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...


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,...


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....



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...


Chuck Berry Exhibit, Tribute Concert Coming to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

October 12, 2012

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is gearing up for a weeklong celebration of Chuck Berry. The new exhibit Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry will open on October 18th, which is the rock pioneers's 86th birthday. The exhibit will include...


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Honor Chuck Berry in Masters Series

July 24, 2012

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate Chuck Berry with the 17th installment of their American Music Masters Series. The rock trailblazer, who was one of the 10 inaugural inductees to the Hall upon its opening in 1986, will now be honored with...


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...


Chuck Berry's Hall of Fame Jam

October 25, 2012

Talk about a super group: Back on January 23rd, 1986, Keith Richards, Neil Young and Billy Joel joined Chuck Berry onstage to close out the inaugural Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Check out this...


Watch John Lennon Jam With Chuck Berry

August 20, 2012

In February of 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono took over The Mike Douglas Show for a week. The talk show was never particularly socially conscious, but with Lennon at the helm guests included Ralph Nader, Jerry Rubin and Surgeon General Dr. Jesse Steinfeld....