Archive for June 1st, 2013

Best of May 2013: The Band, Deep Purple, the Beatles, Toto, Steve Hackett/Ray Wilson, John Frusciante

Best of May 2013: The Band, Deep Purple, the Beatles, Toto, Steve Hackett/Ray Wilson, John Frusciante

May was dominated by both the Band and the Beatles — two titans of the 1960s whose legacies continue to intrigue and delight successive generations of music aficionados.

The Nth Power, “Spirits” from the Basic Minimum Skills Test EP (2013): One Track Mind

Like The Endangered around this time last year, I came across a EP from a band just getting off the ground that stands out from the current crop of emerging acts

George Benson – Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (2013)

George Benson – Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (2013)

George Benson’s chart successes in the 1970s and ’80s as a breezy R&B crooner have largely obscured his initial promise as a boss jazz guitarist with a intelligent, liquid tone — an heir to Wes Montgomery’s throne.

Something Else! sneak peek: Black Water Rising, “Show No Mercy” from Pissed and Driven (2013)

Black Water Rising’s self-titled debut album was one of my favorites of 2009, and one of the best pure hard rock records that I’d heard in a long time at that point.

On Second Thought: Brain Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea (2010)

On Second Thought: Brain Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea (2010)

The celestial tones of “Emerald and Lime,” the opening track on Brian Eno’s Small Craft on a Milk Sea, would fit snugly on Music for Films or Another Green World. It feels like familiar ground

Ryan Michael Galloway – All Dressed Up (2013)

Ryan Michael Galloway’s All Dressed Up returns us to the underrated 1970s musical milieu, a period when folk- and country-inflected rock stars dug deep into their own emotional wellspring

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