Inside Fats Domino's World: Crawfish, Cards, Boogie-Woogie

February 26, 2016

When a friend of Fats Domino's invited filmmaker Joe Lauro to hang out at Domino's New Orleans house in the early 2000s, he knew he had to make a film about the rock & roll architect. More than a decade later, Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock...



Hear NASA's 'Golden Record' From 1977 Voyager Mission

October 7, 2015

In 1977, NASA launched the two Voyager spacecrafts with gold-plated records featuring sound collages showcasing the diverse culture, nature and industry of planet Earth – from Chuck Berry to Bach, industrial machinery to volcanic eruptions....


Chuck Berry's Bottomless Vault: Inside His Box Set

January 9, 2015

Chuck Berry wrote a handful of the most famous hits in rock & roll history. But have you ever heard the disco version of "Havana Moon" he put out in 1979? German label Bear Family has set out to honor every twist and weird turn in Berry's career with...



20 Best Reissues of 2014

December 18, 2014

Reissues are now, more and more, like airplane flights: an à la carte experience. Historical releases this year by Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young came in multiple iterations, with the level of bells, whistles and deep...


Chuck Berry Receives Sweden's Prestigious Polar Music Prize

August 27, 2014

Chuck Berry was honored with Sweden's 2014 Polar Music Prize, "the world's most prestigious music accolade," in a ceremony at Stockholm's Concert Hall. While members of the Swedish Royal Family were in attendance, Berry was unable to appear at the...


C'est la Vie: The Best of Chuck Berry

May 19, 2014

A cavalcade of classics from the duck-walking demigod of rock & roll. Not to be confused with Marvin Berry.


Go Inside Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Tour

April 29, 2014

"One of our defining aesthetics is our amateur edge," Arcade Fire's William Butler says in a new installment of Vevo's Tour Exposed series, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the band's ongoing arena tour in support of their latest album Reflektor....


Reissues of the Year

December 18, 2014

1. Bob Dylan The Basement Tapes Complete: The Boot­leg Series Vol. 11In 1967, Dylan was far off the pop-star grid: writing and recording with his '66 road warriors in upstate New York seclusion. The rough clatter of bar-gig covers, acutely re­flective...


Arcade Fire Covers CCR's 'Hey Tonight'

July 31, 2014

Arcade Fire have added yet another cover to their growing repertoire, busting out Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Hey Tonight" during their Wednesday night show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Via Pitchfork, multi-instrumetnalist...


Chuck Berry Wins Prestigious Polar Music Prize

May 8, 2014

Chuck Berry will be honored with the Polar Music Prize this year at a ceremony in Stockholm in late August. The rock pioneer, whose hits "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybelline" and "Roll Over Beethoven," among others, defined guitar playing for a generation,...


Arcade Fire Stoke Deadmau5 Beef

April 28, 2014

Arcade Fire have discovered the secret to getting a live crowd in their corner: playing a cover song geographically connected to that particular city. On Sunday night, the bobblehead-loving art-rockers took their Reflektor tour through St. Louis,...



20 Killer Rock Star Moves

July 10, 2013

On YouTube, you'll find dozens of people playing guitar with their teeth – yet only one of them is famous for it: Jimi Hendrix. The very best rock star moves will inspire millions of imitators to make fools of themselves. So before you try...


David Fricke Reviews Tom Petty at the Beacon Theatre

May 21, 2013

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers opened their May 20th concert at New York's Beacon Theatre, the first show of a five-night residency, with a song about wish fulfillment: a cover of the Byrds' 1967 single "So You Want to be a Rock 'N' Roll Star." It was...



Guitarist Mickey Baker Dead at 87

November 30, 2012

Guitarist Mickey Baker, whose signature riffs helped push rhythm & blues into rock & roll, died Tuesday at his home in France of heart and kidney failure, The New York Times reports. He was 87. Baker most notably recorded the hit 1956 single...


Lemmy: Mitt Romney Is a 'Monster'

November 5, 2012

"Chuck Berry was one of my first heroes," Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister said backstage at Cleveland's State Theatre before taking the stage and ripping through "Let it Rock" and "Bye Bye Johnny" at an all-star tribute show last week. Sipping a...


Chuck Berry Praises Obama, Laments Fading Health

October 27, 2012

Today, Chuck Berry made a rare move: he gave an interview. Visiting Cleveland to accept the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s American Music Masters Award, the 86-year-old met with journalists at the museum’s offices before touring an exhibit...


Johnny Depp: The Last Buccaneer

November 12, 2012

On a recent summer afternoon, Johnny Depp walks into a luxury suite at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Oddly, he is dressed like a pirate. A faded paisley do-rag is tied around his head. Smaller strips of cloth are braided into his hair, and he has...


Chuck Berry Rocks Cleveland Tribute Concert

October 29, 2012

"I'm 86 years old," Chuck Berry said after playing a short, raw set at Cleveland's State Theatre late Saturday night. "And I'm happy to be anywhere!" The crowd was equally ecstatic. Berry traveled to Cleveland for a tribute concert in his honor, which...