Rock Music

Marshmallow Overcoat – The Very Best Of (2014)

Marshmallow Overcoat – The Very Best Of (2014)

Fronted by the charismatic energy of Timothy Gassen, Marshmallow Overcoat has been keeping the spirit of psychedelic garage rock alive and kicking since 1986.

‘It could be soon’: More details emerging about new music from Journey’s Steve Perry

‘It could be soon’: More details emerging about new music from Journey’s Steve Perry

Steve Perry is talking more about new music, his first since the 1996 Journey reunion project Trail by Fire. The recently unretired frontman is working with a well-known film composer on a track he says is “very inspirational.”

‘He left a heritage’: Garth Hudson, Amy Helm, Steve Berlin and Jimmy Vivino on Levon Helm

‘He left a heritage’: Garth Hudson, Amy Helm, Steve Berlin and Jimmy Vivino on Levon Helm

Levon Helm, who died on April 19, 2012, continues to serve as a source of inspiration to those who knew him — principally through his recordings, both with and without the Band. Then, there were those who spent time with him personally — sidemen, collaborators and family.

‘I completely dismissed her’: David Crosby on the night that changed his mind about Lady Gaga

‘I completely dismissed her’: David Crosby on the night that changed his mind about Lady Gaga

David Crosby admits that “she’s so show business.” But something happened when the Byrds and CSN legend saw Lady Gaga at this year’s MusiCares event. Crosby says he came away with a completely different opinion.

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Hey Blue Eyes” from American Beauty (2014)

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Hey Blue Eyes” from American Beauty (2014)

There’s a moment, just when you get comfortable with the idea that this is a paean to home, love and hearth, when Bruce Springsteen sharply widens the lens. All around this couple, despite the illusion of a cocoon of safety and of love, there are troubles, there are questions, there is cruelty and death and misfortune.

‘He was a true artist’: The Who’s Roger Daltrey remembers the late John Entwistle

‘He was a true artist’: The Who’s Roger Daltrey remembers the late John Entwistle

As the Who approaches the June 2002 anniversary of co-founder John Entwistle’s passing, Roger Daltrey remembers the bassist’s influence, his presence and perhaps his greatest performance.

Forgotten series: McFadden’s Parachute – Flashback To My Hometown (2012)

Forgotten series: McFadden’s Parachute – Flashback To My Hometown (2012)

Hard to believe that the 2012 release by McFadden’s Parachute was this Rochester, New York-based outfit’s 27th album since 1991. That rivals Guided By Voices’ output for sheer volume.

Bob Wayne – Back to the Camper (2014)

Bob Wayne – Back to the Camper (2014)

After a two-album stint with metal label Century Media, DiY-country artist Bob Wayne heads Back to the Camper for his latest record

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Mystery Train”  from Moondog Matinee (1973)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Mystery Train” from Moondog Matinee (1973)

Coming as it did during a fallow creative period for the Band, the covers-focused Moondog Matinee could be fairly seen as a placekeeper album — an aperitif before the next statement of purpose. But it wasn’t without its moments of creative and emotional spark

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Hurry Up Sundown” from American Beauty (2014)

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Hurry Up Sundown” from American Beauty (2014)

A workingman’s song, one built for mashing the gas pedal down with your steel-toed boot, “Hurry Up Sundown” heralds an unexpected gift