Rock Music

‘A very strange tale’: How this diamond in the rough helped revitalize the Yardbirds

‘A very strange tale’: How this diamond in the rough helped revitalize the Yardbirds

He had a wandering musical taste. He didn’t even play the instrument.

On Second Thought: Grateful Dead – Dave’s Picks, Volume 1 (2012)

On Second Thought: Grateful Dead – Dave’s Picks, Volume 1 (2012)

Brimming with power and grace, this has become a treasured collector’s item.

‘Sort of the architect of that whole thing’: Journey’s pop-music savior wasn’t Steve Perry

‘Sort of the architect of that whole thing’: Journey’s pop-music savior wasn’t Steve Perry

The foundation a series of mindboggling 1980s successes was there before Perry arrived.

The Britannicas – High Tea (2014)

The Britannicas – High Tea (2014)

If there’s one band that has a handle on tweaking traditional pop rock to modern effects, it’s the Britannicas.

‘Very excited about the synergy’: Jean-Luc Ponty on his new collaboration with Yes’ Jon Anderson

‘Very excited about the synergy’: Jean-Luc Ponty on his new collaboration with Yes’ Jon Anderson

Ponty has previously worked with Frank Zappa, Elton John and members of Journey and Genesis.

Forgotten series: Warlock – Triumph and Agony (1987)

Forgotten series: Warlock – Triumph and Agony (1987)

It was fast, heavy — and on occasion, gnarly and ugly, as metal should be.

‘The demands were so great’: Hall and Oates emerged stronger from their 1980s hey day

‘The demands were so great’: Hall and Oates emerged stronger from their 1980s hey day

“The ’80s,” John Oates admits, “weren’t as much fun as you might think.”

New albums by the Who and Kinks? Maybe they should quit while they’re ahead

New albums by the Who and Kinks? Maybe they should quit while they’re ahead

After all, it could come out differently than what we’d expect or want.

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from Million Dollar Piano (2014)

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from Million Dollar Piano (2014)

This arrives looking like every bad thing that sends you back to the old records.

‘How do I handle this?’: Alan White struggled with a key moment on Yes’ Heaven and Earth

‘How do I handle this?’: Alan White struggled with a key moment on Yes’ Heaven and Earth

In a twist, Yes’ drummer co-wrote perhaps the new album’s biggest ballad.