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‘Careful what you show your kids’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth back for Season 2 of The Roth Show

‘Careful what you show your kids’: Van Halen’s David Lee Roth back for Season 2 of The Roth Show

David Lee Roth kicked off the second season of his webcast series The Roth Show with another round of free-associative ramblings filled with personal memories, giddy riffs and strangely resonant connections from across his life. All of it, through a strange series of turns, usually leads back to his time in Van Halen.

Sanguine Hum, “Derision” from Live in America (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Check out “Derision,” a diaphanous preview track from Sanguine Hum’s forthcoming follow up to 2013’s well-received Weight of the World.

‘Planned to be even more spectacular’: Steven Wilson gets to work on follow up to Raven

‘Planned to be even more spectacular’: Steven Wilson gets to work on follow up to Raven

Even as he takes stock of the most celebrated album in his burgeoning solo career, Steven Wilson is looking forward to his next project. The former Porcupine Tree and Blackfield frontman says he’s got big plans for 2014.

Something Else! sneak peak: Dale Bozzio, “Hello Hello” from Missing in Action (2014)

Something Else! sneak peak: Dale Bozzio, “Hello Hello” from Missing in Action (2014)

Dale Bozzio returns with an appropriately titled new album, since Missing in Action is the former Frank Zappa and Missing Persons singer’s first solo album since 2010.

Download: Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, “Close to My Fire” from Live in Amsterdam (2014)

Download: Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, “Close to My Fire” from Live in Amsterdam (2014)

Here’s your chance to sample the forthcoming concert recording from Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, with a free download of the scalding “Close to My Fire” from 2013’s Seesaw. Hart handles the lyric, originally from the German electronic duo Slackwax, with a dangerous passion, while Bonamassa plays with a tasteful economy

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

Though he was in Chickenfoot by the time his old band reunited for 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth, Michael Anthony has seen almost all of Van Halen’s dizzying highs — and the awful lows.

‘I’m just left slightly baffled’: For Queen’s Brian May, health is still a concern

‘I’m just left slightly baffled’: For Queen’s Brian May, health is still a concern

Brian May has been given a clean bill of health after his recent cancer scare — but he’s still suffering from the odd pain or ache, a situation that the Queen legend admits leaves him “baffled.” May ended up having a biopsy just before Christmas, when doctors feared the 66-year-old guitarist had prostate cancer.

‘That changed every member of that band’s life’: Steve Cropper to return to site of stirring Stax success

When Steve Cropper performs another round of European dates with the Animals in the fall, he will be returning to the site of some of Stax Records’ biggest — and, for some, most surprising — successes in the late 1960s. An explosive revue featuring Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas and Eddie Floyd was backed by Booker T. andRead More

‘I’m so pleased with where we went’: Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery cover still intrigues

‘I’m so pleased with where we went’: Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery cover still intrigues

When artist H.R. Giger was commissioned to provide cover art for Emerson Lake and Palmer’s 1973 studio effort Brain Salad Surgery, he was a few years away from winning an Oscar for visual effects work on the film Alien. In fact, the surrealist from Sweden was largely unknown outside of some art circles.

‘I’m sorry to have to move the dates’: David Crosby on the heart procedure that halted his solo tour

‘I’m sorry to have to move the dates’: David Crosby on the heart procedure that halted his solo tour

David Crosby had ended his on-going solo tour after undergoing a heart procedure. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he’s “feeling great,” but shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco have been postponed. An upcoming tour as part of Crosby Stills and Nash is expected to go on as scheduled, beginning March 4 in Richmond, Va.

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