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Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth (2012)

When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor? – David Lee Roth from “The Trouble With Never”

MoeTar – From These Small Seeds (2012)

There’s a reason that I don’t consider myself a progressive fan, even though I have a healthy number of selections in my music collection. It’s because, overall, the genre really isn’t all that fun to listen to.

Songs where the Beatles, well, sucked: Gimme Five

There is much about the Beatles that’s easy to love. Still, lend them your ear and you’ll discover a few duds.

Guilty pleasures: Michael Bublé – Come Fly With Me (2004)

Diana Krall … Harry Connick Jr. … Josh Groban … Norah Jones … Michael Bublé. What to make of young, attractive musicians who seem rooted in the past?

Hail! Hail!: 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class includes Gun N' Roses, Chili Peppers

Guns N’ Roses, the metal amalgam best known for hits like “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” tops the 2012 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Lou Reed and Metallica post full Lulu stream

Oh yes. The gnashing of teeth, the bitching, the moaning, it has begun. Actually, it started a while ago when Lou Reed and Metallica released a preview of “The View” from their upcoming Lulu.

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton, "Layla" (2011): One Track Mind

After a desultory, red-light district blast of horns, the Wynton Marsalis-led Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra settles into this funereal rhythm, swaying from side to side as Eric Clapton rips off a few blues-simmered, heartfelt asides. If you hadn’t checked the liner notes, the song itself — a signature moment for the guitarist as a member of Derek and theRead More

Farewell to R.E.M., and a return to Accelerate

by Mark Saleski There were a handful of nights back in the early 1980s when me and my buddy Gene did little else but sit around in his folks’ living room, bliss out on the heat of the woodstove, and listen to Elvis Costello’s Imperial Bedroom and, especially, R.E.M.’s Murmur.

Something Else! Interview: Synth-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby

Forever associated with “She Blinded Me With Science,” Thomas Dolby quickly moved well outside of that MTV-era hit’s new wave experimentation.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You (2011)

Though they often play with a familiar steely aggression, the Red Hot Chili Peppers seem nevertheless to be rounding the corner into middle age. I’m With You, the band’s first project since the 2006 double-album Stadium Arcadium, is often focused on departures