the Green Corn.

Desert Island Discs: Beatles Cover Tune Edition

Whether you like the Beatles or not, their music can certainly take you to some interesting places — as reflected in our latest edition of Desert Island Discs.

Dio – The Very Beast of Dio, Vol. 2 (2012)

The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 picks up where the first volume left off in Dio’s solo career and features tracks from 1996 onward. It’s an interesting period for me

Heart – Fanatic (2012)

There’s a deeply personal feel to this new album, and a grinding loudness. That incompatible juxtaposition can make for a difficult entry into Heart’s forthcoming album Fanatic.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Reason To Believe" (1982)

Nebraska comes to a close with a song that sums up one of the underlying themes of the album: redemption. And man, we need some redemption here

'Everything has to be bigger': David Byrne takes us inside his giant Talking Heads-era gray suit

One of the most iconic images of the 1980s in general, and Talking Heads’ frontman David Byrne specifically, remains the giant gray suit he wore in the concert film Stop Making Sense.

Van Morrison – Born to Sing: No Plan B (2012)

Recorded live in the studio with a core six-piece band, Morrison’s 34th album — and his return to Blue Note — perhaps unsurprisingly has a jazzier atmosphere

'He just continues to get better': Journey's Neal Schon reconnects with former bandmate Steve Smith

For years, Journey fans have hoped for a reunion between Neal Schon and Steve Perry. Maybe they were pushing for the wrong Steve from the band’s best-known recordings.